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Taylor likely dancing away from Miami

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May 22, 2008

Football
The feud between Jason Taylor and Bill Parcells intensified yesterday, making it likely the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end has played his last game for the Miami Dolphins. Coach Tony Sparano said Taylor isn't expected to take part in any team activities through training camp. The revelation came less than 24 hours after Taylor finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi in the finals of "Dancing With the Stars" in Los Angeles. The new Dolphins regime has been fuming while Taylor, 33, spent his offseason focused on his budding Hollywood career. Following a voluntary team practice yesterday - with only Taylor missing - Sparano said the Dolphins are ready to move on without their top defender . . . Other notables who didn't show up for their "optional" workouts: Saints defensive end Will Smith skipped apparently because he is unhappy with his contract; Browns tight end Kellen Winslow did not attend and coach Romeo Crennel doesn't know why he's not with the team; and Cardinals Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett skipped out as temperatures in Tempe approached 90.

Law, order for Grant, McKinnie, Benson
Three players in trouble with the law were at their teams' sessions. The Saints' Charles Grant was at the workout a day after being indicted by a grand jury in Georgia on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from an altercation at a nightclub in February. After attending a court hearing in Florida the day before, Bryant McKinnie joined his Viking teammates.; he has pleaded not guilty to charges - one felony and three misdemeanors - following a fight outside a Miami nightclub in February. And running back Cedric Benson was back in Bears camp after he was arrested in Texas weeks ago on suspicion of boating while under the influence and resisting arrest.

Baseball
MLB asks teams to pick up the pace
With games seeming to run longer each year, Major League Baseball asked teams to help enforce speed-up rules already on the books. A nine-inning game is averaging 2 hours 51 minutes 42 seconds this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That's only 29 seconds longer than last season, but 5 1/2 minutes longer than five years ago. In 1981, an average game took 2:33. "Improving pace of game is an important goal that will be emphasized," commissioner Bud Selig said. . . . Pedro Martínez returned to the Dominican Republic to be with his sick father, delaying his plans to test his ailing hamstring. Martínez had planned to rejoin the New York Mets in Atlanta for a bullpen session yesterday. But Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Martínez headed home after receiving word via e-mail that his father, Pablo Jaime, 78, sustained a medical setback. Jaime has a form of brain cancer . . . Willie Randolph, the Mets' first black manager, issued an apology to team ownership, the club's TV network, and his players "for the unnecessary distraction" he created by suggesting he was portrayed in a different manner than white managers.

Doping
Dealer says he gave Jones steroid drink
For a second day in San Francisco, an admitted steroids dealer testified he set up Marion Jones with a three-drug cocktail of banned substances to boost her bid to win five medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Angel "Memo" Heredia said he mailed the oxygen-boosting EPO, growth hormone, and insulin to Jones at the behest of her then-coach Trevor Graham, who faces federal charges of lying to federal agents about his relationship with Heredia . . . A convicted steroids dealer met with NFL security officials in Dallas and gave them names of players he said bought steroids from him, his lawyer said. Hank Hockeimer, the lawyer for convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs, declined to reveal which players bought steroids from Jacobs.

BASKETBALL
Lakers' Bynum has knee surgery
Center Andrew Bynum underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in New York, and the Los Angeles Lakers said they expect him to make a full recovery by the start of training camp next fall . . . Toronto Raptors guard Anthony Parker had surgery to repair an injured extensor tendon in the middle finger of his right hand . . . Deanna Nolan had the go-ahead jumper with 2:01 left and the host Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever, 76-71, in WNBA action . . . Melquan Bolding, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard who had been expected to go to Louisville, signed a letter of intent with Duquesne. Bolding, who averaged 18 points and seven rebounds last season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.

Miscellany
Dutrow: Prado tried to box in 'Brown'
Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. suggested that jockey Edgar Prado, on long shot Riley Tucker in the Preakness, needlessly tried to block Big Brown, who heads into the Belmont Stakes with a shot at the Triple Crown. Prado said he did nothing inappropriate. "It looked like he was just trying to keep our horse in the box," Dutrow said . . . Humpy Wheeler announced his retirement as president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., ending a 33-year career as one of NASCAR's top promoters. Wheeler, 69, will step down after Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 . . . Danny Dichio scored in the seventh minute and host Toronto FC extended its unbeaten streak in MLS play to six games with a 1-0 win over D.C. United . . . The 2009 AHL All-Star Classic is Jan. 25-26 at Worcester's DCU Center.

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