Agassi doping case won’t be reopened because he’s retired
The ATP Tour will not reopen a doping case against Andre Agassi, even though the Las Vegan admitted to lying about using crystal meth in 1997.
Agassi revealed in his recent autobiography that he failed a 1997 drug test, a result he said was thrown out after he lied by claiming he “unwittingly” took crystal meth.
ATP chairman Adam Helfant said Friday there was no way to sanction the American retroactively since he has retired from tennis.
“There has been a lot of speculation about whether the ATP would reopen the case, but we cannot do that because he’s no longer playing on the tour,” Helfant said. “I asked an outside law firm to go through the records from 1997 so I had all the facts. Andre Agassi has admitted he failed a drugs test in 1997 and regrettably he then lied about it. Even more regrettably he got away with it.”
Nationals’ Strasburg will not need surgery for injured knee
Overall No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg has a dislocation in his left knee joint but should be fine for spring training, the Washington Nationals said.
Strasburg, who signed a record $15.1 million contract after being the top pick in June’s amateur draft, was examined Friday by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. The pitcher will not require surgery, the Nationals said.
Also: Pitcher John Grabow became the first of the 171 free agents to reach agreement on a new deal, getting a $7.5 million, two-year contract from the Chicago Cubs.
Pat Murphy resigned after 15 seasons as baseball coach at Arizona State, where he led the school to the College World Series four times. No reason was given for the surprise move.
Despite 2-9 start, Knicks decide not to sign former MVP Iverson
The New York Knicks won’t sign veteran guard Allen Iverson, believing any short-term gain would hinder their plans to build for the future.
Team president Donnie Walsh said the team won’t make any additions at this time despite its 2-9 record. He added the decision to pass on the former Most Valuable Player had nothing to do with Iverson’s ability to play or his character in the locker room.
Iverson was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday and became a free agent Thursday.
Also: Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut will be out two to four weeks because of a strained ligament and bruise on his left calf. He is averaging 16.1 points and 9.2 rebounds.
The Sacramento Monarchs, one of the WNBA’s original eight franchises, folded. WNBA president Donna Orender said in a statement the league is in discussions with potential investors to relocate the Monarchs to the San Francisco area in time for next season.
Gustafson closes gap on Ochoa in weather-delayed LPGA event
Sophie Gustafson moved within two shots of leader Lorena Ochoa at the LPGA Tour Championship in Richmond, Texas, before second-round play was suspended because of bad weather.
Ochoa didn’t play Friday after shooting a 6-under-par 66 Thursday. Gustafson shot a 70 in the first round, then played 11 holes and moved to 4 under Friday. Helen Alfredsson, Juli Inkster and Wendy Ward were 3 under.
Also: Lee Westwood shot a 3-under 69 to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the Dubai World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, strengthening his chance of winning the European money title. He is at 135.
The English golfer could pick up two big prizes Sunday. If he wins the last tournament of the European Tour season, he will receive $1.25 million in prize money — plus a $1.5 million bonus for winning the Race to Dubai money prize.
Michael Barrett, an Illinois insurance executive accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, posted $100,000 bond in Los Angeles — a much larger amount than previously imposed.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Turchin increased bond for Barrett from $4,500 after Andrews’ attorney said he posed a threat to the public. Barrett, 48, faces one count of interstate stalking and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
Los Angeles midfielder David Beckham said he’ll need an injection in his right ankle to reduce pain and allow him to play in Sunday’s MLS Cup final against Real Salt Lake. Beckham has a bone bruise in his ankle that has been bothering him for some time.
The 24th-ranked UNLV men’s swimming team is second after the first day of the Cougar Classic Fall Invitational in Houston. Louisiana State leads with 365 points, followed by the Rebels, who won five events, with 259.
The Wranglers lost to the Utah Grizzlies 4-0 in an ECHL game at West Valley City, Utah. Las Vegas, which took 21 shots, fell to 6-9.