Fla. jockey loses spleen from fall

By Times wire
Published February 1, 2005

HALLANDALE - Jockey Gary Boulanger was in critical but improving condition Monday after being thrown from his horse at Gulfstream Park.

The Canadian, one of South Florida's best riders the past several years, showed signs of progress at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood after doctors removed his spleen and a blood clot on his brain, said his agent, Cory Moran .

Boulanger, 37, went down Sunday when In Hand lost his footing on the turf in the final turn of the $100,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap. In Hand was euthanized.


Luger in induced coma

Brazilian luger Renato Mizoguchi , 29, was in an induced coma but stable after crashing during practice on the new track built for the 2006 Turin Olympics in Italy. He had surgery at a Turin hospital to ease swelling of the brain. His sled overturned on the Cesana-Pariol track leading to next weekend's World Cup races.

SKIING: U.S. star Lindsey Kildow escaped serious injury when she crashed into several photographers during downhill training at the world championships in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy. She bruised her back and wrist but plans to continue training today.


FSU swimmer shines

Florida State's Billy Jamerson became the first Seminole swimmer to be named ACC performer of week twice in a season. Against Auburn, the freshman won the 100 and 200 breaststroke and brought the 200 medley relay team back from a one-second deficit to victory in a season-best 1:29.88. His first weekly award came in December after two wins at the Georgia Invite.

TAMPA: Chelsea Hastings , who enrolled this semester, hit national swim meet qualifying marks in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke (setting a school record of 2:05.64) in a tri-meet against FAU and Miami.

MIAMI: Senior Amber Williams has been named ACC track and field performer of the week after winning the pentathlon at the Penn State National Open.


Scandal hits team captain

The captain of a third-division team was suspended as part of the investigation into Germany's game-fixing scandal. Thijs Waterink received $13,000 before his Paderborn team played top-division Hamburger SV in the first round of the German Cup on Aug.21, Paderborn president Wilfried Finke said. Paderborn won 4-2 after trailing 2-0 at halftime. It rallied on two dubious penalty kicks and the expulsion of a Hamburg player. The game was widely perceived as a dive. The referee was Robert Hoyzer , who has admitted receiving money from a Croatian-controlled betting ring to rig at least four games. Waterink didn't tell his players about the $13,000 until after the game, but gave each more than $650 a day later, Finke said.

WORLD CUP: Tickets for the 2006 tournament go on sale online today, with 850,000 of the 3.2-million seats available in the first stage. Each fan can order up to four tickets for seven games each. Applications will be processed by lottery after the first two months. The tournament begins June 9, 2006, in Munich and ends a month later in Berlin.


BOXING DEATHS: Coley Wallace , who knocked out Rocky Marciano in a 1948 Golden Gloves tournament and played Joe Louis in two movies, died of heart failure in a Manhattan hospital. He was 77. Mr. Wallace had a record of 20-7-0 in six years as a pro but was best known for portraying Louis in The Joe Louis Story in 1953 and in Raging Bull in 1980. ... Christian Christensen , a Dane who won the European middleweight title in 1962 and lost a world title bout to Emile Griffith a year later, died at 78 in a hospital outside Copenhagen.

GOLF: One day after winning the mixed doubles tennis title at the Australian Open, Scott Draper failed to qualify for the Heineken Classic golf tournament in Melbourne. He shot par 72.

MOTORSPORTS: Former champion Cristiano da Matta is returning to the Champ Car World Series after two seasons in Formula One, the Associated Press reported.