Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Borderline holds skate competition

On July 24, Borderline Alaska sponsored a skateboard competition at the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Skate Park, with over 30 participants competing in four categories.

The best trick went to Micah Kuhl. In the Heavy Hitters category, Shaine Stanfill, who traveled from Fairbanks, finished first. Brandon Chenault was second, while Heuy Winston was third. In the 17 and over category, Mike Busby was first, Mike Rust was second and Adam Segura was third. In the 16 and under category, Ryan Meicer was first, Micah Kuhl was second and Jo Jackson was third.

The judges at the competition were Derrick Liska, Jerry Smyth and Jason Borgstede.

U.S. sprinter test positive for marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. U.S. Olympic sprinter Bernard Williams was formally warned Monday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for marijuana at a meet in Spain two months ago.

The drug is considered a minor offense under International Association of Athletics Federations rules. A second minor offense would result in a two-year suspension from the sport.

Williams was disqualified from his second-place finish in the 200 at the meet June 5 in Seville, but he remains qualified for Olympic competition.

Coach: Edwards will appeal suspension

GIORGIOUPOLI, Greece Sprinter Torri Edwards plans to appeal any drug suspension she receives in a final attempt to salvage her spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

''I said, 'Fight, because it makes your spirit strong,''' her coach, John Smith, told The Associated Press on Monday. ''She said, 'I have no choice.' Good, I like that.''

Edwards and Smith are in Crete at the U.S. track and field training camp for the Athens Games, which begin Friday.

''It's just very frustrating,'' she said quietly.

Edwards, who made the U.S. team in the 100 and 200 meters, almost certainly will be suspended from the sport for two years after testing positive for a banned stimulant at a meet in Martinique in April. She said she didn't know the drug was in a glucose supplement she took because she wasn't feeling well.

A Greek tragedy

NEA IONIA, Greece As relatives tell it, it was the stuff of Greek tragedy: A love-struck young man threw himself off his balcony Monday, two days after a quarrel prompted his girlfriend a member of Greece's Olympic judo team to jump from the same spot.

''He had very intense feelings about the girl. He was very much in love,'' said Nikos Drakopoulos, a printer who lives across the hall from the couple. ''He could not see himself living if she was gone.''

Giorgos Chrisostomides, 24, was on life-support at an Athens hospital with injuries to his head and back. His high-school sweetheart, 20-year-old judo champion Eleni Ioannou, was at another hospital in critical condition with multiple fractures to her head and body.

The couple had been inseparable ever since Ioannou moved into the apartment Chrisostomides shares with his grandparents just over a year ago.

Cowboys may seek money from Carter

OXNARD, Calif. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Quincy Carter was sent a letter about his contract, but wouldn't say if the team was seeking to recover part of the bonus the quarterback received as Dallas' first pick in 2001.

''The day we released Quincy, we wrote him a letter regarding his contract,'' Jones said Monday night. ''I can't go into any detail about what was in the letter, what aspects of the contract it gets.''

Carter was released Wednesday amid widespread reports that he failed a drug test. The Cowboys have remained vague about why they cut the playoff quarterback who started all 16 games last season and had been the opening-game starter each of his three years.

After being taken in the second round in 2001, Carter got a $3.3 million, five-year contract that included a $1.525 million signing bonus.

Jones wouldn't say if the team was trying to get back $600,000 of that bonus, as reported Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Burrell out for rest of season

PHILADELPHIA Phillies slugger Pat Burrell will have season-ending wrist surgery Friday, another blow to Philadelphia's playoff hopes.

Burrell, who injured his left wrist in batting practice last Tuesday, was hitting .263 with 18 homers and 68 RBIs. He'll be replaced in left field by a combination of Doug Glanville, Jason Michaels and rookie Lou Collier.

The injury-plagued Phillies, who trail the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves by 5 1/2 games going into Monday night's game against Colorado, also are without closer Billy Wagner, starter Kevin Millwood and top setup reliever Ryan Madson.

''It's tough for us to handle,'' Phillies general manager Ed Wade said Monday. ''We're going to miss the power in the lineup.''

Earlier in the day, Wade bolstered Philadelphia's rotation, acquiring right-hander Cory Lidle from Cincinnati for two minor leaguers and a player to be named.

Horse racing Hall of Fame gets fuller

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Trainer Shug McGaughey, jockey Kent Desormeaux and 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away were inducted into thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame on Monday.

Flawlessly, perhaps the most successful offspring of 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed, entered in the contemporary female horse category. Jimmy Winkfield, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner in the early 1900s, was enshrined in the historic jockey category, and Bowl of Flowers entered in the historic horse category.

''I'm overwhelmed to be joining such distinguished company,'' McGaughey said, acknowledging Hall of Famers in the crowd at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion that included trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Bobby Frankel, Bill Mott and Allen Jerkens, and jockeys Jerry Bailey and Pat Day.

''I'm grateful to the Hall of Fame committee, to the news media and, of course, everyone who voted for me.''

Among McGaughey's top feats were winning six stakes races in one day, campaigning champion Personal Ensign through a 13-race unbeaten career, and sending Easy Goer out to win the 1989 Belmont Stakes.

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