Arena football Baker resigns two days before ArenaBowl: David Baker, commissioner of the Arena Football League, surprisingly resigned Friday...

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Baker resigns two days before ArenaBowl: David Baker, commissioner of the Arena Football League, surprisingly resigned Friday, two days before the ArenaBowl championship game between defending champ San Jose and Philadelphia in New Orleans.

Baker, 55, ended his 12 years on the job by telling the league’s board of directors he was stepping down and added it was “time.”

Baker said Ed Policy, his deputy commissioner, will assume the commissioner’s role while a committee seeks his successor.

“I never thought I would do this for the rest of my life,” Baker told The Associated Press.

College football

Fulmer contends subpoena is intended to distract him from season: Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said a subpoena for his testimony in a lawsuit stemming from a decade-old Alabama recruiting scandal is aimed at distracting him from the upcoming season.

Fulmer was at the Southeastern Conference’s media days in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday when he got the subpoena to provide testimony for ex-Crimson Tide booster Wendell Smith’s lawsuit against the NCAA.

“The last time this happened, we won the division with two freshman quarterbacks,” he said, referencing the 2004 season when the Vols won the SEC East. “We won’t be distracted.”

Kentucky quarterback Pulley faces charges: Kentucky quarterback Curtis Pulley has had two encounters with police in the last two months, including an arrest on suspicion of multiple traffic violations this week.

WLEX-TV in Lexington, Ky., reported Pulley was charged last month in Louisville, Ky., on a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

This week, Pulley was arrested in Hardin County and charged with speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license and having expired or no plates or registration papers, according to court documents.

Court records indicate Pulley was placed on diversion on the marijuana charge, which usually means the charge can be removed from the record if the defendant doesn’t violate the terms.


Blake is ousted: German Nicolas Kiefer defeated American James Blake 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the Rogers Cup men’s semifinals in Toronto.

Kiefer will play Gilles Simon of France today.

Venus Williams withdraws: Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Rogers Cup women’s tournament because of a knee injury.

College basketball

Ex-Arkansas player Martin gets prison term: Elmer Martin Jr., 36, who played on Arkansas’ 1994 NCAA championship team, received a 15-year prison term after pleading guilty to drug charges.


Lathan to head boxing commission: Gov. David Paterson has selected longtime boxing judge Melvina Lathan to head the New York State Athletic Commission, which regulates pro boxing in the state.

Lathan will replace Ron Scott Stevens as chairman in January. She has judged 83 world-championship fights and was confirmed by the New York Senate last year as the first female African-American commissioner.


NBA standout Nash wants to help bring MLS franchise to Vancouver: NBA superstar Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, one of Canada’s most visible athletes, is working to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Vancouver, B.C.

The Vancouver Whitecaps, who play in the United Soccer League’s first division and are owned by Greg Kerfoot, want to be in the MLS when the league grants two new franchises for the 2011 season.

Nash said, “I’m investing my own money, a considerable amount. While I will definitely be far from a majority owner, I will have a stake in the club.”

An MLS franchise reportedly will cost at least $30 million. Seattle is set to become the league’s 15th team next season.

McBride is likely to play for Chicago: Toronto FC has agreed in principle to trade its rights to Brian McBride, a former U.S. national-team striker, to the Chicago Fire, a person familiar with the negotiations said. McBride, 36, played with Fulham in the English Premier League from 2004 to this year.

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