Raiders re-sign 'Tui'
Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is returning to Oakland after spending a year with the New York Jets, giving the Raiders the veteran backup they were looking for to help JaMarcus Russell. Tuiasosopo signed a contract Thursday to return to the team that drafted him in the second round in 2001. Tuiasosopo played sparingly as a backup for six seasons in Oakland before leaving to sign with the Jets as a free agent last season. After losing Josh McCown as a free agent to Miami and deciding not to bring back Daunte Culpepper for a second season, the Raiders needed another backup to join Andrew Walter behind Russell on the depth chart. Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, will be the starter in Oakland this season, but Tuiasosopo will have a chance to compete with Walter for the backup role.
Basketball fan sues NCAA, Ticketmaster
An Arizona resident sued the NCAA and Ticketmaster on Thursday, claiming the organizations violated racketeering laws by forcing ticket purchasers to pay nonrefundable fees to enter a lottery to buy tickets for high-profile sporting events. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Tom George of Tempe, Ariz., in U.S. District Court, seeks class-action status to force the defendants to end their "illegal lotteries" and implement a system to distribute tickets that complies with federal and state law. The ticket purchasers also seek a full refund of their entry fees and other damages.
Pistons nip Celtics
Detroit's Chauncey Billups, who had 19 points and 7 assists, reacts after the Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 103-97 on Thursday in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals in Boston. Page C-5
IOC issues doping rules for Beijing
Athletes at the Beijing Olympics will be subject to no-advance-notice doping controls at any time and any place, the IOC said Thursday. The International Olympic Committee issued its anti-doping rules for the Aug. 8-24 games, which will include 4,500 tests, up from 3,600 in Athens four years ago. The drug-testing program, which will start with the opening of the athletes village July 27, will include about 700-800 urine tests for EPO and 900 blood tests. Athletes can be notified and tested more than once on the same day. Any athlete missing two tests during the games, or one during the Olympics and two others in the previous 18 months, will be considered guilty of a doping violation and face possible expulsion from the games. National Olympic committees must notify the IOC of the whereabouts of athletes during the period of the games so they can be found for testing.