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Ailing James returns to Heat's practice

October 17, 2010

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LeBron James returned to practice with the Miami Heat yesterday, reporting no problems with his ailing right hamstring. The NBA’s two-time reigning MVP was sidelined by a cramp during an exhibition against CSKA Moscow Tuesday and had not played or practiced since. Miami’s next preseason game is tomorrow at home against Charlotte . . . Purdue star forward Robbie Hummel will miss the season after injuring his right knee again. The school said he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice, the same knee he hurt Feb. 24 against Minnesota that knocked him out last season.

Sharks sign Thornton to extension
The San Jose Sharks signed captain Joe Thornton to a $21 million, three-year contract extension, locking up a key player. Thornton, 31, has long talked about his desire to stay in San Jose and the Sharks never wanted him to test free agency. The former Bruin is making $7.2 million this season and likely could have gotten a richer deal had he tested the open market . . . Anaheim put defenseman Andreas Lilja on the active roster and assigned defenseman Luca Sbisa to their AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

Mediate flying high with another eagle
Rocco Mediate, 47, holed out with a pitching wedge from 111 yards on the par-5 15th hole for his third eagle of the week and finished with a 4-under 67 to maintain a three-stroke lead in the Open in San Martin, Calif. Mediate, looking for his first PGA victory in eight years, became the first player to make three eagles in a tournament since Tiger Woods in 1998 . . . Michele Redman holed out from 126 yards for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole for a 4-under 68 and a share of the third-round lead in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge in Danville, Calif., with Beatriz Recari (70) and Ilhee Lee (68) are also at 12 under. Redman, who had a double bogey on the par-3 16th, hit an 8-iron approach that landed 16 feet from the pin, then rolled into the cup . . . Padraig Harrington overcame a sore neck to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a five-shot lead after the third round of the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia . . . In Nationwide action, Jason Gore, 34, fired a 6-under 65 and moved into the lead at the Miccosukee Championship in Miami. Gore’s bogey-free round left him at 16 under and two shots in front of David Hearn (67).

Federer faces Murray in Shanghai final
Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-4, to set up a match with Andy Murray in the final of the Shanghai Masters. Federer will regain the No. 2 ranking he lost when he was beaten by Djokovic in the US Open semifinals in September. Murray dispatched Juan Monaco, 6-4, 6-1, in the other semifinal . . . Patty Schnyder saved two match points before edging sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in the semifinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Schnyder will play seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic, who defeated Roberta Vinci, 6-3, 7-5 . . . Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm remains on track to become the oldest player to win a WTA singles title after beating Shahar Peer in the semifinals of the Japan Women’s Open in Osaka. Date Krumm, who turned 40 last month, won, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. She will play Tamarine Tanasugarn, who upset second-seeded Marion Bartoli, 6-2, 7-5.

Goodell: Favre will talk with NFL official
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says a league official will meet with Brett Favre this week as part of an investigation into allegations the quarterback sent racy text messages and lewd photos to Jets game hostess Jenn Sterger in 2008 when he played for New York . . . Vitali Klitschko punished Shannon Briggs for 12 brutal rounds in Hamburg to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight title with a unanimous decision . . . Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. stopped Mexico’s Ivan Hernandez in the 11th round in Kissimmee, Fla., to retain his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title . . . FIFA said it will examine evidence from a British newspaper The Sunday Times, alleging two executive committee members offered to sell their votes on World Cup hosts. Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Oceania Football Confederation president Reynald Temarii of Tahiti were filmed asking for money to fund projects. The reporters were posing as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies purporting to help bring the World Cup back to the United States . . . A brilliant all-around performance by 16-year-old newcomer Aliya Mustafina led Russia past China and into the provisional lead of the women’s team qualifying at the world gymnastics championships in Rotterdam.

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