Gertrude Dunn, who played in the women's professional baseball league immortalized in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own," died when the plane she was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff near Avondale, Pa. She was 72.
Dunn, also a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame, was alone in the single-engine plane that crashed Wednesday, officials said.
A witness told the National Transportation Safety Board that the engine died shortly after Dunn's plane took off from New Garden Airport. The NTSB said the crash is under investigation.
In 1952, Dunn was voted rookie of the year after leading her team to the championship of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
* PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL: A woman sued Green Bay Packers fullback Najeh Davenport, saying he invaded her privacy by breaking into her dorm room and defecating in her closet.
Mary McCarthy was seeking more than $15,000 in damages for emotional distress and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Florida Circuit Court in Miami.
Criminal charges were settled in October 2002 when Davenport agreed to perform community service. He denied breaking into the Barry University dormitory. . . .
The NFL fined three New York Giants defenders a total of $20,000 for illegal hits in last weekend's game with the Cleveland Browns.
Rookie safety Gibril Wilson and cornerback Terry Cousin were each fined $7,500 for helmet-to-helmet hits, and linebacker Barrett Green was docked $5,000 for hitting quarterback Jeff Garcia in the back with the crown of his helmet.
The players have 10 days to appeal the fines to Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. All said they would.
* CYCLING: An Italian doctor who treated leading cyclists, including six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, received a 12-month suspended jail sentence for sports fraud and malpractice.
Michele Ferrari, however, was acquitted of the most severe charge of distributing health-threatening doping products. His lawyer, Dario Bolognesi, said they will appeal the sentence. Lorenzo Gresti, the public prosecutor in Bologna, Italy, had recommended 14 months in jail.
Armstrong said that because of the court decision he is cutting his ties with Ferrari, whom he called a "longtime friend and trusted adviser." Ferrari has worked as a conditioning consultant to Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team since 1999.
* TENNIS: Andy Roddick smacked 21 aces in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sweden's Thomas Johansson to reach the Thailand Open semifinals in Bangkok.
No. 1 Roger Federer, bidding for his 10th title of the season, defeated Sweden's Robin Soderling, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, leading the top four-seeded players into the semifinals.
-- From News Services