HOUSTON (AP) — Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday for insubordination.

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday for insubordination.
Houston general manager Ed Wade announced the move, but would not provide any other details. Chacon has been upset since being bumped from the rotation and moved into the bullpen on Sunday.
“He is suspended pending final resolution of whatever move we end up making with him,” Wade said.
When asked if Chacon was disciplined because he physically accosted Wade, the GM said: “I’m not getting into any details of anything beyond what I just said. It is an internal matter.”
Wade did confirm that Chacon’s agent called and requested a trade earlier this week but said “that has nothing to do with the events of today.”
Olympic committee takes over fencing
The U.S. Olympic Committee is taking over USA Fencing’s high performance program for this year’s Olympics, citing financial problems for the sport’s national governing body.
The USOC said Wednesday it will work to implement a long-term solution for USA Fencing after the Beijing Games. Until then, the Olympic committee “will supervise and guarantee the funding for athletes, coaches and programs.”
American fencers enjoyed a breakthrough at the 2004 Olympics, when Mariel Zagunis won the women’s saber competition for the first U.S. gold medal in the sport in 100 years. Sada Jacobson won a bronze in women’s saber, and the men’s saber team came within a point of a bronze.

Robinson honored
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — It was simply time for the Hall of Fame to recognize Jackie Robinson’s real mark on baseball.
Nearly a half-century after he was inducted into the Hall, the late Brooklyn Dodgers great received a rare honor Wednesday — a new plaque that pays tribute to the cultural impact he had on the game and the country as the first black player in the major leagues.
“A very important part of Jack’s life has been acknowledged today in a more total way,” Robinson’s 86-year-old wife, Rachel, said at a brief unveiling ceremony in the Hall of Fame Gallery.
“As he said nearly 46 years ago, those of us who are fortunate to receive such an honor must use it to help others. That was a great theme in his life,” she said.
The new plaque adds “Jackie” under his full name, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, and the inscription is more detailed than the original: “A player of extraordinary ability renowned for his electrifying style of play. Over 10 seasons hit .311, scored more than 100 runs six times, named to six All-Star teams and led Brooklyn to six pennants and its only World Series title, in 1955. The 1947 Rookie of the Year, and the 1949 N.L. MVP when he hit a league-best .342 with 37 steals. Led second basemen in double plays four times and stole home 19 times.”

Judge doubts NBA’s demand of disgraced ref
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cast doubt Wednesday on the NBA’s demand that disgraced referee Tim Donaghy pay nearly $1.4 million in restitution, saying he might not have to foot the bill for an internal review of refereeing done in the wake of the league’s gambling scandal.
“Is it even recoverable?” U.S. District Judge Carol Amon asked of the $516,971 tab for a law firm that interviewed 57 NBA referees as part of the internal investigation.
The judge, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, ordered the NBA to produce more documents to support the claim before she makes a final decision on whether Donaghy must pay the $1.4 million as part of his punishment when he’s sentenced on July 14. She also criticized the league for not seeking the sum until June, nearly 10 months after Donaghy pleaded guilty to felony charges of taking cash payoffs from gamblers.

Injured umpire released from K.C. hospital
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Umpire Brian O’Nora was released from the hospital Wednesday after sustaining a mild concussion and a cut on his forehead when he was hit by a broken maple bat the previous night.
O’Nora was behind the plate for a game between Colorado and Kansas City when Miguel Olivo’s bat shattered on a groundout to shortstop in the bottom of the second inning.
The barrel of Olivo’s bat whipped around and struck O’Nora in the head. With blood pouring down his face, the umpire rushed to Kansas City’s dugout, where Jose Guillen quickly covered O’Nora’s head with a towel.
O’Nora came out of the game and was treated by Royals trainer Nick Swartz before being taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. A Royals spokesman said no stitches were required to close the cut.
The 45-year-old O’Nora has been a major league umpire since 1999. Minor league ump Mike Muchlinski replaced him on the crew Wednesday night for the Rockies-Royals game.
After the Royals’ 7-3 victory Tuesday, Olivo confirmed that the shattered bat that struck O’Nora was made of maple. The Kansas City designated hitter said he switched to an ash bat for the rest of the game.