Sports in Brief: Dykstra guilty of auto theft

Posted: October 21, 2011

Former Phillies and New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was convicted of three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement after declining to challenge the charges in Los Angeles.

Dykstra, 48, pleaded "no contest" in court Wednesday and faces as long as four years in state prison. He was released pending his sentencing on Jan. 20.

American cyclist Floyd Landis and his former manager Arnie Baker went on trial in absentia in France on Thursday over allegations they spearheaded a plot to hack into an anti-doping laboratory's computers.

French court officials say Landis - who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping - and Baker never replied to a summons for the Paris trial. They are among five defendants in the case.

GOLF: In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Luke Donald shot a 6-under 66 for a seven-way share of the lead in the Children's Miracle Network Classic with James Driscoll, Arjun Atwal, Nathan Green, Scott Stallings, Derek Lamely and Gary Woodland.

Yani Tseng shot a 4-under 68 to join Ai Miyazato atop the leaderboard in the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

In Catellon, Spain, Ross McGowan shot a 7-under 64 to take a 2-shot lead in the Castello Masters.

Daniel Burton of Lititz, Pa., a former president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, has been nominated for vice president of the United States Golf Association. Elections will take place Feb. 4 at the USGA's annual meeting in Houston.

BASEBALL: Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the Warren Spahn Award, given annually to baseball's top lefthanded pitcher, while Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz received the Roberto Clemente Award, given each year to a major-league player who gives back through community service and also excels on the field.

TENNIS: Agent Ken Meyerson, who represented Grand Slam winners Andy Roddick, Chris Evert, and Justine Henin, died Wednesday night at his home in Florida, according to a statement by his agency. He was 48. The cause of death was not disclosed.

PAN AMERICAN GAMES: In in Guadalajara, Mexico, the United States earned its sixth shooting gold medal and 34th overall as Glenn Eller won the men's double trap.

The U.S. also added one gold medal to its leading tally when Elizabeth Pelton won the women's 200 backstroke in a games-record 2 minutes, 8.99 seconds.

In tennis, American Irina Falconi defeated Florencia Molinero of Argentina, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the women's final, while top-seed Christina McHale of the U.S. was upset by 264th-ranked Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Former Villanova star Curtis Sumpter was named to the U.S. men's basketball team. The Americans open play on Oct. 26, facing Dominican Republic.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, from Somerdale, N.J., was named to the Wayman Tisdale Award watch list by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

- Staff and wire reports

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