Originally created 09/09/06



Thrashers lock up deal with Lehtonen

In Atlanta, the Thrashers agreed to terms on a contract with No. 1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen with one week left before training camp.

General manager Don Waddell said the team expects to have Lehtonen anchor the Thrashers' goal "for several years to come."

The 22-year-old native of Helsinki, Finland, was the second overall pick in the 2002 NHL entry draft. He had a 20-15-0 record and 2.94 goals-against average and two shutouts in 38 games with the Thrashers last season, leading the team in wins despite being sidelined for 41 games with injuries.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed Thursday, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it was for two years and $3.7 million.

- The Buffalo Sabres re-signed Ryan Miller to a three-year deal Friday, ensuring that their No. 1 goalie won't miss the start of training camp next week.

Auto Racing

Event will celebrate state's racing past

The third annual "Celebrating Georgia's Racing Heritage" event will be held today at Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Hephzibah.

Former drivers will be there, including David Pearson and Augusta area residents Frank Warren and Ted Tidwell. As part of the event, two streets will be named after drivers Glenn "Fireball" Roberts and Dave MacDonald.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park off Windsor Spring Road, and admission is free. For more information, go to www.augustainternationalraceway.com or call Henry Jones at (706) 790-6607.


Former Hawk faces charge in drug sale

In Fort Wayne, Ind., Henry Charles James, who played with a half dozen NBA teams during the 1990s, was charged with dealing cocaine while his six young children were there.

The 41-year-old James, on probation for marijuana possession, was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $212,500 bail.

He is accused of selling at least 5 grams of crack cocaine for $400 on two separate occasions. Police said he brought his six children, ranging in age from 3 months to 6 years, to his last deal.

In 1997, while with the Hawks, he hit seven 3-pointers in a quarter, tying a record at the time.


PETA wants hunting fundraiser canceled

In Columbia, an animal rights group has asked Karen Floyd, the Republican candidate for South Carolina education superintendent, to cancel a planned dove-hunting fundraiser.

Bruce Friedrich, vice president of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, faxed a letter to Floyd's Spartanburg campaign office Friday.

"As a candidate for education superintendent of South Carolina, your goal should be to set a compassionate, kind example for children," Friedrich wrote.

Floyd's campaign spokesman, Hogan Gidley, did not immediately say if Floyd would abandon the event.


13 riders tested positive for doping

In Paris, 13 riders tested positive for drugs at the Tour de France this year, and all except winner Floyd Landis had medical certificates allowing them to take banned substances.

Of the 105 riders tested, 60 percent had the certificates, the head of the French Council to Prevent and Combat Doping said Friday. Pierre Bordry said he was concerned by the large number of cyclists who had such medical certificates, which are approved by the sport's governing body, UCI.

"I find it very surprising that among the number of riders in the Tour de France ... there are so many who suffer from problems that necessitate authorization to take a banned substance," he told The Associated Press.

"This troubles me," Bordry added, suggesting medical certificates could be used to cover up doping.


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