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Athletes step up for tsunami victims

By wire services
Published January 2, 2005


Athletes around the world continued to respond to the tsunami disaster in Asia as the new year began Saturday.

Host Germany won the four-man team event in World Cup luge in Oberhof, then donated the $2,150 in prize money to the relief effort for tsunami victims.

"We decided before the race to do that, so we were especially motivated to win," said David Moeller, the men's singles world champion.

Also, a fundraising cricket match will be held Jan. 10 in Melbourne, Australia, to assist tsunami victims. The International Cricket Council will field a team coached by former Australian captain Stephen Waugh to face an Asian squad made up of players from countries hit by the tsunamis, including Sri Lanka and India, as well as Pakistan.

Six days after the earthquake and tsunamis, the confirmed death toll passed 123,000.

HORSES: Pelican Stakes repeat

Above the Wind won the Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs for the second straight time and established a new stakes record. Trained by Ron Allen Sr., the 8-year-old gelding ran the $60,000, six-furlong dirt race for older horses in 1:10.04, beating the mark of 1:10 2/5 set in 1994 by Not Surprising. Ranger Chance was second.

SANTA ANITA: Truly a Judge edged Star Cross by one length on Saturday to win the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap.

CALDER: Lord Robyn beat Fire Path by 41/2 lengths in the $100,000, Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby.

HOCKEY: Czechs in semifinals

The Czech Republic advanced to the semifinals of the world junior championships as Marek Schwarz had 21 saves in a 3-0 victory over Finland in Grand Forks, N.D. Petr Vrana, Rostislav Olesz and Roman Cervenka scored for the Czechs who face Canada in today's semifinals. The other semifinal pits Russia against the winner of late Saturday's United States-Sweden game.

SOCCER: Top three keep pace

Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 on a goal from substitute Joe Cole with 10 minutes left to maintain its five-point lead in the English Premier League. Chelsea's London rival, second-place Arsenal, and third-place Manchester United also won on the road.

TENNIS: Dutch make final eight

The Netherlands earned its first spot in nine years in the main draw of the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, thanks to 15-year-old Michaella Krajicek. The sister of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek won a qualifying match against Zimbabwe, beating Cara Black 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 in the mixed-team event. Peter Wessels then defeated Wayne Black 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, giving the Dutch the eighth and final place in the field.

ET CETERA

HONOR: Dual Olympic gold medalist Kelly Holmes was awarded the highest royal honor when the runner was made a dame. She joined rower Matthew Pinsent, knighted for winning his fourth gold medal in as many Games.

TRACK AND FIELD: Olympic triple jump champion Christian Olsson will miss the indoor season, including the European championships in March, because of an ankle injury.

RUNNING: Christian Hesch and Amy Rudolph set meet records in the New York Road Runners' New Year's Eve Midnight Run in Central Park. Hesch covered the 4-mile course in 18:28, breaking his mark by 8 seconds. Rudolph ran in 21:17, breaking the record of 21:55.