Boxing Champ Pavlik Reports Threat

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Middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik has reported to police that a former sponsor threatened to shoot his hands so he can't fight again.

Pavlik filed a police report Monday in Boardman Township, a suburb of Youngstown, Ohio, Pavlik's hometown. He says in the report that some of his associates warned him about the threat.

Baseball

- Washington pitcher John Leonard (0-1) gave up seven runs in only 12/3 innings, as the Wild Things (21-20) lost to the Midwest Sliders (14-27), 9-1.

- New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said Wednesday that the team's lack of offensive production is "getting ridiculous" and "they've got to start waking up."

- The Oakland Athletics placed third baseman Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list. They also agreed to a minor-league contract, with a $4.25 million signing bonus, with prized pitching prospect Michael Inoa.

- Cincinnati Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez is scheduled for surgery Monday on his troublesome left knee, which has sidelined him all season.

- Baltimore Orioles right-hander Matt Albers decided to attempt to rehabilitate his ailing right shoulder rather than have surgery on a torn labrum.

- Colorado Rockies ace Jeff Francis went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

- The San Diego Padres stepped up their offshore push by landing five highly regarded 16-year-olds on the first day of the international signing period. The team committed nearly $5 million in signing bonuses to the five, including $2 million to right- hander Adis Portillo of Venezuela.

- Second baseman Luis Castillo was held out of the New York Mets' lineup for the second consecutive game, hampered by a quadriceps injury.

- A team from Maracaibo, Venezuela earned the first berth to this year's Little League World Series.

College basketball

- The Pitt women's basketball team will open next season at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 against Big 12 Conference champion Texas A&M in the first round of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

- Tennessee signed men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl signed a seven-year extension worth an average of $2.3 million a year.

- Indiana will give up two basketball scholarships for the upcoming season in anticipation of penalties related to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, assistant athletic director Frank Cuervo confirmed. …