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Montgomery mocks doping 'evidence'

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Published June 20, 2004

Tim Montgomery, the 100-meter world record holder, told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency he's done nothing wrong and ridiculed possible drug evidence against him.

"The truth will prevail," he said.

Montgomery also identified Kelli White as the one providing information against him.

White, the world champion in the women's 100 and 200 last year, relinquished those medals and accepted a two-year suspension for using steroids and other banned substances.

Montgomery's lawyer said the sprinter will keep fighting for the chance "to fulfill his dreams and participate in the 2004 Olympics."

Montgomery and three other U.S. athletes - Chryste Gaines, Michelle Collins and Alvin Harrison - were formally notified June 7 that the USADA is pursuing possible drug charges against them. They had until Friday to respond.

Now, a USADA review panel will decide whether to recommend bringing drug charges against them. If they are found guilty of doping, they would face minimum bans of two years.

None of those athletes failed a drug test, so the USADA is building cases based on documents and other circumstantial evidence deriving from the BALCO case.

ARCHERY: John Magera finished third to earn the final spot on the men's team in Mason, Ohio. Vic Wunderle beat Richard "Buster" Johnson, a three-time Olympian, by 43 points. Jennifer Nichols was first in the women's trials, followed by Stephanie Arnold and two-time Olympian Janet Dykman.

BASKETBALL: Yolanda Griffith, a member of the 2000 gold medal-winning team, was added to the U.S. women's roster.

CYCLING: Kristin Armstrong won the women's national road race championship in Redlands, Calif., earning an automatic berth. She edged time trial national champion Christine Thorburn by about half a bike length, finishing the 73-mile course in 3 hours, 26 minutes, 12 seconds. Jason McCartney battled mechanical problems early in the 118-mile men's race and leg cramps in its latter stages but won by 61 seconds over David Zabriskie. McCartney finished in 5:09:57.

TENNIS: Pierce gets grass title

Mary Pierce defeated Klara Koukalova 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 in the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands, her first grasscourt tournament victory. On the men's side, top-seeded Guillermo Coria beat Mario Ancic 7-6 (6-4), 1-6, 6-3 in their semifinal. Coria plays Michael Llodra.

ENGLISH TOURNAMENTS: Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Daniela Hantuchova 2-6, 7-6 (6-2), 6-4 in the final of the Eastbourne grasscourt event. ... Top-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan rallied to beat Thomas Johansson 1-6, 7-6 (6-4), 6-3 at the Nottingham Open.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Paolo Bettini pulled away in heavy rain to win the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse, while Fabian Jeker extended his overall lead to 41 seconds. Bettini finished in 4:30:25.

HORSES: Offlee Wild held off Funny Cide at the wire and won the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap by a neck in Boston. MLS: Mike Magee scored on a header with a minute left, leading the MetroStars to a 2-1 victory over visiting Los Angeles. ... Host D.C. ended a four-hour scoring drought in a 3-1 win over Columbus. ... Matt Taylor scored twice to lead Kansas City 3-1 over host New England.

SAILING: Russell Coutts, who was at the helm for the past three America's Cup winners, didn't sail as Alinghi won the first two races of the UBS Trophy over Oracle in Newport, R.I. Ernesto Bertarelli, the billionaire head of Team Alinghi, said Coutts would be off the boat for the remaining 10 races because he "decided he didn't want to helm." No reason was given.

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