Wrist fracture sidelinesPujols for six weeks

Wrist fracture sidelinesPujols for six weeks

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist from a first-base collision over the weekend.

Baseball will be without a three-time NL MVP and the Cardinals, tied for first in the NL Central, are left to absorb another devastating blow in a season marred by injuries.

Though his .279 average is 50 points below his career numbers, Pujols was starting to heat up after a slow start and went 3-for-3 with a homer in his last at-bat on Sunday. He's among the league leaders with 17 homers and 45 RBIs.

NASSAU, Bahamas — A court in the Bahamas dismissed a rape case Monday against a Florida International baseball star and two friends who were accused of sexually assaulting two American teens after a night of drinking at an island resort.

Judge Derrence Rolle-Davis dropped the charges against Garrett Wittels and two friends from New York at the request of prosecutors who said they had no case against the men. The judge ordered the $10,000 bond paid by each should be returned. "You are free to go," he told them.

Wittels' 56-game hitting streak ended in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana. He was two games shy of Robin Ventura's 58-game Division I record.

Players union to make new offer to NBA owners

NEW YORK — The NBA will listen to a new proposal from the players union today that they hope will meet their demands for a hard salary cap and decreases in player salaries. If not, the possibility of a lockout looms.

The sides are scheduled to meet in Manhattan for a session of collective bargaining that likely will be the last formal talks before the current CBA expires June 30.

Warner quits FIFA; bribery charges dropped

GENEVA — Jack Warner quit as a FIFA vice president Monday and soccer's governing body dropped a bribery investigation of him, saying the "presumption of innocence is maintained."

Warner and Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam were suspended by FIFA last month amid the gravest corruption crisis to rock the scandal-hit organization. The two leaders were accused of offering $40,000 cash payments to Caribbean voters during bin Hammam's failed presidential campaign to unseat Sepp Blatter.

Ex-UCF player testifies in teammate's death trial

ORLANDO, Fla. — A former University of Central Florida wide receiver testified on Monday that teammate Ereck Plancher gasped for breath, fell to his knees as his eyes rolled back into his head and struggled before collapsing during his final workout.

Anthony Davis said that UCF coach George O'Leary ordered all water and trainers out of the indoor fieldhouse during the practice on March 18, 2008. He also testified during the wrongful death trial in Orlando that the coach was yelling obscenities at Plancher as he told him to get up after falling during an obstacle course drill.

Compiled from wire reports