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By DORAN CUSHING, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 2001


Sarasota tactician sails winning course

Yachting Key West Race Week passed the midpoint Wednesday with two races in light, shifty winds. The Bahamian-based B-32 Abbey Normal, with Sarasota's Doug Fisher as tactician, moved into first place in PHRF Division 6 with two second-place finishes. The boat led by a point with two races remaining.

Gordon Schiff's Tampa-based crew aboard the Mumm 36 The Wall expanded its lead in PHRF Division 4 with a second place and led the division by four points with three races remaining.

Michael Carroll's Henderson 30 New Wave, with Marty Kullman of St. Petersburg at the helm, won the PHRF Division 3 race and held second place, eight points behind the Melges 30 Tiburon. The Greek-based Farr 40 Atalanti XI, with Ethan Bixby of St. Petersburg trimming sails, finished fifth and was tied for second in the 37-boat one-design class, trailing the leader by four points.

Race Week continues today with two races planned. The event is scheduled to close Friday with one race.

AUTOS: Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing, said the winningest Indianapolis 500 team will return to the May race. Penske's drivers have won 10 Indy 500s, but the CART team has not competed since the race became part of the rival Indy Racing League in 1996. Team owner Chip Ganassi broke the boycott by CART teams last year, taking Juan Montoya and Jimmy Vasser to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and coming away with a victory by Montoya and a seventh-place finish by Vasser. Cindric also said drivers Gil de Ferran, the defending CART champion, and Helio Castroneves will race in the IRL opener March 18 in Phoenix. de Ferran and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack were added to the four-race International Race of Champions series. The other drivers are Bobby Labonte, Buddy Lazier, Jeff Green, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever and Mark Dismore.

COLLEGES: Charles Harris, commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, was appointed chairman of the NCAA Division I Management Council. Harris succeeds Stanford athletic director Ted Leland.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Dajuan Wagner became the first player in 22 years to score 100 points Tuesday night as Camden High beat Gloucester Township Technical School 157-67 in Trenton, N.J. Wagner, son of former Louisville star Milt Wagner, is one of the top basketball players in the country and has signed to play for Memphis. Milt Wagner joined Memphis coach John Calipari's staff this season as the coordinator of basketball operations. A 6-foot-2 guard, Dajuan Wagner has averaged more than 47 points this season. He was 42-of-61 from the field, including 10 three-pointers, and he made six free throws. Danny Heater of Burnsville High (W.Va.) set the national record of 135 in 1960.

HORSES: A bettor won a record $309,788.40 for picking all six winners in Gulfstream Park's Pick 6 at Hallandale Beach. The payout was the largest one-ticket winner at the track. The record was $301,585.80 on Pick 6 wagering in 1996, and that pool was split by two ticket-holders. The winning Pick 6 pool had been building since Gulfstream opened the season Jan. 3. The winning ticket picked the winners of races four through nine.

OBITUARIES: Jacksonville University's first athletic director, Roland "Rollie" Rourke, died in a Jacksonville hospital at 89. He also served as the school's basketball coach and started the Dolphins' golf program. He is the winningest JU basketball coach with 107 victories. He was athletic director from 1953-67 and the basketball coach from 1953-60. ... Jozsef Csermak, the first Olympic champion to throw the hammer more than 60 meters with a toss of 197 feet, 11 inches at the 1952 Helsinki Games, died Friday of a heart attack in Budapest, Hungary. He was 68.

SOCCER: Claudio Reyna, a star for the U.S. national team, might quit international play after the 2002 World Cup to concentrate on club play. The Glasgow Rangers' midfielder has played in the past two World Cups for the United States. He said travel and recent injuries could force him to lessen his workload.

SKATING: A day after falling in practice and opening a head cut that required a dozen stitches, Steve Hartsell paired with his sister, Danielle, to win the pairs short program in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston. In second place were defending champions Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman. The pairs free skate will be Friday night. The top two couples qualify for the world championships in March. Sasha Cohen, who nearly upset Michelle Kwan last year, withdrew with a back injury. The women's short program is Friday.

SWIMMING: Britain's Mark Foster set the short-course world record in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.87 seconds at a World Cup meet in Sheffield, England. Foster, a former record-holder in 50 freestyle, eclipsed the mark of 23.19 set by Sweden's Lars Frolander in March.

WINTER SPORTS: Chris Klug of Aspen, Colo., who had a liver transplant in July, won a parallel giant slalom in World Cup snowboarding at Olang, Italy. ... Hannah Hardaway of Moultenborough, N.H., had the best qualifying score in single moguls competition at the World Freestyle Ski Championships in Whistler, British Columbia.

MISCELLANEOUS: Three Rivers Stadium, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers since 1970, will be imploded on Feb. 4. Three Rivers will be reduced to 160,000 tons of concrete, 130,000 tons of dirt and 8,000 tons of steel.

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