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IOC ready to throw the book at Jones

Even though she's handed back her Olympic medals, the shaming of Marion Jones isn't over yet. International Olympic Committee and track and field officials are prepared to wipe her name officially from the record books, strip her of her world championship medals, pursue her for prize money and appearance fees and possibly ban her from future Olympics in any capacity. The IOC, which opened an investigation into Jones after she was linked to the BALCO steroids scandal in 2004, can act now that she has confessed and surrendered the medals. A panel will make recommendations to the ruling IOC executive board, which next meets in December.

Falcons can go after $20 million from Vick

The Atlanta Falcons are entitled to recover nearly $20 million in bonus money paid to disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. The players' union vowed to appeal. Stephen B. Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor and special master who led last week's arbitration hearing, sided with the team after hearing from Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay and attorneys from the NFL Players Association, which represented Vick.

Landis will give up yellow jersey soon

The Tour de France yellow jersey of Floyd Landis will be awarded to second-place finisher Oscar Pereiro next week. The Spanish cyclist will receive the 2006 winner's jersey in a ceremony Monday in Madrid, race organizers said Tuesday. Pereiro takes over as the champion because Landis tested positive for high levels of synthetic testosterone after the race. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme will award the yellow jersey to Pereiro. The International Cycling Union declared Pereiro the winner on Sept. 21, a day after an arbitration panel voted 2-1 to ban Landis for doping.

Kings' top draft pick having knee surgery

Sacramento Kings rookie center Spencer Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. No timetable was given for his return. Hawes was the Kings' top draft pick, selected 10th overall out of Washington. Hawes, a 7-foot center, had microfracture surgery on the same knee when he was 14, though the new injury isn't related.