Cavs' West returns to practice

Troubled Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West returned to practice yesterday for his first team workout in a week.

"He was here today, I coached him today, we'll take tomorrow as it comes," coach Mike Brown said of the former Saint Joseph's standout. "I'm not assuming or guessing anything. I'm just coaching the guys here on the floor."

Cavs guard Delonte West is dealing with personal, legal issues.

West, who was not with his teammates for the portion of practice open to the media, practiced for the first time since he unexpectedly missed the team's first exhibition game on Oct. 6. He is not expected to play in the preseason game tomorrow against Washington and there is no timetable for his return to game action.

West has been treated in the past for bipolar disorder. He was arrested in Maryland last month on misdemeanor weapons possession charges.

The Cavaliers have been without West more than they have had him since training camp opened. He skipped Cleveland's first 2 days of training camp without an excuse and then took another week - with the team's blessing - to tend to his personal and legal issues.

In other basketball news:

* Disgruntled Golden State star Stephen Jackson asked to relinquish his captain title during a meeting with Warriors coach Don Nelson and general manager Larry Riley. Nelson accepted Jackson's request and called it a "good thing" on the heels of the emotional swingman's two-game suspension for an outburst directed at the coach early in Friday's preseason game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

* Ohio State starting center Dallas Lauderdale will miss 4 to 6 weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand during a workout. He is scheduled for surgery today.

* Louisville forward Terrence Jennings expressed remorse following his arrest at a southern Indiana restaurant over the weekend. Jennings and senior guard Jerry Smith were taken into custody by police following a confrontation with off-duty officers at an alumni homecoming party early Sunday morning. Police have asked prosecutors to charge Jennings and Smith with resisting law enforcement, battery and disorderly conduct.

* Former men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie and the University of Kentucky have settled their cases over his firing for nearly $3 million, the school said.




* Austrian skiing great Hermann Maier retired at age 36. In his nearly 14-year career, he earned two Olympic gold medals, three world titles, four overall World Cup crowns and 54 World Cup victories. He said a knee operation in March persuaded him to quit.

* Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89, underwent hospital exams after feeling ill at a sports conference in Monaco.

* The badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events for London 2012 will be held at Wembley Arena instead of constructing a temporary Olympic venue. The switch is expected to save organizers $31.5 million.

* A Los Angeles judge says there is enough evidence against a Florida man accused of stalking Shawn Johnson for the case to go to trial. Robert O'Ryan, 34, has been jailed since his arrest in March. Authorities say he trespassed on the lot where "Dancing With the Stars" is taped and tried to contact Johnson. The 17-year-old Olympic gold-medal gymnast won the dancing competition earlier this year.


Sport Stops


* Andy Roddick was forced to retire with left knee pain while leading Stanislas Wawrinka, 4-3, in the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

* French prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation to examine syringes found in medical waste containers during the Tour de France.

* NASCAR suspended Nationwide Series crew member Robert Good for violating its toughened substance-abuse policy.