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Ruling may cost U.S. gold medal

By Wire services
Published February 20, 2004

LONDON - Jerome Young's drug case will go to arbitration after the sport's world governing body decided U.S. officials were wrong to clear the American sprinter.

Nick Davies, spokesman for the International Association of Athletics Federations, said Thursday the organization reviewed the case and found USA Track & Field reached an "erroneous verdict" in clearing Young's positive steroid test in 1999.

If arbitrators find Young should have been ineligible for the 2000 Sydney Games, the IAAF and International Olympic Committee will consider whether to strip Young and his relay teammates of the 1,600-meter gold.

The other team members were Michael Johnson, Alvin Harrison, Calvin Harrison, Antonio Pettigrew and Angelo Taylor.

BASKETBALL: The U.S. men's team will play games in three European cities this summer before the Athens Games, including one Aug.6 against defending world champion Serbia-Montenegro in Belgrade.

BOXING: Top-ranked welterweight Andre Berto was eliminated from the U.S. team trials after a grievance committee decided a referee made the correct call by disqualifying him Tuesday for a flagrant foul.

OBITUARY: A top U.S. race walker who failed to earn a spot on the team was found dead at the foot of a freeway bridge. The California Highway Patrol said the death of Spc. Albert Heppner was a suspected suicide. He was 29.

SAILING: Carol Cronin and her crew moved from third place to first in the Yngling class at the U.S. sailing trails in Key Biscayne. In the 49er class, the boat of skipper Tim Wadlow and Peter Spaulding held on to first.

BOXING: Hopkins vs. De La Hoya

Middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins said he would sign a contract Monday for a two-bout co-promotional deal with Oscar De La Hoya's promoter. The first part of the agreement would feature Hopkins and De La Hoya in separate bouts of a June 5 doubleheader. The second would be for a multimillion dollar, pay-for-view fight with Hopkins defending his titles on Sept.18.

FIGHTER DIES: Jack Ryan died from injuries in a match last weekend, becoming the second Indonesian to die in the past month. It remained unclear what action, if any, the WBC would take.

TENNIS: Top Belgian withdraws

Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne withdrew from the Diamond Games because she is sick, letting officials know hours before she was scheduled to play her first match in Antwerp, Belgium. The tournament said she has had a sore throat for a few days. On the court, fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder came back to beat Julia Vakulenko 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-5 and reach the quarterfinals.

KROGER ST. JUDE: Top-seeded Andy Roddick easily advanced to the Memphis quarterfinals, overpowering Sebastien De Chaunac 6-3, 6-3. Second-seeded Mardy Fish of Tampa came back to beat Frederic Niemeyer 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 despite an achy right arm that slowed his serve. Sixth-seeded James Blake of Tampa was eliminated.

ABN AMRO: Top-seeded Roger Federer won his career-best 16th straight match, beating Andrei Pavel 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Federer meets fifth-seeded Tim Henman, who topped Tomas Cakl 6-2, 6-4.

ET CETERA COLLEGES: Three championships put Florida State in first place at the ACC women's swimming and diving championships in Charlottesville, Va. Tiffany Manning broke the meet record with 312.45 as the Seminole divers swept the top five spots in the 1-meter competition. ... Florida's Aimee Cho was named the SEC women's golfer of the week.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong finished the second stage of the Tour of the Algarve in 4 hours, 46 minutes, 13 seconds to place 71st in the 125-mile stage, the same time as stage winner Candido Barbosa. Armstrong is 84th overall, 19 seconds behind Barbosa.

DOPING: British sprinter Dwain Chambers should find out next week whether he faces a two-year ban after testing positive for the steroid THG.

[Last modified February 20, 2004, 01:31:57]


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