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Sprinter's parents find racist graffiti at home

By wire services
Published June 4, 2004

SHAWNEE, Kan. - The parents of star sprinter Maurice Greene were subjected to racist graffiti spray-painted on a fence outside their suburban Kansas City home.

Jackie Greene said the letters "KKK" were sprayed in white, with "white power" in black. They discovered the vandalism when returning from the movies last weekend.

Jackie and Ernest Greene, who are black, have lived in the predominantly white neighborhood for 51/2 years without any problems.

Maurice Greene is preparing for the U.S. Olympic trials.

COLLEGES: USF students honored

Twenty-six South Florida student-athletes were cited by Conference USA for having a 3.75 GPA or higher for the 2003-04 school year. Women's cross country had the most with five ( Christa Benton, Bente General, Sara Hall, Maggie Potter and Claire Ragot) followed by men's soccer ( Robert Brenner, Ryan Kinsley, Aaron Paroulek and Chris Raye).

UF HONORS: Steeplechase standout Steve Zieminski of Sarasota was named to the Verizon Academic All-America District III first team, and three other Gators made the second team: sophomore pole vaulter Dara Altman of Tampa, junior shot putter Kim Barrett of Miami and junior runner Carling Cookerly of Sarasota. ... Also, Florida men's coach Mike Holloway was named the United States Track Coaches Association South Region outdoor coach of the year. He also won the indoor award this year.

GOLF: Senior Camilo Villegas tied a season best with 3-under 67 in leading Florida to sixth place entering the final round of the NCAA men's championship at Hot Springs, Va. Villegas (211) was tied for 13th in individual play. The Gators (858) trailed leader UCLA by 11 strokes.

FOOTBALL: Hampton and Jackson State will open their seasons at the Florida Citrus Bowl on Sept. 4, giving Orlando a second matchup of historically black college programs. The Florida Classic, pitting Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, will be held Nov. 20.

LACROSSE: Rebecca Brakeley, who captained Middlebury to a 19-0 record and the NCAA Division III title this season, won the inaugural Diane Geppi-Aikens Scholarship. The $5,000 award, sponsored by College Sports Television, is named after the Hall of Fame coach who died of brain cancer last summer weeks after leading Loyola of Maryland to the final four.

ARKANSAS: Fired basketball coach Nolan Richardson challenged the truthfulness of several witnesses on the final day of testimony in his discrimination suit against the school. He was on the stand for 20 minutes.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Amid pouring rain, France's Sebastian Hinault won a sprint to the finish in Landshut, Germany, to capture the fourth stage of the Tour of Germany. Patrik Sinkewitz of Germany retained the overall lead.

[Last modified June 3, 2004, 23:59:12]


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