Hockey Bertuzzi pleads guilty to on-ice assault: Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault yesterday, more than nine months...

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Bertuzzi pleads guilty to on-ice assault: Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault yesterday, more than nine months after slugging Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind during a game in Vancouver, B.C.

The sentence, which leaves Bertuzzi without a criminal record, was the one recommended by the prosecutor after Bertuzzi agreed to a plea bargain.

Bertuzzi received a year’s probation in which he is not allowed to play in a game against Moore. The former Avalanche player was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, postconcussion symptoms and amnesia after the March 8 hit.

Meeting in a game might never come into play because Moore is without a contract and still has health issues from the punch.

Bertuzzi also must perform 80 hours of community service. If he complies with his community-service and probation requirements, he will not have a criminal record.

NHL governors to meet: The NHL board of governors will meet Jan. 14 in New York, when commissioner Gary Bettman could seek permission to call off the 2004-05 season.


Rocca wins slalom after Miller crashes: Italy’s Giorgio Rocca won the men’s World Cup slalom race in Flachau, Austria, after American star Bode Miller crashed and failed to qualify for the second run.

Rocca finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 34.86 seconds, beating Austria’s Rainer Schoenfelder by 0.24 seconds. German Alois Vogl was third, 0.31 seconds behind for the first podium finish of his career.

Miller still leads the overall standings with 858 points after 15 events. Austria’s Benjamin Raich, who finished sixth, is second with 546 points, followed by Hermann Maier with 482.

Maze wins giant slalom: Slovenia’s Tina Maze won her second career World Cup race and defending champion Anja Paerson regained the lead in the overall standings with a second-place finish in the giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Maze was behind Paerson after the first run but had a clean second run down the sun-soaked Engiadina course to finish with a combined time of 2 minutes, 26.99 seconds. Paerson finished second in 2:27.11, with Marie Jose Rienda Contreras of Spain third in 2:27.73.

Julia Mancuso had the best U.S. result, sixth in 2:28.52.


Donovan, Wambach honored: Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach won the U.S. Soccer Federtaion national player awards for 2004.

Donovan edged DaMarcus Beasley to become the first men’s player to win the award in consecutive years. Wambach also repeated as the women’s winner.

Donovan, who left the MLS San Jose Earthquakes to play in Germany, joins Kasey Keller and Marcelo Balboa as the only two-time winners of the honor. Wambach joins women’s stars Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Tiffeny Milbrett as back-to-back winners.

Clavijo to coach Rapids: Former U.S. national player Fernando Clavijo was named the new coach of the MLS Colorado Rapids. Clavijo has had several previous coaching jobs, including the defunct Seattle SeaDogs.

Prominent Colombian coach shot: Gunmen shot coach Luis Fernando Montoya in Caldas, Colombia, leaving him in critical condition months after he led Once Caldas to South America’s club championship.

Montoya, 45, was struck by two bullets in an apparent robbery.


Rodriguez wins U.S. title: Olympic medalist Jennifer Rodriguez swept all four races to win the sprinting title at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating Championships in West Allis, Wis.

Rodriguez won the 500 (39.03 seconds) and 1,000 (1 minute, 18.24 seconds) for the second straight day.

Joey Cheek of Greensboro, N.C., won the men’s title.

Track and field

IAAF suspends Greek sprinters: Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were suspended by track’s world-governing body, pending hearings on their doping cases.


Former Oregon assistant sues school: Sally Harmon, a former Oregon assistant women’s track coach for 18 years, has sued for at least $1.1 million, claiming gender discrimination led to her dismissal last year.

The lawsuit follows the merger of the men’s and women’s track programs that left Harmon and assistant coach Mark Stream without jobs.


Koubek suspended for three months: Stefan Koubek of Austria was suspended for three months by the International Tennis Federation for failing a drug test at the French Open.

Koubek tested positive for the banned substance triamcinolon acetonid, the ITF said.


LPGA pioneer in early stages of Alzheimer’s: Patty Berg, who helped start the LPGA Tour and won more major championships than any other woman, disclosed she has Alzheimer’s disease.

Berg, 86, wrote a poignant letter that the LPGA Tour released on its Web site:

Berg was one of 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour in 1950, and she remains one of the most celebrated golfers. She won most of her 60 titles after serving in the Marines during World War II. Berg won 15 majors.

2009 Solheim Cup: Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., will stage the 2009 Solheim Cup.


Kimball, who killed two teens, can get driver’s license again: Former Olympic diver Bruce Kimball no longer is a threat to public safety and will be allowed to receive a new driver’s license, Illinois officials said.

The ruling ignores a Florida judge’s ruling that Kimball never be allowed to drive again after killing two teenagers while driving drunk Aug. 1, 1988, in rural Hillsborough County, Fla.

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