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Celtics resume talks with Batista

Esteban Batista is back in the mix with the Celtics. His agent Marc Cornstien said last Wednesday the Hawks free agent forward-center had declined an offer to sign with Boston. But yesterday, Cornstien said Boston was back under consideration by the 6-foot-10-inch, 270-pounder from Uruguay. "The situation has reopened," Cornstien said. "Boston is very much alive." Cornstien has said Indiana and Charlotte also made offers and talks with Phoenix have slowed. Batista played sparingly for Atlanta last season, but averaged 20.8 points and a tournament-best 12.4 rebounds in the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas last month.


Bucks sign former Wizard Ruffin
Forward Michael Ruffin signed with the Milwaukee Bucks after playing the last three seasons with the Washington Wizards. Ruffin, 30, also has played with the Utah Jazz . . . The Dallas Mavericks signed Devin Harris to the five-year agreement they reached earlier this month. The extension is worth about $42 million and locks up the speedy point guard through the 2012-13 season . . . Ohio State gave men's coach Thad Matta a raise of almost $500,000, boosting his salary to just under $2.5 million a year, and added a year to his contract to extend it through the 2016 season.

Titans' QB Young fined for penalty
Titans quarterback Vince Young was fined $7,500 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in last Sunday's 22-20 loss to Indianapolis. The NFL fined Young for throwing the ball at Colts defensive back Kelvin Hayden just before halftime, a move that cost the team 15 yards. Hayden had pushed at Young's head, and the quarterback responded by tossing the ball toward the ground at Hayden's feet . . . Browns safety Brodney Pool was fined $5,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cincinnati receiver Glenn Holt last week. Pool said he didn't intend to lead with his head on the play and will appeal the fine. Pool was flagged for unnecessary roughness and sustained a concussion on the play. He is listed as questionable for today's game against the Raiders . . . Oakland released veteran wide receiver Travis Taylor, ending a brief relationship with the former first-round draft pick. Taylor, who spent two seasons in Minnesota, played in just one game for the Raiders this season and did not have a catch.

Davenport loses in China Open semis
Lindsay Davenport lost to Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals of the China Open in Beijing, ending her bid for a second straight title after nearly a year off to have a child. Davenport had an eight-match winning streak since returning to singles play this month after giving birth to a son. The third-ranked Jankovic will play the final against Agnes Szavay, who cruised past Peng Shuai, 6-1, 6-2 . . . Top-seeded Tatiana Golovin and Katarina Srebotnik advanced to the final of the Slovenia Open in Portoroz, Slovenia. Golovin beat eighth-seeded Vera Dushevina, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in the semifinals, and the fourth-seeded Srebotnik defeated Gisela Dulko, 6-2, 6-3 . . . Fourth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko defeated second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, to gain the Sunfeast Open final in Calcutta. Kirilenko will play Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine, a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 winner over Anne Keothavong of Britain.

Track and field
Powell wins 100 meters, misses record
Asafa Powell ran the third-fastest 100 meters of the year. The Jamaican won in 9.83 seconds at the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany, despite a strong headwind, coming within 0.09 seconds of his world record. Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway was second in 10.06, and Michael Frater of Jamaica was third in 10.11. The US shot putters staged a repeat of the world championships, with Reese Hoffa throwing 68 feet 10 inches to beat teammate Adam Nelson. In the triple jump, American Walter Davis improved on his bronze in Osaka, winning with 56-11 1/4, edging teammate Aarik Wilson. World champion Nelson Evora was third. American Michelle Perry won the 100 hurdles with a time of 12.68 seconds, beating surprise runner-up Josephine Onyia of Spain by .02 seconds.

Any Given Saturday wins at Belmont
Any Given Saturday continued on the road to the Breeders' Cup Classic with a victory in the $154,200 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park in New York. Any Given Saturday paid $2.30, $2.10 and $2.10. Tasteyville returned $5.50 and $4, and Helsinki paid $3.90 . . . Going Ballistic rallied to beat even-money favorite Grasshopper by a length in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in Bossier, La. Going Ballistic ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.32 and paid $19.80, $4.60 and $3. Grasshopper returned $2.20, and Past the Point paid $3.60 to show . . . Trainer Carl Nafzger said Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will have his final tuneup for the Classic in next Saturday's $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park. Also confirmed for the race is Derby runner-up Hard Spun . . . Belarussian Andrei Rybakou bettered his own world record in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by lifting 412 pounds to win gold in the men's 187-pound snatch at the World Weightlifting Championships.

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