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Ex-Cowboys coach Sean Sutton
receives probation in drug case

Apologizing for a series of “terrible mistakes,” former Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton was sentenced to three years of probation Friday in Stillwater, Okla., after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining prescription drugs.

Sutton agreed to testify against two people who allegedly supplied him with adderall, clonazepam and oxycodone as part of a plea agreement covering four felony counts tied to his February arrest. He was also ordered to pay more than $2,850 in fines, perform 100 hours of community service in the next year and complete more drug rehabilitation treatment.

Sutton, son of legendary coach Eddie Sutton, said he hopes to return to coaching. Sean Sutton resigned as the Cowboys’ coach in 2008 at age 38.


Federer gets back at Berdych;
top four seeds reach semifinals

Third-seeded Roger Federer reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5) victory over Tomas Berdych, who had beaten Federer twice this season, most notably in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and defending champion and fourth-seeded Andy Murray also advanced and will meet today in the semifinals. Federer will play second-seeded Novak Djokovic.

Also: Defending U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters reached the semifinals of the Cincinnati Open in Mason, Ohio, beating Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (6), 6-4 in oppressive afternoon heat. The fourth-seeded Clijsters, the highest remaining seed, will face Ana Ivanovic today, with Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meeting in the other semifinal.

Fourth-ranked Venus Williams withdrew from next week’s WTA tournament in Montreal, citing an injured left knee that is hampering her preparation for the U.S. Open. She hasn’t played a singles match on the tour since June 29, when she was upset in the Wimbledon quarterfinals by 82nd-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova.

Wimbledon organizers said the traditional all-white dress rule will be waived for the tennis competition at the 2012 London Olympics. Players must wear predominantly white clothing during the Grand Slam event.


Beach volleyball season spiked
because of financial problems

The AVP canceled the rest of this year’s professional beach volleyball tour because of financial hardship that left it digging for investors to fund the second half of the season.

The AVP rode the publicity of the American gold-medal sweep in Beijing into new directions, with added TV coverage and stops — some in the winter — in landlocked areas not associated with the beach or the beach lifestyle. But sponsors fled, including title sponsor Crocs.

Players had been warned of money woes last month, and the San Francisco event scheduled for this weekend was pushed back a month to allow more time for fundraising. Todd Rogers, who with Phil Dalhausser won the men’s gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, said they had signed up for extra events on the international tour “to hedge our bets.”

Also: Tyson Gay ran the fastest time in the world this year to win the 100-meter final at the Diamond League meet in London, finishing in 9.78 seconds to blitz a field missing Jamaican rivals Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, who both have back injuries. Gay bettered the top time of 9.82 that Bolt and Powell had run this year.

Ashley Force Hood won the provisional pole in Funny Car with a pass of 4.102 seconds at 302.55 mph in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd, Minn. Brandon Bernstein (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led their divisions.

Jonathan Horton won the men’s U.S. gymnastics championship in Hartford, Conn., his second straight national title. Horton, a 24-year-old from Houston who won $10,000, finished with 181.65 points to defeat runner-up Danell Leyva by 2.3 points.

Americans Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Charlotte, N.C. Kang won on the first hole of a playoff, and Korda advanced with a 4-and-3 victory. They will be joined today in the semifinals by Canadians Jennifer Kirby, who will play Kang, and Stephanie Sherlock.

The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., welcomed seven new members. Jockeys Randy Romero and Don Pierce, champion horses Point Given, Azeri and Best Pal, the late California-based trainer Michael Ernest “Buster” Millerick and Harry Bassett, a 19th century champion horse, were inducted.

The UNLV men’s soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation preseason poll, with New Mexico tabbed to win the title. The Rebels lost six starters from a year ago, but their top three scorers return for first-year coach Rich Ryerson.

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