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Woods says drug cheats should pay dearly

| Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007

MONTREAL - Tiger Woods said Monday anyone who tests positive under golf's new drug policy should pay a steep price.

"Given our reputation in our sport, how honorable our sport is and always has been and will continue to be, I think that the penalty has got to be somewhat significant," Woods said in a conference call to announce the field for his Target World Challenge.

The World Golf Foundation, comprised of major golf organizations around the world, announced last week that a drug policy would begin in 2008. The PGA Tour has yet to disclose the full list of banned substances until it can share it with the players, and commissioner Tim Finchem said details such as how and when to test -- as well as penalties -- are still being worked out.

He said testing could begin as early as next spring.

Woods was in Montreal for the Presidents Cup, and he said Finchem was to begin meeting with players this week on the drug policy. Woods said he was curious to see what would be on the banned list, suggesting golf might not need to test for everything on the banned list for Olympic sports.

Pro basketball

Seattle officials filed a lawsuit yesterday to keep the SuperSonics from leaving town, saying the team's profitability in much-maligned KeyArena "has less to do with KeyArena than perhaps the Sonics' ability to defend the high pick-and-roll." The lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court just a few days after new Sonics chairman Clay Bennett issued a demand for arbitration, seeking to buy out the remainder of the team's lease unless an agreement on a new arena is reached by the end of next month.

College football

Penn State's game against Iowa on Oct. 6 has been set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be televised by ABC.

High schools

Bishop Canevin athletic director Bob Jacoby said the school has decided not to bring back baseball coach Robert "Red" Locke for his 20th season. Locke, 67, was 273-80 in 19 seasons with the Crusaders. His teams made the playoffs 19 times, won two WPIAL championships and made an appearance in the PIAA title game.


The Boston Bruins acquired defensemen Nathan Saunders and Brett Skinner from the Anaheim Ducks for center Mark Mowers yesterday.

Off the field

John Force was able to stand and shuffle his feet yesterday, and saying he's "lucky to have my legs" a day after a wreck at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex hospitalized the drag-racing star. Force has a compound fracture of his left ankle, a lacerated right knee, a dislocated left wrist and abrasions on two fingers on his right hand. He had screws inserted into his ankle and temporary pins placed in his wrist.

• Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub. Tyson quietly acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale on Dec. 29.

• A preliminary hearing for Pitt basketball player Levance Fields scheduled for yesterday at Pittsburgh Municipal Court was postponed until Oct. 2. Fields, the Panthers' starting point guard, is charged with aggravated assault, disarming a police officer, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness stemming from an incident outside a Strip District night club early Sunday, Sept. 15. Fields' attorney, Bob Delgreco, could not be reached for comment.

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