Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2001

U.S. team announces final six players

After adding six players to complete the U.S. Olympic roster Saturday, coach Herb Brooks called the process ''painful.''

''All coaches can tell you nobody likes to do this sort of thing,'' he said. ''So we took our time.''

On the last possible day to hand in rosters, Brooks and his staff chose forwards Mike York of the New York Rangers, Adam Deadmarsh of Los Angeles, Brian Rolston of Boston and defensemen Phil Housley of Chicago, Aaron Miller of Los Angeles and Tim Poti of Edmonton.

''We feel we have an even mix of physicalness, speed and finesse players, and enough to play both games if necessary,'' Brooks said.

Attorney General asking questions about Sox sale

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Attorney General is looking into the bidding process by the Red Sox to find out if the team's sale would provide the maximum possible benefit to charitable groups in the state.

Attorney General Tom Reilly said that while he has no regulatory power over the team sale, he does have jurisdiction over public charities, including the Yawkey Trust, which Boston-area newspapers say bypassed a $790 million bid for a lower $700 million offer.

''It is prudent to get the facts so we can determine whether the Yawkey Trust appropriately discharged its fiduciary responsibility to the charities that stand to benefit from the sale of the team,'' Reilly said in a statement.

The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, citing unidentified sources, reported that New York lawyer Miles Prentice offered $750 million for the team, plus $40 million in assumed debt.

Jockey killed in race at Beulah Park

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One jockey was killed and two others were injured Saturday when a horse stumbled coming down the stretch at Beulah Park.

Arnold Ruiz, 33, of Arlington Heights, Ill., fell with Winds of Sonora and was run over by the two horses behind him, track steward Joe DeLuca said. Ruiz was pronounced dead of head injuries at Grant Hospital.

Chuck Costanzo, 34, of Cleveland, was thrown to the ground after his horse, Kaicoltra, hit Ruiz's horse. Costanzo was treated for injuries and released from Grant.

A third jockey, Michael Heath, 35, of Georgetown, Ky., suffered minor cuts and bruises.

DeLuca said Winds of Sonora suffered a ''slight injury'' to a lower leg, but he did not know other details.

The track's final nine races were canceled Saturday. DeLuca said the track plans to resume its schedule Sunday, the last day of the season.

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