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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

Oracle wins all-American duel with OneWorld

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Defending Louis Vuitton champion Prada increased its second-round winning streak to six matches with wins Thursday over Sweden's Victory and GBR of Britain in America's Cup challenger racing off Auckland.

The Italian syndicate, which challenged Team New Zealand for the America's Cup two years ago, edged Victory by 10 seconds in the morning and beat the British by 16 seconds in the afternoon.

Prada had begun the second round with four points, in sixth place in the nine-team competition. After making major changes to Luna Rossa between rounds, Prada has joined Seattle's OneWorld in second place behind the Swiss syndicate Alinghi.

OneWorld had a rare loss Thursday -- its second in 12 starts -- in an all-American clash with Oracle of San Francisco.

The Seattle yacht recovered to beat Victory by 21 seconds in the afternoon, while Oracle had its afternoon race postponed because Le Defi of France sustained gear damage in its morning race.

Alinghi beat New York's Stars & Stripes by 49 seconds after a morning bye to remain atop the standings with 12 wins in 13 races.

TCU thumps Southern Mississippi

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Freshman Lonta Hobbs ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns and Nick Browne kicked three field goals to lead TCU to its seventh straight win, 37-7 over Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night.

Hobbs had TD runs of 53 and 13 yards in a 24-point third quarter for the Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1 Conference USA) after Southern Mississippi (5-3, 3-1) had scored its only touchdown.

Wrongful death suit filed against Williams

FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- The family of a limousine driver shot to death inside Jayson Williams' mansion filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former basketball star on Wednesday.

Costas ''Gus'' Christofi's family demanded in a lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Bergen County that Williams pay damages for causing the driver's death and covering it up, according to a statement released by the family's attorney.

The suit was filed by Christofi's brother, Anthony Christofi of Elmwood Park, and the victim's sister, Andrea Adams of Bridgewater.

The family contends Williams owes the family for suffering and for the support Christofi provided. The lawsuit also accused Williams of defamation for trying to make Christofi's death look like a suicide.

Woodson fined $75,000 by NFL

NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson was fined $75,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for a hit on Seattle's Darrell Jackson, who had a seizure after the game and spent a night in the hospital.

The fine was announced after a league meeting at which commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the NFL will continue to take strong measures on hard and high hits on quarterbacks and receivers.

Woodson did not comment on the fine, adding, ''I can't change the way I was taught how to play.''

He was fined $7,500 twice before this year for hits, one on Houston tight end Billy Miller and the other on Arizona quarterback Jake Plummer.

Woodson hit Jackson high and hard to the head in the fourth quarter Sunday. He was penalized on the play, extending the drive that led to the Seahawks' winning field goal in a 17-14 victory.

Jackson collapsed in the locker room and had a seizure. He was hospitalized overnight in Dallas and released Monday. He is expected to be fine.



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