Magic’s Lewis flunks drug test, suspended

Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis tested positive for an elevated testosterone level and was suspended Thursday for 10 games.

Lewis said in a statement that he took an over-the-counter supplement late last season that included a substance he did not realize was banned by the NBA.

“First and foremost, I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty,” Lewis said. “I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment.”

He will be suspended without pay for the first 10 regular-season games for which he is eligible and physically able to play. He will be docked about $1.6 million of his $18 million salary for the 2009-10 season.

The first game he could play would be Nov. 16 at home against Charlotte.


Holtz: No plans to run for congressional seat

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz told an Indiana television station he doesn’t plan to run for Congress.

“I’m working for ESPN. I don’t want to run for Congress,” Holtz told WNDU-TV of South Bend on Wednesday at a golf outing in nearby Bridgman, Mich. “All I’m going to do is fulfill the commitment to ESPN. I’m prepared for it, and then we’ll go from there.”

A GOP strategist said Tuesday that Holtz was considering running as a Republican for the central Florida congressional seat held by Democrat Rep. Suzanne Kosmas.


Pitcher who hurt fan receives 30 days in jail

A minor league pitcher who threw a baseball that went into the stands and injured a fan during an on-field melee in Ohio last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years’ probation.

Julio Castillo could have been sentenced to as long as eight years in prison. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Connie Price said he had expressed that he was sorry about hurting anyone. “The court does believe that he is remorseful,” she said at Castillo’s sentencing.

The judge also ordered Castillo to get anger management counseling, write a letter of apology to the injured fan, stay employed and work toward a high school equivalency degree.

Castillo, 22, was convicted Tuesday of felonious assault causing serious physical injury for giving the fan a concussion.


Sorenson feeling better, to race at Watkins Glen

Reed Sorenson will drive for Richard Petty Motorsports in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International after recovering from the effects of carbon monoxide inhalation suffered in a crash at Pocono Raceway.

Sorenson was involved in a six-car accident on the 181st lap at Pocono on Monday and went on to finish 35th in the rain-delayed race.

Also: The NCAA approved a policy that would ban states from hosting championship events if they allow fans to bet on single games.

Chancellors and presidents from all three NCAA divisions approved the measure, saying it applies to “any session of an NCAA championship,” though it does not apply to states that allow parlay betting, lottery tickets, pull tabs and sports pools.

Zheng Jie of China upset top-ranked Dinara Safina 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round of the LA Women’s Tennis Championships in Carson, Calif.

Also in the third round, Samantha Stosur beat No. 6 seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 6-2.

Andy Roddick posted the 500th win of his professional career, 7-6 (4), 6-4 over Sam Querrey in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.

Red Rock Country Club will host a $50,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit tennis tournament from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.

The St. Louis Blues have signed former goalie Ed Belfour as a consultant.

Blues president John Davidson said Belfour, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, will work with young goalies, including those at the minor league affiliate in Peoria, Ill.

Jessica Hardy broke the world record in the 50-meter breaststroke when she time-trialed the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Open National Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Hardy split a time of 29.95 seconds to beat the previous mark of 30.09 set by Yuliya Efimova of Russia at the world championships Aug. 2.

Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia leads the U.S. Women’s Open bowling tournament at Sunset Station after 24 games of qualifying. The field of 170 was cut to the top 48 for today’s final 16 games of qualifying.

Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., is second, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, third and Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, fourth.

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