Fri, Apr 20, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ BASKETBALL

Masked men shoot at player

Detroit Pistons guard Flip Murray says gunshots were fired into his home, after two people in masks approached a female friend who was returning with him from a nightclub. Police said no one was injured. There are no suspects and the intent of the masked males was not clear, police said on Wednesday. Murray, who signed with the Pistons last July, told Troy police in suburban Detroit he was not aware of being followed. He said he had just arrived home from the club early on Monday when he found someone standing on the front porch, pointing a gun toward him and ordering him to approach the door. A second man was spotted standing behind the first. Murray slammed the door in the man's face, police said. Murray told police he then heard gunshots fired, and police later determined two shots were fired through the front door, with a third piercing a window next to the door.

■ FOOTBALL

Urlacher fined over cap

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined US$100,000 by the National Football League for wearing a cap during media day for the Super Bowl championship game that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league. NFL rules prohibit gear that advertises any product but a designated sponsor, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Wednesday. Urlacher was fined for drinking vitaminwater and wearing a vitaminwater hat during the media session in Miami leading to the title game. Gatorade is the NFL's official sports drink.

■ CYCLING

Canada Gracia takes lead

Belgian Discovery Channel rider Gianni Meersman won the Tour of Georgia third stage on Wednesday, as Saunier Duval's David Canada Gracia took the overall lead. Meersman emerged from a leading group to grab the victory in the 190km stage from Rome, Georgia, by one second over Canada Gracia of Spain. Meersman seized victory in four hours, 33 minutes and 18 seconds, ahead of Canada Gracia, with Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic third. Canada Gracia took the overall lead with a total time of 13 hours, 34 minutes, 21seconds.

■ SAILING

Still no wind in Valencia

Consistent weather was the reason organizers chose Valencia for the 32nd America's Cup. They just didn't expect it to make the most headlines -- for the wrong reasons. Light winds canceled sailing in the Louis Vuitton Cup for the third straight day on Wednesday and team meteorologists said the outlook wouldn't improve before tomorrow, meaning another two full days of racing were likely to be lost. If that's the case, teams will have to make up eight races -- on top of losing today's reserve day -- before the end of the second stage of round-robins on May 6.

■ BASEBALL

Lopez, Mariners clinch deal

All-Star second baseman Jose Lopez and the Seattle Mariners agreed on Wednesday to a four-year contract with a club option for 2011. The Mariners and Lopez's agent, Martin Arburua, had talked about a new deal back in spring training. Lopez's previous contract called for him to earn US$420,000 this season. "I'm grateful to the team because they didn't have to extend my contract at this time. [General manager] Bill Bavasi and the staff have been great to me," Lopez said. "I really like this organization. The city and the fans are great. I hope to be here for many years to come."

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