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af2 Pioneers to hold tryout

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers will be holding the third and final open tryout of the 2008 preseason March 2 at the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has openings for 10 players to fill out its preseason roster.

Interested players should report to the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome at 9 a.m. for registrations. The tryout will begin at 10 a.m.

Players will be tested in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and individual and group drills. Field turf spikes and shorts are the recommended attire. There will also be a $50 tryout fee.

For directions to the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome, visit www.wyomingvalleysportsdome.com.

For more information on the Pioneers open tryout, e-mail Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Rich Ingold at wbsingold@yahoo.com.


NBA Nene’s tumor malignant

A testicular tumor removed from Denver Nuggets forward Nene was malignant.

The team said Tuesday the tumor was discovered early, and tests showed the cancer was isolated.

“The recovery rate is extremely high,” the Nuggets said in a written statement. “In addition, the odds of a recurrence are very small.”

Nene underwent surgery Jan. 14 to remove the tumor.

The team statement said he was doing well, but there was no timeline for his return.

The Brazilian player’s Web site had posted a statement last week saying the tumor was benign, but that announcement later was removed.

Running Gatlin appeals ban

Olympic sprint champion Justin Gatlin has appealed his four-year doping suspension in an attempt to return to the track for the Beijing Games in August.

The notice was filed Monday to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the international body that has the final say in such matters.

“I’m optimistic that we can get a ruling in time,” Gatlin’s new attorney Maurice Suh told The Associated Press. “I’d be extraordinarily disappointed if due to a procedural issue Justin didn’t have a chance for a hearing that could allow him to compete in the Olympics.”

Suh, who also represents cyclist Floyd Landis in his doping case, asked that the CAS hearing be held in New York.

A U.S. arbitration panel earlier this month reduced the 25-year-old sprinter’s potential eight-year ban to four, but Gatlin wants a further reduction.

He tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone at the Kansas Relays in 2006, his second doping offense. The first came in 2001 when Gatlin tested positive for amphetamines, part of a prescribed medication he was taking for attention deficit disorder.

Auto Racing IRL changes qualifying

The Indy Racing League will use a four-lap qualifying procedure similar to the Indianapolis 500 at all its oval-track races this season.

The pole winner and lineup at those events will be determined by the overall times for all four laps, rather than the fastest of two qualifying laps as in the past. The format for road and street courses will remain unchanged, with single-lap qualifying for all cars followed by a 10-minute group session with the six fastest qualifiers to determine the pole position.

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