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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 9, 2002

AMERICA'S CUP CHALLENGE: Seattle's OneWorld Challenge avoided disqualification, but will be docked a point in each of the remaining stages of the America's Cup challenger rounds in Auckland, New Zealand, after admitting to breaches of the regatta's protocol.

The Cup's arbitration panel gave OneWorld until Dec. 16 to pay $65,000 in costs.

"The panel determines that OneWorld Challenge has been in breach of the protocol in that a designer employed by OWC had in his possession a computer file, a zip disc and a computer that contained design information that was the property of Team New Zealand," the panel ruled.

OneWorld could have been disqualified after admitting to holding secret design information of a rival. But after a two-day hearing, the panel ruled OneWorld could continue in the semifinal series against Prada of Italy.

OneWorld spokesman Bob Ratliffe described the ruling as "a stunningly harsh indictment of honesty."

The panel became aware of the protocol breach and existence of the computer and files because OneWorld admitted it, Ratliffe said. He said a close examination of all teams possibly could find similar inadvertent breaches.

The semifinals between OneWorld and Prada, and Alinghi of Switzerland and Oracle of San Francisco were postponed because of high winds. If OneWorld reaches the challenger series final or the America's Cup against defender Team New Zealand, it will have a point deducted in each of those rounds.

Former Team New Zealand designer Ian Mitchell admitted to the panel in an affidavit and again under cross-examination that he had a disc and computer containing 1995 and 2000 design files when he left Team New Zealand and joined OneWorld.

He said he had not referred to the computer or disc since leaving Team New Zealand two years ago. He made a partial copy of the deck plan layout to show OneWorld designers as a starting point for their program.

WINTER SPORTS: Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno (1 minute, 28.150 seconds) won a 1,000-meter race and finished second in the 3,000 (5:03.666) in World Cup short-track speed skating in Bormio, Italy. ... The U.S. luge team of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished fourth in a World Cup doubles event in Oberhof, Germany, to take the lead in the standings. ... Germany's Bjorn Kircheisen won a World Cup Nordic combined in Trondheim, Germany, and American Johnny Spillane was third. ... Four-time Olympic biathlon champ Ole Einar Bjorndalen (35:46.4) of Norway won his 25th World Cup event in Ostersund, Sweden. ... Switzerland's Didier Cuche (1:18.83) won a World Cup super-G in Beaver Creek, Colo. ... Germany's Andre Lange (1:44.10) led his four-man bobsled team to victory in Igls, Austria. The U.S. team (1:44.84) was fourth. ... Italy's Karen Putzer (1:10.68) won a World Cup super-giant slalom in Lake Louise, Alberta.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong is Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year after becoming the first American to win a fourth Tour de France. The 31-year-old has dominated the sport's prestigious race since 1999 -- three years after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Four have won the Tour five times.

COLLEGES: Christine Sinclair scored her second goal in the second overtime in Austin, Texas, sending Portland to a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara in the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final. It was the Pilots' first national championship. Sinclair, a Canadian national team player who tied it at 1 with a goal in the 61st minute, put back a rebound of her own shot for the win in sudden-death overtime. Devvyn Hawkins scored for Santa Clara, which won the 2001 national title. ... Stanford held off California 7-6 in Los Angeles to win its 10th NCAA water polo championship.

RUNNING: American Jim Lindstrom, 59, collapsed and died Saturday after finishing the Reggai Marathon in the Jamaican resort town of Negril. An autopsy will be performed. ... Kenyan Mbarak Hussein won the Honolulu Marathon a third time, finishing in 2:12.29. Russia's Svetlana Zakharova won the women's in 2:29.08.

BOXING: In his first major test of a ranked heavyweight in the United States, Wladimir Klitschko beat Jameel McCline late in the 10th round in Las Vegas on Saturday night after McCline's corner refused to allow him to continue. Klitschko retained his WBO title. Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision over Jose Luis Castillo to retain the WBC lightweight title. Kirk Johnson stopped Jeremy Bates on a delayed knockout in the second round of their heavyweight fight when Bates suddenly went down after the bell.

HORSES: Madame Pietra won the $71,950 Corona Handicap at Hollywood Park by 21/2 lengths, returning $4.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel moved within $408,470 of D. Wayne Lukas' 1988 earnings record of $17,842,358, winning with Harrisand and Sea of Showers.

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