Skier Koch becomes Olympian for 4th time
Bill Koch, 36, became a four-time Olympian yesterday after a bizarre concluding day at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships in Biwabik, Minn. John Aalberg of won the men's 30-kilometer freestyle race. Koch placed ninth to finish in a tie for seventh under the point system used to select the Olympic team.
But the 1982 World Cup champion, who 16 years ago in Innsbruck, Austria, became the only U.S. athlete to claim an Olympic medal in cross-country, had to wait about two hours after the race before a complicated points calculation and an appeal of an earlier disqualification were resolved. Team officials surprisingly made Koch's appeal moot when they announced a 17-member roster instead of the 14-member team that had been planned originally.
* An arbitrator in Los Angeles ruled that the U.S. Olympic bobsled team was unfairly selected last year and ordered a new round of tryouts, giving hurdler Edwin Moses and football players Willie Gault and Greg Harrell another shot.
The three claim they weren't informed of the schedule and regulations of the Olympic trials last July in Lake Placid, N.Y. At the push trial, the team finished second, .01 of a second behind a team of Todd Snavely, Jeff Woodard and Bryan Leturgez. Moses, Gault and Harrell later filed a protest with the U.S. Bobsled Federation.
* Markus Wasmeier of Germany mastered the tough, icy Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, with a risky, aggressive run to win a World Cup downhill that ended the Olympic hopes of three other racers.
In an accident-marred race, Berni Huber of Germany, starting third, crashed and broke a bone in his back, pulled a muscle in his right thigh and injured his right ankle. Atle Skaardal of Norway tore ligaments in his left foot and left knee in a crash. Rob Boyd of Canada, competing in his first race since back surgery in October, crashed and tore ligaments in his right knee.
* Germany's Katja Seizinger, 19, notched her second World Cup victory of the season, dashing down a fast, hard downhill course in Schruns, Austria, to beat Austrian favorite Sabine Ginther. Seizinger's victory put her on top of the World Cup downhill standings and left her seven points from overall leader Petra Kronberger of Austria.
* Dan Jansen won the 500-meter sprint and fellow American Eric Flaim took the 1,000-meter event in Davos, Switzerland, the last World Cup meet before next month's Olympics. Falko Zandstra of the Netherlands won the 1,500 race.
The victory lifted Jansen into a tie with Uwe-Jens Mey of Germany in the World Cup 500-meter standings. Both have 119 points.
* Olympic champion Bonnie Blair of the United States, turning in a rink record 40.15 seconds, won the 500-meter event of the women's World Cup speed skating competition in Collalbo, Italy. Blair, the world-record holder, won for the third time this season, as she beat China's Qiaobo Ye, who set a national record with her second-place clocking of 40.20.
Germany's Monique Garbrecht edged Christine Aaftink of the Netherlands for third place, but Aaftink held to the lead in the
standings with 82 points. Blair has 75 points.
Steve Logan, who has directed East Carolina's high-powered offense the past two seasons, was named head coach by the school. Logan, 38, succeeds Bill Lewis, who resigned Monday to become coach at Georgia Tech.
Logan said he would continue to emphasize the passing game that helped the Pirates to an 11-1 record and the team's first top-10 ranking. East Carolina beat North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl, 37-34, and finished the year ranked No. 9.
Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dennis Martinez joined a group of former major-league players -- including Hall of Famer and Baltimore native Al Kaline -- who participated in two games in Nicaragua to help raise money for the construction of a new cathedral. Also among the players were Jim Northrup, Mike Caldwell, Bill Freehan, Elias Sosa, Aubrey Taylor, Pat Zachry, Tony Bernazard, Dan Briggs, Leon Roberts, Bob Molinaro and Ivan Murrell.
Tom Monaghan, owner of the Detroit Tigers, sponsored the exhibition games against two Nicaraguan amateur teams. Martinez, a Nicaraguan now with the Montreal Expos, pitched two innings against each team. The games took place in Martinez's hometown of Granada and in the capital of Managua.
Andrew Maynard of Laurel was stopped in the 11th round by Frank Tate of Houston in a fight for the North American Boxing Federation light heavyweight title in New York on Friday.
John Michael "Mike" Barry, a columnist for The Louisville Times who was described as the dean of Kentucky Derby writers, died Friday of prostate cancer. He was 82.
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