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Guillen not ready to wave white flag

September 2, 2009

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said yesterday his team is still good enough to remain in the AL Central race despite trading designated hitter Jim Thome to the Dodgers and pitcher Jose Contreras to the Rockies just before Monday’s midnight deadline for finalizing postseason rosters. Chicago had committed to more than $100 million in contracts by adding pitcher Jake Peavy and outfielder Alex Rios before eight losses in nine games dropped the White Sox below .500. “Do we have a shot? Of course,’’ Guillen said. “If we keep playing like that, are we going to have a shot? No chance.’’ The Red Sox visit Chicago for four games this weekend . . . Teams expanded rosters yesterday and among the prominent players added were Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers), Jason Giambi (Rockies), Aaron Boone (Astros), David Wright (Mets), Jose Guillen (Royals) and Adrian Beltre (Mariners) . . . Arguing that evidence may be destroyed, federal prosecutors asked an appeals court in New York to stay its decision that government agents illegally seized drug testing records and samples of more than 100 players.

Coffman to start at QB for Kansas St.
Junior Carson Coffman will start at quarterback for Kansas State against UMass Saturday, but transfer Grant Gregory will see plenty of playing time, coach Bill Snyder announced. At 6 feet 3 inches, Coffman is more of a standup, in-the-pocket quarterback than Gregory, who spent two years as Matt Grothe’s backup at South Florida. Another QB candidate, transfer Daniel Thomas, will start at running back . . . Controversy continued to swirl around Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, accused Monday of violating NCAA rules by exceeding limits on practice time. Now he has been sued in federal court by a bank claiming he failed to pay back $3.9 million on a loan for a struggling Virginia condominium project . . . Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick, who started all 14 games last season, suffered a gunshot wound in his arm during a robbery attempt at an off-campus apartment . . . Citing personal reasons, tight end Jamal Mosley left the Oklahoma State squad a week after a woman filed for a protective order against him.


Rubio felt he needed time to prepare
Eighteen-year-old point guard Ricky Rubio said he backed out of a deal that would have brought the Spanish star to the Timberwolves because he wasn’t quite ready for the NBA. “The reason leading me to take this next step is to have a period of preparation to better take the challenge of the NBA in better conditions as a player,’’ the No. 5 draft pick said in a statement. “The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be my first option and I wish to play with them in the near future.’’ Rubio chose to play through 2010-11 with Regal FC Barcelona, which paid DKV Joventut $5.3 million for his contract, the largest buyout in European basketball history . . . Rebekkah Brunson scored a career-high 32 points as the Monarchs dealt Connecticut’s WNBA playoff hopes a blow with a 90-70 victory over the Sun in Sacramento. The Sun (14-17) fell to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one game out of the final playoff spot . . . Led by Iziane Castro Marques’s 27 points, the Dream (16-14) solidified their hold on second place with an 80-75 win over the Sparks in Los Angeles, 84-79 . . . Cheryl Ford had 22 points and Deanna Nolan added 21 as the third-place Shock (14-15) kept their hopes alive by beating the Mercury, 101-99, in Auburn Hills, Mich. . . . Camille Little’s 17 points helped the Storm win their sixth straight, 65-58 over the Liberty in New York . . . Becky Hammon scored 29 points, including a clinching free throw in the second overtime, to spur the Silver Stars past the Lynx, 84-82, in San Antonio.

Lightning strike deal with Tanguay
The Lightning bolstered their attack by signing free agent left wing Alex Tanguay, who had 16 goals and 41 points for the Canadiens last season. Tanguay, 29, the top draft choice of the Avalanche in 1998, has 193 goals and 580 points in nine seasons with Colorado, Calgary and Montreal . . . Sabres forward Adam Mair will miss the start of the regular season after having hip surgery . . . Boston College’s Benn Ferriero was one of three forwards signing on with the Sharks, joining Torrey Mitchell and Brad Staubitz.

Schaus, Stack spearhead US shutout
BC’s Molly Schaus made 12 saves as the US Women’s National Team blanked Sweden, 7-0, at the Canada Cup hockey tournament in Vancouver. Eagles teammate Kelli Stack scored the first US goal . . . Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam announced on her blog that she gave birth to 6-pound, 10-ounce Ava Madelyn McGee yesterday morning . . . Rising NASCAR star Brad Keselowski, 25, who won three times on the Nationwide circuit for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this year, will drive a Sprint Cup car for Penske Racing next season.