Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2002

Former NBA star scheduled to appear in court

FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday in a fatal shooting at his New Jersey mansion.

Williams is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 14 death of limousine driver Costas Christofi. Prosecutors have said little about the fatal shooting except that they believe Williams was recklessly handling the shotgun.

Williams, free on $250,000 bail, was scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Hunterdon County's Superior Court.

He could enter a plea, but is not required to do so until a grand jury hands down an indictment. If he does enter a plea, it will be innocent, defense attorney Joseph Hayden said.

Unexpecteds make biggest marks

NEW YORK -- Nicole Teter couldn't get into a race. Miguel Pate couldn't pick an event.

Two of the most impressive performances at the USA Track & Field Championships came from the unlikeliest of athletes.

Teter, forced to go overseas to compete last year after being turned away by race organizers in this country, provided the only U.S. record of the two-day championships.

She won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 58.71 seconds Saturday, breaking by two-tenths of a second the mark set by Mary Decker Slaney in 1980, and matched by Suzy Favor Hamilton in 1999. Teter ran about 2 1/2 seconds faster than she ever had and won by more than 5 seconds. Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia broke the world record in the 800 at the European Indoor Championships in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday, finishing in 1:55.82.

Pate was just as dominant as Teter.

A week after competing in the long, triple and high jumps at the Southeastern Conference championships, he stuck to just the long jump Friday and won by nearly 2 feet with a leap of 28 feet, 2 1/4 inches, the fourth-best indoors in history.

It's also the longest indoors in the world in three years, and the best by an American since Carl Lewis, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in the event, set the world record of 28-10 1/4 in 1984.

''I want to let the whole world know that American long jumpers are young and we're coming back,'' said Pate, a fifth-year senior at Alabama. ''My goal was to jump 28 feet outdoors. Now I've jumped 28 feet indoors, so I have to sit down and think about new goals.''

Padres blank Mariners in spring ball

Padres 12, Mariners 0

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ramon Vazquez and Scott Morgan each homered for the San Diego Padres, who held the Seattle Mariners to two hits in a 12-0 victory Sunday.

Bubba Trammell had three hits including a pair of doubles while six pitchers combined to shut out the Mariners.

The Mariners' only hits came from Ichiro Suzuki, who tripled in the first inning and singled in the third.

''I'm glad Ichiro played today,'' Mariners manager Lou Piniella said.

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