Celtics suspend Miles for anti-drug violation

Boston Celtics forward Darius Miles has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the anti-drug program at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Miles’ suspension will begin with the first game of the 2008-09 regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play. Miles has missed the past two NBA seasons because of knee injuries.

He has averaged 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in his career.

Also: Candace Parker had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Sparks overcame late turnovers to beat the Seattle Storm 77-69 in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series in Los Angeles.

In another playoff game, Deanna Nolan scored 22 points to lead the Detroit Shock to an 81-72 victory over the Indiana Fever in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series.


Brown’s two TDs pace UConn past Baylor

Donald Brown ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns as Connecticut held off Baylor 31-28 for its second straight 4-0 start.

The game was billed as a showcase for Brown and Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin, and neither disappointed.

Griffin threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another. He consistently scrambled his way out of trouble and drove the Bears (2-2) to the UConn 39 with less than a minute to play before his fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Also: Kansas State running back Leon Patton was accused of shaking a 2-month-old boy and charged with child abuse. He was dismissed from the team.

The 20-year-old junior was arrested and jailed Thursday on $30,000 bond for his actions July 15, police said.

Patton shook the baby “feloniously and intentionally,” according to the arrest warrant.

Police spokesman Lt. Kurt Moldrup would not provide information on the now-4-month-old boy’s whereabouts or condition.


Turnesa retains slim lead in Viking Classic

Marc Turnesa followed his first-round 65 with a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead over four players in the Viking Classic in Madison, Miss.

Turnesa (11-under 133) leads Brian Gray, Will MacKenzie, Dicky Pride and Paul Stankowski. MacKenzie had the day’s best round at Annandale Golf Club, a 64.

Also: Michelle Wie breezed through the final round of an LPGA Tour sectional qualifying tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif., shooting a steady 1-under 71 to tie for fourth.

Completing the first step toward earning her tour card, she was 8 under after 72 holes. The 18-year-old Stanford student needed only to finish in the top 30 to advance to a final qualifying tournament in Florida in December.


Women’s soccer team falls to Robert Morris

Robert Morris scored two second-half goals to beat the Rebels women’s soccer team 2-1 — halting their home unbeaten streak at 12 — in the first round of the UNLV Rebel Classic at Peter Johann Memorial Field.

UNLV (6-2-1) scored in the 21st minute on a header by Amanda Forrester.

Also: The men’s soccer team tied host San Francisco 1-1 in the first round of the Nike Classic in San Francisco.

Lamar Neagle scored for UNLV (4-2-1).

The Rebels volleyball team had its three-match win streak snapped by host Denver 24-26, 25-17, 28-26, 25-16 in the first round of the Denver Invitational.

Erin Greenwood led the Rebels (5-6) with 14 kills and five blocks.

Rebels women’s golfer Natasha Krishna fired a 3-under-par 70 to stand tied for third after the second round of the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Rebels are sixth, 13 strokes behind co-leaders Pepperdine, ranked eighth, and New Mexico, ranked 19th.


‘Kid Diamond’ claims lightweight victory

Las Vegas lightweight “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov improved to 27-1-1 with a majority decision over veteran Javier Jauregui of Mexico to highlight a boxing card in Primm.

On the undercard, Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., scored a unanimous decision over Michael Mendina of Monterrey, Mexico, in a super welterweight bout.

Also: The stadium where the Oakland Raiders and Athletics play is going back to its original name.

Stadium officials say McAfee Inc. has decided not to renew its 10-year contract with the stadium, so the venue will go back to its original name — Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Teemu Selanne has signed a tryout agreement with the Anaheim Ducks as negotiations continue on a standard contract for the 10-time All-Star forward.

The Ducks’ career scoring leader will join the team for training camp and is expected to be on the ice today for drills. The 38-year-old free agent’s signing has been delayed because the Ducks are $3 million over the $56.7 salary cap.

David Arroyo won the 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador kept the overall lead with two stages left.

Arroyo covered the 90-mile ride from Las Rozas to Segovia in central Spain in 3 hours, 27 minutes, 3 seconds for the Caisse d’Epargne team.

Belarusian rider Vasili Kiryienka was five seconds behind in second.

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