Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002

High winds force more postponements

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Strong winds Sunday forced postponement of America's Cup racing for the third straight day.

Strong northwesterly winds across Auckland's Hauraki Gulf averaged above 20 knots and gusted to 30, prompting officials to abandon racing.

The postponement was the eighth in 20 days of scheduled racing in the challenger series for the Louis Vuitton Cup.

The third flight of matches in the second round of the series was first abandoned Friday before yachts had put to sea. Yachts reached the racecourse Saturday before a further abandonment was announced.

Wind conditions were sufficiently unfavorable Sunday to prompt officials to abandon the day's racing before boats left their docks.

A fourth attempt will be made Monday to sail matches between Prada of Italy and Le Defi of France, Alinghi of Switzerland and Mascalzone Latino of Italy, Stars & Stripes of New York and the Victory Challenge of Sweden and Britain's GBR Challenge and OneWorld of Seattle.

LSU safety suspended after skipping practice

AUBURN, Ala. -- LSU safety Damien James has been suspended indefinitely after failing to show up to practice all week.

James did not make the trip to Auburn for 10th-ranked LSU's game Saturday.

Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he assumed James had quit the team because he stopped coming to practice Monday.

James started six of the Tigers' first seven games, with 31 tackles and two interceptions, missing the opener with Virginia Tech for disciplinary reasons.

Michigan cruises past Alaska Fairbanks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jed Ortmeyer scored in the second and third periods to help Michigan to a 6-2 victory Saturday night over Alaska Fairbanks.

Ortmeyer scored for the Wolverines (5-1-0, 2-0-0 Central Collegiate) shorthanded at 5:49 in the second, and put in the final goal of the night at 15:48 in the third.

Aaron Voros gave Alaska Fairbanks (1-4-1, 0-3-1) a 1-0 lead in the first. But Jeff Trambellini tied it at 3:43 in the second. Following Ortmeyer's first goal, David Moss made it 3-1 Michigan.

Russell Spence put in the other goal of the night for Alaska Fairbanks in the third before Michigan's David Moss, Dwight Helminen and Ortmeyer finished off the scoring.

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