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For the Record
September 04, 2006
Won By Marco Andretti, the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Marco, 19, the grandson of Indy legend Mario Andretti and the son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti (above left, with Marco and Mario), is the youngest driver to win a U.S. open-wheel racing event. Making his 13th IndyCar series start, he drove with a swashbuckling style, gambling on fuel when most cars pitted on Lap 51 and then ignoring his father's advice to conserve gas on the final 10 laps. Aided by a late caution flag, he held off Dario Franchitti to win by 0.66 of a second. "He was so smart and so patient," said his grandfather. "Marco drove like a true champion today."
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September 04, 2006

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Won
By Marco Andretti, the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Marco, 19, the grandson of Indy legend Mario Andretti and the son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti (above left, with Marco and Mario), is the youngest driver to win a U.S. open-wheel racing event. Making his 13th IndyCar series start, he drove with a swashbuckling style, gambling on fuel when most cars pitted on Lap 51 and then ignoring his father's advice to conserve gas on the final 10 laps. Aided by a late caution flag, he held off Dario Franchitti to win by 0.66 of a second. "He was so smart and so patient," said his grandfather. "Marco drove like a true champion today."

Sentenced
To three months in jail, former slugger Albert Belle, who pleaded guilty in July to stalking an ex-girlfriend. Belle, 39, who was arrested last February after the woman told Phoenix police that he had attached a GPS tracking device to her car and threatened her, was taken into custody in May after again threatening the woman. Belle has been jailed since the second arrest but was credited for time served only since his plea.

Agreed
To pay the Broncos a reported $982,000, Falcons receiver Ashley Lelie, who was traded from Denver to Atlanta on Aug. 23 after a 23-day holdout. At $14,000 a day, Lelie's contract dispute with the Broncos cost him $322,000 in fines, and the team also demanded that he refund $660,000, a prorated portion of the $3.3 million signing bonus he was given in 2002. Lelie's contract calls for him to make $600,000 this season--which means he will play this season in the red. Said Denver coach Mike Shanahan, "We would not have released him unless he agreed to [the payback] and signed a contract to do it."

Charged
With theft by deception, Brian Jackson, a Pittsburgh man who allegedly stole $3,200 from an unidentified woman by pretending to be Steelers tight end Jerame Tuman. It wasn't Jackson's first turn as a fake Steeler: Last year he was charged with pretending to be quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his backup, Brian St. Pierre, to get dates with women. (Jackson, 32, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for disorderly conduct and ordered to undergo counseling in the earlier case.) According to Pittsburgh police, he introduced himself as Tuman to a woman last March. Over the next several weeks, "Tuman" borrowed money from her by saying he had lost his wallet or had his bank account frozen in a child-support dispute. Jackson faces seven years in prison if convicted.

Tested
Positive for the steroid nandrolone, sprinter LaTasha Jenkins (above), the 11th athlete to be caught doping while working with coach Trevor Graham. Jenkins, 28, the 2001 world indoor championships silver medalist in the 200 meters, faces a two-year ban if the B sample of a urine test she took in July also is positive. Last week former 100-meter world-record co-holder Justin Gatlin, another Graham client, received an eight-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for failing a drug test in April. Last Thursday, Nike ended its sponsorship of Graham. Graham, however, may seek a settlement with the company. Said his lawyer, Joseph Zeszotarski, "The contract cannot be terminated based upon innuendo and suspicion."

Returning
For another season as coach of the NBA champion Heat, Pat Riley, who ended speculation that he would retire at age 61. Riley, who added coaching to his duties as team president after Stan Van Gundy resigned last December, made no secret of how exhausted he was after the season. But on Aug. 23, Riley released a statement announcing he was coming back, saying, "Winning the championship showed me that I am definitely in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. I can't wait to get started."

Frozen
By a Nevada judge, half of former Hollywood agent Jamie Gold's $12 million prize for winning the World Series of Poker. On Aug. 21 Bruce Crispin Leyser, a TV development executive, filed suit against Gold, alleging that the champ agreed in July to split his winnings if Leyser helped him find celebrities to endorse gambling site Bodog.com at the WSOP's main event. ( Bodog paid Gold's $10,000 entry fee.) Leyser says he held up his end by delivering actor Matthew Lillard ( Scooby-Doo) and comedian Dax Shepard, but Gold has refused to pay him. The judge prohibited the Rio casino in Las Vegas from disbursing $6 million of Gold's winnings for 15 days.

Bought
By Ann Iverson (below), mother of 76ers star Allen Iverson, the Richmond Warriors, an expansion ABA team. Ann, 46, a former Virginia resident who attends many of her son's games in Philadelphia, paid $20,000 for the franchise, and most ABA teams require around $400,000 for operating costs. The Warriors, who will be coached by former Virginia Tech guard Michael Davis, open their 36-game season on Nov. 10.

Charged
With sexually exploiting teenagers in Ontario between 1995 and 2001, former hockey agent David Frost, who in '04 was the target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his clients, former Blues center Mike Danton. ( Danton, who pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy, is serving a 7 1/2-year sentence in New Jersey.) Frost, 39, a former youth hockey coach in Toronto, was the target of a two-year investigation and is accused of "exploiting" four boys and three girls between the ages of 14 and 16. None were identified, and police would not say if Danton was an alleged victim. Frost, who told reporters he is "innocent" after being released on bail, is due at a court hearing in Napanee, Ont., on Sept. 19.

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