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Sports in brief

By PETE YOUNG and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 1, 2001


French skier dies of head injury

Regine Cavagnoud, a super-G world champion who feared motorcycle crashes more than spills on the slopes, died Wednesday, two days after slamming into a German coach while training on an Austrian glacier. With her family at her bedside, Cavagnoud's respirator was disconnected after tests showed her brain had ceased to function, said Dr. Wolfgang Koller, head of the trauma intensive care unit at the Innsbruck University Clinic. The skier, 31, had just cleared a slight hump on the Pitztal glacier and was traveling about 40 mph when Markus Anwander crossed into her path, witnesses told authorities. Both suffered severe head injuries, and Anwander had spinal surgery Wednesday. An autopsy was performed on Cavagnoud as part of an investigation to determine who was responsible for her death. The fatality was the first involving a World Cup skier since Austria's Ulrike Maier died in 1994 after crashing into a post during a downhill race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In Cavagnoud's hometown of La Clusaz, France, a bell tolled and flags were lowered to half staff. "French sport has lost one of its great champions today," French President Jacques Chirac said.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: The South Florida men's team plays the first of two preseason games at 8 tonight at the Sun Dome, facing Angola Select, the country's national team. Senior forward B.B. Waldon and freshman forward Kelvin Brown will not play due to academic suspensions. USF coach Seth Greenberg said Altron Jackson, Reggie Kohn, Greg Brittian and Will McDonald will start, with either freshmen Brandon Brigman or Terrence Leather the fifth starter. ... The Dec. 8 men's game between South Florida and Florida in the Dodge Shootout at the USF Sun Dome has been moved to 2 p.m. and will be aired live on cable's ESPN2. The schools' women's teams will play that same day at 5. Call (813) 987-6816 or toll-free in Florida at (866) USF-4-TIX for ticket information. ... Georgia State center Andre Tooks died early Wednesday of chest and head injuries after a car hit his truck in downtown Atlanta while he was on his way to practice Tuesday. A police spokesman said the other driver was charged with running a red light.

GOLF: Art Wall Jr., the 1959 Masters champion who had more than 40 aces during his career, died in a Scranton, Pa., hospital of respiratory failure. He was 77. Wall had been hospitalized the past few weeks with pneumonia. He won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including the Masters victory over Cary Middlecoff and defending champion Arnold Palmer when he came from five strokes back with seven holes to play. He is survived by wife Jean Louise, two sons, three daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. ... The Golf Channel didn't steal the name of a junior program's skills competition, a federal judge ruled. Gift of Learning Foundation, Inc., based in North Palm Beach and doing business as Kids Golf, operates a competition called "Drive, Pitch & Putt." It sued the cable network in January over the latter's own skills competition -- "Drive, Chip & Putt." U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley granted the Golf Channel's motion for a summary judgment, ruling that "Drive, Pitch & Putt" is a descriptive term that has not acquired a secondary meaning.

TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport remained in contention for the world's No. 1 ranking, beating Amanda Coetzer 6-3, 6-3 at the Sanex Championships in Munich, Germany, to extend her winning streak to 13 matches. Davenport could pass Jennifer Capriati for the top spot at this year-end tournament. Davenport next faces Jelena Dokic. Also advancing were Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. ... Yevgeny Kafelnikov gained the seventh spot in the season-ending Masters Cup, beating Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters. Defending champion Marat Safin launched his bid for the remaining spot in the elite eight-man event Nov. 12-18 in Australia by eliminating Karol Kucera 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4.

COLLEGES: Tampa's volleyball team, ranked fifth in Division II, posted a three-game victory over No. 21 North Florida to improve to 22-2. ... In a physical match that featured 35 fouls and six yellow cards, the South Florida men's soccer team (12-4, 5-2) lost 3-1 to UCF (8-5, 2-3). The Bulls were forced to play 10 on 11 for 55 minutes due to an early double yellow card to Jared Vock. ... The Miami women's soccer team (10-7-1) shut out South Florida (4-12-2) 2-0 in its regular-season finale at Cobb Stadium.

POWERBOATS: Hugh Fuller of Clearwater and John Tomlinson of Miami took advantage of a penalty on an opponent to win the Super Cat class during the first heat of the Key West Offshore Worlds. Racing in Drambuie On Ice, they were running neck and neck with Spirit of Puerto Rico when it cut across Drambuie's bow and was assessed a passing penalty.

ROWING: A federal jury ruled the University of Pennsylvania discriminated against a male coach when it denied him a job to coach women's crew in 1997. Andrew Medcalf will receive $115,000 for lost wages, emotional distress and punitive damages. Penn spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman said the university will appeal. Penn hired Barbara Kirch, who had been coach of women's crew at Dartmouth for nine years and coach of the U.S. junior women's national team since 1996. Medcalf, a stockbroker in Philadelphia, had six years of coaching experience at the University of London and the University of Rochester.

SAILING: Amer Sports Too, the only all-female boat in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, finished the first leg in last place (eighth). "Even though we came in last, I am very pleased with the performance of the yacht and the crew," skipper Lisa McDonald said. "Over thousands of miles, we could stay with the guys that sailed together for more than two years." Illbruck won the leg, reaching Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 24 ahead of Amer Sports One. News Corp. was third on Friday, followed by Tyco on Saturday, ASSA ABLOY on Sunday, SEB on Tuesday and Djuice earlier Wednesday. A second protest was lodged Tuesday against the illbruck team, which was accused of making improper changes to the craft. The boats leave Cape Town on Nov. 11 for the next leg to Sydney, Australia. BOXING: The third fight between WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz and former champion Evander Holyfield, once set for China, will be held Dec. 15 in Connecticut. Promoter Don King said the fight was finalized Wednesday for the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard. HBO is paying $5-million for TV rights.

ICE SKATING: Elvis Stojko's 12th season at figure skating's top competitive level will be his last. The three-time world champion will begin what he hopes is a memorable goodbye campaign in the Canada International today.

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