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7 months later, he sails in a winner

Compiled from Times wires
Published May 2, 2003

NEWPORT, R.I. - Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm won the Around Alone race Thursday after seven months at sea dodging icebergs and enduring storms and high wind.

The 28,000-mile event is considered the world's longest one-person race. It started in New York in September and the final stretch began April 13, covering 4,000 miles from Brazil to Newport, R.I.

Stamm crossed the finish line at dawn in Narragansett Bay, about 400 miles ahead of his nearest competitor. "I find it difficult to tell myself I've been right around the world and that it's over now," he said.

The five-leg race has been held every four years since 1982. Stamm's total time at sea was 115 days, 18 hours, 27 minutes, 23 seconds.

COLLEGES: Gators to vie in tennis

The Florida women's tennis team received eight individual bids to the NCAA singles and doubles championships this month, while the men's team will send three. Five women will compete in the 64-player singles draw that begins May 19 in Gainesville, and three doubles teams will be part of a 32-team draw that starts play May 20. The Gator women are Lindsay Dawaf, Alexis Gordon, Zerene Reyes, Julie Rotondi and Julia Scaringe in singles, and Jennifer Magley and Reyes, Dawaf and Rotondi and Gordon and Scaringe in doubles. For the men, Hamid Mirzadeh and Janne Holmia will play singles, and Mirzadeh and Chris McDonald will play doubles. The men's events are May 21-26 in Athens, Ga.

CONFERENCE MOVE?: Troy State will take a step toward possible membership in the Sun Belt Conference when league officials visit the Troy, Ala., campus next week. Athletic director Johnny Williams said finding a home league for the football team is the biggest reason for moving from the Atlantic Sun Conference, which doesn't include football.

HOCKEY: Lakeland to get team

The Macon Trax, an independent team from Georgia, will relocate to Lakeland in time for the 2003-04 minor-league season, owner David Waronker said. The team, part of the World Hockey Association 2, will play at the 5,000-seat Lakeland Center and will be known as the Lakeland Loggerheads. Waronker, a Florida businessman who also owns WHA2 teams in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville, said there was enough interest in Lakeland to move the team, which is expected to be sold to an unidentified Lakeland business owner.

SOCCER: England fined $111,000

England's federation was fined a record $111,000 because fans chanted offensive slogans and twice ran on the field during a game against Turkey last month. But UEFA, European soccer's governing body, did not order England to play its next home game in an empty stadium. England had feared such action for its June 11 game against Slovakia. During England's 2-0 victory over Turkey in Sunderland on April 2 - a qualifier for the 2004 European championships - one of the vulgar taunts belittled Turks and Pakistanis. Police arrested more than 90 English fans during the game. Also, mounted police charged a group of English fans who were attacking buses carrying Turkish fans.

TENNIS: Sampras in French Open?

Pete Sampras, who hasn't played since winning his record 14th Grand Slam title in September at the U.S. Open, plans to play at this month's French Open, according to spokeswoman Donna Podolak. Sampras, 31, has withdrawn from several tournaments over the past two months, including two warmup events for the French Open, the only Grand Slam tournament he hasn't won. The two-week event in Paris begins May 26.

J&S CUP: Venus Williams beat qualifier Zuzana Ondraskova 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals in Warsaw, Poland. Also, third-seeded Daniela Hantuchova was upset by Fabiola Zuluaga 6-2, 6-4 and sixth-seeded Eleni Daniilidou was eliminated by Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-1.

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FOOTBALL: The St. Petersburg Sharks will be going for their third consecutive Southern States Football League championship on Saturday. The 11-1 Sharks will host the 10-2 Fort Lauderdale-based Florida Titans at the 31st Street Sports Complex, 4801 31st St. S, St. Petersburg.

HONORS: LeBron James probably never has finished last at anything in his life. But the Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball star isn't complaining about his ranking in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. He got the final spot in a list of the 101 most influential minorities in sports. His ranking appears more ceremonial than scientific.

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