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Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2003

Tests reveal tendinitis in Bonds' right knee

DENVER Barry Bonds is not expected to play in the rest of San Francisco's four-game series with Colorado after tests revealed tendinitis in his sore right knee.

Bonds was injured Friday night in the first game of the series when he crashed into the wall chasing a flyball by Preston Wilson in the fourth inning of Colorado's 10-7 win.

The five-time MVP stayed in the game, but limped off the field after leading off the fifth inning with a single.

''Basically, Barry had a little bit of tendinitis going in and aggravated it on the attempted catch,'' Giants trainer Stan Conte said. ''He had a fair amount of pain last night. He has less pain today. So basically we are listing him as day-to-day. The MRI was very, very good result for us.''

Bonds was also injured Wednesday against Arizona when he sprained his right ankle while running out an infield hit, but was back in the lineup Friday after San Francisco's day off.

He was 2-for-3 before limping off the field in the fifth inning after lining a single off the wall in right.

Martinez not expected to pitch for another week

BOSTON Pedro Martinez is not expected to pitch for another week, Red Sox team doctor Bill Morgan said Saturday after the Boston ace experienced slight discomfort in his right side while playing catch.

Although the pain was ''nothing extreme,'' Morgan said, Martinez will not throw from a mound until he can throw without trouble and report back pain-free the next day.

Morgan said that's not expected to be until ''the end of the week,'' which would push Martinez's next start into early June.

Although Morgan allowed for the possibility that Martinez would feel better when he returns to the ballpark on Sunday, his timetable was less optimistic than manager Grady Little's.

Noting that Martinez is eager to pitch against the Yankees in a three-game series that runs from Monday to Wednesday, Little said it is possible Martinez will pitch in New York.

Guevara outruns Freeman at Prefontaine

EUGENE, Ore. Ana Guevara took off, while Cathy Freeman struggled.

Guevara won the women's 400 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday with both a meet and field record of 49.34 seconds. Freeman, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist at the distance, appeared to lose steam and finished fifth. In the other premier event at this meet, Kim Collins of St. Kitts won the men's 100; world record holder Tim Montgomery withdrew earlier in the week because of a foot injury.

Freeman was running in her first international 400 since the Sydney Olympics, when she became the first aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal. The victory made her a national hero, but she then took an extended break from running, and she's working on a comeback in preparation for the 2004 Athens Games.

''It's one of those days where I wasn't quite on it,'' Freeman said. ''I definitely have to have more self-confidence and start believing in myself again.''

Guevara, who's from Mexico set a world record in the 300 earlier this month in Mexico City, pumped her arms into a strongman pose after she crossed the finish line, thrilling the Hayward Field crowd. Then she paused to give Freeman a hug.

''I have to say I feel very good,'' Guevara said. ''With all the history of the Prefontaine Classic, this was a great race to win. Forty-nine is fantastic.''

Tonique Williams of the Bahamas finished second at 50.39 seconds, and Ronetta Smith of Jamaica was third at 51.44.

Montgomery ran 9.78 in the 100 meters last September in Paris, breaking Maurice Greene's 3-year-old record by one-hundredth of a second. But he withdrew from the Prefontaine after injuring his foot earlier this week.

Collins, who outran Greene last week at the Oregon Track Classic with a time of 10.21 seconds, won again Saturday in 10 seconds even, tying the meet record set by Coby Miller in 2000.

''I haven't done anything yet to earn respect,'' said Collins, who didn't arrive in Eugene until late Friday night after his plane was delayed. ''You have to win something like the World Championships to earn that. But this is a good start.''

The Prefontaine is named after Oregon distance-running great Steve Prefontaine, who died in a car accident in Eugene in 1975. The meet is one of three international Grand Prix events scheduled for the United States this season. It's also the second event this season on USA Track & Field's Outdoor Golden Spike Tour, following last weekend's Oregon Track Classic in Gresham.

Montgomery's girlfriend, star sprinter Marion Jones, is taking time off to have the couple's baby, meaning the top ranking in the women's 100 is up for grabs.

Among those jockeying for position is Kelli White, who had the best time in the world this season when she topped the field Saturday in 10.96 seconds. Chryste Gaines was second in 11.03 seconds, while LaTasha Colander-Richard finished third at 11.08.

Tyree Washington, the reigning world indoor champion in the 400, posted the best outdoor time in the event this season at 44.70 seconds. Finishing second was Michael Blackwood of Jamaica at 45.03, ahead of countryman Gregory Haughton at 45.34.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, American record holder Gail Devers stumbled after a fast start, and Jamaican Brigitte Foster won with a meet record of 12.45 seconds also a Jamaican national record. She topped Devers' Pre Classic mark of 12.64, set two years ago.

Devers is coming off a right hamstring injury and was testing herself.

''I needed this race to give me the OK to race and start training hard again,'' she said. ''Now I'm OK to train; that's the main thing. The bigger story will be me coming back.''

In the women's 1,500 meters, crowd favorite Suzy Favor Hamilton led most of the way until Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia took over on the final straightaway to win with a time of 4:02.44 fastest in the world this season by 7 seconds. Favor Hamilton, a three-time Olympian, finished second at 4:03.47.

In the women's 800, Maria Mutola of Mozambique won in 1:57.98, her 12th straight victory at the Pre Classic.

Bernard Lagat of Kenya won the Bowerman Mile in 3:50.21. American Kevin Toth won the shot put at the Prefontaine for the second straight year with a mark of 71 feet, 4 3/4 inches.

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