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published October 28, 2002


Prep football assistant dies in bus crash

A bus carrying the Kansas School for the Deaf high school football team crashed into a ditch Sunday, killing an assistant coach and injuring several students and adults.

The assistant was 52-year-old Lory Kuschmider, the Kansas State Highway Patrol said. He was from Olathe, the Kansas City suburb where the school is located.

Coach Kevin Milner and three cheerleaders were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, where they were in fair condition. The patrol said four football players were taken to Logan County Hospital in Oakley, where one was treated and released and three were listed in good condition.

The crash happened in far western Kansas on U.S. 40, about 11 miles east of Sharon Springs.

The team played on Saturday at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs.

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TENNIS: Paradorn Srichaphan came back to beat Marcelo Rios 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Stockholm Open in Sweden. ... Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian topped Fernando Gonzalez 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Swiss Indoors in Basel. ... Sebastian Grosjean beat Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-4 to win the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. ... Kim Clijsters overwhelmed second-seeded Magdalena Maleeva 6-1, 6-2 to win the Seat Open for the second straight year in Luxembourg. ... Justine Henin overpowered unseeded Alexandra Stevenson 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour to win the Generali Open in Linz, Austria.

AMERICA'S CUP: The challenger series in Auckland, New Zealand, were postponed for a fourth straight day because of strong wind, forcing organizers to double up the next few days.

SKIING: Olympic and World Cup champion Stephan Eberharter won the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, finishing two runs in a combined 1 minute, 49.47 seconds.

RUNNING: Eliud Kerling won the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany, finishing in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 32 seconds. ... David Makori won the Venice Marathon in Italy in a race-record time of 2:08:49. ... Air Force Capt. Christopher Juarez won the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, finishing in 2:25:01.

EQUESTRIAN: Olympic gold medalist David O'Connor rode Custom Made to a first-place finish at the U.S. Team Fall Eventing Championship in Fair Hill, Md. The team had a winning three-phase score of 48.61.

HORSES: After winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park on Saturday, Vindication earned himself a vacation for the rest of the year. Trainer Bob Baffert's goal is to keep the early Kentucky Derby favorite healthy and sound until May. Betting on the card of eight Breeders' Cup races and three supporting races established a record. The preliminary summary showed a handle of $115,523,156. The record of $108,603,040 was set in 2000. ... Fircroft took the Miss Grillo and One Colony won the Pilgrim at Aqueduct, N.Y.

COLLEGES: Duke was an unanimous pick to win a third straight regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference crown, receiving 48 top votes from writers and broadcasters attending the Women's Basketball Media Day. FSU was tied for last with Wake Forest. ... The Florida volleyball team swept host South Carolina 30-24, 30-23, 32-30. Nicole McCray led the Gators with 16 kills and no errors. ... Florida freshman tennis player Janne Holmia lost to Vanderbilt's Bobby Reynolds 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Region III Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. Gators junior Lindsay Dawaf, sophomore Alexis Gordon and senior Julia Scaringe advanced to the singles semifinals, and Scaringe and Gordon are in the doubles final in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ... The Florida women's soccer team lost 1-0 to host Auburn, ending the Gators' hopes of winning a seventh straight Southeastern Conference title. ... The Florida State women's soccer team beat George Mason 3-1. Senior Cindy Schofield had two goals. ... The South Florida women's soccer team used a 107th minute goal by sophomore midfielder Kim Martins of Tampa to defeat visiting UAB 2-1. ... The South Florida men's soccer team fell to host Florida International 3-2 in overtime.

NBA: Lakers forward Rick Fox said he regrets striking Doug Christie and then waiting near the Sacramento locker room to put a headlock on the Kings guard during Friday's preseason finale. Fox said he expects to be fined and suspended by the league. "I'll accept that," he said. "I can't argue that."

SOCCER: Aly Wagner and Cindy Parlow scored a goal each in the first half, leading the United States to a 3-0 victory over Mexico in the first round of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in Pasadena, Calif. The Americans play Trinidad and Tobago, a 4-2 winner over Panama, on Tuesday. ... Columbian player Giovany Cordoba died, three days after being struck by lightning while practicing. He was 24.

GYMNASTICS: U.S. all-around bronze medalist Ashley Postell, Terin Humphrey, Courtney Kupets and Samantha Sheehan will compete at the individual world championships Nov. 20-24 in Debrecen, Hungary.

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