■ SoccerLokomotiv on a roll
After not winning the Russian league title in nearly eight decades, Lokomotiv Moscow now has won it twice in three years. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored just four minutes into the match and Dmitri Sychev tallied a second 17 minutes later as Lokomotiv Moscow beat Shinnik Yaroslavl 2-0 Thursday to clinch the crown over defending champion and crosstown rival CSKA. Lokomotiv finished atop the 16-team league with 61 points from 30 games, one point ahead of CSKA. Krylia Sovetov Samara and Zenit St. Petersburg were tied with 56 points, but Samara finished third place on their head-to-head results. Lokomotiv won the 2002 title for the first time since the league began in 1923. Playing at Shinnik's home stadium in Yaroslavl, Bilyaletdinov -- a 19-year-old playing his first season with the Moscow side -- opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a left-footed shot off a lobbing pass from Sychev. In the 21st minute, Sychev outplayed two Shinnik defenders in the box to make it 2-0.
Daly's wife in trouble
The wife of two-time major golf champion John Daly pleaded guilty to a federal money laundering charge in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday. Sherrie Miller Daly and her parents, Alvis and Billie Miller, were indicted on charges stemming from what authorities said was a drug ring and an illegal gambling operation. No sentencing date was set for Sherrie Daly. She could face a maximum prison sentence of five years, a fine of US$250,000 or both, Assistant US Attorney John Hailman said. Alvis Miller was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Billie Miller received five months to serve and five months of home supervision.
Bulgarelli to appeal
A National Rugby League player fired by the Canberra Raiders for allegedly being the intended recipient of banned drugs posted to the club's headquarters will appeal the termination of his contract. A package containing tablets of illicit drug ecstasy was mailed to the Raiders and a club investigation determined that Jason Bulgarelli was expected to be the receiver. Bulgarelli, 28, has asked the National Rugby League and the Rugby League Players' Association to intervene and his manager, David Riolo, said the case could end up in court. "Jason is innocent and will prove it by having his name cleared through the court system," Riolo told the Weekend newspaper.
■ Auto racing
Barltrop avoids prison
A driver involved in the collision which killed multiple rally driving champion Possum Bourne avoided jail when he appeared in a Wellington, New Zealand court Friday for sentencing on driving charges. Michael Barltrop was sentenced to 300 hours community work and ordered to pay NZ$10,000 (US$6,800) in damages after pleading guilty to aggravated careless driving causing death. Barltrop and Bourne were involved in reconnaissance for a hillclimb event at Wanaka on New Zealand's South Island in April when their vehicles collided. Bourne suffered head injuries and died in hospital 12 days after the collision.