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Pinnock Among 4 Who Work Out for Wizards

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry, left, with attorney Philip Taliaferro III, arrives at a Kentucky jail to enter a not guilty plea on misdemeanor charges.
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry, left, with attorney Philip Taliaferro III, arrives at a Kentucky jail to enter a not guilty plea on misdemeanor charges. (By Joseph Fuqua Ii -- Cincinnati Enquirer Via Associated Press)

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Friday, June 16, 2006

The Washington Wizards worked out four draft prospects yesterday at Verizon Center: guards Rashad Anderson (Connecticut), Yotam Halperin (Israel), Brad Newley (Australia) and Danilo Pinnock (George Washington). None is projected as a first-round pick. The Wizards hold the 18th and 48th selections in the June 28 draft.

The Wizards plan on working out forward Josh Boone (Connecticut), and centers Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh) and Yemi Nicholson (Denver) today. Boone has been projected as a potential first-round choice. . . . Wizards center Calvin Booth , who appeared in 33 games with two starts last season, picked up the player option on his contract for next season. He will earn $999,000.

· PRO FOOTBALL: Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of providing alcohol to three underage females.

Henry, 23, has been arrested four times in the last seven months in three states. He was arraigned on his latest set of charges in northern Kentucky.

Henry surrendered to Kenton County authorities on three misdemeanor counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

· SOCCER: The trial in Italy's match-fixing scandal will begin this month and sanctions will come before the World Cup final July 9 in Germany.

Guido Rossi , a former senator chosen to lead Italy's soccer federation in the wake of the scandal, said sports magistrates would decide next week who would stand trial. The massive scandal involves alleged game-fixing, illegal betting and manipulation of referee assignments. Italian news agency ANSA reported the trial would take place June 27-28.

· HOCKEY: The Hershey (Pa.) Bears, the top developmental team of the Washington Capitals, captured the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship with a 5-1 victory over the host Milwaukee Admirals.

It is the Bears' ninth AHL title and their first since 1997. Hershey's Game 6 lineup included 14 players who spent time in the NHL with the Capitals during the 2005-06 season.

· SAILING: The ninth and final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race began with the six-yacht fleet heading for the Swedish city of Goteborg. Abn Amro I, starting in its home port of Rotterdam, has already won the overall race.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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