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Woods pleads not guilty...Errani denies doping...Umpire suspended for comments about Beltre

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 9, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.



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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor says Tiger Woods has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and will enter a diversion program this fall. Under the plea deal, prosecutors will drop the DUI charge from his arrest in May, when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and an anti-insomnia drug. No alcohol was found in his system.

MILAN (AP) — Former French Open finalist Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) is insisting she is not a cheat, after being handed a two-month doping ban. The International Tennis Federation announced the suspension on Monday after Errani tested positive for the banned substance letrozole. At a news conference today, the 30-year-old Italian said she has never taken "any prohibited substance." She blames food contamination from her mother's cancer medication.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball's senior umpire has been suspended without pay for three days over comments he made about Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray). The World Umpires Association announced Joe West's suspension yesterday and said it disagrees with it. The discipline stems from comments published by USA Today in June. Asked who was the biggest complainer in the major leagues, Beltre said, "it's got to be Adrian Beltre."

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — William Byron will replace Kasey Kahne (kayn) next season at Hendrick Motorsports. The 19-year-old will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet in the Cup series. Kahne and Hendrick announced their split earlier this week. Byron is in his first season in the Xfinity Series, and has victories at Iowa, Daytona and Indianapolis. He will be teammates next season with Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The downtown home of the NBA's Wizards and NHL's Capitals has changed its name from Verizon Center to Capital One Arena. Owner Ted Leonsis (lee-OHN'-sihs) announced the name change today, along with an investment of $40 million in the arena. The 20,500-seat arena was built by late Wizards owner Abe Pollin and opened in in 1997.

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