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Post report: Jones admits steroids use

Marion Jones admitted using steroids before the 2000 Olympics in a recent letter to close family and friends, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Jones, a triple gold medalist in Sydney, said she took a performance-enhancing drug called "the clear" for two years, beginning in 1999, and that she got it from former coach Trevor Graham, the Post reported. Graham told her it was flaxseed oil, the letter said. Until now, Jones has said she never took performance-enhancing drugs. Jones also said she will plead guilty today in New York to two counts of lying to federal agents about her drug use and an unrelated financial matter, the Post reported. The letter was read to the Post by a person who had been given a copy of it and requested anonymity. A person familiar with Jones' legal situation, who also requested anonymity, confirmed the relevant facts that were described in the letter.

Water works?

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he had nothing to say about video that showed Rockies closer Manny Corpas pouring liquid on his body in the bullpen before pitching against the Phillies in Game 1 on Wednesday. Corpas, a former Modesto Nut, was caught by TBS cameras taking a sip of a liquid out of a cup, then pouring some down the back of his neck and all over the front of his jersey. Corpas, who earned the save in Colorado's 4-2 win, patted his chest and rubbed his fingers before throwing a pitch.

Euro crash: Miami's Wade tops jersey list

Dwyane Wade beat out Allen Iverson and a number of European players to top the list of most popular NBA jerseys in Europe. Wade's No. 3 Miami Heat jersey was the top seller in retail locations throughout Europe during last season, the NBA announced Thursday. He previously topped sales in the U.S. at the NBA store and its Web site after the 2005-06 regular season. Iverson, sparked by a trade from Philadelphia to Denver during the season, claimed the second spot. Sales of the league's merchandise in Europe increased 40 percent last season.

49ers' Jennings out

Left tackle Jonas Jennings will be out of the 49ers' lineup indefinitely while dealing with a "private matter," coach Mike Nolan said Thursday. The oft-injured Jennings is healthy, but Nolan wouldn't disclose the reason for the seventh-year pro's absence. Jennings was at the 49ers' training complex Thursday, but didn't practice. Third-year backup Adam Snyder will start in place of Jennings, who started 13 games last season.