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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 20, 2001

Three-time champion struggles

Three-time world champion Alexei Yagudin finished behind fellow Russian Yevgeni Pluschenko and Americans Todd Eldredge and Timothy Goebel in Group A of the qualifying round at the World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He can make it up in the short program and free skate but his coach, Tatiana Tarasova, said Yagudin hurt his right foot jogging and couldn't control his landings.

Canadian favorite Elvis Stojko, in his first event of the season after battling leg injuries, finished second to Takeshi Honda of Japan in Group B.

HIGH SCHOOLS: A boys basketball coach was charged with smoking marijuana with four students before a state playoff game. Adrian Matthew, coach at Moorestown, N.J., Lenape High, was arrested Saturday and was suspended with pay. He was charged with possessing marijuana, Ecstasy and paraphernalia, and four counts of distributing drugs.

SOCCER: The Mutiny plays Los Angeles tonight in a spring training exhibition in Miami. ... Colorado traded midfielder Matt Okoh and a second-round pick in next year's draft to New England for midfielders Imad Baba and Carlos Parra. ... Guinea was banned from qualifying for the 2002 World Cup because of government interference in the national association. Guinea authorities had eliminated the association's executive body and failed to meet a FIFA-imposed deadline to reinstate it. ... Lawmakers want to stop what they say is the exploitation of Brazilian and African players who are lured to Belgium, then abandoned. The players often get three-month visas and if they don't play well, they end up on the streets lacking proper documents or a ticket home. "There is a new form of human trafficking," said Jean-Marie Dedecker, a Belgian senator.

GAMBLING: A Nevada state senate panel voted to urge Congress not to outlaw bets on college sports, a major part of the state's legal gambling industry. "We don't need any more dumb laws that we aren't going to be able to enforce," Senate Judiciary Chairman Mark James, R-Las Vegas, said.

COLLEGES: Miami junior Emily Spychala, a Gaither High graduate, finished sixth in the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA championships and earned All-America honors. ... In women's golf, Northwestern led South Florida by a shot after two rounds at the Waterlefe-USF Invitational in Bradenton. Central Florida and Florida International were tied for fifth and Miami was tied for 10th. FIU's Michelle Simpson (144) led the individuals and USF's Kelly Lagedrost (146) was third. ... Miami junior Dan Boniface set a school record of 9:10.49 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to win at the Hurricane Invitational. ... Florida State's Serita Brooks was named ACC softball player of the week. Rain canceled FSU's softball game against Massachusetts. ... Miami swept visiting Charleston Southern 7-0 in men's tennis.

CRICKET: Against South Africa, Courtney Walsh of the West Indies, most likely playing his last test series before retiring, became the first player ever to take 500 test wickets.

OBITUARY: Former Scotland rugby union international Gordon Brown died of cancer at 53.

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