Sailing Vuitton Cup finalists sparring over use of...

Sports Digest

January 23, 2000

Sailing

Vuitton Cup finalists sparring over use of on-board umpires

With the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup due to start Tuesday, the two finalists still can't agree on whether to allow on-board umpires.

Torben Grael, tactician on Italy's Prada Challenge, has come out heavily in favor of the idea, but Paul Cayard's AmericaOne team from San Francisco is opposed to it.

Team New Zealand, the current holder of the America's Cup, also wants to use on-board umpires in the Cup final, when they meet the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Grael was clearly upset after Prada's last race against AmericaOne in the semifinals, when an umpiring call went against him.

"I will be happy to have on-board umpiring," he said, "because it cuts down the gray zone, and you know what the umpire's point of view is, then you can behave accordingly."

However, Tom Ehman, rules adviser to AmericaOne is reported as saying, "You don't test out new refereeing systems at the Super Bowl.

"If you go to the big game, you don't try something new just because the locals think it is great."

Hockey

Blues' MacInnis to miss 3 weeks with collapsed lung St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis will miss at least three weeks with a collapsed lung.

MacInnis, the Norris Trophy winner last year as the NHL's top defenseman, underwent a procedure yesterday at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis to reinflate the collapsed lung, suffered the previous night in the Blues' 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bob Probert checked MacInnis with about 10 minutes to go Friday night, and the All-Star defenseman did not return after the hit.

Bruins: Center Jason Allison said there is a chance he might postpone surgery on his arm and return to the ice once his ailing thumb heals. Allison has been recuperating at home from surgery earlier this month on his left thumb. In a few weeks, he is scheduled to undergo tendon transplant surgery on his right forearm. But even if the team does decide to postpone the arm surgery, it could be as many as eight weeks before the thumb heals enough for Allison to play.

College football

Florida State celebrates national championship win

Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium had all the trappings of a high-stakes college football game yesterday: a sea of fans dressed in garnet and gold, the marching band and cheerleaders. Only this time, the outcome of the event was preordained.

About 25,000 fans, Gov. Jeb Bush and top state officials turned out to fete the national champion Seminoles, who beat Virginia Tech, 46-29, in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.

"Without you, we wouldn't have won," quarterback Chris Weinke told the fans. "To be a part of this team is very special."

Gymnastics

Moceanu is snubbed at pro-Olympic camp

Unlike 1996, when Dominique Moceanu was the poster girl for U.S. gymnastics, her road to the Sydney Games is going to be a lot tougher.

Moceanu was not among the 15 gymnasts invited to Bela Karolyi's second pre-Olympic training camp. Eleven others failed to make the cut after the first camp, held last week at Karolyi's ranch outside Houston.

"No, she'd only been in the gym for two weeks," Mary Lee Tracy, Moceanu's coach, said yesterday from her gym in Cincinnati when asked if she was surprised Moceanu was left off the list.

The gymnasts invited to the second camp were: Elise Ray of Columbia; 1996 gold medalist Amy Chow; two-time defending national champion Kristen Maloney; 1997 national champion Vanessa Atler; Jeanette Antolin; Alyssa Beckerman; Jamie Dantzscher; Annabeth Eberle; Katie Hardman; Robin Phelps; Dana Pierce; Sierra Sapunar; Tasha Schwikert; Jennie Thompson, and Morgan White.

College lacrosse

Carolina player Kull dead of cancer at 20

University of North Carolina sophomore defenseman Matt Kull died of cancer in New York City. He was 20.

Born in Waldorf and a resident of Mohegan, N.Y., Kull earned a starting job on close defense as a freshman. He played the first six games of last season before his illness forced him to stop playing.

Golf

U.S. Curtis Cup team is headed by Thompson

Carol Semple Thompson, a winner of four USGA national titles, was among eight players selected to the U.S. team for the Curtis Cup, her record 11th appearance.

Thompson, 50, and top-ranked amateur Beth Bauer will lead an American team that will defend its title June 24-25 in England against Great Britain and Ireland.

Also chosen to the U.S. team were Virginia Derby Grimes, Robin Weiss, Leland Beckel, Hilary Homeyer, Stephanie Keever and Angela Stanford. Jane Bastanchury Booth, a three-time Curtis Cup player, was selected U.S. captain.

Et cetera

U.S. women open trip with win over Poland

Yolanda Griffith scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the United States women's basketball team opened a seven-game European tour with a 56-47 victory over Poland in Warsaw.

Malgorzata Dydek, Poland's 7-foot-2 center, had 13 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

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