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Garcia in lead at U.S. trials

By wire services
Published June 8, 2004

ST. PETERS, Mo. - Caesar Garcia took the lead with his second dive from the 10-meter platform and held it after the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic diving trials Monday. Garcia, from Baton Rouge, La., finished with 647.25 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Thomas Finchum's 620.13. Finchum, at 14, is the youngest male competitor.

The field was cut from 19 to 12 with the finals set for Saturday. The top two make the Olympic team. Mark Ruiz, a member of the 2000 Olympic team and the heavy favorite, was fourth with 408.21 points. Ruiz scored only 27.84 on his fifth dive, but responded with 78.66 points on his next.

NFL: Maddox stays a Steeler

Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox agreed to the terms of a one-year contract extension, signing through 2007. Maddox and president Art Rooney II didn't discuss specifics, but both agreed it will enable Maddox to remain with the team after first-round draft pick Ben Roethlisberger succeeds him. "It's structured fairly for both sides," Maddox said. "If I continue to play, I can continue to make pretty good money."

BACHELOR TOPS DEPTH CHART: The No. 1 pick in the draft and the man with two MVP trophies stood in the back when the Giants began drills at minicamp. Instead, The Bachelor led the way. Former Gator Jesse Palmer, who gained fame for his appearance on the reality show, is the starting quarterback ahead of Eli Manning and Kurt Warner ... for now. "He has responded very well to the coaching and to what he has been asked to do," coach Tom Coughlin said.

CYCLING: Armstrong in third place

Lance Armstrong was in third place after the first stage of the Dauphine Libererace in Bron, France. In a race known as a tuneup for the Tour de France, Norway's Thor Hushovd took the stage, finishing the 142.3-mile course in 6 hours, 3 minutes, 47 seconds. Iban Mayo of Spain is still the overall leader at with a time of 6:11:38.

TENNIS: Upsets at Queen's Club

Former Wimbledon quarterfinalists Jan-Michael Gambill and Greg Rusedski lost in the first round of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament in London. Gambill was beaten by Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5); Rusedski lost to Hyung-Taik Lee 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. In an unusual doubles pairing, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick beat Robby Ginepri and Mark Merklein 6-2, 6-2.

DENMARK OUT OF DAVIS CUP: The International Tennis Federation upheld its decision to exclude Denmark from the Davis Cup until 2005 for refusing to play in Algeria for security reasons.

TRACK: Jones rips Rogge

Marion Jones says IOC president Jacques Rogge is in no position to talk about the people she chooses to live and train with. Jones acknowledged she made "suspect" decisions in the past about the people with whom she associated. But she said Rogge was out of line when he contended in a Sunday newspaper interview that she was "stupid" to get involved with certain people. "It's an extremely ignorant comment of him to make not knowing the circumstances and not knowing the situation," Jones said at a news conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Jones is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is reviewing files in the BALCO steroid case to determine if there is enough evidence to ban her from the Athens Olympics.

RETIREMENT: French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec retired at age 36, ending a career in which she won three Olympic gold medals.

ET CETERA

GOLF: Ernie Els overtook Vijay Singh as the world's second-ranked golfer after winning the Memorial Sunday. Tiger Woods , whose lead was 4.5 points at the start of the year, is 2.28 points ahead of Els.

TRIATHLON: Simon Lessing and Michellie Jones set records in the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, a 1.5-mile swim in San Francisco Bay, 18-mile bicycle ride and 8-mile run. Lessing, a Briton, finished in 1:54:41. Jones, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist from Australia, finished in 2:08:54, taking her eighth women's division title.

[Last modified June 8, 2004, 01:00:38]


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