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British teen sails Atlantic solo

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 13, 2003


ENGLISH HARBOR, Antigua -- Fifteen-year-old Sebastian Clover became the youngest sailor to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic. The British schoolboy completed the 2,700-mile voyage Sunday after 24 days at sea.

"Sailing is what I do best and I just wanted to try something really challenging," he said. "I'm glad to be on land."

He was accompanied on the final miles by his father, sailing instructor Ian Clover, who was in a separate vessel.

Sebastian Clover broke the mark set by David Sandeman, a 17-year-old Briton, in 1975.

AMERICA'S CUP: Switzerland's Alinghi made it two wins in a row in the best-of-nine challenger series final, taking advantage of a crew error by San Francisco's Oracle (broken spinnaker pole) for a 40-second victory off Auckland, New Zealand. ... The Alinghi team has been assigned bodyguards because of threatening letters to crewmen and their families.

Wilson signs with Reds

Right-hander Paul Wilson signed a two-year, $4-million deal with Cincinnati, a move that general manager Jim Bowden said would give the team a proven fourth starter.

"Paul has the ability to pitch 180 to 200 innings a year," Bowden said. "We felt it was important to add another proven starter to join Ryan Dempster, Jimmy Haynes and Danny Graves in the rotation."

Wilson, 29, who was not tendered a contract by Tampa Bay, was 6-12 with a 4.83 ERA and pitched a career-high 1932/3 innings last season for the Rays.

METS: Outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo will return to New York after agreeing to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

Miller moves back to top

American Bode Miller regained the lead in the World Cup overall standings by finishing second to Ivica Kostelic in a slalom in Bormio, Italy.

Kostelic, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won his third consecutive race.

Miller, in ninth place after the first run, was aggressive on his second to complete his first slalom of the season and take the overall lead.

DOWNHILL: Hermann Maier will return to World Cup competition Tuesday, about 11/2 years after a motorcycle accident nearly cost him his right leg. Maier will ski in a giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland.

SPEED SKATING: Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands won the men's 1,000-meter World Cup event in Kearns, Utah, with the second-fastest time in history. Germany's Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt won the 500- and 1,000-meter women's races. Garbrecht-Enfeldt was followed by three Americans in the 1,000: Jennifer Rodriguez was second, Chris Witty third and Becky Sundstrom fourth.

NORDIC COMBINED: Felix Gottwald of Austria won a World Cup event in Chaux-Neuve, France, and defending champion Ronny Ackermann of Germany took over first place in the standings with his second-place finish. Todd Lodwick of the United States was third.

CROSS COUNTRY: Sweden's Jorgen Brink won a sprint to the finish for his first World Cup win, and Norway's Bente Skari easily won her 34th in Otepaa, Estonia. ... Olympian Carl Swenson won the long-distance race in Rumford, Maine, for his third gold medal at the U.S. Championships. Katja Ivanova, a Russian who is awaiting final approval for U.S. citizenship, also won her third gold on the final day.

BIATHLON: Five-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway won the 15-kilometer World Cup event in Oberhof, Germany, and Uschi Disl of Germany won the women's 12.5-kilometer race.

FREESTYLE: Jeff Bean of Canada won an aerials event in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Australia's Alisa Camplin was the women's winner. Kate Reed of the United States was second for her first World Cup medal.

SNOWBOARDING: Dejan Kosir opened the World Championships by winning the parallel giant slalom in Kreischberg, Austria, for Slovenia's first gold medal.

Japan, U.S. play to draw

Japan surprised the defending women's World Cup champion United States by playing to a scoreless tie in San Diego, snapping the Americans' 12-game winning streak. USA, which outshot Japan 12-4, failed to score for the first time in 17 matches, since a tie against Germany on Jan. 25. The United States hasn't lost since March 5, 2002, against Norway. After dropping 13 straight matches to the United States, Japan has tied the past two.

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GREYHOUNDS: Solitary Cal, the only greyhound to clock times under 31 seconds during preseason schooling races, winning two of three by an average margin of six lengths, finished last as the favorite in Saturday's Puppy Preview. Kiowa Julie Jule made it two wins in a row, with a season best of 37.61 on the three-eighths-mile track. The next stakes event is the $85,000 Sprint Classic, which starts Jan. 25. In kennel changes, C&C, which finished among the top five during its two years at Derby Lane, left after last season and E&M is now ZEZ.

BOXING: Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was upgraded to serious a day after he fell and sustained a head injury. Tapia and his cousin were involved in a standoff late Friday that ended with the arrest of two men and Tapia being cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Tapia, 35, was hurt several hours later at his Las Vegas home.

COLLEGES: Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was injured in a car accident in Florida last month, had additional spinal surgery in Austin. The surgery was successful and she is making progress in her recovery, the university said.

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