WOMAN ACQUITTED: A young Missouri woman was acquitted Monday in East St. Louis, Ill., of charges she helped former NHL player Mike Danton hire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent.

The federal jury deliberated more than three hours before clearing 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer in the scheme, which unraveled in April when the man recruited for the hit notified authorities.

Wolfmeyer's family and friends gasped, then applauded and gave Wolfmeyer the thumbs-up after hearing the verdict on charges of conspiracy and using a telephone across state lines to set up a murder. Wolfmeyer and her mother sobbed.


WNBA HONORS: San Antonio's Adrienne Goodson has been named WNBA player of the week. The Silver Stars forward ranked fourth in the league in scoring average (21 points per game), second in rebounding (10) and fourth in assists (6) while shooting 59.3 percent from the field and making all 10 of her free throws.


BASEBALL'S BACK: Baseball returned to Japan on Monday after all weekend games were wiped out by the first players' strike in the sport's 70-year history in the country.

All 12 games Saturday and Sunday were called off, leading to losses for teams estimated to be about $17 million.

Players want owners to scrap a planned merger of the Pacific League teams Orix BlueWave and Kintetsu Buffaloes. The strike could continue to affect weekend games for the rest of the season, but weekday games will be played as scheduled. Negotiations are to resume this week in an effort to save future weekend games.


FLYWEIGHT DEFENSE: Japan's Katsushige Kawashima scored a unanimous decision over Mexico's Raul Juarez on Monday to retain the WBC super flyweight title.

Kawashima dominated the 12-round bout at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, knocking down Juarez in the second, sixth and seventh rounds.

It was his first defense since taking the belt from Masamori Tokuyama on June 28.