Chinese diver records 1st, finishes 1st
Chinese diver Wu Feilong completed the first 4 1/2 somersault with tuck in international competition yesterday, and the spectacular dive earned him the 10-meter platform title at the World University Games in Sheffield, England.
In track and field, American Jon Drummond won the 200-meter -- and Derrick Adkins of the United States triumphed in the 400 hurdles. The U.S. men's and women's basketball teams also won gold medals, beating Canada and Spain, respectively.
The Spanish government has moved to plug a hole in the finances of Barcelona's 1992 Olympics by putting up a loan guarantee of $220 million, Education Minister Javier Solana said. A top-level Olympic commission, headed by Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez and attended by International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, approved the move to patch up a shortfall of $305 million.
The government will raise the remaining $85 million through lotteries and the sale of stamps and coins. The announcement came as the one-year countdown to the Olympics begins today.
The St. Louis Blues, reportedly poised to sign Dave Christian as a free agent, shifted gears and signed New Jersey Devils forward Brendan Shanahan instead.
Neither the Blues nor Shanahan's agent, Rick Curran, would reveal terms of the contract. The Devils will be compensated for Shanahan, a Type I free agent selected second overall in the 1987 NHL draft. It is the second straight year the Blues have scored big in the free-agent market. Last year, they signed former Washington Capitals defenseman Scott Stevens to a four-year, $5.1 million contract.
A second-round suspension of play because of a rainstorm caught first-round co-leaders Justin Klein of Phoenix, Md., and Hunt Valley Golf Club, and Tiger Woods of Cypress, Calif., still on the course in the U.S. Golf Association's Junior Amateur championship at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.
Through 27 holes, Woods was 4-under-par and Klein at even par. The leader in the clubhouse is Leland McEntee of Doylestown, Pa., 71-74145. Three other Marylanders completed 36 holes -- Danny Mensh, Bethesda, 82-76158; Scott Tiernan, Bethesda, 81-80161; and Bobby Bilbo, Olney, 81-87168.
* Sarah LeBrun Ingram, a Green Spring Valley Hunt Club member living in Nashville, Tenn., defeated Sue Ewart, a Long Beach State graduate from Seal Beach, Calif., 4 and 3, in the first round of the 61st Women's Trans National tournament at Hickory Hills CC in Springfield, Mo. Two rounds are scheduled for today.
NCAA investigators have returned to Oklahoma State amid allegations that wrestling coach Joe Seay told his players to lie during an investigation into the program. The Daily Oklahoman cited unnamed sources inside and around the program as saying that Seay called a meeting to make sure everyone had their stories straight.
The newspaper reported that eight wrestlers, told their eligibility was in as much danger as the wrestling program, later told
NCAA investigators that they lied the first time around.
Two former Southern Cal football players were sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to reduced charges stemming from a series of robberies and beatings in California. Howard McCowan, 19, of Carson, Calif., and Marcel Brown, 20, of San Diego pleaded guilty to reduced charges as part of a plea bargain agreement.
* The woman who accused three former St. John's University lacrosse players of sexual abuse was crushed by their acquittal, her adviser said. "She came forward and told her story, and they didn't believe her," said the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, a civil rights activist who has served as the woman's adviser. "She's very hurt, disappointed and irate. She's depressed and angry."
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Riddick Bowe will fight Bruce Seldon Aug. 9 at Atlantic City, N.J., subbing for what at first was to be a Ray Mercer-Tommy Morrison match, then a Mercer-Bowe bout. The 10-round Bowe-Seldon fight at the Convention Center was announced by TVKO, the pay-per-view television company that will televise it along with a World Boxing Association cruiserweight title defense by Bobby Czyz against Bashiru Ali.
Mercer's World Boxing Organization heavyweight title defense against Morrison fell through when Morrison cut his right eyelid in training. It then appeared Mercer would fight Bowe, but it was announced that Mercer had aggravated an ankle injury and could not fight Aug. 9.
* Britain's Dennis Andries is to defend his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title against Australian Jeff Harding in London Sept. 11, organizers said.
Billy Orlikowski rolled a 289 in his last game to take the second-round lead in the $135,000 PBA Columbia 300 Open in Austin, Texas.
Orlikowski, who never has made a championship round, totale 2,838 pins for a four-pin lead over Brian Voss, who averaged 251 over his last six games to move into second. Voss, a 10-time champion, was the 1988 PBA Player of the Year.