Pro football Report: Broncos' Carter faces year...

Sports Digest

April 03, 2000

Pro football

Report: Broncos' Carter faces year suspension for substance violation

Denver Broncos cornerback Dale Carter will be suspended for one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy if he loses an appeal, the Denver Post reported yesterday.

The newspaper, citing unidentified NFL sources, said Carter had violated the policy twice in the past three months and had two previous violations during his career. The appeal is expected to be heard in 10 days, the Post said.

Carter's agent, Mitch Frankel, said his client did not fail any drug tests during the three-month period.

If Carter, who signed with the Broncos as a free agent in 1999, is suspended, he could lose his job as well as the $3.5 million he is to be paid next season.

College basketball

Michigan State recruit leads Junior Select team

Michigan State recruit Zach Randolph scored 24 points to lead the USA Junior Select team to a 98-97 victory over Team International in the Nike Hoop Summit in Indianapolis.

Last week, the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Randolph scored 28 to help Marion High School win the state championship with a 62-56 victory over Bloomington North.

He was selected the most valuable player in the McDonald's all-star game Wednesday, where he scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Soccer

Violence erupts in Italy; 40 fans taken into custody

Forty soccer fans were taken into custody and some were treated in hospitals for bruises, following two hours of violence after an Italian second-division match in Bergamo, Italy.

Police stopped the uprising by firing tear-gas bombs and charging the attackers.

Rival fans of Atalanta of Bergamo and Brescia fought with riot police trying to keep them apart after a 1-1 match. They also damaged parked cars near the stadium and the railway station.

World Cup: Julio Dely Valdes beat goalkeeper Wilmer Cruz with a penalty kick in the 70th minute as Panama defeated Honduras, 1-0, at Panama City in a qualifier for the 2002 World Cup.

In Central America's other game, El Salvador beat Guatemala, 1-0, at Guatemala City on a 50th-minute header by Raul Diaz Arce of Major League Soccer's Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Media

Men's semifinal ratings are down from last year

Ratings for the NCAA men's basketball tournament semifinals were down from last year.

The Wisconsin-Michigan State opener scored an 8.8 national rating, a drop of 4 percent from 1999, and Florida-North Carolina drew a 10.2, a decrease of 6 percent.

The tournament-to-date ratings also are down, Nielsen Media Research said, with a 6.2 compared to last year's 6.4.

The shares recorded for Saturday's Final Four games -- the percentage of the nation's televisions tuned to a telecast among those TVs on at the time -- were a 21 for the first game and a 19 for the second. Last year's shares were 21 and 20, respectively.

Pro basketball

Columbine victim serves as honorary Kings ballboy

Patrick Ireland, who was wounded a year ago during the shooting rampage at Columbine High School, was an honorary ballboy for yesterday's game between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers in Sacramento.

Ireland was invited to the game by Kings forward Chris Webber, who spent part of the day giving Ireland a tour of Arco Arena. Ireland, who still has a significant limp, stood with the Kings during pregame warmups and sat behind the team's bench during the game.

Et cetera

Belgium's Tchmil captures Tour of Flanders cycling

World Cup champion Andrei Tchmil of Belgium won the 168-mile Tour of Flanders cycling classic in Meerbeke, Belgium.

The Russian-born Tchmil broke from the pack after the race's final climb and finished in 6 hours, 57 minutes, 3 seconds for his fourth World Cup victory.

Tennis: Mark Philippoussis will not play in Australia's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Germany because of a calf injury, team captain John Newcombe said today.

High schools: Gilman three-time state champ Mike Faust, a three All-Metro heavyweight wrestler, edged Minnesota state champ Chad Redmann, 3-2, in their bout of the Dream Team Classic Saturday night in Apple Valley, Minn.

Sailing: Olympians John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree qualified for the Sydney Games, winning the Tornado class title in the U.S. sailing trials in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Golf: Ireland's Padraig Harrington won the Sao Paulo 500 Years Open in Sao Paulo, Brazil, closing with a 4-under-par 68 for a two-stroke win over Gerry Norquist.

Running: The women figure to provide the main attraction at the 28th Nortel Cherry Blossom 10-miler in West Potomac Park in Washington Sunday. Back are the first four finishers from last year's race, Kenyans Jane Omoro, Jane Ngotho and Eunice Sagero and Russian Lidiya Grigoreva, and challenging is Libbie Hickman, the top American marathoner (2: 28: 34) in 1999 who is hoping to qualify for the Summer Olympics in the 5K or 10K.

Track and field: Lynda Blutreich set an American record in the women's javelin throw of 188 feet, 5 inches, at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.

Curling: Canada and Sweden remained unbeaten after the third round of the World Curling Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The United States dropped to 2-1.

The quiz

Trading places

Forty years ago today, the Orioles traded second baseman Billy Gardner to the Washington Senators for a catcher who spent three tours of duty in Baltimore and in 1954 struck out just seven times in 397 at-bats. Name him. (Answer, 8E)

Quiz answer

Clint Courtney.

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