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Smarty Jones' jockey handed a second fine

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Published May 27, 2004

NEW YORK - Smarty Jones jockey Stewart Elliott was fined again for submitting an inaccurate rider's application, this time by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Elliott was fined $500 Wednesday for "making false statements in relation to his license application," the board said in a statement. No further details were released.

The fine will not affect Elliott's riding status for the June 5 Belmont Stakes, when he will climb aboard the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and attempt to win the Triple Crown.

Elliott was fined $1,000 two weeks ago by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. He pleaded guilty to assault three years ago after a fight with a friend, but didn't disclose the information when applying for a license to ride at Churchill Downs.

OLYMPICS: McGrady rejects U.S. team

Tracy McGrady will not play for the U.S. men's basketball team at the Athens Games, U.S. coach Larry Brown said. McGrady joins Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Elton Brand and Kenyon Martin as players who have withdrawn from the team or have told the selection committee they would not accept invitations. Brown indicated McGrady's decision to get married influenced the decision. A call to McGrady's agent was not immediately returned.

OBITUARY: Alex Woodley, who coached and mentored many gold-medal sprinters in the 1960s and '70s as head of the Philadelphia Pioneer Club, died May 22 at his home in Philadelphia of a heart attack. He was 71. Athletes who won Olympic gold under him included Paul Drayton, Steve Riddick, Charlie Greene, Mel Pender, Herman Frazier and Hasely Crawford. Other leading athletes from the club included John Carlos, Ivory Crockett, Curtis Mills, Edwin Roberts, Tom McLean and Benn Fields.

ROOMS TO LET: Thousands of hotel rooms in Athens are still available for visitors, including accommodations for $120 per night. Games organizers, spurred by fears of a squeeze in hotel space, have leased cruise ships and created a private home rental program. But sluggish bookings mean there's still a lot of space.

CYCLING: Police raid riders' rooms

Police raided the hotel rooms of eight cyclists in the Giro d'Italia before dawn Wednesday but found no doping substances. Hundreds of other officers searched the homes of athletes, trainers and medical personnel around Italy as part of a yearlong probe on the use of drugs in amateur sports. Fifteen professional cyclists, 77 amateurs and nine directors of amateur cycling teams were among 138 people under investigation, Col. Stefano Ortolani said. The eight Giro cyclists were staying in the Alpine town of Brunico between mountain stages of Italy's top cycling competition.

WORLD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sarah Ulmer of New Zealand set a women's individual pursuit world record of 3 minutes, 30.604 seconds in a 3,000-meter qualifying heat in in Melbourne, Australia. She was racing against the Netherlands' Leontien Zijllard-Van Moorsel, who set the previous mark of 3:30.816. ... In men's competition, France won the team sprint final after French rider Franck Perque captured the 40-kilometer points race. The championships are the last chance for countries to qualify for places at the Athens Olympics. France is the reigning Olympic champion.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: FC Porto won the European Champions Cup for the second time, beating AS Monaco 3-0 in the final at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The Portuguese club also won in 1987. ... Goalkeeper Brad Friedel will miss the United States' exhibition game against Honduras on June 2 at Foxboro, Mass., after injuring his quadriceps earlier this month.

BOXING: Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez will take a step up in class when he meets unbeaten Zahir Raheem on July 17 in Houston in an IBF featherweight elimination fight.

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