Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reports vary on Biedrins in Europe

Conflicting reports had Warriors center Andris Biedrins signing with different international teams Friday. The beleaguered big man would have an opt-out clause either way, allowing him to return to Golden State when the lockout ends. reported that Biedrins signed with VEF Riga, the Latvian League champions who will play

next in the Euroleague. Blic, a Serbian tabloid newspaper, had him signing with Turkish team Anadolu Efes.

Biedrins' agent, Bill Duffy, could not be reached.

- Rusty Simmons

-- The Chinese Basketball Association said it will sign only free agent players interested in playing a full season in China, not those under contract with NBA teams who had shown interest, such as the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright or All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.

-- Elena Delle Donne had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the United States to a 79-67 win over Australia in the semifinals of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. The U.S. team (5-0) will face Taiwan on Sunday in the gold-medal game.


Nadal and Federer ousted from tourney

A weary Rafael Nadal and an off-target Roger Federer were knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.

Playing a day after he spent five hours on court, Nadal faded in a 6-3, 6-4 loss to American Mardy Fish. Later, the third-seeded Federer struggled with his groundstrokes during a 6-2, 7-6 (3) loss to a sore-shouldered Tomas Berdych.

In the wide-open women's bracket, second-seeded Vera Zvonareva and No. 4 Maria Sharapova advanced in straight sets. Jelena Jankovic moved into the semifinals when Peng Shuai withdrew with a sore left hip.

-- Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters will not go for three in a row because of a stomach muscle injury.


Former Sharks chief bids for Coyotes

A group headed by former Sharks President and CEO Greg Jamison is one of two bidders for the Phoenix Coyotes. Julie Frisoni, spokesman for the city of Glendale, Ariz., would not elaborate on the negotiations or identify the other bidder.

-- All-Star Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who played very little last season after the All-Star break, said he's free of vertigo symptoms and expects to be ready for training camp next month.

Soccer: Robbie Keane, Ireland's celebrated striker, went through his first training session with the Los Angeles Galaxy and is expected to make his debut tonight against the Earthquakes.

-- Brazil's flamboyant attack meets Portugal's impregnable defense in today's final of the Under-20 World Cup. Brazil goes in as the favorite, looking for its fifth U20 title.

Track and field: Former U.S. sprint champion Michael Rodgers has accepted a provisional doping suspension and will not compete at world championships.

-- U.S. sprinter Jeremy Dodson was arrested on suspicion of identity theft just days before leaving for world championships in Daegu, South Korea. He was arrested and released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Gymnastics: Danell Leyva won his first men's all-around title at the U.S. gymnastics championships in St. Paul, Minn., beating two-time defending champion and world bronze medalist Jonathan Horton.

Colleges: Witnesses said LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and unidentified teammates were involved in a fight outside Shady's bar at 2 a.m. Friday, according to Baton Rouge police, who have neither substantiated the allegation nor spoken to Jefferson.

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