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U.S. men fall toBrazil in semis

By Times Staff and Wire Reports
Published August 6, 2003

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Once again, there will be no Pan American Games gold medal for the United States in men's basketball.

Brazil won Tuesday night's semifinal, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 92-80 victory over the American collegians. The United States has not won the Pan Ams since 1983 - when the team included Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin and Wayman Tisdale. Brazil outscored the Americans 28-17 in the final period, including a 13-0 run.

Connecticut's Emeka Okafor scored 18 and Kentucky's Chuck Hayes added 15.

Brazil will face the Dominican Republic in the gold medal game. The U.S. team will play Puerto Rico for the bronze today.

The defeat came hours after a long American winning streak ended.

The U.S. baseball team returned to Quisqueya Stadium 10 hours after beating the hosts, but was four-hit by Nicaragua's Olman Rostran and lost 3-0, breaking a 25-game string of victories.

In a stunning victory, the U.S. men's foil squad scored the first team win in 32 years over the Cubans at the Pan Ams. With the Americans trailing 40-30 entering the last match, Dan Kellner of Warren, N.J. won 15-4.

Gymnast Chellsie Memmel, 15, of West Allis, Wis. became the only American with three golds when she won the uneven bars.

In women's basketball, the U.S. collegians beat Argentina 93-78 to advance to the medal round.

Florida junior Candice Scott, the NCAA women's champion in the hammer throw, won a bronze medal in the event, and Palm Beach Gardens' Carly Gullickson, 16, beat Jamaica's Alana Broderick in tennis.

HORSE RACING: Funny Cide feeling better

Funny Cide, who had a fever after his lackluster third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational Handicap on Sunday, was on the mend, raising hopes that he would be able to run in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 23 at Saratoga.

After Funny Cide had a 102-degree temperature on Monday, his status for the Travers was tenuous. But Tuesday's news left his owners optimistic.

"At this point, we're still planning on making the race and hoping it will happen," said Jack Knowlton, who heads the syndicate that owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.

In other news, the NYRA met with prosecutors in New York in an apparent bid to head off a federal tax fraud indictment. NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz and other representatives would not discuss the meeting. The organization reportedly has offered to pay a fine to avoid charges of conspiracy to commit tax fraud.

HOCKEY: Prospects get a look

Lightning prospect Matt Smaby is attending the national junior evaluation camp, which runs through Sunday at Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will help determine the United States' under-20 team for the 2004 World Junior Championships. Smaby, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenseman, was selected in the second round (41st overall) in this year's draft. Defensive prospects Mike Egener, Doug O'Brien and Paul Ranger will attend the Canadian evaluation camp from Saturday-Aug. 18 in Calgary.

GOLF: Price will miss PGA

Two-time PGA champion Nick Price withdrew from the PGA Championship so he could spend more time with his family. Price, who is No. 10 in the world rankings, will be replaced in next week's tournament at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. by Billy Mayfair.

DALY'S WIFE INDICTED: John Daly's wife and her parents are charged in a federal indictment alleging they were involved in a drug ring and an illegal gambling operation in Oxford, Miss. Sherrie Miller Daly, who recently gave birth to the couple's first child, faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the two counts.

BARNES SIGNS: Callaway signed 2002 U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes to a multiyear deal.

ET CETERA

COLLEGES: The FSU women's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the ACC - its highest preseason ranking - by league coaches. North Carolina, which has won 14 straight ACC titles, is the favorite, followed by Virginia.

TRACK AND FIELD: World record-holder Tim Montgomery struggled in his return from a five-week break, finishing sixth in a 100-meter race won by fellow American Justin Gatlin at the DN Galan in Stockholm. ... European triple jump champion Ashia Hansen withdrew from the upcoming World Championships because of a lingering Achilles' tendon injury.

SOCCER: David Beckham scored his first goal for Real Madrid with a trademark free kick in a 3-0 win over F.C. Tokyo in an exhibition in the Japan capital.

AUTO RACING: Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta will remain with the Toyota Formula One team next season.

- DAMIAN CRISTODERO, BRIAN LANDMAN, Times wires

[Last modified August 6, 2003, 01:33:00]


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