Dykstra gets six months for fraud
LOS ANGELES – Lenny Dykstra, the 1980s World Series hero who pleaded guilty earlier this year to bankruptcy fraud, has been sentenced to six months in federal prison and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.
The 49-year-old former ballplayer – who is already serving time in state prison for grand theft auto, lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon – was also ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution.
In the federal case, Dykstra pleaded guilty in July to bankruptcy fraud and other charges.
According to the written plea agreement, he admitted defrauding his creditors by declaring bankruptcy in 2009, then stealing or destroying furnishings, baseball memorabilia and other property from his $18.5 million mansion.
He also admitted giving false or misleading testimony about the property he removed from the Los Angeles-area home, which he had purchased from hockey great Wayne Gretzky, according to the court documents.
Dykstra spent 11 years in the major leagues, mostly as an outfielder for the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.
Four-year ban for Kokkinariou
ATHENS – Greek distance runner Irini Kokkinariou was banned for four years today for blood doping after athletics officials won an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had appealed to the CAS to increase a two-year ban imposed by Greek officials after Kokkinariou, 31, was found guilty of blood doping in July, based on an abnormal biological passport, or blood profile, between 2009 and 2011.
The CAS agreed with the IAAF that there were aggravating circumstances which merited an increased ban, saying Kokkinariou’s blood profile was “conclusive evidence of the repeated use of blood doping over a protracted period of time as well as her engagement in a carefully planned doping scheme”.
The ban will run from October 27 last year, the date of Kokkinariou’s provisional suspension, and her results would be scratched for the affected period, officials said.
The Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS) was ordered by the CAS to pay the costs of the appeal. Kokkinariou finished last in her heat of the 3,000m steeplechase at last year’s world championships in Daegu.†
Three facing charges for linesman’s death
AMSTERDAM – Prosecutors in the Netherlands say they will charge three players in connection with the death of a linesman in a Sunday league football match.
The two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old will face broad charges in connection with the death of Richard Nieuwenhuizen.
The three remain in custody ahead of their court appearance on Thursday.
The prosecutor’s office said the investigation was continuing and witnesses were still being questioned.
Nieuwenhuizen had been running the line for his son’s team, Buitenboys. After the match he was attacked by members of the opposition, the Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten.
He collapsed hours after the assault, fell into a coma and died in hospital yesterday.
Chelsea sign Wallace
BRASILIA – Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian teenager Wallace during the January transfer window.
The attacking right-back, 18, will remain with current club Fluminense until the end of the season.
The Brazil Under-20 international helped Fluminense win the Brazilian league championship, plus two regional titles, last season.
He will join fellow countrymen David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Lucas Piazon at Stamford Bridge. The transfer fee has not been revealed.
Wallace made his debut for the Rio de Janeiro side aged 17 and has played 18 times for their first team. He helped Brazil win the South American Under-17 Championship in 2011 before contributing to their fourth-placed finish at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico three months later.†