Businessman agrees to buy Penguins
Canadian business executive Jim Balsillie, whose company makes the BlackBerry wireless messaging device, signed an agreement to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The announcement Thursday came hours before the Penguins were to open their season against the Philadelphia Flyers. The team did not disclose terms of the purchase agreement.
The Penguins, two-time Stanley Cup champions in the 1990s, were purchased in federal bankruptcy court in 1999 by a group that was led by Hall of Fame Penguins forward Mario Lemieux. Lemieux retired as a player last season and later put the team up for sale.
Taiwan Open leader
American Gary Rusnak is on the march at the Taiwan Open after he fired a sizzling six-under-par 66 for the second round lead yesterday.
Rusnak, who is determined to secure his card for next season, fired seven birdies against a lone bogey to take the top spot at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Yangmei, Taoyuan County in northern Taiwan.
He holds a one-stroke lead over Australia's Pat Giles who carded a similar score at the US$300,000 event.
Rusnak, who is currently ranked 65th on the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit, will be vying for a strong end to the season as only the top-60 on the UBS Order of Merit will book their spot for the 2007 season.
Home hero Lin Wen-tang shot a 68 and was in tied third spot alongside overnight leader Kane Webber of Australia who carded a 71.
Florida State loses
RALEIGH, North Carolina
Florida State is barely into the month of October, and already Jacksonville seems invisible on the horizon.
The No. 17 Seminoles stumbled to unranked North Carolina State for the fourth time in six years, 24-20, to spoil their tenuous chances of returning to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game. This, just three games into the league slate.
With losses to Clemson and NC State, the 'Noles (3-2, 1-2 in the ACC) will need all kinds of aligning miracles even to have the right to defend their title in December.
"They're very slim," a stone-faced Lorenzo Booker said after the game.
Jockey pleads innocent
Australian jockey Chris Munce pleaded innocent at Hong Kong's District Court yesterday to allegations he accepted advantages in exchange for racing tips.
Munce, a former Melbourne Cup winner, is accused of conspiring with others to provide racing tips to a businessman, who allegedly repaid the favor by placing bets for Munce and relaying the winnings to him between December 2005 and July 2006. The winnings allegedly totaled 500,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$64,211).
Chief District Judge Barnabas Fung scheduled a five-day trial starting February 12 and Munce posted bail of HK$100,000 (US$12,842). If convicted, Munce faces a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment and a fine of HK$500,000 (US$64,223).
Bonds' trainer freed
NEW YORK, New York
Barry Bonds' personal trainer was released on bond on Thursday after a federal judge agreed that an appeals court and the government had missed a deadline that would have kept him in jail.
Greg Anderson's lawyer, Mark Geragos, picked him up at a federal prison in Dublin, California, and dropped him at his home near San Francisco.
Anderson, imprisoned on contempt charges for refusing to testify before a grand jury looking into possible tax evasion and perjury charges against Bonds, will remain free while his appeal works its way through the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a ruling that could come any day.
Businessman agrees to buy Penguins