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With a 3-hour lead, King can smell win
By wire services
Published March 15, 2006
NOME, Alaska - Three-time Iditarod champion Jeff King moved closer to another victory Tuesday, pulling into the Bering Sea village of White Mountain for a mandatory rest before the final stretch of the race.
All mushers are required to rest their teams for eight hours in White Mountain leading to the final 77 miles to the old gold rush town. Leading teams were scheduled to reach Nome late Tuesday or early today.
"I can smell it now. It's close," the musher said a day earlier as he rested his dogs at the Koyuk checkpoint. "(But) I don't ever take anything for granted. I'm not going to let down my guard until I get to Nome."
His closest competitor, four-time Iditarod champ Doug Swingley fell back Monday when his dog team succumbed to fatigue, most likely from a big push to stay with King.
King had a more than three-hour lead on Swingley, leaving the next checkpoint at Elim. DeeDee Jonrowe was hanging onto third place, followed closely by Paul Gebhardt.
SKIING: Bode reinjures knee
Bode Miller aggravated an injury to his left knee during training Tuesday, and whether he skis next season likely will depend on how it heals.
Miller, 28, originally hurt his knee on a jump in Beaver Creek, Colo., early this season.
He said his knee was swollen for three weeks and though it seemed to be healing, he hurt it again a few weeks later during a giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy.
Miller exacerbated the injury Tuesday when he landed heavily on the top jump.
BOXING: Tarver-Hopkins bout finds home
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, in conjunction with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions, today announced that the casino-hotel will be the title sponsor for the 12-round light heavyweight championship bout in which undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins will challenge light heavyweight king Antonio Tarver on June 10th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fight will air live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
BASKETBALL: USA's Swoopes, Smith move to second stage
Sheryl Swoopes and Katie Smith will represent the United States this month in a three-game European basketball tour, the second stage in evaluations for the world championships. Smith, who averaged 17.0 points this month on the U.S. team's first European tour, and Swoopes are set to play along with Alana Beard, Chasity Melvin, Nicole Ohlde, Kristin Haynie, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Michelle Snow and Kendra Wecker.
GOLF: Michelle Wie confirmed she will play in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, joining Annika Sorenstam and Bradenton's Paula Creamer in the July 6-9 tournament at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in New Jersey.
HORSES: You're Next won his 12th straight start at Pompano Park Harness Track, tying the track record for most consecutive wins set by Lady Netty N in 1999. You're Next had already won nine this year, more than any other horse in North America, according to the U.S. Trotting Association's Web site.
SOCCER: The European Parliament adopted a declaration Tuesday calling for soccer clubs whose fans or players commit racist offenses to be excluded from competitions. ... Darius Vassell helped eliminate Aston Villa from the Football Association Cup, scoring against his former club to lead Manchester City to a 2-1 victory and a berth in the quarterfinals.
TENNIS: Gustavo Kuertenwithdrew from next week's Nasdaq-100 Open, citing hip problems. The three-time French Open champion has played only 10 ATP Tour events since major hip surgery in September 2004. He received a wild card to play at Key Biscayne.