A misdemeanor charge accusing Michigan State All-America Mateen Cleaves of stealing beer from a convenience store has been dropped by prosecutors who couldn't produce a key witness. Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said he would refile the charges when the witness becomes available. Cleaves, who led Michigan State to the Final Four last season, and former teammate Antonio Smith were charged in April with committing larceny for property under $200 -- a 40-ounce bottle of beer from a local convenience store.
What a game from Milton Bradley! The Montreal prospect hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Harrisburg a 12-11 win over Norwich in the deciding Game Five of the Eastern League finals. Harrisburg, the Double-A affiliate of the Expos, won its fourth straight championship. Almost a monopoly, seeing how that had never been accomplished in the league's 77 seasons.
Former Sabre Donald Audette scored two goals, and Ziggy Palffy had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to an 8-1 fight-filled preseason victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Los Angeles scored the first seven goals before things started heating up in the final period. The referees assessed game misconduct penalties to Anaheim captain Teemu Selanne and Los Angeles captain Rob Blake each for being the third man in a fight in a brawl-filled third period. There were fights on three consecutive faceoffs midway through the period. There were a total of six separate fights from 5:43 to 7:15 of the period. At one point, Anaheim coach Craig Hartsburg and Los Angeles coach Andy Murray shouted at each other from between the benches. The referees finally went behind the Ducks bench to restore order.
BASEBALL: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees, 7:30 p.m., MSG; New York Mets at Atlanta Braves, 7:35 p.m., WTBS, ESPN; Triple-A World Series, Game Two, Vancouver Canadians vs. Charlotte Knights, 11 p.m., ESPN2.
BASEBALL: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., 710; Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m., 1330; Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees, 7:35 p.m., 1240.