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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001


Austrians sweep skiing gold, silver

Hannes Trinkl beat Hermann Maier on Wednesday to win the men's downhill, the showcase race of the world championships in St. Anton, Austria.

Trinkl, who earned the bronze medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, won on a shortened and badly rutted course, giving the host nation a 1-2 finish.

American Daron Rahlves, the winner of the super-giant slalom, finished fifth in 1 minute, 39.64 seconds.

"It's just a bummer that I didn't bag another trophy here," he said. American Caroline Lalive will miss the rest of the world championships with a bruised left knee.

AUTO RACING: Formula One team Benetton unveiled its car for the 2001 season, a Renault-engine model, in St. Mark's Square at Venice, Italy. Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Jenson Button revealed the bright blue and white car. ... Police recovered two cars stolen from the A.J. Foyt-George Snider team about a mile from Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September. Jason Holland, 23, of Indianapolis, was arrested on preliminary charges of theft. ... The Minardi Formula One team said it signed 19-year-old Fernando Alonso, who would be the third-youngest driver in the sport's history. ... Baroness Jean Denton, a champion rally car driver, businesswoman and former government official in Northern Ireland, died Monday of cancer. Denton, 65, was the British female champion in 1967 and 1968.

BASEBALL: Florida set a school record for runs in a 35-1 win against Savannah State. The host Gators batted around twice and scored 18 runs in the second inning. Jordan Gieselman pitched a shutout in Eckerd College's sweep of visiting Webber, 3-0 and 6-2. Miami defeated cross-town rival Florida International 4-3. ... Ramon Hernandez and Roberto Zambrano homered to lead Venezuela to a 6-1 win against Puerto Rico for third place in the Caribbean Series in Culiacan, Mexico.

BOXING: Get set for Ali-Frazier IV. Three decades after Joe Frazier won a brutal 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali in the first of their three memorable bouts, their sparring daughters said they will rekindle the rivalry. Laila Ali will fight Jacqui Frazier in June -- perhaps on Father's Day -- promoters said at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., where Laila made her professional debut 16 months ago. "Because of the legacy of our fathers, a lot of people want to see the fight and are very interested in it. That's all people ask me about," Laila said. ... Oscar De La Hoya proclaimed his eight-month vacation over and said he wants to get back on top of the game. De La Hoya announced a 12-round welterweight fight with former IBF junior lightweight champion Arturo Gatti for March 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. ... Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBO heavyweight title against Derrick Jefferson on March 24.

COLLEGES: Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley agreed to a contract that calls for him to retire at the end of 2003. Dooley, 68, will receive a salary of $313,425 in the first year of the deal, retroactive to Jan. 1.

HORSE RACING: Forever Cindy beat Case of the Blues by a neck in the $50,000 feature race at Aqueduct. ... Wake the Tiger edged Lily's Lad by a nose in the $60,000 feature race at Santa Anita.

MISCELLANEOUS: The top two sports teams in the world want more wins and more money. The New York Yankees forged an alliance with Manchester United, the most storied club in European soccer. Though the teams, the richest in baseball and soccer, don't know what their partnership will turn into, they think working together with sponsors, selling each other's licensed goods and promoting Manchester United's 2003 tour of North America is a start. If YankeeNets LLC, the baseball team's parent company, forms a TV network, it will have ready programming in Manchester United, which in August regains the right to televise its games.

OLYMPICS: The International Olympic Committee said it will fund analysis of 600 nutritional supplements to determine whether they are linked to positive drugs tests by athletes. ... Organizers and Greek police plan to sign an agreement in the next week for the largest security operation in the country's history for the 2004 Summer Games at Athens.

PARIMUTUELS: N Big Ed upset the field in a semifinal heat for Derby Lane's $85,000 Sprint Classic. Courageous Nicky set another season best of 30.46 seconds over 5/16ths of a mile to win the second semifinal. Post positions will be drawn tonight for Saturday's final.

RUNNING: Paul Crake, 24, led a field of 154 runners and broke his record in the Empire State Run-up. He finished the 24th annual race in 9:37, beating Holger Munkelt, who dashed up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building in 11:02.

SAILING: Michel Desjoyeaux led Ellen MacArthur in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race. Desjoyeaux was expected to return Saturday in the French port of Les Sables d'Olonne after covering nearly 24,000 miles nonstop since Nov. 9, organizers said. ... Jim Dolan's 76-foot Sagamore won the Pineapple Cup, a race from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

SOCCER: Hristo Stoitchkov re-signed with Major League Soccer through the 2002 season, keeping the Bulgarian World Cup veteran with the Chicago Fire.

SWIMMING: Freshman Sara McLarty of Florida is the SEC Swimmer of the Week.

TENNIS: Boris Becker admits being the father of a 10-month-old girl born to a Russian model living in London. A paternity test sought by Becker corroborated the claim by the mother, Angela Ermakova, 33, that he was the father. ... Mary Pierce, the reigning French Open champion, was booed by spectators in Paris as Anne Kremer eliminated her in her first match of the Gaz de France tournament. ... John McEnroe turns 42 next week and would still love to play Davis Cup doubles. But he admits it would be awkward now that his brother is team captain. Patrick McEnroe, debuting as captain, chose a younger squad for this weekend's matches at Switzerland.

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