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Originally published Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Briefs | WNBA: Ex-Storm coach Anne Donovan is hired as Liberty assistant

Ex-Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan is back in the WNBA, as an assistant coach with the New York Liberty.

WNBA

Donovan coached U.S. women to Olympic gold last year: Ex-Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan is back in the WNBA, as an assistant coach with the New York Liberty.

Donovan, 47, guided the U.S. women to a gold medal at last year's Beijing Olympics and had a 132-10 record as coach of the national team. She coached the Storm from 2003 to 2007 — the team won the 2004 championship — and had a 93-77 record in those five seasons.

NFL

Cardinals also part with Hood, LaBoy: The Arizona Cardinals granted running back Edgerrin James' wish to be released and cut two others — cornerback Rod Hood and defensive end Travis LaBoy — who played significant roles in the team's run to the Super Bowl last season. The moves clear salary-cap space for the Cardinals.

James, 30, had one year left, at $5 million, on the four-year, $40 million deal he signed with Arizona before the 2006 season. In 10 seasons, he has rushed for 12,121 yards, 11th on the league's career list and first among active players.

Jets free Favre: Quarterback Brett Favre, 39, has been released from the reserve-retired list by the New York Jets, making the three-time league most valuable player free to sign with any team if he decides to again come out of retirement. Favre has said he has no intention of returning to play.

Whitner pleads not guilty: Buffalo defensive back Donte Whitner, 23, pleaded not guilty to charges he forced his way past police during an altercation at a Cleveland nightclub April 11.

Whitner was charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Olympics

Six Beijing Games athletes test positive for CERA: The International Olympic Committee, staying true to its pledge to fight doping, said six athletes from last year's Beijing Games have been nabbed by retesting their blood samples for CERA, an advanced version of the blood-boosting hormone EPO.

A person familiar with the results told The Associated Press the latest tests caught three track-and-field athletes (one a male gold medalist), two cyclists (one a medalist) and one weightlifter. The IOC did not identify the athletes or their sports, saying it was notifying competitors through their Olympic committees. Italian news agency ANSA reported cyclist Davide Rebellin, silver medalist in the road race, tested positive.

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Horse racing

Kentucky Derby post positions to be decided today: The post-position draw for Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville is today, with the field limited to 20.

Square Eddie won't run because of a shin problem and the connections of Take the Points decided to skip the Derby, creating a spot in the field for Kelly Breen-trained Atomic Rain.

College basketball

Never mind: Sophomore forward Alex Tyus, who earlier this month announced plans to transfer, has decided to remain with the Florida program. He gave no reason for the reversal.

Auto racing

Former Indy 500 driver dies at 92: Danny Kladis, the oldest former Indianapolis 500 driver, died Sunday in Joliet, Ill., Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials said. He was 92. Kladis made his lone Indy 500 start in 1946 and finished 21st.

Should be an awesome parade, baby: Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst, will serve as grand marshal of the May 23 Indy 500 Festival Parade. The race is May 24.

Soccer

Chelsea, Barcelona play to scoreless draw in Spain: Chelsea of England and host Barcelona of Spain played to a scoreless draw before 95,000 fans in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League semifinal. Barcelona had a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal. Chelsea hosts the second leg of the home-and-home, total-goals series, with the winner advancing to the May 27 final in Rome.

Defending champion Manchester United hosts Arsenal today in the first leg of an all-England semifinal.

Cycling

Armstrong to compete this week in New Mexico: Texan Lance Armstrong will compete in the Tour of the Gila, which starts today in New Mexico. It will be the seven-time Tour de France winner's first race since breaking his collarbone in a crash last month in Spain.

Tennis

Coria retires: Argentine Guillermo Coria, ranked as high as No. 3 in the world during his career, announced his retirement. He is 27.

Sailing

America's Cup dispute is heading back to court: America's Cup champion Alinghi of Switzerland was ordered to tell a New York court why it should not be held in contempt for refusing to comply with an order that its one-on-one showdown against American crew BMW Oracle Racing be held in February.

Alinghi's court hearing is May 14.

High-school baseball

Florida pitcher is denied in bid for fifth no-hitter in a row: Patrick Schuster of Mitchell High in Florida was seeking his fifth consecutive no-hitter, but gave up five runs — three earned — in five innings as Mitchell was eliminated by Gaither High 9-4 in a district-tournament game.

The national record for consecutive no-hitters by a high-school pitcher is six.

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