Hewitt blasts past Gaudio
Former two-time winner Lleyton Hewitt pounded French Open champion Gaston Gaudio 6-2, 6-1 in Houston, Texas on Friday to reach the semifinals of the ATP Masters Cup. Hewitt finished runner-up with a 2-1 record in the Red Group to top-ranked Roger Federer, who won all three of his round-robin matches. Eliminated were Carlos Moya, third at 1-2, and Gaudio, 0-3 without winning a set. Andy Roddick qualified from the Blue Group, and he was to be joined by either Marat Safin or Tim Henman, who met later Friday.
Contract dispute remains
West Indies cricket administrators and player representatives finished almost 18 hours of talks over a contract dispute in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Friday without a resolution or public comment. However, there were indications the two sides will meet again shortly. The dispute arose when the West Indies Players Association accused the West Indies Cricket Board of bypassing it and going straight to the players with invitations to a three-week training in Barbados this month, in preparation for a one-day series in Australia in January. The camp will also introduce new coach Bennett King and assistant David Moore, both of Australia.
Guillen goes to Expos
The Anaheim Angels traded troubled Dominican outfielder Jose Guillen to the Washington-bound Expos for Venezuelan outfielder Juan Rivera and a prospect, AP learned on Friday. Anaheim and Montreal scheduled conference calls but did not announce the subject. Details of the deal were described to the AP by a person close to Guillen, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "It was the best thing that could happen, taking into consideration the way things ended last season between us," Guillen told the AP from his home in Miami. "I'm excited to be a part of the Expos and part of history, now that we'll play in the US capital." Guillen was suspended for the last eight games of the regular season and dropped from Anaheim's playoff roster after he threw a tantrum in the dugout and clubhouse when he was removed for a pinch-runner on Sept. 25.
Conte blames the Feds
The founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative alleged the US government fabricated statements that suggested he provided steroids to top athletes, including baseball star Barry Bonds, according to federal court documents filed in San Francisco on Friday. "I very clearly told all four of the law enforcement officers present that I would not cooperate with them in any way, regarding any of the physicians, coaches or athletes involved with BALCO Laboratories," Victor Conte said in the documents. IRS agent Jeff Novitzky told US District Judge Susan Illston in court papers last month that "Conte openly acknowledged giving testosterone-base cream, itself a steroid, to numerous professional athletes and specifically identified the names of the specific athletes to whom he had given drugs.