Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

Red Cross Golf Classic slated for July 6

The 2002 American Red Cross Golf Classic is slated to tee off at 8 a.m. July 6 at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Check-in for the four-person scramble starts at 7 a.m. The entry fee of $60 covers greens fees for 18 holes of golf.

There will be a $100 early-bird drawing, longest drive and closest to the pin contests, door prizes, breakfast and refreshments.

For more information, call 260-6647.

Alyeska to host 5-kilometer fun run

The Alyeska Resort in Girdwood will host a 5-kilometer fun run July 6 to kick off Forest Fair weekend. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with the race slated to start at 9 a.m.

The race starts at Girdwood Mercantile and follows the Girdwood bike path along Alyeska Highway and Moose Meadows to a turnaround point, then heads back to Girdwood Mercantile.

Preregistration is $12 by July 1 or $15 on race day and includes a T-shirt, official time and a chance to win prizes. Registration can be done by mail or be dropped off at the Alyeska tram ticket office.

For more information, contact Lyric Smith at 754-2209.

Trinidad retiring from professional boxing

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Felix ''Tito'' Trinidad is retiring from boxing, much to the delight of the former middleweight and welterweight champion's family.

''Tito has finished his career healthy, with a brilliant record, and thanks to God with an economic future that guarantees peace for him and his family for the rest of his life,'' said his father, Felix Trinidad Rodriguez who also serves as Trinidad's trainer and manager.

The fighter couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

George to announce Indy 500 decision Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indy 500 fans will know on Wednesday whether ''Spider Man'' Helio Castroneves really won his second straight title.

Indy Racing League president Tony George will present his ruling on the disputed finish to the May 26 race at a news conference Wednesday morning. Team Green owner Barry Green appealed after Castroneves was declared the winner over his driver, Paul Tracy.

Woods cites illness, withdraws from Western Open

LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods withdrew Tuesday from this week's Western Open, citing an unspecified illness.

Woods made the announcement on his Web site. He notified the PGA of his decision about Tuesday morning, Western Open spokesman Gary Holloway said.

NCAA adds two years to Minnesota probation

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NCAA hit Minnesota with two more years of probation on Tuesday, for rule-breaking in the women's basketball program, but spared the school harsher penalties.

The women's basketball team will forfeit a scholarship in each of the two seasons, and recruiting will be trimmed back. The NCAA declined to shut down the program for two seasons, which was a possibility under the NCAA's repeat violator rule, and didn't ban the Gophers from postseason play.

Minnesota already was serving four years' probation for academic cheating uncovered in the men's program in 1999. Tuesday's action extends the probation until October 2006.

Spanish coach Camacho steps down

MADRID, Spain -- Spanish national team coach Jose Antonio Camacho resigned Tuesday, 10 days after the side was eliminated from the World Cup.

''Life is made of stages and this one has finished for me,'' Camacho told a press conference. He said the main reason was his need for a more immediately demanding job.

''At 47, I need more challenges,'' he said.

Camacho's contract was scheduled to run until the Euro 2004 championship in Portugal.

A perennial underachiever, Spain got off to its best World Cup start in 50 years, winning its first four matches. However, the team fell on penalties against South Korea in the quarterfinals, and Camacho and the players blamed poor refereeing which disallowed two apparently legal goals.

News reports Tuesday said continued criticism of Camacho's preparations for the World Cup, and over several decisions he took during the tournament were the main reason for the resignation.

Camacho was nevertheless very popular with fans and held an impressive result sheet of 28 victories, nine draws and just seven defeats in less than four years.

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