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Lawyer: Canseco met with Mitchell

George Mitchell, the former Senate majority leader who was appointed by commissioner Bud Selig to head the investigation into steroids in the sport, has met with Jose Canseco, the former slugger's lawyer told The New York Times. Canseco, an admitted past user of steroids who wrote a book two years ago about steroid use in baseball, shared details with Mitchell about "what players, managers, and owners knew, and all the ins and outs of drug use and procedures," Robert O. Saunooke told the Times. Saunooke added that Canseco "has information about [Alex Rodriguez] and the Yankees" that will be in a new book Canseco is shopping to publishers . . . Phil Hughes (hamstring, ankle), who hasn't pitched with the Yankees since he went 6 1/3 hitless innings May 1 against Texas, threw 91 pitches in his final rehabilitation start for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing three hits and no runs in 6 2/3 innings. The Yankees plan to activate him from the disabled list to start Saturday against Kansas City, The New York Times reported . . . The Tigers placed lefthander Kenny Rogers on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with inflammation in his elbow . . . All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca missed the Mets' victory over Washington yesterday with a strained hamstring but hopes to return tomorrow. Another Mets All-Star, center fielder Carlos Beltran, remained out with a strained oblique and will be reevaluated in a couple days . . . Reds ace Aaron Harang will miss his scheduled turn Thursday because of a sore lower back . . . A day after acquiring Ty Wigginton in a trade with Tampa Bay, the Houston Astros designated struggling third baseman Morgan Ensberg for assignment . . . Former Red Sox righthander Jason Shiell was designated for assignment by the Royals . . . Phillies reliever Ryan Madson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder . . . Bill Robinson, who played on Pittsburgh's 1979 World Series championship team and was working as the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league hitting coordinator, died at 64 while in Las Vegas to visit the Dodgers' minor league team . . . Julio Cordido feasted on Portland pitching, going 4 for 6 with seven RBIs as the Connecticut Defenders overpowered the host Sea Dogs, 20-13. Chris Jones took the loss in his Double A debut, allowing six runs in two innings . . . Former major leaguer Brett Butler, manager of the Double A Mobile BayBears, was recovering from a mild stroke two days after he became ill.


Eyeing Olympics, Gatlin to appeal ban
Suspended sprinter Justin Gatlin will appeal a possible eight-year doping ban today, an attempt by the Olympic gold medalist to become eligible for the 2008 Beijing Games. The sprinter's lawyers will make the case almost a year after he and the US Anti-Doping Agency reached an unusual compromise. Gatlin tested positive for testosterone and other steroids at the Kansas Relays in April 2006. In an agreement with USADA, Gatlin accepted the results but was given the right to seek a further reduction in the ban. Gatlin's first doping offense occurred when he was in college at the University of Tennessee. He stopped taking medicine to treat attention deficit disorder a few days before a competition, but it didn't clear his system, according to the case records. He received a two-year ban for that test, which was reduced by a year because of the "exceptional circumstances" of the offense. After testing positive last April, Gatlin said he didn't know how steroids got into his system. Gatlin shares the 100-meter world record of 9.77 seconds. At the 2004 Olympics, Gatlin won the gold medal in the 100.


Blanco fires up Chicago with assist
In his MLS debut, Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco set up Ivan Guerrero for the game's first goal, leading the Chicago Fire past host Toronto FC, 3-0. The 34-year-old Blanco, who will earn $2.7 million a season during his three-year contract, made his debut for Chicago last weekend, scoring in a 1-1 exhibition game against Celtic FC . . . Yura Movsisyan's 89th-minute goal gave host Kansas City a 3-2 victory over Chivas USA and moved the Wizards within a point of the first-place Revolution in the Eastern Conference . . . Rod Dyachenko scored in the 12th minute in host D.C. United's 1-0 win that eliminated Club America from contention in the SuperLiga . . . Younis Mahmoud scored on a 71st-minute header as Iraq beat Saudi Arabia, 1-0, in Jakarta, Indonesia, and won the Asian Cup for the first time.


Douglas a shining star for red-hot Sun
Katie Douglas hit a key running bank shot with 1:25 left and finished with 26 points to rally the Connecticut Sun to a 67-61 win in New York that extended the Liberty's losing streak to six games. Asjha Jones added 12 points for the Sun, who have won eight of their last nine. Janel McCarville scored 18 points for New York.


Cressy sails away with overall title
Rob Gorman claimed his fourth straight win in the Viper 640 class, but was unable to repeat as overall champ as the four-day National Offshore One Design Regatta concluded off Marblehead. Jonathan Cressy took the overall title, winning the Rhodes 19 class while denying Kim and Christina Pandapas a fifth straight win in the class . . . Robert Doornbos survived a mishap on the first lap that dropped him into last place, and recovered to finish 6.145 seconds ahead of Neel Jani and win Champ Car's San Jose (Calif.) Grand Prix. Sebastien Bourdais finished fifth and his lead over Doornbos in the championship race dwindled to 10 points . . . Montreal Canadiens right winger Michael Ryder avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.95 million, one-year contract . . . Mark Grieb passed for four touchdowns as the San Jose SaberCats beat the Columbus Destroyers, 55-33, in New Orleans to earn their third Arena League title in six years . . . Dmitry Tursunov won his second career ATP title, beating Frank Dancevic, 6-4, 7-5, at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships . . . Anna Chakvetadze made quick work of Sania Mirza in Stanford, Calif., and won the Bank of the West Classic, 6-3, 6-2 . . . Brazil's men's basketball team beat Puerto Rico, 86-65, for the gold medal on the final day of the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.