Passenger says pot found during stop belongs to him, not Heat’s Haslem

A passenger in Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem’s vehicle told the Florida Highway Patrol that marijuana found after a weekend traffic stop on a South Florida highway was his. Haslem’s lawyer believes that should vindicate the NBA veteran.

• Prosecutors in New York City say Indiana Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, grabbed her and hit her head on the bottom step. A judge released Stephenson, 19, without bail Sunday after his arrest on assault, menacing and harassment charges.


HEARING FOR FRENCH PLAYERS: Former France captain Patrice Evra and four teammates will attend a disciplinary hearing today in Paris for their role in the infamous strike at the World Cup and face sanctions that range from lifetime international bans to a mere rebuke.

The French Football Federation have also summoned Nicolas Anelka, Franck Ribery, Eric Abidal and Jeremy Toulalan. All 23 of France’s players boycotted a training session at the tournament in South Africa in June to protest Anelka’s expulsion from the squad after he had insulted then-coach Raymond Domenech during a 2-0 loss to Mexico.


ROGERS CUP: Kaia Kenepi beat No. 14 seed Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-3 in the first round at Montreal.

Aravane Rezai, the No. 16 seed, rallied to beat Petra Kvitova 6-7 (1), 7-5, 6-3.

In other matches, Timea Bacsinszky beat Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3, 6-2; Jarmila Groth defeated Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (9), 6-2; Iveta Benesova downed Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2; and Vania King came back to defeat Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Also former world No. 7 Patty Schnyder, who lost in qualifying but made the main draw as a lucky loser, advanced with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3 win over Virginie Razzano.

• Maria Sharapova says she has pulled out of the tournament because of a left foot injury.


NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed veteran defenseman Nick Boynton to a one-year deal.

Boynton, acquired from Anaheim in a trade last March, played seven regular-season games and three games in the Stanley Cup finals for Chicago against the Philadelphia Flyers. He was on the ice when Patrick Kane scored the winning goal in Game 6.

Boynton was the Boston Bruins’ first-round pick in 1999 and has also played with Phoenix and Florida in his 10-year career.


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