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Olympic bribery case reinstated

© St. Petersburg Times
published April 23, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a bribery case against two men accused of using $1-million in enticements to sway International Olympic Committee delegates to award Salt Lake the 2002 Winter Games.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturned a federal judge in Utah who threw out the case in a series of rulings and opinions in 2001. The ruling clears the way for a trial in Utah.

Tom Welch, 58, who was president of the city's bid and organizing committees, and Dave Johnson, 44, who was senior vice president, were accused of lavishing $1-million in cash, gifts and favors on Olympic delegates.

The scandal was the worst in Olympic history, and it resulted in the expulsion or resignation of 10 IOC members who took advantage of the city's generosity.

GOLF: Champions will play

Former champions Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Tom Watson will play in this year's U.S. Open at Olympia Fields in Illinois under special exemptions from the USGA. Irwin, 57, is a three-time champion and will be playing in his 33rd Open, tying Gene Sarazen for second behind Jack Nicklaus' record 44. Kite, 53, won his title at Pebble Beach, Calif., in 1992, and Watson, 53, won there in 1982.

COLLEGES: UF pitcher honored

Jenny Gladding was named the USA Softball national player of the week, becoming the first Florida player so honored. Against Tennessee, Gladding pitched a complete-game, no-hit shutout and hit the winning home run in the first game of the series. In the third game, she struck out nine in a complete-game shutout.

FOOTBALL: Georgia freshmen Tim Jennings, Bryan McClendon, DeMario Minter, Mario Railey and Randall Swoopes were suspended for two games after they and basketball player Wayne Arnold were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. ... Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett's dislocated shoulder is healed, but he will be held out of Saturday's spring game.

GOLF: South Florida made up three shots to tie TCU heading into today's final round of the Conference USA Women's Championships at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City. ... Florida freshman Aimee Cho was named First-Team All-SEC, and junior Amanda Dick of Clearwater and senior Brittany Straza were named to the second team.

BOXING: Lewis, Tyson on card

Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson will fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 21, but they will not face each other, the Los Angeles Times reported. Lewis will defend his WBC title against Kirk Johnson, and Tyson will face Oleg Maskaev.

VARGAS TO RETURN: Fernando Vargas will face Fitz Vanderpool July 26, his first fight since losing to Oscar De La Hoya.


TENNIS: Andre Agassi needed only 47 minutes to beat Croatian Zeljko Krajan 6-0, 6-3 at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston to improve his match record to 19-1 this season.

HORSES: Illinois Derby runner-up Fund Of Funds will miss the Kentucky Derby because of a torn tendon in his left front leg. ... Francisco Gatica, 72, was in intensive care with three broken ribs and minor internal bleeding after being trampled by a filly at Calder Race Course in Miami.

LITTLE LEAGUE: Taiwan, which won 17 championships from 1969-96, is returning six years after pulling out because it could not meet the rules.

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