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Police: Felon admits selling McNair gun

Sat., July 18, 2009

Football: Ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair’s mistress bought the gun she used to kill him from a convicted murderer whose fiancee was afraid to have it in the house, authorities in Nashville, Tenn., said Friday.

Adrian J. Gilliam Jr., 33, of La Vergne, Tenn., was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted selling a 9 mm Bryco/Jennings to Sahel Kazemi for $100, according to court documents.

Authorities say Kazemi, 20, met Gilliam while she was trying to sell her car and told him she was looking to buy a gun.

A criminal complaint says Gilliam, who was convicted in 1993 in Florida for murder and attempted armed robbery, told police he sold the gun to Kazemi, whom he identified from a police photo.

Detectives traced the gun to its 2002 sale at a pawn shop. Gilliam eventually bought it from someone for $100 about a year or 11/2 years ago. Investigators said he told them he bought it for protection after his home was burglarized, and police reports show a burglary around that time.

Gilliam faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Storm beat Monarchs without Jackson

Basketball: Sue Bird had 20 points and six assists to lead the short-handed Seattle Storm to a 69-56 victory at Sacramento.

Tanisha Wright had 12 points and seven rebounds and Swin Cash added 10 points and six rebounds for the Storm (9-6), who were without leading scorer Lauren Jackson. The All-Star forward is out indefinitely due to a strained left Achilles tendon suffered in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Nicole Powell had 13 points and Crystal Kelly added 12 for the Monarchs (3-12), who are 0-2 since general manager John Whisenant fired Jenny Boucek as coach and replaced her with himself.

The Storm outrebounded the Monarchs 37-18 and held them to 33-percent shooting from the floor.

•Yao likely out next season: Houston center Yao Ming announced he would have surgery next week on his broken left foot, a decision that will likely keep him out all of next season. The team said there is no timetable set for the return of the 7-foot-6 Yao, a seven-time All Star, but that he is “expected to be available for the team’s training camp in 2010.”

The Rockets knew this could be coming, asking the NBA for a disabled player exception several weeks before free agency began. The NBA granted the Rockets’ request, an acknowledgment that the league doubted Yao would play next season. The team promptly used the money to land forward Trevor Ariza from the Lakers.

Clippers trade Randolph to Memphis for Richardson: The Clippers have traded leading scorer Zach Randolph to Memphis in exchange for Quentin Richardson.

Richardson averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 72 games with the New York Knicks last season.

Randolph was acquired in a trade with the Knicks early last season. The forward averaged 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in 50 games.

Romo grabs first-round lead

Golf: Tony Romo shot a 3-under-par 69 to take the first-round lead at the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe, Nev.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback, once within one qualifying spot to play in a U.S. Open, made seven birdies, including three of the first four holes at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course.

Romo tallied 27 points in the modified Stableford format that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus two for double bogey or worse.

Husky vs. lefty for Publinx title: University of Washington golfer Nick Taylor has advanced to the finals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links in Norman, Okla., where he will face Brad Benjamin of Rockford, Ill.

Taylor defeated Oklahoma assistant golf coach Phillip Bryan 3 and 2 in the semifinals to earn a spot in today’s championship.

Benjamin made it to the finals with a 1-up win over Brandon Crick of McCook, Neb.

Benjamin will seek to become only the second lefty to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Ralph Howe III did it in 1988.

•Chalmers takes first 36-hole lead in 9 years: Greg Chalmers stayed on top of the leaderboard, firing a second-round 67 to build a two-shot lead in the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

A day after blustery conditions made the field post the worst scores in a round since 2004, no one passed the smooth putting, left-handed Australian. After an opening-round 64, Chalmers was at 9-under 131.

While Chalmers charmed, fellow first-round leader Jeff Klauk shot a 69 to finish two strokes behind along with Chris Riley (66) and Kris Blanks (63).

Finch, Leles lead U.S. team over Italy

Miscellany: Jennie Finch and Jenae Leles homered and the U.S. capitalized on some shaky defense by Italy for a 12-0 victory at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.

Best known for her pitching, Finch has become a staple in the middle of the lineup.

She hit a two-run home run in a six-run first inning for the Americans (2-0), and Leles added a three-run shot to center field in the third.

Notre Dame, Army will play at Yankee Stadium: Notre Dame and Army will play the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium next year, rekindling a tradition that took off after Knute Rockne’s “Win one for the Gipper” speech more than 80 years ago.

The teams will meet in 2010, across the street from where they played more than 20 times, a person familiar with the arrangement told the Associated Press.


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