Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

Hutchison earns All-American honors

Former Skyview High School standout Melina Hutchison earned All-American honors Saturday at the United States Girls Wrestling championships in Lake Orion, Mich.

Hutchison placed fourth in the collegiate national portion of the meet.

Hutchison, who goes to Menlo College in California, lost to Teresa Piotraowski in the quarterfinals at 121 pounds. Hutchison recovered to beat Sarah Hayes 10-0 and Audrey Pang 4-3 in overtime in the consolation round.

In the consolation semifinals, Hutchison scored an 11-0, technical-fall victory over Courtney Laford. Finally, in the third-place match, Hutchison lost 7-1 to Desiree Lockhart.

Congress asks baseball for documents on ephedra

WASHINGTON -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters Wednesday to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr, requesting documents about ephedra use in the sport.

Congress is investigating dietary supplements containing ephedra, and baseball has come under scrutiny since the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler in February. A coroner said ephedra contributed to Bechler's death from heatstroke.

The letters asked for the information by April 16 ''in light of the recent press reports raising additional questions about the safety of ephedra supplements and the conflicting reports about a possible ban on ephedra use among baseball players.''

Selig and Fehr were asked whether their staffs ''did any analysis or review of the NFL's, NCAA's or IOC's decisions to ban the use of ephedra supplements.''

Burk wants judge to override sheriff's ruling

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Martha Burk's lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to override the sheriff's decision prohibiting her from demonstrating at the front gate of Augusta National during the Masters.

The request comes 10 days before Burk plans to protest at the club because of its all-male membership. Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, wants thousands of golf fans to walk by her demonstration. But Sheriff Ronald Strength says the closest Burk can legally protest is a 5-acre site just less than a half mile from the gate. A city law revised last month gives Strength broad authority to regulate protests.

U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. said he planned to rule quickly on the request, but that he didn't intend to ''start tweaking the sheriff's decision.''

''I have never seen this court in a position of modifying the terms the sheriff provided in his decision,'' Bowen said. ''I'm just deciding on the ordinance as applied.''

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