Wednesday's Sports in Brief
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in major league history and first for the Giants, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Cain's 125-pitch masterpiece for San Francisco featured a pair of great plays by his corner outfielders, and he got pinch-hitter Jason Castro on a grounder to third for his 27th and final out with the sellout crowd of 42,298 roaring.
Ted Barrett became the first umpire to work behind the plate for two perfect games. He also worked David Cone's 1999 perfecto at Yankee Stadium.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jurors asked for a master list of exhibits - a list that extends well into triple digits - and lawyers laughed about a juror who appeared to doze off during closing arguments as deliberations continued in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens.
The eight women and four men met for about 3 1/2 hours in the afternoon, an abbreviated day because one of them had a scheduling conflict. They then recessed until Monday, taking a four-day break while U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton travels to New Orleans for a speaking engagement - a trip that didn't appear to be an issue when the trial began April 16.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - R.A. Dickey allowed only an infield single during his second career one-hitter and broke the New York Mets' record for consecutive scoreless innings in a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dickey (10-1) became the first 10-game winner in the major leagues and ran his career-best shutout streak to 32 2-3 innings before yielding an unearned run in the ninth.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, threatening to strip his victories in the storied cycling race.
Armstrong could face a lifetime ban from the sport if he is found to have used performance-enhancing drugs. The move by USADA immediately bans him from competing in triathlons, which he turned to after he retired from cycling last year.
Armstrong, in a statement, dismissed any doping allegations as ``baseless'' and ``motivated by spite'' and noted they came just months after federal prosecutors closed a two-year criminal investigation against the cyclist without bringing an indictment.
CHICAGO (AP) - The conference commissioners who have been working on a four-team playoff to determine college football's national champion plan to present the BCS presidential oversight committee with multiple options to consider when they meet in two weeks.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott declined to detail those options, but since January the commissioners have been working on ways to hold a four-team major college football playoff, starting in the 2014 season. Among the details that need to be worked out are when and where to play to games, how to incorporate the bowls, and how to select the four teams.
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - Mario Gomez scored two first-half goals to give Germany a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in one of the most anticipated showdowns of the European Championship.
Robin van Persie pulled one back for the Netherlands in the second half but the defeat left the 2010 World Cup runner-up on the brink of elimination.
In other game action, Silvestre Varela scored late to give Portugal a 3-2 win over Denmark in Lviv, Ukraine.
Off the field, UEFA fined the Russian soccer association $150,000 because its fans attacked stadium stewards at a match last week in Poland. UEFA also gave the federation a suspended six-point deduction for a repeat offense.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow says he weighs 249 pounds - about 7 to 9 pounds heavier than last season. He adds that the team would like him to be at 250 to start the season.
Tebow wants to be ``strong enough to do anything'' without compromising his speed and agility. The Jets plan to use him in various roles, including in the wildcat-style offense and on special teams as the punt protector.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit filed by three retired football players that accused the NFL of constraining the use of former players' images and likenesses.
U.S. District Judge Paul A. Magnuson issued the ruling that retired players Gene Washington, Sean Lumpkin and Diron Talbert ``have utterly failed to make out a claim for violation of the antitrust laws.''
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was suspended for two games without pay and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - The Olympic flame recreated part of filmmaking history, with torchbearers in Scotland re-enacting a classic scene from the Oscar-winning ``Chariots of Fire.''
Thirteen-year-old Joseph Forrester, trailed by 20 schoolchildren, carried the torch along West Sands beach in St Andrews to re-create the opening scene of ``Chariots of Fire.''
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Glendale City Council's vote to approve a lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena with a potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky horse racing regulators approved a ban on the race-day use of an anti-bleeding drug, making it the first state in the nation to take such action.
The proposed regulation would phase in the race-day ban on furosemide in graded or listed stakes races, beginning with 2-year-old horses in 2014. The ban would apply to the Kentucky Derby in 2015.
The IndyCar race in China on Aug. 19 was canceled, leaving series CEO Randy Bernard to find another event for the second half of the season.
LONDON (AP) - Andy Roddick was ousted from the grass-court tournament at Queen's Club after losing in the second round to Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone and defending champion Sabine Lisicki each lost in straight sets in the second round at the Aegon Classic, as players struggled under rainy and windy conditions on the grass-court surface.
Misaki Doi, a Japanese left-hander ranked outside the top 100, beat Schiavone 7-5, 6-4, while Ursula Radwanska defeated the second-seeded Lisicki 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.
BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) - Americans Jill Craybas and Chichi Scholl advanced at the rain-delayed Gastein Ladies tournament.
Craybas defeated Nina Bratchikova of Russia 7-5, 6-3, while Scholl routed Zuzana Ondraskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-0 before heavy rain interrupted play for a third straight day.