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Air-ing on the side

of caution

Michael Jordan has a time-table for deciding whether he'll return to the NBA. "Give me another month and a half. Middle of September," Jordan said at the SBC Senior Open Pro-Am in Long Grove, Ill. Jordan, president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, has been working out with his team, still gauging if, at age 38, he would be able to return at a high level. Jordan was evasive Wednesday, answering one question before leaving for another golf outing.

Write and wrong

San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Tom FitzGerald has been suspended indefinitely after being accused of plagiarizing, the Chronicle reported Wednesday. The newspaper began investigating last week after a reader complained that FitzGerald's "Open Season" column contained information that appeared a day earlier in the Boston Globe. The inquiry uncovered two other instances of suspected plagiarism, the Chronicle reported. In a statement, FitzGerald said he often gathers items from other sources and usually attributes them. He said he "inadvertently used verbatim" a paragraph from the Globe. "I apologize for the error," FitzGerald said. "Over the course of 12 years of writing this column, there may have been similar inadvertencies, but there was never any intent to take credit for someone else's writing."

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Who is baseball's career doubles leader?

ANSWER

Tris Speaker, 793, from 1907-28.

QUOTABLE

"I truly believe that if I played outfield every day, I'd be a 40-40 guy."

_ JOSE CANSECO

Chicago White Sox _ and former Rays _ designated hitter who insists he isn't a bad outfielder, speaking to the Chicago Tribune

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