Pan American GamesAs medals roll in, U.S. officials defend...

Sports Digest

August 07, 1999

Pan American Games

As medals roll in, U.S. officials defend `B team' selections

As the United States piled up more medals yesterday, team officials defended the selection process for the Pan American Games.

USOC executive director Richard Schultz said the Games have been run well, calling them a "gold medal performance" by the Winnipeg organizers. He also took exception to suggestions the United States did not bring its best athletes to these Games.

"We've accomplished a lot of things here," Schultz said. "We've seen the media sometimes refer to the U.S. bringing their B team. That's not correct. We brought a good combination of athletes here."

By the end of yesterday, the Americans' total was 254 medals, 92 gold. Canada was next at 162 and 52, with Cuba at 137 and 63.

Basketball: The U.S. men moved into the final against Brazil by defeating Argentina, 84-76. Travis Williams scored 19 points.

Softball: Canada, the only team to beat the United States in the round-robin of men's softball, did it again, 2-1 in the medals round. If the Americans can beat Cuba today, they get another shot at Canada for the gold.

Swimming: American Kaitlin Sandeno, winner of the women's 400-meter freestyle, added the 800 in a Pan Ams-record 8 minutes, 34.65 seconds.

Sotomayor: Cuba pledged to defend high jump champion Javier Sotomayor, charging his positive test for cocaine was part of a larger campaign to discredit the communist government -- possibly by the CIA or Miami exiles.

Boxing: Cincinnati's Gerald Tucker scored a lopsided, 15-3 victory over Venezuela's Neouar Cermeno to win the bantamweight crown. But American middleweight Arthur Palac was beaten, 12-7, by Cuban Yohason Martinez, as Cubans won five of six gold medals.

Soccer: The U.S. men beat Canada, 2-1, for the bronze medal.

Tennis

Streaking V. Williams earns Davenport rematch

Trailing 1-5 in the first set against Sandrine Testud, Venus Williams won 11 straight games for a 7-5, 6-1 victory in the TIG Classic quarterfinals in Carlsbad, Calif.

Williams, the fourth seed, set up a semifinal rematch with No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, who beat Williams in straight sets last week to win the Stanford tournament.

Davenport beat qualifier Anke Huber, 7-5, 7-5.

Seventh-seeded Amanda Coetzer defeated Amy Frazier, 7-5, 6-1, and will play No. 2 Martina Hingis.

Canadian Open: Andre Agassi outclassed Fabrice Santoro, 6-0, 6-3, and defending champion and top seed Patrick Rafter fell to Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), in the quarterfinals. Agassi next faces Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Horse racing

Top New England jockey isn't expected to walk; Prado wins

Rudy Baez, 49, the top jockey in New England, probably will never walk again, one of his doctors said. Baez was paralyzed from the waist down after severing his spine during a spill Wednesday at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire.

Baez has ridden in 28,000 races, winning more than 4,800 of them and nearly $30 million in purses.

Saratoga: Successful Appeal, ridden by Edgar Prado, came from off the pace for a 1 1/4-length victory in the $83,900 Amsterdam Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.

Et cetera

Report: Notre Dame to get first major violation

Notre Dame officials expect the NCAA to rule that the university has committed the first major violation in its history, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

They anticipate the Committee on Infractions will determine that members of the athletic department should have done more to learn of gifts as many as a dozen football players received from convicted embezzler Kim Dunbar.

A person familiar with the university's interests told the Tribune the committee was expected to maintain that Dunbar's gifts could have been discovered earlier had coaches on Lou Holtz's staff brought information to Notre Dame officials in charge of NCAA compliance.

SMU: Southern Methodist, the only university ever punished with the "death penalty" for NCAA violations, announced it has uncovered potential recruiting irregularities in its football program and responded by suspending defensive line coach Steve Malin, with pay.

Basketball: The man charged in the death of Tiffany Young, a member of Purdue's 1999 national championship team, was in court on a public intoxication charge just hours before the fatal accident that killed her. Arnold Eaton walked out of Gary City Court last Saturday after a judge refused to let him plead guilty, telling him to talk to a lawyer, the Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune said. Twelve hours later, Young was killed. Marc Falcone, a center-forward for Liberty High School, was chosen best inside man at the Keystone State Invitational Camp in Reading, Pa.

Soccer: Top Miami Fusion scorer Diego Serna will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. With 23 players back from a team that went 18-2-2, the Johns Hopkins men's squad was ranked seventh by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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