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August 13, 2007
Sold By MLS to Portuguese team Benfica, the rights to Freddy Adu. The transfer price for the 18-year-old was $2 million. Adu has been inconsistent in his 3 1/2-year MLS career; this season he had one goal in 11 games for Real Salt Lake. But he has shown flashes of brilliance, especially at the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup. "I had headaches thinking about [the decision to leave]," Adu told SI.com. "But Benfica has developed some of the best players in Europe, and they have a great tradition, a great stadium and a great following. This happens once in a lifetime."
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August 13, 2007

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Sold
By MLS to Portuguese team Benfica, the rights to Freddy Adu. The transfer price for the 18-year-old was $2 million. Adu has been inconsistent in his 3 1/2-year MLS career; this season he had one goal in 11 games for Real Salt Lake. But he has shown flashes of brilliance, especially at the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup. "I had headaches thinking about [the decision to leave]," Adu told SI.com. "But Benfica has developed some of the best players in Europe, and they have a great tradition, a great stadium and a great following. This happens once in a lifetime."

Survived
By X Games skateboarder Jake Brown, a 40-foot fall after he lost control of his board in the Big Air competition. Brown suffered only a lung contusion and a fractured wrist in the fall, which hushed the Staples Center crowd. The Aussie was out cold for about five minutes, but ultimately walked away. He spent two nights in the hospital. "I had a few seconds to actually contemplate how I was going to fall; I think I chose the best way," Brown said. "I tried to break my fall with my feet."

Found
Two weeks after they went missing at the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, two Cuban boxers. It turned out that the duo—Guillermo Rigondeaux, 25, and Erislandy Lara, 24—hadn't defected, as they were accused of doing by Fidel Castro. Instead, they were at a Brazilian coastal resort partying and running up a large tab. When discovered, they said they wanted to return to Cuba.

Launched
By the ATP, an investigation into irregular betting patterns on a match involving Nikolay Davydenko, the No. 4 player in the world. A British book received $7 million in bets—10 times the norm—on his match with No. 87 Martin Vassallo Arguello in the second round of a tournament in Poland on Aug. 2. Most of the money was on Arguello to win, which he did when Davydenko retired in the third set with a toe injury. (The book, Betfair, returned all bets.) Davydenko's agent denied the player was involved in any betting scheme. "It is important that we not jump to conclusions, especially when players' reputations could be unfairly tainted," said ATP chairman Etienne de Villiers. "What we must do is carry out a comprehensive and immediate investigation, and that is what we are doing."

Sentenced
To five years in prison after pleading guilty to running a sports betting ring with a former NHL player and coach, ex-- New Jersey state trooper James Harney. Last year Harney admitted to running the ring with Rick Tocchet, who was then Wayne Gretzky's assistant with the Phoenix Coyotes. Investigators said Gretzky's wife, Janet Jones, placed bets (reportedly totaling $500,000), but she wasn't charged with a crime. Tocchet, who also pleaded guilty, will be sentenced later this month. Authorities said there was no evidence that any of the bets were on hockey.

Suspended
For 80 games for his third violation of baseball's policy on banned stimulants, Tigers infielder Neifi Perez, 34. The failed test came while Perez was already serving a 25-game suspension for his second violation. Perez (left), who is hitting just .172 this year, claimed the substance was approved by his doctor and said, "It's not fair."

Charged
With violating the protective order banning him from making contact with his wife, Devil Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes. NiShea Gilbert, who is in the process of divorcing Dukes, obtained the order in May after Dukes allegedly threatened to kill her and the couple's two children. Last week she told police that Dukes had called her and that she received a call from a woman who Gilbert believed was calling at Dukes's behest. Dukes, 23, who has been on the inactive list since June, faces a year in prison.

Testified
At the trial of a teammate accused of stabbing him to take his starting job, Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza. Mitch Cozad (top) is on trial for attempted murder and various other charges stemming from an incident last September in which Mendoza (middle, bottom) was stabbed in his kicking leg in a dark campus parking lot by a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Mendoza broke down on the stand when a tape of his 911 call was played, but he could not identify his assailant. Cozad's lawyers contend that Kevin Aussprung, who testified for the prosecution that he drove Cozad from the crime scene, is the real attacker. Aussprung denied that, saying that when Cozad returned to the car "he seemed like he was in a hurry and that something went wrong with whatever he was doing." Aussprung said that they later removed tape from the car's license plates. Mendoza, who recovered to play in 10 games last year, plans to punt for the Bears this season.

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