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July 06, 1992

California high school runner decides to end her personal 0) sprint to Barcelona

Marion Jones, one of the world's fastest female sprinters, doesn't want to rush things where the Olympics are concerned.

Jones, a high school junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., has declined a bid to compete for the U.S. Olympic team in Barcelona later this month.

"My mom, my coach and I sat down and figured that I'm 16 years old and the time just isn't right," she said. "It's hard for me to put this decision into words. These Olympics were as important to me as any. Looking at the big picture, I just don't want to rush things."

Jones placed fourth in the 200 meters and sixth in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials last week in New Orleans. She was promised a spot on one of the two 400-meter relay teams, which would have made her the first high school Olympian from the United States since Dwayne Evans in 1976.

Even if she isn't Barcelona-bound, Jones will be busy.

First she'll compete on the U.S. junior team that will face a Canadian team in Winnipeg on July 31 and Aug. 1. Then she'll compete in the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea, from Sept. 16 to 20.

Club lacrosse

Mount Washington Tavern of Baltimore, with All-Americans at virtually every position, defeated Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 10-7, in the championship Club Division game of the 20th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout, the sport's premier tournament.

Led by tournament Most Valuable Player Darren Lowe, an All-America attackman from Brown University, who totaled eight goals and five assists in the four-game, single-elimination tournament, Mount Washington won its sixth Vail title Saturday, ending a drought that dated to 1986.

Mike Morrill, an All-American from Johns Hopkins University, had three goals and one assist against FCA, which was making its Vail debut. FCA had upset the top-seeded Greene Turtle Tavern of Baltimore and fifth-seeded Team Colorado en route to the title game.

Amateur baseball

Rick Helling, Darren Driefort and Jeff Granger combined on a three-hitter as Team USA shut out Cuba, 3-0, yesterday.

The Cuban national team, which had gotten 46 runs and 54 hits in the first four games of this seven-game Olympic tuneup series, got all three of their hits in the first 3 2/3 innings off Helling.

Driefort got out of a jam with two on in the fourth, and allowed only one baserunner the next three innings to earn the victory.

Team USA is 13-6 in its 30-game warmup tour for the Barcelona Olympics.

Soccer

Defender Andrew Marth scored in the 65th minute as Croatia lost to host Australia, 1-0, in its first international soccer game.

Croatian fans clashed briefly with Serbian protesters before the match. Serbs gathered in downtown Melbourne to protest the Croatian team's presence in Australia. Objects were thrown and scuffles broke out, but no arrests were made and police reported no serious injuries.

Basketball

Jason Parr has given new meaning to driving the lane.

The Detroit man loves pickup basketball, and he doesn't want a little problem like a lack of nearby playing space to get in his way.

So he's invented a way to take his court with him. It's called Pickup Hoops, a backboard and rim that bolts into the back of a pickup truck.

"All you need is a pickup truck and a place to park it," said Parr, who has received a patent for his invention and said he has found a manufacturer in Florida to build it. Parr says it will sell for about $300.

"Get two trucks," Parr said, "and you can have a full-court game."

Horse racing

Ridden by Craig Perret, Alydeed lived up to his billing and romped to victory in the Queen's Plate, Canada's top horse race. He won by more than 11 lengths in a slow 2:04 3/5 over 1 1/4 miles at Woodbine.

Bettors sent the colt off as the overwhelming favorite, and he returned $2.20, $2.20 and $2.10, the lowest prices since 1960 when Victoria Park paid $2.10, $2.20 and $2.10.

Grand Hooley finished second, paying $3.80 and $2.10. Benburb was third, paying $2.10.

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