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published December 8, 2002

Case vs. OneWorld begins

Seattle's OneWorld Challenge questioned a key witness Saturday as hearings began in a case that could lead to the team's dismissal from the America's Cup challenger series in Auckland, New Zealand.

OneWorld Challenge, backed by billionaires Craig McCaw and Paul Allen, is accused of stealing and using design information from Team New Zealand, Italy's Prada and 1999 challenger America True.

OneWorld lawyer Hall Baetz questioned Sean Reeves about his assertion he did not try to sell OneWorld's design information to three other teams despite their sworn testimony that he did.

In September, a federal court in Seattle found Reeves breached terms of his employment with OneWorld by attempting to sell design information to its rivals.

While serving as OneWorld's operations manager, Reeves recruited Laurie Davidson, designer of New Zealand's Cup-winning yachts two years ago. Reeves said in a June affidavit Davidson told him he would include line drawings of Team New Zealand's Cup-winning yacht NZL-60 among eight new designs commissioned by OneWorld for $1.5-million.

SWIMMING: American Natalie Coughlin and Australian Ian Thorpe were picked swimmers of the year by Swimming World. Coughlin (1:51.91) also set American, U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 200 butterfly at the Auburn Invitational. She topped Mary Meaghers' 1981 mark of 1:52.99. ... David Denniston won the men's 100 breaststroke and fellow American Rachel Komisarz won the 100 butterfly at a World Cup meet in Melbourne, Australia. Thomas Rupprath set a world record in the men's 100 backstroke (50.58), trimming .17 off American Neil Walker's 2000 mark.

WINTER SPORTS: Olympic champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada won pairs figure skating at the Sears Open in Red Deer, Alberta, edging Americans Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen. American Sasha Cohen took the women's title. Russia's Alexei Yagudin edged American Todd Eldredge for the men's. ... Austria's Stephan Eberharter won a World Cup downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., in 1 minute, 40.18 seconds. American Daron Rahlves (1:40.56) was third. ... American Travis Mayer finished third in the moguls final of a World Cup freestyle event in Sauze D'Oulx, Italy. Finland's Mikko Ronkainen won. For the women, American Shannon Bahrke was second behind Norway's Kari Traa. ... American Nick Pearson (1:10.41) was second in 1,000-meter speed skating at Nagano, Japan. He trailed Dutchman Erben Wennemars by .04. ... American Chris Soule won a Skeleton World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. ... American Johnny Spillane (35.34.4) finished third in a Nordic combined, 1.4 behind winner Bjorn Kircheisen in Trondheim, Norway.

RUNNING: In the OUC Orlando Half Marathon and 5K, Gene Mitchell of Ardmore, Penn., won the men's marathon in 1:08:53. St. Petersburg's Jim Burgasser was fifth in 1:17:03. Clermont's Bea Marie Altieri won the women's in 1:19:58. Orlando's Daniel E. Traver (16:15) won the 5K.

HORSES: Jockey Eibar Coa won three $100,000 stakes races at Calder. On Wander Mom he won the My Charmer Handicap, then rode Built Up to victory in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap and won the Tropical Turf Handicap aboard Krieger. ... Long shot Debonair Joe won the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park, returning $107.60. ... Take Charge Lady won the inaugural $201,000 NTRA Great State Challenge Distaff in Houston. Florida's My Cousin Matt won the $240,000 Challenge Sprint. ... John Campbell earned his sixth Governor's Cup aboard Allamerican Native in the $520,000 race at the Meadowlands.

COLLEGES: Florida's Sara McLarty and Ryan Lochte earned swimmer high points awards at the U.S. Open in Minneapolis. Florida also won the team championship. ... In women's track and field, eight Gators had NCAA qualifying times at the Golden Flash Gala, including Faith Rein's (54:26) meet record in the 400.

OBITUARY: Rugby player Burt Waldron, 24, collapsed while playing for Martinique's Good-Luck against Scotland's Border Reivers. He was pronounced dead at a Trinidad hospital.

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