Dragons thumped in semifinal
CARSON — Brandon Mundorf had five goals and an assist as the top-seeded Denver Outlaws beat the fourth-seeded San Francisco Dragons in the semifinals of the Major League Lacrosse playoffs. Denver lost just twice during the regular season, but both were to the Dragons. The Outlaws set the tone quickly as Jeff Smoke scored a 2-point goal just 29 seconds into the game between the two expansion teams.
Judge orders MLB to pay five umpires $3.1 million
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball was ordered by a federal judge to give five umpires $3.1 million to cover back pay, interest and medical costs as part of a lawsuit stemming from their failed mass resignation in 1999.
After the Supreme Court declined in January 2005 to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling, baseball tried in November to give Gary Darling, Bill Hohn, Larry Poncino, Larry Vanover and Joe West more than $1.9 million to cover salary, bonuses and medical costs for September 1999 and the 2000 and 2001 seasons, with management taking a $122,000 credit for the umpires’ estimated earnings during that time.
But the umpires instructed their banks to refuse the payments and they went back to the court.
Own goal propels USF to upset of Cal in opener
The 17th-ranked USF men’s soccer team used an own goal to knock off 11th-ranked Cal 1-0 in the WCC-Pac-10 Challenge, the season opener for both teams. The Dons went up in the 37th minute when a Cal player deflected a pass from USF’s Adam Bergman into the Golden Bears’ net.
Clarett was offered deal for robbery charge
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A fired attorney for Maurice Clarett said an assistant prosecutor offered a plea deal in July with a sentence as short as 1½ years if the ex-Ohio State football standout admitted to a robbery charge.
Clarett was in court for a status hearing on that January robbery charge. He is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 18, pending a mental evaluation, on charges that he held up two people outside a bar early New Year’s Day and took a cell phone from them.
16 groups want Colorado sex assault lawsuit revived
DENVER — Sixteen women’s and civil rights groups filed court papers bolstering an effort to revive a lawsuit by two women who said they were sexually assaulted by Colorado football players or recruits.