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Washington used pills, pot

A day after acknowledging he failed a drug test for cocaine last year, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admits he used marijuana and amphetamines while he was a player.

"When you're young you make mistakes," Washington said Thursday. "I wish I could take back some of the mistakes I may have made, but I can't."

Washington made his latest admission before Texas played a "B" game against Milwaukee on a practice field in Surprise, Ariz.

On Wednesday, Washington said he tested positive for cocaine in a Major League Baseball test last July. He told Rangers management and MLB about the cocaine -- he said he used it only once -- before the test result and offered to resign. Texas president Nolan Ryan and team management allowed him to keep his job.

Washington did not detail how often he used marijuana and amphetamines, or describe what kind of amphetamines he took.

In other baseball news, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed third baseman Mark Reynolds to a three-year contract. Last year, Reynolds hit 44 home runs and had 102 RBIs, both career highs.

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Around & about

Jelena Jankovic rallied from a 2-4 second-set deficit to beat Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-4 and reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Jankovic won the final four games of the match, twice breaking Kleybanova, to extend her best showing of the year. Jankovic made the semifinals at Indian Wells in 2008, and went on to finish the year ranked No. 1 in the world.

In the NBA, Vince Carter scored 27 points, Rashard Lewis added 24 including a huge three-pointer with 28.4 seconds left, and the Orlando Magic blew a 12-point lead in the final 5 minutes of regulation before beating the Miami Heat, 108-102, in overtime.

Iowa started a methodical march toward a third straight national title at the NCAA championships Thursday night. The Hawkeyes advanced eight of their 10 wrestlers to the quarterfinals and finished the meet's first day with 34.5 points. Oklahoma State was second with 26 points and Iowa State third.

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Outdoors clarification

The Outdoors Page column headline on WNY Soil and Water Conservation Districts' (SWCD) seedling programs cited stock items as "Free." The NYS Nursery offers free seedlings to schools, but area districts charge modest prices for tree, shrub, and seedling stock often not available at commercial nurseries. Also, the column did not include details on the Cattaraugus County program, which accepts orders to March 31.

For ordering information, call 699-2326, ext. 101.

From News and wire service reports.

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