Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas received a one-game suspension from the NBA yesterday for pleading no contest to misdemeanor weapons and vehicle charges stemming from an incident in California last year. He will sit out the season opener in Memphis on Nov. 3. Arenas was sentenced to community service and has since fulfilled his commitment.
Arenas was charged with possessing a concealed weapon and driving without a license on June 4, 2003, in San Francisco while a member of the Golden State Warriors. The police found a .40-caliber handgun in a bag behind the passenger seat and an ammunition clip in the glove compartment. Arenas had a license for the weapon in Arizona where he went to college, but did not register it in California.
"It was an oversight on my part," Arenas said in a statement released by the Wizards. "I have dealt with the situation and I'm moving forward."
* HOCKEY: John-Michael Liles arrived just in time and scored a goal, and Brett Hull added a power-play goal to lead the defending champion Americans to a 2-0 victory over Russia in their final World Cup of Hockey exhibition game in Columbus, Ohio.
"I'm pleased with where we are, but we have a lot of room for improvement," U.S. Coach Ron Wilson said.
Goaltender Robert Esche was brilliant in the final two periods, stopping 22 shots after Rick DiPietro shut out the Russians in the first 20 minutes, facing six shots. Esche and DiPietro did not give up a goal in the Americans' three exhibition games.
* GOLF: John Daly has the distinction of being the only two-time major tournament winner never to make a Ryder Cup team. He captured the PGA Championship in 1991, the first year a major winner didn't automatically qualify for the team. Then Daly rebounded from his ups and downs to win the 1995 British Open.
"I've got two records going, first guy to win a major and never been on the Ryder Cup and also won two majors and never been on the Ryder Cup. So, you know, making history," Daly said with a laugh in Nord Eichenried, Germany.
* BASEBALL: The Kinston Indians and Wilmington Blue Rocks postponed their minor league game in Kinston, N.C., because more than a dozen Wilmington players were sick with food poisoning.
Officials from both teams and Carolina League President John Hopkins agreed to make up the Class A game as part of a doubleheader tomorrow rather than declare Kinston a winner by forfeit.
"I wasn't really sure if they really were that sick, but they got off that bus, they looked like death," Kinston infielder Shaun Larkin was quoted as telling the Kinston Free Press.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports