In an out-of-nowhere end to Martina Hingis' comeback, the five-time Grand Slam champion revealed Thursday she tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon and will retire for a second time rather than fight what she called a "horrendous" accusation.
"I am frustrated and angry," Hingis, 27, said at a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland, her voice breaking as she fought back tears. "I believe that I am absolutely 100 percent innocent."
She read a prepared statement ending with the vow, "I have never taken drugs," then left without taking questions. She tested positive the day she lost to Laura Granville in Wimbledon's third round. ...
David Nalbandian beat No. 1-ranked Roger Federer for the second time in less than two weeks, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the third round of the Paris Masters. Federer reached eight consecutive finals.
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Sean Glennon threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Harper and a 71-yarder to Josh Morgan and ran for a score to lead No. 11 Virginia Tech (7-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 27-3 win over Georgia Tech (5-4, 2-4).
Defending champion UCLA received 33 of 34 first-place votes in a media poll to pick the Pac-10 champ. The rest of the order: Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, Stanford, USC, Cal, Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State. ... Washington guard Ryan Appleby, considered a likely starter, will miss six weeks after breaking his right thumb. Modesto Christian grad Adrian Oliver is a sophomore guard for the Huskies.
Hideki Mutoh, the Indy Pro Series rookie of the year, will take Dario Franchitti's spot with Andretti Green Racing in 2008. Franchitti will drive in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series.
Chicago scored two goals in the first half, then survived a D.C. United comeback in a 2-2 tie that sent the Fire to the MLS Eastern Conference final. The result gave the Fire a 3-2 aggregate win in the two-game, first-round series. ... Colombian star Carlos Valderrama, the assistant coach of Atletico Junior, was ejected from a Colombian league match in Barranquilla after waving cash in the face of a referee for calling a penalty that helped end his team's playoff hopes.
Track and Field
John Woodruff, who joined Jesse Owens as black Americans who won gold medals in the face of Adolf Hitler and his "master race" agenda at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, died at an assisted living center near Phoenix. He was 92. Boxed in by slow-paced runners in the Berlin 800 meters, Woodruff literally stopped in his tracks, then moved to the third lane and passed everyone.