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White is back on win track

Times Staff and Wire Reports
Published September 6, 2003

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Kelli White made a winning return to the track Friday, capturing the 100 meters in 10.87 seconds a week after she was involved in a drug scandal at the World Championships.

The world champion led an American 1-2-3 finish at the Van Damme Memorial, followed by Chryste Gaines and Tori Edwards, respectively.

After her 100 victory at worlds, White tested positive for a stimulant. She escaped a suspension that would have kept her from the Athens Olympics, but she could lose her 100 and 200 gold medals.

Maria Mutola of Mozambique won a $1-million jackpot, taking the 800 meters in 1:57:78 to make it 6-for-6 in Golden League races.

COLLEGES: Hawaii loses 2002 title

The NCAA stripped the Hawaii men's volleyball team of its 2002 national championship and fined the school $5,000 for using an ineligible player. It was the school's first NCAA men's team title. The NCAA said there will be no national champion recorded; Pepperdine will remain runner-up. The school will appeal.

WOMEN: Visiting Minnesota State-Mankato topped Tampa 3-2. Amber Langston of Tampa Prep led the Spartans with 20 kills.

HORSES: Jockey Stevens returns

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens finished second in his return at Del Mar, three weeks after a fall at Arlington (Ill.) Park. Stevens had a collapsed lung and broken vertebra in his upper back and was expected to miss at least a month. "I feel really good," said Stevens, who rode Fly To The Wire in the $75,000 El Cajon Stakes. "I'd rather be standing (in the winner's circle), but my air is good and my body is good."

SOCCER: Cup qualifying today

The long road to the 2006 World Cup in Germany begins this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with three South American qualifiers today and defending champ Brazil opening its bid for a sixth title Sunday. The worldwide qualifying campaign lasts 26 months, winnowing 198 teams to 31. The United States opens qualifying in mid January against an opponent to be determined in a draw Dec.5. Also, Tunisia and Libya will make a shared bid for 2010.

FAN VIOLENCE: Fans in Peru surged on the field, chased and beat players after a disputed call, leaving 20 wounded, including 13 players and two referees, police said. Several players were doused with gasoline, but were not set on fire. The violence took place Sunday after the referee ejected a player with three minutes left in the second division game in the Andean town of Tarma.

ET CETERA

BASKETBALL: France began its quest for its first European title, defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina 98-76 in Lulea, Sweden. Russia beat defending world champion Serbia and Montenegro 95-80, and Slovenia upset Italy 77-67.

RUNNING: Today's Run for the Gold 5K at Tampa's Al Lopez Park was moved to Sept.13.

SAILING: The Spanish port of Palma de Majorca was dropped from the list of candidates to stage the America's Cup in 2007. Organizers decided to consider one Spanish entry, the Mediterranean port of Valencia.

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