Side Lines for Friday — November 11, 2005

• Palmeiro dodges a bullet

Palmeiro dodges a bullet

By Howard Fendrich – ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Baseball star Rafael Palmeiro will not be prosecuted on perjury charges after lawmakers said Thursday there isn’t enough evidence to prove he lied when he told Congress under oath that he had “never used steroids” — six weeks before failing a steroid test.

The investigation did not conclude whether the former Baltimore Orioles slugger had actually ever used performance-enhancing substances prior to his testimony before the House Government Reform Committee.

“We couldn’t find any evidence of steroid use prior to his testimony,” Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., said in releasing a 44-page report. “That’s not a finding of innocence, but it’s a finding that we could not substantiate perjury.”

At issue was Palmeiro’s statement at a March 17 hearing: “I have never used steroids. Period.” On May 4, he failed a Major League Baseball drug test, coming up positive for an anabolic steroid. In August, shortly after baseball suspended Palmeiro for 10 days, Davis said Congress would look into whether the player committed perjury.

AYSO Region 940 championship results

U-14 Girls: Kalaheo defeated Lihue 4-0 completing a perfect season with a 10-0 record. Kylie Taniguchi scored twice with Kai Zirker and Britney Gardner scoring one goal each.

U-14 Boys: Kalaheo SPF (red) bested Waimea (blue) 2-1. Kainoa French tapped in a quick goal in the first minute of action. Wyatt Chicoine answered for Waimea, but Kaleo Tin buried a direct kick from outside in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

U-12 Boys: The Koloa Thunder and the Hanapepe West Side played a tough match only to even out at 1-1 after regulation time expired.

Ryan Perez scored on a break away for Koloa after Micah Quinlan had given the West Side a first half lead.

Neither team could score through two “golden goal” overtime periods. The game then had to be decided by penalty kicks. Koloa’s Hal Martin notched the game winner as the sixth shooter.

Dylan Snyder’s stops as keeper for Koloa were crucial for the victory.

Arizona State football placed on probation

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State was placed on two years’ probation by the NCAA on Thursday for providing improper benefits to former football player Loren Wade and other irregularities in the athletic department’s operations.

The penalty is the same as one already instituted by the Pac-10 and does not punish any of the school’s athletic teams. The infractions initially were uncovered by an internal investigation by the university and were reported to the conference and NCAA.


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