USOC's Helmick cuts out consulting
The U.S. Olympic Committee executive committee told USOC president Robert Helmick yesterday they found nothing fishy about the outside sports consulting work that reportedly netted him $127,000 last year, but then they told him not to do it again.
After a nine-hour meeting, the executive committee issued a statement saying it had found no evidence that Helmick tried to sway USOC decisions to benefit his clients that had business ties to the Olympics or were trying to develop them. But the panel said Helmick agreed that some of his sports-related consulting work looked improper, and he had decided to terminate it. Earlier yesterday, Turner Broadcasting System announced it was severing its consulting contract with Helmick.
"I want to make it clear that I apologize for any actions that I have taken, or that I have failed to take, which could have given an appearance of conflict," Helmick said.
NASCAR officials announced they were considering whether to suspend driver Ernie Irvan from Busch Grand National competition for two races because of his conduct during and after Friday night's Autolite Platinum 200 in Richmond, Va. Irvan, a Winston Cup regular who also has competed in 12 of this year's 26 Grand National races, got into a heated argument with Bobby Labonte in the garage area after the Autolite race. No punches were thrown, but the two racers had to be separated by crew members.
NASCAR also was investigating a bumping incident between Irvan and Cecil Eunice in the second turn during the event at Richmond International Raceway.
* Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell, the only driver who could keep Senna from winning his third world title in four years, will start side by side in the front row today in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Senna padded his record of winning pole positions to 59 by posting the best qualifying time on Friday, 1 minute, 21.114 seconds. Mansell fell .13 of a second short of matching it yesterday, though he took risks in traffic trying to do it.
The two drivers go into the 12th race of the 16-event Formula One championship series with Senna leading, 71-49. The winner of today's 190-mile race will get 10 points, four more than the runner-up.
Steve Cicali scored on a 30-yard shot 7:10 into the game, sparking Rutgers (1-0) to a 3-1, first-round victory over Loyola (0-2) in the Coca-Cola Classic yesterday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Loyola's Tom Donahue cut Rutgers' lead to 2-1 with 10:39 remaining in the game on a 35-yard shot over goalie Bill Andracki. The Greyhounds will play Creighton in the second round today at 2 p.m.
* Jason Dieter and Shawn Miller scored two goals apiece to lead the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1-0) to a 7-2 win over visiting Shepherd (0-1) in former Maryland Bays coach Pete Caringi's debut as the Retrievers' coach.
* Ed McCue scored on a header off a corner kick by Ricky Bush to lead Towson State to a 1-0 victory over visiting Mount St. Mary's in the season opener for both teams.
* In women's action, Katie Campbell scored off a pass from Chrissy Rehrmann to lift St. Mary's (1-0) to a 1-0 victory over Swarthmore (0-1) at Swarthmore, Pa. Amye Walker scored three goals to lead Western Maryland (1-0) past Haverford, 7-0, in the first round of the Haverford (Pa.) College Invitational.
UMBC's men ran to their sixth consecutive title, and Johns Hopkins won the women's title for the third straight year in the Baltimore Metro Invitational at Coppin State. John Robinson of Johns Hopkins won the men's 5.2-mile race in 27:40, and, in the women's 3.1-mile race, Chris Yorio of UMBC finished in 20:30 to win for the second straight year.
* Hagerstown Junior College placed three runners in the top four to win the men's portion of the Essex Invitational, a 5-mile race. Salisbury State's Tim Smith won the race in 27:03. He was followed by Jame Dick (27:09), Steve Stringfello (27:19) and Rich Secrest (27:29). Navy women placed six finishers in the top 10 en route to the women's title. Sue Ward of Hagerstown Junior College won the 3.1-mile event in 18:16.
Alicia Carberri scored a first-half goal to lead host Washington College to a 1-0 win over Dickinson (0-1).
Finland upset world champion Sweden, 3-1, in Toronto, enhancing its chances of making the Canada Cup playoffs for the first time. Petri Skriko, Janne Laukkanen and Teppo Numminen scored Finland's goals, and Markus Ketterer made 30 saves. It was Finland's first international tournament win over Sweden since the 1985 world championships.
* Washington Capitals center Mike Ridley has a sore back and will miss at least the first week of training camp, coach Terry Murray said after the team completed the opening day of on-ice workouts at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. Murray said the soreness is related to Ridley's back problems last season.