Afternoon Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NBA-DONAGHY
Former ref jailed for federal rule violation
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy (DAH'-nuh-hee) is back behind bars.
According to Hillsborough County, Fla., jail records, Donaghy is being held without bond for a federal rule violation. Further details have not been made available.
Donaghy was given a 15-month sentence last year after he said he took thousands from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips on games -- including games he worked. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce.
Donaghy was moved to a halfway house this year after serving part his sentence in a federal prison camp. He was scheduled for release in October.
TRACK-SEMENYA'S RETURN
South Africans rally for gender controversy runner
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Several thousand fans sang and danced at the airport today in support of Caster Semenya as the runner returned home to South Africa.
The 18-year-old is undergoing gender testing after her 800-meter win at the world championships.
The victory came after world athletics officials said they were conducting gender tests after questions arose about her muscular build and deep voice.
Semenya arrived on a flight from Germany with other members of the South African team after competing in Berlin.
OBIT-SAILER
Austrian ski great Toni Sailer dies at 73
VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian skiing great Toni Sailer has died after a long illness. He was 73 years old.
In 1956, Sailer became the first skier to win all three Alpine gold medals at a Winter Olympics.
Skiing is a national pastime in Austria, and Sailer's death symbolizes the end of an era.
Sailer won the downhill, slalom and giant slalom at the 1956 Cortina Olympics in Italy. At the world championships there, he took gold in the downhill, slalom, giant slalom and combined.
MLB-SCHEDULE
Rocks hoping to chip away at Dodgers' lead
UNDATED (AP) -- Colorado has a chance to cut into the Dodgers' lead in the National League West tonight when they play L.A. in the opener of a three-game series in Denver. The surging Rockies have won three straight and are just three games behind the division leaders after being 15 1-2 games off the pace in early June. The Rocks enter play with a four-game lead over San Francisco in the NL wild-card chase. The Giants will be trying to rebound from three straight losses at Colorado when they return home to face Arizona.
Elsewhere around the senior circuit, East leader Philadelphia brings a three-game winning streak into its outing at Pittsburgh, Central-leading St. Louis will be gunning for a third straight W when it hosts Houston, Florida is home to the New York Mets, Atlanta entertains San Diego, Cincinnati plays at Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs are home to Washington.
Texas continues a tough road trip tonight with the first of three games against the Yankees. New York is a major league-best 78-46 and leads Boston by seven games in the American League East. The Rangers are second in both the West and wild-card races. They trail the L.A. Angels by five games in the division standings and the wild card-leading Red Sox by 1 1-2 games.
The Halos host Central leader Detroit again this evening while the Red Sox play Game 2 of their three-game set against visiting Chicago. The White Sox start play 3 1-2 games behind the Tigers.
In other AL action, Toronto hosts Tampa Bay, Minnesota puts a four-game winning streak on the line against visiting Baltimore, Cleveland is at Kansas City and Seattle is home to Oakland.
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