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Ward resigns as CEO of Olympic Committee

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 2, 2003


DENVER -- Lloyd Ward quit as CEO of the U.S Olympic Committee on Saturday, capping three months of turmoil for the world's most powerful national Olympic organization.

"In the hope that we can shift the focus back to the athletes and the ideals of the Olympic movement, I have decided to resign," Ward said in a statement.

An interim CEO is expected to be chosen this week to work alongside an interim president.

The USOC upheaval began in December with Ward being investigated for possible conflict of interest. It also has included Senate hearings and the resignations of six other top officials, including president Marty Mankamyer.

Ward's decision came four days after the USOC's executive committee discussed his job status in a conference call and a day after two U.S. senators visiting USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs said they might have found evidence of fraud.

TRACK: Devers breaks U.S. record

Gail Devers broke her American record in the 60-meter hurdles, winning a qualifying heat in 7.74 seconds at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships. She later won the final for her 14th national title. In other finals, schoolboy phenom Alan Webb, who in 2001 broke Jim Ryun's high school record for the mile, finished seventh in the 1,500. Jason Lunn won in 3:42.23. Defending champion Tim Rusan won the triple jump with a leap of 57 feet, 3 inches, the longest in the world this year.

WINTER SPORTS: Cohen wins Grand Prix

Sasha Cohen punctuated a demanding free skate with the last of her six triple jumps to win figure skating's Grand Prix Final in St. Petersburg, Russia. World champion Irina Slutskaya of Russia, who led after Friday's long and a short program, managed just five triple jumps in a flawed program and was second.

GIANT SLALOM: American Bode Miller finished third in a World Cup in Yongpyong, South Korea. Switzerland's Michael Von Gruenigen won the event and increased his lead in the overall standings to 97 points over Miller.

DOWNHILL: American Caroline Lalive broke two ribs, injured her back and tore knee ligaments in a crash after crossing the finish line in 24th place in a World Cup event in Innsbruck, Austria.

FREESTYLE: Americans Travis Cabral and Shannon Bahrke clinched moguls titles at the final World Cup meet in Voss, Norway.

HORSES: Baffert 1-2 in Derby prep

Trainer Bob Baffert's late decision to enter Rojo Toro in the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes paid off when the colt defeated another Baffert runner, Spensive, by one length in the Kentucky Derby prep at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Milwaukee Brew edged Congaree to win the Santa Anita Handicap for the second straight year, joining John Henry as the only two-time winners of the 66-year-old race. Jockey Laffit Pincay was thrown hard to the grass when his horse fell on the stretch turn in the fifth race. Pincay walked off under his power and was taken away in an ambulance. He had bruises to his face and a sore body.

Great Notion took the lead at the quarter pole and drew away for a nine-length victory in the $75,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

ET CETERA

GYMNASTICS: U.S. Junior champion Carly Patterson beat an elite field to win the American Cup in Fairfax Va., in her first international meet. Patterson beat teammates Courtney Kupets and Ashley Postell, both gold medal winners in last year's world championships, and Russian veteran Elena Zamolodchikova, a double gold medal-winner at the Sydney Olympics. Blaine Wilson won the men's title for the fifth time in seven years.

DOG RACING: Cayman Went closed fast and took advantage of the inside to win the $10,000 Matinee Idol stakes at Derby Lane. Buds Around finished second, followed by long shot RL Joshua.

CRICKET: Violence broke out between Hindus and Muslims after India beat Pakistan in a World Cup match in Ahmadabad, India. At least one person died and three were injured.

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