Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:21 a.m.

Players, owners have steroid agreement

  • NEW YORK - Baseball players and owners have reached a new agreement on steroid testing and plan to announce it today, The Associated Press has learned.
    The agreement will include penalties for first-time offenders, an AL player said on condition of anonymity. Other details, such as the frequency of tests, were not immediately available.
    Baseball and union officials were preparing an announcement, and commissioner Bud Selig and union executives intended to discuss the agreement today after an owners' meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., players said.
    ''I'm glad we could come to an agreement,'' said Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who was briefed on the deal Wednesday. ''It was the right thing to do. I think it was something that needed to be done, and I think players understand it needed to be addressed.''
    The sides spent the past month negotiating the deal after the union's executive board gave its staff approval to pursue an agreement on a more rigorous testing program. Some in Congress threatened to take action unless baseball reached an agreement on its own.
    ''I think it's going to entail more testing, some out-season testing, yes, more in-season random testing and stiffer penalties,'' said New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine, a senior member of the union.

    Florida hires renowned coach Dan Pfaff

  • Dan Pfaff, internationally respected track and field coach, was named as an assistant track and field coach, Florida coach Mike Holloway announced Wednesday.
    A respected authority on field event coaching around the world who has guided 33 Olympians and 29 NCAA individual national champions, Pfaff has more than 30 years of coaching to his credit, including as the women's track and field head coach at the University of Texas-El Paso and assistant coaching positions at the University of Texas-Austin and LSU.
    "Having the opportunity to work with somebody of Dan's ability is very exciting for me and the Florida track and field program as a whole," Holloway said. "The experience he brings to the table is from an international level and Dan is somebody who can help the team get better and help the coaching staff as a whole get better. We're all really excited about what he brings to the program."

    King accuses ESPN of defamation

  • NEW YORK - For once, Don King kept quiet.
    Instead of pontificating, the boxing promoter stood stiffly in the background as his lawyer discussed a defamation suit King filed Wednesday against ESPN. The attorney said King is entitled to damages of more than $2.5 billion.
    The lawsuit says a ''SportsCentury'' segment aired last May accused King of being ''a snake oil salesman, a shameless huckster and worse,'' claimed the flamboyant promoter underpaid Muhammad Ali by $1.2 million and claimed King - convicted in a 1967 beating death and acquitted in a 1954 killing - ''killed not once, but twice.''
    Most of the material in the program had been printed or broadcast earlier about King, who has spent much of his career in court, but the wild-haired promoter said he had just had enough.
    ''I just felt that this was the straw that broke the camel's back and I can't take it anymore, and I'm going to fight back,'' King said at a news conference. ''I seek justice.''

    Williams expected to play in Idaho

  • BOISE, Idaho - Jayson Williams signed a contract with the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association, and was set to play Wednesday night.
    The former NBA All-Star, who faces reckless manslaughter charges related to a 2002 shooting at his New Jersey mansion, has said he hopes to use the CBA as a springboard for his return to the NBA.
    The 6-foot-10 forward turns 37 next month. He quit professional basketball in 2000 because of knee problems.
    ''Interested NBA teams want assurances that I am fully recovered and can withstand the rigors of daily competition,'' Williams said in a statement Wednesday. ''The very competitive CBA will provide me with this opportunity.''
    Williams was expected to play in the Stampede's game against the Yakima Sun Kings Wednesday evening.
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