Fate of World championships in Tokyo still up in the air
International skating officials are still waiting for a response from Japanese organizers, but may have to decide on their own what to do about the world figure skating championships scheduled to begin Monday in Tokyo.
International Skating Union president Ottavio Cinquanta told The Associated Press that he sent a letter to Japanese organizers Tuesday asking if they would be capable of hosting the championships in several months.
"We're not closing the door in the face of the Japanese, but we need to know, and the skaters need to know. We are still waiting for a reply," Cinquanta said Wednesday from his Milan office. "If we don't hear anything in another two or three days we're going to have to make the decision ourselves."
Cinquanta said the ISU is considering three options: Japan hosting the worlds at a later date, moving the championships to another country, or canceling them altogether. Canceling the championships this time seems unlikely.
Cinquanta wouldn't speculate on which country might be able to host the championships if they are moved from Japan.
Woods officially enters Bay Hill
Tiger Woods says he will play the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week at Bay Hill.
Woods is a six-time winner at Bay Hill, including one stretch of four straight victories. He last won in 2009 with a dramatic birdie on the final hole, but did not defend his title last year while coping with the crisis in his personal life.
His commitment to play was not surprising, although until a year ago, Woods typically waited until the Friday before a tournament to announce he was playing.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Bonds' messages to mistress released
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday released transcripts and recordings of voice-mail messages Barry Bonds left for his former mistress during their nine-year relationship.
They don't portray Bonds in a flattering light.
Most of the messages show Bonds angrily inquiring after Kimberly Bell's whereabouts. Prosecutors say the recordings and transcripts are evidence of Bonds' steroid use because the drugs supposedly induce rage in some users.
Both sides on Wednesday also agreed on an 18-page questionnaire prospective jurors will be asked to fill out as Bonds' perjury trial gets under way Monday. The 63 questions will help lawyers and the judge seat an impartial jury. It asks them if they attended San Francisco Giants games in the last five years, if they've heard about athletes abusing steroids and whether they "blog" and how often they "use the Internet."
They also are asked: "Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Barry Bonds?".
Ochocinco trying hand at soccer
Chad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout.
Never short on publicity-grabbing ideas, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday.
The club said Wednesday that after the tryout, it would determine whether to extend the trial period. Ochocinco started playing soccer at age 4 but chose to focus on football in high school.
Ochocinco was also in the news for a very different reason Wednesday. Hamilton County Municipal Judge Bernie Bouchard ordered him to pay Exclusive Wear $11,717 for clothing the Cincinnati store said the player never paid for.
Mancuso wins first World Cup since '07
Julia Mancuso heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" played for her after an international ski race for the first time in four years by blazing down a steep and twisting Swiss course Wednesday to win the final World Cup downhill of the season.
Mancuso's win was her first in the World Cup since a downhill at Tarvisio, Italy, in March 2007, and the fifth of her career. Lindsey Vonn took the lead from Maria Riesch in their duel for the overall World Cup title on Wednesday, finishing fourth behind Mancuso.
Mancuso, who also took silver in super-G at the world championships last month, climbed to third in the final downhill standings, behind Vonn and Riesch, who each won three races.
Braves coach loses eye after hit
Atlanta Braves minor-league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday that doctors were unable to save Salazar's left eye after the accident March 9. The former major-league player is otherwise recovering from his injuries and expects to manage Lynchburg of the Class A Carolina League this season.
The 54-year-old Salazar was standing against the railing on the top step of the dugout during a game between the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals when Brian McCann fouled a ball in his direction. Salazar was unable to get out of the way and fell head-first back into the dugout.
The game was stopped for almost 20 minutes so Salazar could be airlifted to an Orlando hospital. He regained consciousness on the way and was treated for multiple facial fractures, but doctors were unable to save his left eye.
The last word
Ken Griffey Jr. says he was only thinking of his teammates when he retired from the Seattle Mariners abruptly last June and added that he never wanted any major fanfare, regardless how fans felt.
"You want me to apologize for something that I felt was right? I felt that it was right for me to leave? I'm not going to do that. It's not intended to hurt people, it was a decision that I made."