Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2000

2002 Arctic Winter Games shared by two hosts

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada and Nuuk, Greenland will co-host the 2002 Arctic Winter Games, and the international committee that governs the Games recently announced where events will be staged.

Iqaluit, a city located at the southern end of Baffin Island, will be home to basketball, curling, dog mushing, gymnastics, hockey, speed skating and wrestling.

Nuuk, located on the southwest coast of Greenland, will host alpine and cross-country skiing, badminton, indoor soccer, snowshoeing, table tennis and volleyball.

The two communities will share the Arctic sports competition, though final details on the location of the various events have yet to be determined.

Teams will determine which events to tentatively enter for the 2002 games, and any sport with fewer than three participating teams will be dropped for the 2002 Games, which are scheduled for March 17 through 23.

Strawberry gets probation, community service

TAMPA, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry, appearing more upbeat than he has in weeks, was sentenced to a year's probation and 50 hours of community service Tuesday for causing a traffic accident while under the influence of pain killers.

Strawberry, 38, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence. He will serve the sentence concurrently with his house arrest at a Tampa drug-treatment center.

His sentence also included $250 in court costs and mandatory attendance at a DUI school.

''Today is part of the consequences,'' the suspended baseball star said following a brief sentencing by Hillsborough County Judge James Dominguez. ''I'd rather face it head-on and move forward.

''I just hope one day I won't have any more of these issues.''

Strawberry, who is undergoing treatment for colon cancer, was released from jail last week after serving 21 days for violating house arrest for a 1999 drug and prostitution-solicitation arrest. He now wears an electronic monitor.

Reggie Jackson pleads no contest

CARMEL, Calif. -- Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and was sentenced to three years' probation for a fight with a former business partner.

Jackson also was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after the plea was entered for him by a lawyer Nov. 15 as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Calls to Jackson's lawyer and the Monterey County District Attorney's office Tuesday were not immediately returned.

Jackson, 54, had been charged with misdemeanor battery after Jeffrey Haney, who co-owned a gym in Seaside with Jackson, accused Jackson of grabbing him by the throat and throwing him against a wall during an argument. Jackson said he may have slapped Haney but did not throw or push him.

Jackson later sued Haney, accusing him of embezzling money from their gym. Haney has said Jackson gave him permission to use the money in question and that he repaid the gym.

McEnroe quits as Davis Cup captain

NEW YORK -- John McEnroe was intent on restoring the lost glory of the Davis Cup in the United States when he became captain of the American team. Fourteen months later, he quit.

''John feels so passionate about Davis Cup and he is a perfectionist,'' U.S. Tennis Association president Judy Levering said Monday. ''He's disappointed with himself.''

His captaincy started off strong. The day he was selected, he received a call from Andre Agassi, then ranked No. 1, saying he wanted to play Davis Cup. Although McEnroe had to plead, Pete Sampras came aboard, giving the United States a powerful 1-2 punch.

It never really happened.

Sampras called in sick for the first round against Zimbabwe. And although both played against the Czech Republic, the Americans had to win the final two matches to advance to the semifinals -- on clay in Spain.

Sampras and Agassi begged off because of injuries, leaving McEnroe with a last-minute team that included Vince Spadea, who earlier in the year set a record for consecutive losses.

Big Ten strips Minnesota of 1997 title

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Big Ten on Tuesday stripped Minnesota of its 1997 conference championship for an academic fraud scandal that already has cost the team five scholarships.

The Big Ten also vacated any individual and team records and conference honors of any player or coach cited in the NCAA report.

The NCAA report spanned the 1993-94 season through the 1998-99 season. The Big Ten reviewed the report by the governing body before issuing its penalties.

However, the Big Ten will not change its conference standings or awards for those seasons. But all references to Minnesota's performances, the championship or other awards during those years will be removed in future Big Ten publications.

''The university has agreed to these sanctions and will take immediate steps to implement them,'' said Mark Rotenberg, the school's general counsel. ''We hope this is the final step to putting this matter to rest.''

Last month, the NCAA put the men's athletics department on four years' probation and took away five basketball scholarships in what it said was one of the worst cases of academic fraud in 20 years.

The scandal surfaced in March 1999, when office manager and team tutor Jan Gangelhoff admitted writing more than 400 papers for at least 18 players in a five-year period.

The university pursued a nine-month, $2.2 million investigation and ended up buying out the $1.5 million contract of Clem Haskins, then the coach.

The school now is trying to recover the money, saying Haskins knew about the cheating.

As part of the NCAA's punishment, Minnesota also had to take down banners and make no reference in school materials to the Gophers' participation in three NCAA tournaments, including the 1997 Final Four, and two NITs, including its 1998 titles.

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