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College basketball

Summitt reaches 1,000 victories

Pat Summitt became the first Division I basketball coach – man or woman – to win 1,000 games Thursday night as her 12th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols beat Georgia 73-43 in Knoxville, Tenn.

University HS graduate Angie Bjorklund scored 11 points for the Lady Vols (17-4).

“It’s a time to reflect on a number of things, the administration saying yes to women’s basketball and giving us an opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the women’s game,” said Summitt.

She also signed a contract extension that will keep her at Tennessee through 2014.

barry bonds

Judge may not allow evidence

A federal judge says she might toss some of the strongest evidence against Barry Bonds, a blow to prosecutors trying to prove the home-run king lied when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said her “preliminary thoughts” were to exclude from trial three 2000-2001 positive drug tests that prosecutors say belong to Bonds unless there is a direct link that the urine samples came from the former San Francisco Giants slugger.

“If there’s no testimony to establish that, I don’t think any of them work,” Illston said.

The only person who can do that seems to be Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who spent more than a year in jail for refusing to speak to a federal grand jury investigating Bonds. Anderson’s attorney has said his client will not testify against Bonds at the trial, scheduled to start March 2.

Without someone to authenticate that the test results were from Bonds’ urine, Illston said claims that the tests were Bonds’ were “classic hearsay.”

Based on the same logic, Illston said she likely also would exclude a doping calendar and other papers seized by federal investigators at Anderson’s home.

She was inclined, however, to allow a recorded conversation between Anderson and Bonds’ former personal assistant Steve Hoskins in which they discuss injecting steroids. Hoskins recorded the conversation without Anderson’s knowledge.

Illston will issue a decision on the evidence discussed at a later date.

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