Sports in Brief | Arkansas stripped of 2 national titles in outdoor track

Arkansas' renowned track and field program lost two national men's outdoor team championships yesterday when the NCAA imposed stiff sanctions for violations involving star sprinter Tyson Gay and a former assistant coach.

The Razorbacks lost the 2004 and '05 titles and also received three years' probation. University chancellor John White said the school planned to appeal.

Arkansas had self-reported violations committed by former assistant Lance Brauman, who was convicted last year of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud. The convictions stemmed from his time at Barton County Community College in Kansas, part of a scandal that spawned charges against seven Barton County coaches and the athletic director and led to the firing of the school's president. Brauman was coaching Arkansas when he was convicted.

Gay won world championships this year at 100 and 200 meters. The university acknowledged that Brauman provided impermissible transportation to Gay and helped arrange lodging for him during the summer of 2003, before his enrollment at Arkansas.

Michigan State football players SirDarean Adams, T.J. Williams and Jeremy Ware have been charged with an unarmed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of a store in April.

They were arraigned Wednesday in District Court in Mason, Mich., on a felony robbery charge, according to court records.

Coach Mark Dantonio said the players had maintained their innocence and would remain on the roster.

Elsewhere: Defensive tackle Adrian Grady will miss the rest of Louisville's season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. . . . Drexel goalie Cary Robertson and Penn forward Loukas Tasigianis were named the Philadelphia Soccer Seven co-players of the week.

Pro basketball

NBA commissioner David Stern acknowledged that more than half of the league's 56 referees had violated NBA policies on casino gambling but said none would be punished because the rules were outdated.

Instead, Stern said he was leaning toward allowing referees to gamble in casinos during the off-season - except for betting in sports books.

Elsewhere: The Atlanta Hawks waived forward Steven Smith, the former La Salle star. . . . Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken left hand and was expected to be out for about six weeks. . . . The preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz in San Diego was canceled because of wildfires nearby. . . . Kobe Bryant will miss the Lakers' exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings tonight because of a sprained right wrist, a spokesman said. . . . Chicago Bulls center Ben Wallace was helped off the court after injuring his left ankle in the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Golf

Bob Estes birdied six consecutive holes in a 9-under-par 64 that left him tied for the lead with Tommy Armour III in the opening round of the Ginn sur Mer Classic at a soggy Tesoro Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Play was suspended because of darkness, keeping 22 players from finishing.

Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 at Siam Country Club to take a 2-stroke lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament in Pattaya.

South Africa's Andrew McLardy and Ireland's Gary Murphy shot 4-under 66s to share the early lead in the Mallorca Classic, with 60 players unable to complete the opening round because of thunderstorms at the Pula Golf Club in Son Servera, Mallorca.

Defending champion Jim Thorpe shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the first-round lead with Eduardo Romero in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Sonoma Golf Club in California.

Noteworthy

After repeated doping scandals, the Tour de France issued new regulations for 2008.

The sport's governing body, the ICU, will issue a blood "passport," scheduled for a January start. Tests will provide a profile of each cyclist's blood. If follow-up tests show significant changes in the blood - which could signal doping - riders could be barred from a race or face sanctions.

Qatar launched its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, hoping to become the first Arab country to host the Games. Flush with billions from oil and gas sales, Qatar hopes to build on its success as host of the 2006 Asian Games to attract the Olympics to Doha and promote understanding between the Middle East and the rest of the world.