FIVE ARMSTRONG TEAMMATES ACCEPT SUSPENSIONS: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Five of Lance Armstrong's teammates have accepted six-month doping suspensions, reduced because they provided evidence that helped the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency make the case to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.
George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie all would have received at least two-year sanctions had they not helped USADA with its case.
As part of their deals, all agreed not to participate in the Olympics this year. In June, all but Danielson announced they were withdrawing themselves from Olympic consideration but they did not give an explanation.
All the suspensions run through next February. Hincapie has said he's retiring at the end of 2012.
TEAM SUSPENDS LEIPHEIMER AFTER ARMSTRONG REPORT: BRUSSELS (AP) — The Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team has provisionally suspended American rider Levi Leipheimer after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its report on Lance Armstrong.
The team said Thursday the 38-year-old veteran was "placed on non-active status" while the USADA report and Leipheimer's statements are reviewed.
USADA used evidence from 26 people, including Leipheimer, for a report that presented doping evidence against Armstrong.
DAKOTA WIZARDS MOVE TO CALIFORNIA IS OFFICIAL: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The relocation of an NBA Development League team from the North Dakota capital of Bismarck to the California city of Santa Cruz is official.
D-League officials on Wednesday announced the move that has been in the works for months. The Dakota Wizards will be renamed the Santa Cruz Warriors and will play in an arena under construction.
The Wizards played 17 seasons in Bismarck, winning four championships in three different leagues. The team joined the D-League beginning with the 2006-07 season and won the league title that year.
The NBA's Golden State Warriors bought the Wizards last year. Golden State is based about 70 miles north of Santa Cruz in Oakland.
O'HERN SHOOTS 62 TO TAKE FRYS.COM OPEN LEAD: SAN MARTIN (AP) — Australia's Nick O'Hern shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over European Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts, Jhonattan Vegas and Derek Ernst in the Frys.com Open.
O'Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole at CordeValle Golf Club. He's winless on the PGA Tour.
Colsaerts is trying to earn a PGA Tour card. As a special temporary member, he needs to finish the equivalent of 125th on the money list to earn a full 2013 card. The Belgian player has earned $652,886, enough now for the 120th spot.
UCLA TO UNVEIL JOHN WOODEN STATUE ON CAMPUS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA will unveil a statue of the late basketball coach John Wooden outside newly renovated Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 26.
Members of Wooden's family are expected to attend. The bronze statue was paid for by a donation from athletic boosters and was created by Blair Buswell, who has sculpted many busts of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.
The $136 million renovation of UCLA's basketball arena began in March 2011. The building will re-open at the end of the month.
Wooden's UCLA teams won 10 national championships, including seven straight, during his 12 seasons as coach. He retired in 1975 with a record of 620-147 at UCLA. Wooden died in June 2010 at age 99. The court inside Pauley is named for him and his late wife Nell.
ROGER FEDERER WINS, TO STAY NO. 1 FOR 300TH WEEK; SHANGHAI (AP) — Roger Federer assured himself the No. 1 ranking for the 300th week of his career by beating Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 Thursday in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.
"It's obviously an amazing number and I never thought of anything like this when I was a little kid," Federer said. "I just thought one day my dream would come true to play on the tour. So here I am at 300 weeks, and it's probably one of my biggest accomplishments and something I'm very proud of. No doubt about it."
The Swiss star will play 10th-seeded Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals after the Croat beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also reached the quarterfinals. Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-3, and Murray beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2, 6-2.
AZARENKA REACHES QUARTERFINALS AT GENERALI LADIES: LINZ, Austria (AP) — Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies by beating Simona Halep of Romania 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.