2 men's world swim records are set
Martin Zubero shattered the oldest existing men's world record and Mike Barrowman of Rockville, Md., lowered his own world mark at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Zubero, 22, of Spain, had a time of 1 minute, 57.30 seconds in the 200-meter backstroke, breaking the record of 1:58.14 set by Igor Poliansky of the Soviet Union in 1985.
Barrowman, the current world champion, posted his fifth world record in the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at 2:10.60, besting his previous mark of 2:11.23.
"I'm just in another world right now," Zubero said after learning his time in the preliminary heat. "I've had my sights set on this for two years. This makes it all worthwhile."
Zubero took advantage of a rule change which allows swimmers in a backstroke race to use a freestyle turn. FINA, the international swimming federation, in January changed the old rule, which required swimmers to touch each wall with their hand before executing a turn.
In the finals, Zubero won in the more modest time of 1:58.85.
Melvin Stewart, the world record holder in the 200 butterfly, won the event in 1:56.69, but missed his mark one second.
On the women's side, Julie Kole, an 18-year-old Baltimore nativewon the 200 butterfly in 2:11.70. Kole, who swims for the Ft. Washington, Pa.-based Team Foxcatcher, recorded the fourth-fastest time of 1991.
The NCAA Executive Committee put the final touches on a catastrophic injury insurance program for all NCAA athletes and approved a one-year extension of Dick Schultz's contract as executive director.
"Dick has indicated he might like to stay another five years, and we certainly hope he will," said Judy Sweet, president of the NCAA. Schultz, 61, signed a three-year rollover contract in 1987. Terms of his pact were not announced.
With a premium projected at about $3.5 million annually, the catastrophic injury program will cover all athletes in all three divisions, approximately 266,000 young men and women. It is the first insurance project of its kind in the United States.
At the same time, the executive committee gave final approval to $168,722,000 operating budget for the next fiscal year, including direct and indirect payments to member schools, and approved Schultz's call for zero staff growth. The NCAA staff has grown from about 100 in 1982 to about 220.
A hand injury has forced World Boxing Council welterweight champion Simon Brown of Germantown, Md., to postpone his Sept. 14 title defense against top-ranked James "Buddy" McGirt of New York, at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
Brown (34-1, 26 KOs), considered the best of the welterweight titleholders, hurt his left hand in a sparring session in Rockville last week.
* Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes continued his comeback, scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Eddie Gonzales in Tampa, Fla.
Holmes, 41, was in control throughout. All three judges scored the fight 100-90, giving Holmes every round. There were no knockdowns.
The Detroit Pistons traded center James Edwards and acquired forward Orlando Woolridge in separate deals with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.
Edwards, 7 feet 1, goes to the Clippers in return for 6-6 guard Jeff Martin and the Clippers second-round draft pick in 1995.
But Edwards won't take the Clippers physical within the allotted five days, which would nullify the deal, the center's agent told the Detroit Free Press in today's editions.
"If James wants to come back with us, that's all right," Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey said. "Then that's it, the deal would be void. But we won't renegotiate his contract, and we won't waive him."
The Pistons also traded Scott Hastings, a 6-11 reserve center-forward, and their 1992 second-round pick to the Nuggets for Woolridge, 6-9.
MaliVai Washington ousted sentimental crowd favorite Jimmy Connors, 6-4, 6-2, in an opening-round match at the $1 million Volvo International in New Haven, Conn. For this effort, Washington gets a crack at top-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden in a second-round match scheduled today.
Organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race announced rule changes designed to make the grueling, 1,163-mile race fairer and more humane. The changes came just one month after the Humane Society of the United States issued stinging criticisms of the Iditarod for its treatment of sled dogs.
Under the new guidelines adopted by the Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors, racing will be restricted to "Northern dog breeds suitable for Arctic travel."
The rules also require that straw be hauled to each race checkpoint for dogs to sleep on, that the amount of food shipped for each dog team increase, and that the mandatory rest stop at White Mountain near the end of the race be expanded from six to eight hours.