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Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2000

Sports Briefs

Gonzalez not gone yet

CLEVELAND -- Another day passed and Juan Gonzalez remained with the Tigers.

Gonzalez, who would be sent to the New York Yankees from Detroit in a tentative 3-for-1 trade, was in the starting lineup for Saturday night's second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

The Tigers have agreed to trade Gonzalez for outfielder Ricky Ledee, minor league left-hander Randy Keisler and highly touted prospect Drew Henson, who's expected to be Michigan's starting quarterback this season. Gonzalez, has the power to block the deal because of his no-trade clause.

However, a source familiar with the negotiations speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP that nothing would be decided on Saturday.

Gonzalez, who has given conflicting statements in the past few days about his future in Detroit, said before Saturday's opener that there were no developments in his situation.

''Nothing new. Nothing new. Nothing new,'' he repeated to several reporters in a hallway adjacent to the Tigers' clubhouse.

Wilkinson, Reiling claim 10-meter Olympic berths

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Laura Wilkinson plans on some shoe shopping prior to the Olympics. Sara Reiling's trip to Sydney will be the most exotic of her six-year diving career.

Wearing a rubber kayak shoe on her broken right foot that has yet to heal, Wilkinson clinched a berth on the 10-meter platform by winning the U.S. trials with 869.79 points Saturday.

Reiling, a 20-year-old from St. Paul, Minn., claimed the second spot with 830.85 points. Wilkinson of Spring, Texas, and Reiling were 1-2 after Friday night's preliminary and semifinal rounds.

''I don't think it's hit me yet what's going on,'' Reiling said.

After two rounds of the men's 10-meter contest, Mark Ruiz of Orlando, Fla., led with 684.45 points. David Pichler of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was second with 669.00. Rio Ramirez of Miami was third with 648.63.

Italy stops Romania 2-0

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Italy advanced to the semifinals of the European Championship, winning 2-0 Saturday as Romania captain Gheorghe Hagi was ejected from his final international game.

Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi scored from Italy, which plays Thursday against the winner of Sunday's quarterfinal between the Netherlands and Yugoslavia.

In Saturday's other game, Portugal beat Turkey 2-0 at Amsterdam on a pair of goals by Nuno Gomes. Portugal plays Wednesday against the winner of Sunday's game between world champion France and Spain.

Totti put the Italians ahead in the 33rd minute and Inzaghi scored in the 43rd.

''This team has shown real character and a great will to win,'' Totti said.

Italy's only European title was in 1968, when it beat Yugoslavia in the final.

''Some thought reaching the quarterfinals was impossible, and we're happy with what we've accomplished,'' Italy coach Dino Zoff said. ''But we have to play much better.''

Hagi, playing his 125th game for Romania, was given a yellow card early in the second half for a foul that forced Antonio Conte out of the game. He was ejected by Portugese referee Vitor Manuel Melo in the 60th minute after diving in an attempt to get a penalty kick, and then arguing when he didn't get the call.

Romania, which reached the quarterfinals by rallying past England 3-2 earlier in the week, was missing team captain Gheorghe Popescu, out of the competition with a ruptured calf muscle, and Cosmin Contra, Dan Petrescu and Adrian Ilie, all serving one-game suspensions.

At Amsterdam, Gomes scored his first goal with one minute remaining in the first half, deflecting a cross from Luis Figo past goalkeeper Rustu Recber with a diving header.

In the 56th minute, Figo got by Hakan Unsal with a fake and put a precision pass on the foot of the unmarked Gomes, who tapped the ball into an empty net.

Turkey had been down a man since the 29th minute when Alpay Ozalan was sent off for hitting Fernando Couto when both were down after a duel for the ball in the air.

Couto missed a penalty kick in the final minute of the first half, shooting the ball straight at goalkeeper Vitor Baia.

Because of rain, the roof of Amsterdam ArenA was closed for the first time in the tournament,



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