Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Camby activated

NEW YORK -- Marcus Camby started at center for the New York Knicks on Monday night after missing the first 14 games of the season because of an injury to his left heel.

Camby was activated from the injured list prior to the game against Atlanta. The Knicks struggled without him, winning only six of their first 14 games.

''I'm excited,'' Camby said. ''It's like opening night for me, even though it's not opening night. I feel well enough to go out and compete.''

Francis out with foot injury

HOUSTON -- Rockets star point guard Steve Francis will miss Tuesday night's game against Sacramento after aggravating a sore left foot.

Francis had an MRI exam Monday, and two specialists will evaluate his inflamed foot Tuesday.

The test showed his foot condition worsened Sunday during a 90-83 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Francis has averaged 21 points and 7.8 rebounds in 13 games this season.

Bure on injured reserve

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Pavel Bure, the NHL's leading goal scorer the last two seasons, was placed on injured reserve Monday by the Florida Panthers because of a concussion.

Bure, who is listed as day-to-day, was injured Nov. 19 against Toronto and has missed the Panthers' last two games. He is also expected to miss both games on the Panthers' current road trip, at Colorado on Tuesday and Minnesota on Thursday.

IAAF investigates jumper

MONACO, Monte Carlo (AP) -- Track's international federation is investigating why two parts of a drug test on high-jump champion Javier Sotomayor produced markedly different results.

The International Association of Athletic Federations council was told Monday that the first part of the 1992 Olympic champion's sample tested positive for the steroid nandrolone after a July 14 meet in Spain. But the second part showed 50 percent less of the drug.

''He cannot be declared positive,'' IAAF spokesman Giorgio Reineri said. ''It is in limbo at the moment.''

In Havana, Sotomayor avoided direct comment on the test results.

''I cannot imagine living through that nightmare again,'' Sotomayor told The Associated Press as he left his home. Clearly upset, he refused to comment further.

There was no immediate reaction Monday from Cuban sports authorities.

Sotomayor successfully fought a ban from competition after testing positive for cocaine in 1999.

Raineri said Sotomayer, who retired this year as the only high jumper to clear 8 feet, had undergone 10 drug tests throughout the year and passed all of them, including one three weeks after the test in Spain.

The IAAF also Monday set up a commission to determine if former Olympic 5,000-meter champion Dieter Baumann should have his extended doping ban reduced.

Baumann tested positive for nandrolone in October 1999 and his ban expires in January 2002. But an extra year was added by the IAAF last February because he defied the ban by running in the German indoor national championships with the help of a court order.

Baumann, who won Olympic gold in 1992, claimed he ingested the drug from spiked toothpaste and has unsuccessfully fought his suspension in German courts.

The IAAF council also said Monday that Ukrainian women's triple jump world record holder Inessa Kravets failed in her bid to have a two-year steroid ban overturned. Kravets tested positive in July last year.

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