Sports Digest

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lail aces 5th hole at Mendenhall Golf Course

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JUNEAU - Randy Lail hit a hole-in-one during the Sunday best-ball tournament at Mendenhall Golf Course.

Lail aced the fifth hole with a seven iron from 125 yards away.

It was the fourth hole-in-one at Mendenhall Golf Course this season.

Steve Shin, Stick Melton and Ed Birchell have also recorded aces.

NBA salary cap rises to $55.63 million

NEW YORK - The NBA set next season's salary cap at $55.63 million Tuesday, paving the way for teams to begin signing free agents.

The new cap goes into effect today, when the league's moratorium period ends and trades can be made. Teams have been allowed to negotiate with free agents since July 1, but the deals couldn't be completed until the new cap was determined.

BALCO leaker invokes Libby in leniency plea

SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney who admitted leaking the confidential grand jury testimony of slugger Barry Bonds to the media asked a federal judge for leniency Tuesday, noting that President Bush commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence for a similar crime.

In doing so, Troy Ellerman joins a growing a list of defendants across the country who have made the same arguments for leniency since Bush said the former vice presidential aide's 2½-year sentence for leaking the name of a CIA operative was too harsh and commuted it to probation and a fine.

Ellerman's invocation of Libby's case Tuesday was part of a much larger court filing arguing for a prison sentence of 15 months, rather than the two years federal prosecutors are seeking.

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