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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2000


Pegasus returns in triumph Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus made a successful return Saturday, sweeping to a three-quarter length victory over El Corredor to take the $150,000 Jerome at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Under Kent Desormeaux, the 3-year-old was eased back off a swift early pace set by Albert the Great, then moved up three-wide on the turn to take the lead heading into the stretch.

El Corredor made a strong late run to pass Albert the Great but could not catch Fusaichi Pegasus, who earned his sixth victory in seven starts. Fusaichi Pegasus was making his first start since finishing second to Red Bullet in the Preakness on May 20.

Fusaichi Pegasus' time was 1:34.07 over a wet-fast track.

Trainer Neil Drysdale said the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Oct. 14 was under consideration, but he would not commit to the race.

"He had to run a bit," Drysdale said of Fusaichi Pegasus, who did not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes because of a minor hoof injury and did not race over the summer while negotiations for his sale were pending. "It was important to get this race today. It puts us in a position to run again before the Breeders' Cup (Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs)."

The favorite in the field of seven, Fusaichi Pegasus returned $4.40, $3 and $2.20, while El Corredor, ridden by Jerry Bailey, paid $3.60 and $2.60. Albert the Great, who finished another 41/2 lengths back under Jorge Chavez, paid $2.40 for show.

MORE HORSES: The Keeneland September yearling sale ended a 13-day run that set horse and sales records. A record 3,313 horses were sold for $291,827,100. The amount is second only to the $317.666-million spent at Keeneland's 1999 November breeding stock sale. Horses in the yearling sale sold for a record average $88,085. California authorities issued two complaints against Robert Frankel, trainer of Starmaniac and Mojave Moon. Morphine was detected in urine samples taken from each horse.

SOCCER: USF's Sage Martina scored in overtime as the host Bulls beat Cincinnati 4-3 in men's play. Paul Scrivens scored twice, including the tying goal in the 87th minute. North Florida beat Eckerd 3-0 in Jacksonville. Teofilo Cubillas scored the winning goal as Central Florida topped West Florida 3-2 in Fort Lauderdale. The Eckerd women beat host Saint Leo 6-0 as Cady Dolan scored a game-high two goals. An $11-million lawsuit filed by St. John's assistant coach Jim Keady was dismissed in federal court. Keady claimed he was forced to quit because he refused to wear Nike's ubiquitous swoosh. Coaches and athletes were under a licensing contract to wear Nike equipment.

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BASKETBALL: English professor Murray Sperber plans to return to Indiana University next spring, six months after he left campus because of death threats and harassment from defenders of former coach Bob Knight. Sperber, a longtime critic of Knight, took a leave of absence last summer. Sperber met last week with the chairman of the university's English department to discuss coming back. ... Former Indiana women's coach Jim Izard filed a federal discrimination complaint saying he was fired because the university wanted a female coach. Izard was fired in March after 12 years and replaced by Evansville coach Kathi Bennett. He was the team's winningest coach at 188-158.

MOTORSPORTS: Five people were killed at an auto rally in Sens, France, when a car went out of control and hit a utility pole, knocking it onto a crowd of spectators. Eight people were injured, five seriously, and the driver was killed; his navigator was seriously hurt.

SOCCER: The Eckerd women beat host Saint Leo 6-0 as Cady Dolan scored a game-high two goals. ... An $11-million lawsuit filed by St. John's assistant coach Jim Keady was dismissed in federal court. Keady claimed he was forced to quit because he refused to wear Nike's ubiquitous swoosh. The university's coaches and athletes were under a licensing contract to wear equipment adorned with the Nike logo. ... A judge ordered striker Edmundo and his former team, Vasco de Gama, to compensate referee Dacildo Mourao $54,000 for insulting him in a 1997 match. Edmundo called Mourao a "paraiba" after Mourao expelled him from the game against the United States. The word, a reference to Brazilian state Paraiba, is a derogatory term for a poor, uneducated person.

TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport returned home to California from the Olympics for further tests on her left foot and may be out the rest of the year. Davenport withdrew from the Sydney hard courts after winning her first-round match. Tests indicated she might have a stress fracture. "I'll know more when I have all the information available to me and then I'll try and make the best decision I can for what is best for my body and my foot," Davenport said.

VOLLEYBALL: Tampa defeated Saint Leo 15-4, 16-14, 15-7 as Gretchen Naruta had 53 assists for the Spartans.... Jacksonville defeated Coastal Carolina 12-15, 16-14, 15-13, 15-11 to remain unbeaten at home.

PREP FOOTBALL: Jeremy Ragsdale Jr., a St. Clair County (Ala.) High player, died Friday night after a collision on the opening kickoff. Ragsdale, 16, was pronounced dead at Medical Center East in Birmingham. ... David Koral of Pacific Palisades passed for 724 yards against Grant of Van Nuys on Friday, setting the California single-game record by 160 yards. Koral, a senior, threw seven touchdowns and was 34-for-53 as Palisades defeated host Grant 48-30.

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