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Gymnast T-shirt gets clothier in hot water

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Published October 8, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - Abercrombie & Fitch has been asked by USA Gymnastics president Bob Colarossi to stop selling its latest T-shirt that has the slogan "L is for Loser" next to a picture of a gymnast on the still rings. The sport's governing body also asked members to boycott stores until the T-shirt is pulled.

"No individual, regardless of race, gender, age, intelligence or athletic ability, can or should be deemed a loser," Colarossi wrote in a letter to CEO Michael Jeffries. Abercrombie & Fitch did not return calls seeking comment.

It previously came under fire for a T-shirt making fun of West Virginia and for one depicting two slant-eyed men in conical hats and the slogan "Wong Brothers Laundry Service - Two Wongs Can Make it White."

BOXING: Thurman wins title

Keith Thurman defeated Atlantic City's DeMarr Wilson 20-5 to capture the 154-pound division at the 30th annual National Police Athletic League Boxing Championships in Virginia. The victory, Thurman's fourth in four days, gives the 15-year-old Clearwater High sophomore the fifth national title of his young career.

- JOHN C. COTEY, Times staff writer

TENNIS: No. 1 Mauresmo wins

Amelie Mauresmo overcame a slow start to win her first match at No. 1 in the rankings, beating Patty Schnyder 7-5, 6-4 at the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany. French Open champ Anastasia Myskina and U.S. Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova joined Mauresmo in the quarterfinals.

JAPAN OPEN: Second-seeded David Nalbandian was eliminated by Gilles Muller 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 in the third round in Tokyo. The top-seeded man and woman advanced, with Lleyton Hewitt rallying past Takao Suzuki 6-7 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova defeating Youlia Fedossova 6-3, 6-4 to make the semifinals.

LYON OPEN: Third-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero was upset by David Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round in France.

RUNNING: Boston icon dies

Johnny Kelley ran the Boston Marathon a record 61 times, winning twice and finishing second seven times. He was beloved in Boston, and not only for his athletic accomplishments. The man known as the race's heart and soul had a gift of "always seeing the best in everything and everybody." Mr. Kelley died Wednesday night at 97 at a Cape Cod nursing home hours after moving there from his Dennis home, his family said. An Olympian who was Runner of the Century in Runner's World magazine, he was 84 when he ran his last Boston Marathon.

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COLLEGES: Freshman Nestor Briceno was the only Gator to make it to the round of 16 at the Icy Hot/Men's All-American Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. At the Riviera/ITA All-American Women's Tennis Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Florida senior Zerene Reyes advanced to the second round in singles and the doubles teams of Whitney Benik- Lolita Frangulyan and Jennifer Magley-Reyes reached the round of eight. ... St. Thomas (5-2) beat visiting Tampa (4-5) 2-1 in men's soccer.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Tampa Bay Storm signed receiver/defensive back Lynaris Elpheage and offensive/defensive lineman Ricky Hall. Elpheage, 22, signed with the Bucs in January and was allocated to NFL Europe, where he had 36 tackles, 17 pass breakups and two interceptions in 10 games with Frankfurt. He was released by the Bucs in August. Hall, 28, spent the past five seasons with the AFL's Indiana Firebirds.

- FRANK PASTOR, Times staff writer

SAILING: Sailing World announced that the Business Outfitters division of Lands' End has signed as title sponsor for the magazine's National Offshore One Design Regattas. St. Petersburg is one of nine host cities.

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