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Former Irish basketball player loses hand in Iraq

By wire services
Published May 28, 2004

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Former Notre Dame basketball player Danielle Green lost her left hand during an attack in Iraq while serving in the Army.

"It was just a shock to hear she had been injured because she had said that her job was going to keep her on the sidelines," said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, who said she was alerted by a friend of Green's.

The athletic department at Chicago State, where Green was an assistant women's coach in 2002, said she was injured during a rocket-propelled grenade attack while on duty at a Baghdad police station.

Notre Dame said Green also suffered significant injuries to her left leg and was recovering at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. There was no answer at the medical center's public affairs office Thursday.

Green averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds before graduating from Notre Dame in 1999. She was an assistant girls basketball coach at Washington High School in her hometown of Chicago before going to Chicago State.

She enlisted in the Army in 2003 and was sent to Iraq early this year as part of a military police unit based at Fort Lewis in Washington state.

OLYMPICS: 4 U.S. shooters qualify

Matt Emmons of Browns Mills, N.J., qualified for the Athens Games in a second event, adding the prone rifle title to his air rifle win in the U.S. shooting trials at Fort Benning, Ga. Mike Anti of Winterville, N.C., also qualified by finishing second in prone. Emily Caruso of Fairfield, Conn., and Hattie Johnson of Athol, Idaho, finished 1-2 in women's air rifle to earn spots on the U.S. team.

MODERN PENTATHLON: American reaches final

Defending champion Szuzsanna Voros of Hungary collected 4,172 points to lead qualifying on opening day of the world championships in Moscow. American Mary Beth Larsen-Iagorashvili also advanced to the final with 4,144 points. Men's qualifying is today. The competition consists of shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian event and cross-country run, all in the same day. Athletes are competing for spots in the Athens Olympics.

HORSES: In limbo for Belmont

Patrick Valenzuela will have to wait at least until Tuesday to learn whether he can ride Preakness runnerup Rock Hard Ten in the Belmont Stakes next weekend. His attorney, Don Calabria, said he will ask a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that day to postpone a ruling by the California Horse Racing Board that would keep Valenzuela from riding anywhere in North America for the month of June. The jockey was suspended earlier this year for failing to report for a drug test at Santa Anita.

CYCLING: U.S. rider wins bronze

Chris Hoy of Britain won the men's kilometer time trial in 1 minute, 01.599 seconds and France picked up its third gold medal when Clara Sanchez took the keirin at the world track championships in Melbourne, Australia. American Jennie Reed took third in the keirin (a controlled, motor-paced event) for her first medal at a senior world championship. Sergi Escobar Roure of Spain won gold in the men's individual pursuit. The championships are the last chance for countries to qualify for places at the Athens Olympics.

GIRO D'ITALIA: Russian veteran Pavel Tonkov won the 94.8-mile 17th stage with a solo finish in Fondo Sarnonico while Damiano Cunego of Italy retained the overall lead.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: Governing body FIFA told Costa Rican officials they cannot use Saprissa Stadium for a World Cup qualifier against Cuba in June because artificial turf was installed. FIFA rules say games must be on grass except under special circumstances. Morera Soto Stadium has grass. ... The Premier League is expanding its television presence in the United States through Fox Sports World, but there are no plans to play regular-season games outside England. The number of telecasts has not been determined.

OBITUARY: Torsten Johansson, who turned Sweden into a tennis power after World War II and set a record by shutting out two opponents at Wimbledon in 1946, died May 14 at age 84.

[Last modified May 28, 2004, 01:00:27]


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