Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Agassi: Pill from dad might have been speed

Andre Agassi says in an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released autobiography that he swallowed a pill given to him by his father - apparently when he was a junior player - that he believes could have been the illegal drug speed.

In the latest passage revealed from the book "Open," which was published in the German newspaper Bild, the eight-time Grand Slam champion says his father gave him an unidentified little white pill and he took it.

"I swallow it and I feel good. Not much different. A bit more alert," Agassi wrote in comments translated from German, adding his brother had warned him against taking anything from their father because it was the amphetamine speed.

" 'Next time you go to the nationals and Paps gives you pills, don't take them,' '' Agassi quotes his brother as saying. "As [my brother] predicted, at the national tournament in Chicago, my father gave me a pill."

It is unclear to which tournament Agassi is referring. But he did win the 1985 national boys 16 doubles championship title with John Falbo in Kalamazoo, Mich., about 100 miles from Chicago, when he was 15.

In excerpts published Wednesday, Agassi said he ingested crystal meth in 1997 and then lied to the governing body of men's tennis to avoid a suspension after failing a doping test.

In other tennis news:

* Serena Williams bested big sister Venus again, winning 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships final in Doha, Qatar.

* Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic won his first title in more than 2 years by beating Michael Llodra, 7-5, 6-3, at the Lyon (France) Grand Prix final.

Golf

* PGA Tour winner Bill Britton won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., closing with a 5-under 67 for a tournament-record 18-under 270 total and a one-stroke edge over Perry Arthur.

* Na Yeon Choi made birdie at the last hole for a 5-under 67, giving her a one-shot victory over Maria Hjorth and Yani Tseng at the Hana Bank KOLON Championships in South Korea.

* Ross Fisher beat Anthony Kim, 4 and 3, to win the 36-hole World Match Play Championship final in Casares, Spain.

* PGA Tour officials canceled the weather-stricken Viking Classic because of unplayable course conditions in Madison, Miss.

Sport Stops

* Aggravated assault charges have been filed against Paul Mueller, 54, and his son, Derek, 25, who allegedly attacked a referee after a high school football game in Bogota, N.J.

* Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ben Fanelli remains in critical condition with skull and facial fractures after a hard check into the glass Friday during an Ontario Hockey League junior game.

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