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DOCTOR INDICTED: A doctor who was accused in a television report of writing illegal steroid prescriptions for three former Carolina Panthers players has been indicted on federal charges.

James M. Shortt was charged with 29 counts of distributing steroids and human growth hormones as well as a conspiracy charge, U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser said Wednesday. The indictment did not specify who received the drugs.

But a person familiar with the indictment said they were current and former members of the Carolina Panthers, bodybuilders and at least one police officer. The source spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, and did not name players.

A CBS News report in March identified center Jeff Mitchell, tackle Todd Steussie and punter Todd Sauerbrun as having filled steroid prescriptions written by Shortt.

CASE COULD BE REVIVED: Two women trying to revive their suit against the University of Colorado over alleged misconduct in its football recruiting program must be given a document outlining another woman's allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a football player, a judge ordered Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer ordered attorneys for the university to turn over the transcript of an interview by a CU campus police officer with the former student athletic trainer identified in court only as Trainer B. The university previously declined to provide the document, which Shaffer said will be sealed, because attorneys believed it belonged to the state attorney general's office. Kimberly Hult, an attorney for Lisa Simpson, one of the women suing the school, said after the hearing the document could help the women's effort to revive the suit.

Auto racing

GORDON HELMET OFF SITE: The helmet that Robby Gordon threw at Michael Waltrip was pulled off the online auction site eBay on Wednesday after bidding exceeded $10 million. The site ended the auction because it was unable to verify the legitimacy of the bids and because Gordon didn't have the proper documentation showing that he planned to donate the proceeds of the sale to charity, said eBay spokesman Hani Durzy.

F1 COMING BACK: Formula One will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year despite the fiasco surrounding June's boycotted race, but the event's long-term future is uncertain. Speedway officials announced Wednesday it will host the U.S. Grand Prix for a seventh consecutive year on July 2, 2006. The race was in jeopardy because only six drivers competed in the June 19 race after seven teams boycotted the event because of safety concerns. The contract between F1 and the speedway ends after 2006.


DEMANDS FOR BAN: Two prominent sports leaders have asked the World Anti-Doping Agency to suspend a French laboratory and investigate who leaked documents leading to a report that Lance Armstrong used banned substances during the 1999 Tour de France. Denis Oswald, president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), and Sergei Bubka, IOC athlete's commission chief, made the request in a joint letter, the French sports daily L'Equipe reported Wednesday.