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Marion Jones running out of money

Track and field
Seven years after winning a women's record five Olympic track and field medals and snagging multimillion-dollar endorsement deals, Marion Jones is almost broke. The sprinter is heavily in debt, fighting off court judgments, and down to a bank balance of about $2,000, according to recent court records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Last year a bank foreclosed on her $2.5 million mansion in an area of Chapel Hill, N.C., where Michael Jordan was a neighbor. She was also forced to sell two other properties, including her mother's house, to raise money. Jones's financial woes were revealed in a 168-page deposition in a breach-of-contract suit she filed in Dallas against veteran track coach Dan Pfaff. Pfaff countersued and won a judgment against Jones for about $240,000 in unpaid training fees and legal expenses. Legal bills have plagued Jones since 2003, when suspicions of drug use emerged and she was linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative after a federal raid. Last year, a Jones urine sample tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug EPO. Although she was cleared when a backup sample tested negative, she missed at least five major international meets, forfeiting an estimated $300,000 in appearance and performance fees.


Smoltz, Chipper Jones clear the air
Chipper Jones said he apologized to Atlanta Braves teammate John Smoltz yesterday in a meeting arranged and attended by manager Bobby Cox. Jones did not play in Friday's loss to Detroit because of a groin injury. After taking the loss in the game, Smoltz said, "I certainly appreciate the effort of the guys who are on the field busting it." Smoltz didn't mention Jones, but Jones said Saturday he felt he was the target of the comments. Yesterday, Smoltz called the incident a "total misunderstanding." . . . Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau remained in a hospital awaiting test results on his bruised right lung, and he didn't accompany the team on its flight home following a weekend series against the Florida Marlins. The 2006 American League MVP was hurt Friday in a collision with Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo. "He'll probably end up flying back [today]," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He says he's feeling fine." An earlier CT scan was normal, and X-rays were negative, but Morneau awaited results from another round of tests. The injury ended his streak of 191 consecutive games played, the fourth longest among active players . . . Texas Rangers righthander Vicente Padilla, still bothered by right triceps inflammation that forced him to miss a start June 5, is headed to the 15-day disabled list.

Williams ready to change his Sox
White Sox general manager Ken Williams has seen enough poor play and decided it's time to make changes with his lethargic team, which was swept by the Cubs this weekend. Williams said there were 10 players on his roster whom other teams had asked about recently. The White Sox have lost 22 of 27 games . . . Center fielder Dave Roberts was scratched from the Giants' starting lineup because of food poisoning . . . The Washington Nationals placed shortstop Cristian Guzman (sprained thumb) and reliever Jesus Colome (right lower extremity soft-tissue infection) on the 15-day DL. Washington also acquired Levale Speigner from Minnesota for minor league outfielder Darnell McDonald in a trade that reunites the righthander with his former team, and activated Jason Bergmann (right elbow inflammation) from the DL . . . Chris Dickerson capped a five-run first inning with a two-run homer off Pawtucket Red Sox starter David Pauley and the host Louisville Bats held on for a 5-3 victory . . . Knuckleballer Charlie Zink (7-2) allowed five hits over six innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the host New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-3 . . . The Modiin Miracles trounced the host Petach Tikva Pioneers, 9-1, in the inaugural game of the Israel Baseball League, a project of Boston-based Larry Baras.


Dynamo headed in right direction
Patrick Ianni picked a good time to score his first Major League Soccer goal, and did the Revolution a favor in the process. Ianni's headed goal off a corner kick by Stuart Holden in the 81st minute gave the visiting Houston Dynamo a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards. The Wizards (6-4-2) needed a victory to jump past the Revolution atop the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo (7-5-1) won their fifth straight game . . . Thailand will investigate the source of the funds that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra plans to use in his $162 million bid for Britain's Manchester City club, the Thai finance minister said. Prosecutors last week charged Shinawatra and his wife with conflict of interest and malfeasance in a 2003 purchase of government-held Bangkok real estate. More than a billion dollars of his money has been frozen in Thailand.


US field hockey taps Rizzo and Doton
Walpole's Dina Rizzo and Greenfield's Kelly Doton were named to the 16-member US women's field hockey team that will compete in the Pan American Games next month in Brazil . . . Emma-Jayne Wilson became the first female jockey to win the Queen's Plate when she rode 15-1 long shot Mike Fox to victory in the first leg of the Canadian triple crown at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto . . . Texas star Kevin Durant, almost certain that his NBA future will begin in the Pacific Northwest, spent about 45 minutes working out for SuperSonics officials. Seattle has the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Greg Oden, expected to be the top choice by Portland, met with Sonics officials Friday but chose not to work out for Seattle . . . Fritz Massmann, 80, the head trainer for the New Jersey Nets for more than 20 years, died at his home in Babylon Village, N.Y. . . . Russia's Vladimir Karpets won the Tour de Suisse by finishing sixth in the race's final stage, a 21-mile time trial. Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen finished second overall and Stijn Devolder of Belgium was third. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, winner of the Swiss tour's prologue, won the stage in 41 minutes 46 seconds. Karpets crossed in 42:52. Russia's Vladimir Efimkin, who led the overall standings heading into the final stage, was more than three minutes behind the leaders.