Originally created 07/31/05



Daly takes action over paper's column

In Jacksonville, Fla., John Daly has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Times-Union, claiming he was defamed by a column that appeared in the Jacksonville newspaper in March.

The column, written by Mike Freeman during The Players Championship, discussed Daly's past in a piece about fans continuing to root for Daly and Jacksonville native David Duval. Daly is suing over statements that he's "accused of smacking women around" and that he has "Thug Life qualifications."

The newspaper ran a "Note to readers" on July 15 on the front page of the Sports section, clarifying parts of the column. The suit was filed less than two weeks later.

The Times-Union and jacksonville.com were named in the suit, as were their owners, Morris Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Morris Communications Company, which owns The Augusta Chronicle. Freeman is also being sued personally. Daly is seeking unspecified damages in the 23-page suit filed this week in Circuit Court.

The Times-Union note explained Daly was charged in a domestic disturbance involving his then-wife in 1992, pleaded to harassment and was placed on probation.

The note also clarified that references to Daly's substance abuse referred to his alcohol abuse, and that a reference to basketball player Shawn Kemp was not meant to suggest Daly's children were illegitimate.

The lawsuit said the note "did not constitute a full and fair correction, apology or retraction" and that Daly has sustained substantial damages because of Freeman's column.


Venus' 500th match to be held in final

In Stanford, Calif., Venus Williams saved five match points in the second set and overcame her inconsistent ground game, rallying for a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Patty Schnyder on Saturday to reach the final of the Bank of the West Classic.

The second-seeded Williams will play her 500th career match today in the tournament where she made her debut 11 years ago, when it was in Oakland.

She will play for the championship against the winner of Saturday's late match between No. 4 seed Kim Clijsters and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

- In Budapest, Hungary, top-seeded Anna Smashnova defeated Croatia's Jelena Kostanic 6-2, 6-0 and will face Colombian qualifier Catalina Castano in the final of the Budapest Grand Prix.

- In Umag, Croatia, Guillermo Coria overcame a loss in the first set and beat Filippo Volandri 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the final of the Croatia Open.

Coria will face four-time champion Carlos Moya, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Jiri Novak, in today's title match.

- In Kitzbuehel, Austria, defending champion Nicolas Massu was eliminated from the Generali Open losing to unseeded Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Verdasco will meet third-seeded Gaston Gaudio in the final after Gaudio ousted Argentine compatriot Mariano Zabaleta 6-1, 6-1.


Shock set Sun back with first home loss

In Uncasville, Conn., Deanna Nolan scored 19 points, reserve Plenette Pierson added 17 and the Detroit Shock dealt the Connecticut Sun their first home loss of the season, 75-66.

The Sun had won 10 consecutive at home this season and had a 15-game home winning streak dating to last season.

- In Houston, Shannon Johnson went 11-for-11 from the free throw line and scored 18 points to lead San Antonio past the Houston Comets 68-63, the Silver Stars' second road win of the season.

Horse Racing

Nightmare scares off field for victory

In Miami, Nightmare Affair earned a 6-length victory in the $75,000 Groomstick Handicap at Calder Race Course.

- In Oceanport, N.J., He's Got Grit beat Confront by three-quarters of a length in the $60,000 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park.


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