By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times wires
Published April 30, 2004
ST. PETERSBURG - Jerome Brown, a prep phenom at Hernando High and star defensive lineman for the University of Miami and the Philadelphia Eagles who died in an automobile accident in 1992 at age 27, headlines the 2004 class for induction into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Joining Brown will be PGA star Paul Azinger (FSU alumnus), receiver Harold Carmichael (Jacksonville Northwestern and Raines High schools, Philadelphia Eagles), Nick Bollettieri (founder of the prodigious tennis academy), Pancho Segura (winner of three straight NCAA tennis singles titles in the 1940s for UM), Dr. Ruth Alexander (who spearheaded the women's athletic program at Florida) and Mary Ann Gonzalez (Special Olympics).
The induction is scheduled for June 6 at Tropicana Field. By then, the Hall could be announcing plans for a permanent home, ending months of uncertainty since it closed its doors in Lake City and shipped most of its displays to St. Petersburg College for storage.
"We have signed a letter of intent with a prominent St. Petersburg developer on a property in the downtown corridor," said Darrell Brandimore, the recently named director of development for the Florida Hall of Fame.
SOCCER: Maradona leaves hospital
Diego Maradona checked out of a Buenos Aires hospital after 12 days in intensive care for heart and lung problems. The former Argentinian star, 43, left to seek "more personalized treatment" from his own doctor, his medical team said. Outside the hospital, dozens of fans chanted "Ole! Ole! Ole!" and unfurled a large white banner with Maradona's picture and the message "God exists."
TRACK: Britain loses silver
Britain was stripped of its silver medal in the 400-meter relay at last year's World Championships after Dwain Chambers decided not to appeal his two-year doping ban. Chambers, the European 100-meter champion, tested positive for THG last summer. He ran the anchor leg behind Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell and Marlon Devonish. Brazil replaces Britain as the silver medalist behind the United States' gold, with the Netherlands taking bronze. The International Association of Athletics Federations said all of Chambers' performances would be annulled from the date of his positive test - Aug. 1.
DOPING BANS: Hammer throwers Melissa Price and John McEwen became the first U.S. athletes banned for using THG, a chemically altered steroid at the heart of a federal investigation into doping in sports. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended them from all events, including the Olympics, for two years and stripped their medals from last year's U.S. championships.
TENNIS: Top seed Mauresmo wins
Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo got past Eleni Daniilidou 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland, moving into the quarterfinals at a clay-court tournament she won last year. All the other seeded players in action won: No. 3 Vera Zvonareva, No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 6 Silvia Farina Elia.
OPEN SEAT GODO: Defending champion Carlos Moya lost to 13th-seeded Gaston Gaudio 6-4, 6-4 at Barcelona, Spain. Gaudio, who won the clay-court tournament in 2002 for his first ATP title, plays three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten.
BMW OPEN: Top-seeded Rainer Schuettler beat Davis Cup teammate Tommy Haas 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals in Munich.
BOXING: Tyson has fight date
Mike Tyson has a trainer, an opponent of sorts and a date for his first fight in more than a year. Unlike his last comeback, he also has a wide-open heavyweight division in front of him. Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, said the former champion probably will return to the ring July 31 against journeyman Kevin McBride. Finkel said negotiations were continuing over a site and possible Pay-Per-View broadcast. The fight would be the first for Tyson, 37, since Feb. 22, 2003, when he knocked out Clifford Etienne in 49 seconds in Memphis.
HIGH SCHOOLS: Two seniors at Benedictine High in Cleveland, including one recognized as the best prep football player in Ohio, were arraigned in the April 16 shooting death of sophomore teammate Lorenzo Hunter. Rodney Roberts, 20, has been charged with aggravated murder but Police Lt. Linda Kaspar said charges were filed against Raymond Williams and Jon Huddleston because they were "at the scene and had some involvement in it." Williams, a running back, had signed to play for West Virginia but the university withdrew its scholarship offer.
OBITUARY: Bill Brundige, a radio and television sportscaster whose decadeslong career included announcing games for the Los Angeles Lakers, Angels and Rams, died of heart failure Friday in Fullerton, Calif. He was 89.