HOUSTON -- Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm has a broken bone in his right hand, an injury that will take at least four weeks' recovery and will keep him out of next month's Olympic Trials from June 19-22 in Philadelphia. The men's competition at the Beijing Games begins Aug. 9. Hamm can petition to make the team -- USA Gymnastics officials would almost surely grant Hamm's petition, provided he is healthy in time.
Despite the fall on parallel bars that caused the injury Thursday night at the U.S. nationals in Houston, Hamm finished preliminaries with a score of 93.450, almost four points better than second-place Joseph Hagerty. The nationals continue tonight.
Memphis guard Antonio Anderson, the MVP of the Conference USA tournament, withdrew from the 2008 NBA Draft and is returning to school for his last season of eligibility.
Deanna Nolan had 33 points and eight assists before leaving the court with her left arm in a sling, and visiting Detroit beat the expansion Atlanta Dream 88-76. Nolan, a starting guard for Detroit's 2003 and '06 WNBA championship teams, was 13 for 23 from the field. A collision late in the fourth period sent the former Georgia star to the bench holding her arm. Cheryl Ford had 13 rebounds for Detroit (3-1).
Authorities in Santa Ana searched Friday for a man charged with giving former Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Oksana "Pasha" Grishuk a date-rape drug. James R. Halstead, 61, of Santa Ana, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of administering a drug to Grishuk with the intent of having sex with her.
Top-ranked Roger Federer will face American Sam Querrey at the French Open, beginning the lastest bid for the only Grand Slam title missing from his collection. Second-ranked Rafael Nadal will play a qualifier in the first round as he attempts to win a record-equaling fourth consecutive title on the red clay of Roland Garros. Bjorn Borg did it from 1978-81. Maria Sharapova, the top women's seed following the retirement of four-time champion Justine Henin, faces fellow Russian Evgeniya Rodina in the first round. The tournament begins Sunday and continues through June 8. ...
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is doubtful for the French Open after retiring with a knee injury from a Grand Prix Hassan II semifinal Friday in Casablanca, Morocco. Gilles Simon advanced to the final against Julien Benneteau. ... Dmitry Tursunov won his singles and doubles matches to lead Russia over Germany 3-0 in Duesseldorf, Germany, and secure a place in today's World Team Cup final against Sweden.
Kaka, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday and will miss Brazil's upcoming exhibition tour to the United States. The 26-year-old star for AC Milan in the Italian League will miss matches against Canada at Seattle on May 31 and Venezuela at Foxborough, Mass., on June 6. Kaka hopes to return for World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay on June 15 and Argentina on June 18.
Track and Field
World-record holder Asafa Powell will race Tyson Gay in the 100 meters at the London Grand Prix meet in July, two weeks before the Beijing Olympics. The meet at the Crystal Palace stadium July 25-26 will likely be their only head-to-head competition before the 100 final in Beijing on Aug. 16.
Powell ran the 100 meters in 9.74 seconds last year to break the record. Gay beat Powell to win last year's World Championships in Osaka, Japan, with the Jamaican third behind the Bahamas' Derrick Atkins -- apparently giving up when he realized he couldn't win the race. ...
After deciding to skip the Olympic marathon in pollution-choked Beijing, 35-year-old Haile Gebrselassie will seek a spot on the Ethiopian 10,000-meter team. He's hoping for a unique Olympic triple after winning the 10,000 at Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. ... Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele has ruled out attempting to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at Beijing, a feat he nearly accomplished at the Athens Games in 2004 when he won the 10K and was second by 0.2 seconds in the 5K. He'll run the 10K in Beijing.
For just the second time, Washington and Louisiana State will meet on the football field. The schools announced Friday they will play a home-and-home series, with the Tigers visiting the Huskies to start the 2009 season on Sept. 5.
Jessica Hardy won the 50-meter freestyle (24.85) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.39) in meet records at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine, a tuneup meet for next month's U.S. Olympic swimming trials.