Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 17, 2001
New evidence that may clear U.S. shot-putter C.J. Hunter of taking banned substances will be released soon, his wife, Marion Jones, said.
Hunter, who coaches Jones, tested positive four times for the steroid nandrolone last year. Hunter, 32, was stripped of his coaching credentials at the Olympics.
Jones, who won three gold medals at the Sydney Games, said information about the tests that would help exonerate her husband is set to come out "in the very near future."
"A lot of people will realize these positive tests are not realistic and are not true," Jones said. She declined to comment further.
Hunter was the gold medalist at the 1999 World Championships.
Jones also hinted that she would skip the 400-meter relay at this summer's World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.
GOLF: Augusta National Golf Club included six first-time American players on the PGA Tour -- Chris DiMarco, Bob May, Tom Scherrer, Steve Flesch, Jonathan Kaye and Franklin Langham among 95 players invited to compete in the Masters on April 5-8.
AUTO RACING: Luca Badoer agreed to continue as test driver for Ferrari's Formula One team, enabling the World Champion to field the same driving lineup for consecutive seasons.
BOXING: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was fined $205,000 and had his Michigan boxing license suspended for 90 days because he refused to submit a required urine test before an Oct. 20 fight at the Palace of Auburn Hills. ... Oscar De La Hoya is scheduled to fight Arturo Gatti in his first bout since he lost to Shane Mosley in June.
SOCCER: Midfielder Leonel Alvarez, a three-time MLS All-Star for New England, will remain with the team after re-signing with the league. ... Diego Maradona will not make an appearance with Scottish club Dundee as had been announced, player-manager Ivano Bonetti said.
FIGURE SKATING: Despite sustaining a gash on his head in a fall during Tuesday's practice, Steve Hartsell still plans on competing with his sister Danielle tonight at the U.S. Championships in Boston. The Hartsells, the 1999 U.S. pairs champions, were performing a lift while rehearsing when Steve fell and hit the back of his head on the ice.
OLYMPICS: Ron Brant, coach of five-time national champion Blaine Wilson, was picked as coordinator of the U.S. men's gymnastics team.
HORSE RACING: Two men, including Timothy Wyman Tyler Jr., a friend of late jockey Chris Antley, were charged with burglarizing the home where Antley was found dead last month.
COLLEGES: Nebraska setter Greichaly Cepero won the Honda Award as top player of the year for volleyball. ... The Big East Conference sued Michael Agnew, owner of www.big-east.com, seeking to stop him from using the domain name to attract sports fans to a pornography site. The site sends visitors to www.findology.com, an Internet search service.
SAILING: Gordon Schiff's Tampa-based Mumm 36 The Wall climbed into first place in PHRF Division 4 with an eight-point lead at Key West Race Week. Michael Carroll's Clearwater-based Henderson 30 New Wave dropped to third in the 14-boat PHRF Division 3, trailing the New Orleans-based Melges 30 Tiburon by nine points after four races.
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