(Reuters) - Free agent O.J. Mayo has been "dismissed and disqualified" from the National Basketball Association for violating the league's anti-drug program, the NBA announced on Friday. In line with the anti-drug program, no details of Mayo's violation were publicly disclosed by the league and the 28-year-old guard is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years. Taken with the third overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mayo was suspended by the NBA for 10 games in 2011 after testing positive for a banned steroid.
By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kelsie Whitmore will grab her glove and head for left field on Friday while Stacy Piagno will take the pitcher's mound for minor league baseball's independent Sonoma Stompers, which will become the first co-ed professional baseball team since the 1950s with more than one female player in the starting lineup. The history-making game against the San Rafael Pacifics will feature 17-year-old Whitmore and 25-year-old Piagno, both of whom signed with the Stompers earlier this week.
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) - Rory McIlroy fired a brilliant five-under-par 66 to surge into a share of the lead after his second round of the 100th French Open at Golf National on Friday. Finn Mikko Ilonen, South African Brandon Stone, Thailandâ s Thongchai Jaidee and South Korean Jeunghun Wang are all level with McIlroy on five under par overall. McIlroy dropped his only shot of the day on the 18th hole when he hit his tee shot into the water and took a bogey five.
Thousands of structures were threatened and hundreds of people fled their homes ahead of a wildfire ravaging in a section of the Eldorado National Forest north of Sacramento, federal officials said on Friday. Firefighters have been able to carve containment lines around 12 percent of the so-called Trailhead Fire, which started on Tuesday afternoon and has grown to blacken 2,151 acres, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jennifer Chapman said. The wildfire is moving slowly through mixed conifer and hardwood in the forest about 65 miles north of the state's capitol toward more favorable terrain for the roughly 2,000 fire personnel battling the blaze, Chapman said.