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Pistorius might not be allowed in Olympics

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The prosthetic legs double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius uses provide less air resistance than normal legs, the IAAF said Monday.

Pistorius, who wears curved, carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, finished second in Rome on Friday and last against elite able-bodied athletes at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. He hopes to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“The guy Oscar beat on Friday – the stride length was the same, but the speed through the air was slower for the able-bodied guy,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said.

Pistorius ran 46.90 seconds in the 400 in Rome. To make next year’s Olympics, he would have to run a 46.3.


Wade rehabbing

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said his knee and shoulder rehabilitation are going well, although he may not be ready by the start of training camp in October.

Wade had surgery on his left knee and left shoulder in mid-May.

•Guard DeShawn Stevenson re-signed with the Washington Wizards. The contract is reportedly worth $15 million over four years.

•The Golden State Warriors signed first-round pick Marco Belinelli.

•The Denver Nuggets signed free-agent guard Chucky Atkins, three days after point guard Steve Blake returned to Portland.

•The judge presiding over former Nets’ star Jayson Williams’ retrial in Somerville, N.J., for the shooting of a hired driver in 2002 ruled that portions of a 911 call made by Williams’ brother on the night of the shooting that were used in his 2004 conviction will be excluded from the trial.


Weis back in court

Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis was back in court in Boston, pressing his medical malpractice case for a second time against two surgeons he alleges botched his care after he had gastric bypass surgery five years ago. The first trial ended in a mistrial in February.

•Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2007 season following two DUI arrests.

•The Detroit Lions re-signed defensive tackle Cory Redding to a multiyear deal.

•Miami Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers had his drunken driving case delayed until next month.


Ballesteros retires

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros officially retired from golf. He has a record 50 victories on the European Tour and five major championships.

•The Pittsburgh Penguins gave coach Michel Therrien a one-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season.

•Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches has a slight fever and won’t run in Saturday’s $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks.

•The Austrian Ski Federation gave lifetime bans to two biathletes and two coaches who engaged in blood doping at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Retired biathletes Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann, and former coaches Emil Hoch and Walter Mayer will lose their federation membership.

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