Auto racing F1 driver Coulthard survives plane crash...

SPORTS DIGEST

May 03, 2000

Auto racing

F1 driver Coulthard survives plane crash; pilot, co-pilot killed

A small plane carrying Formula One driver David Coulthard crashed yesterday at Lyon's airport in France, killing the pilot and co-pilot but leaving the star driver with only minor injuries.

The 29-year-old Scotsman was taken to Lyon's Edouard-Herriot hospital after the crash. He was released and returned to his home in Monaco.

Coulthard's fiancee, model Heidi Wichlinski, and trainer, Andrew Matthews, sustained minor injuries in the crash and were discharged from the hospital.

WINSTON CUP: NASCAR hit the Penske-Kranefuss team with tough penalties -- a fine, loss of points and suspension -- for using illegal fuel during an April 16 race in Talladega, Ala.

Driver Jeremy Mayfield was stripped of 151 points, dropping him from seventh to 14th in the standings. Michael Kranefuss, who operates the team co-owned by Roger Penske, was fined $50,000, matching the second-biggest fine in NASCAR history. Crew chief Peter Sospenzo was suspended until June 6 and will miss three Winston Cup races.

NASCAR discovered an improper additive -- an oxygen enhancer -- in the fuel tank of Mayfield's Ford Taurus following a 14th-place finish.

College football

Navy's Madden will need surgery, out indefinitely

Navy quarterback Brian Madden will be out indefinitely with torn ligaments in his right knee.

Madden, who started the final five games last season and was the leading rusher among quarterbacks in the nation with 897 yards, injured his knee in one of the final plays in Saturday's annual Blue-Gold game.

"Brian will undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks," said trainer Jeff Fair. "He has a long and hard rehabilitation process ahead of him."

Senior Brian Broadwater, who started the first seven games in 1999, will take over as starter.

PROSPECT: All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year Starrett Esworthy, a linebacker at Gilman, has been invited to this weekend's Top 300 Nike training camp at Penn State.

Basketball

Maryland's Blake gets national team tryout

Maryland freshman Steve Blake has been selected to attend the 2000 USA Men's Basketball National Team Trials.

The trials will be held May 26-28 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The team will be competing to qualify the United States for the 2001 FIBA World Championships.

RUTGERS: Shawn Hampton, a 6-foot-8 All-Metro forward from St. Frances, will transfer from Virginia Commonwealth to Rutgers, according to Rutgers coach Kevin Bannon.

NBA DRAFT: DeShawn Stevenson, a high school star from Fresno, Calif., will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft despite his parent's wishes for him to honor his commitment to Kansas, ESPN.com reported. Also, DePaul swingman Quentin Richardson will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft, the Associated Press reported.

Et cetera

Rankin voted into Hall; V. Williams set to return

Judy Rankin, a 26-time winner and the first woman to break the $100,000 barrier, was voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.

Rankin was the first player elected from the tour's new Veteran's Category, which was established in February 1999. Rankin was twice the player of the year, a three-time winner of the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and set an LPGA record with 25 top-10 finishes in 1977. TENNIS: Venus Williams will make her comeback after a six-month injury layoff tomorrow at the Betty Barclay Cup in Germany. ... UMBC's men's and women's teams will compete in first-round NCAA play beginning May 12 after winning Northeast Conference titles last weekend.

COLLEGE GOLF: Led by Greg Cote (148) and A.J. Glascock (150), who had the top two two-round totals, Towson University won its second straight America East Conference Golf Championshp yesterday at the Long Island National Golf Club.

BENEFIT BASKETBALL GAME: Maryland coach Gary Williams will host a star-studded charity basketball game to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 4 at Cole Field House.

Among the participants expected are former Maryland stars Len Elmore and Tom McMillen; track All-American and university alumnus Renaldo Nehemiah; and ex-Terps football quarterback Boomer Esiason.

SOCCER: McDonogh defender Chris Zuk will play soccer at the University of Richmond.From staff and wire reports

The quiz

A man possessed

Who seven years ago set the NBA playoff record for most minutes played in a game without committing a turnover? Hint: He's now with the Miami Heat. (Answer, 12E)

Quiz answer

Dan Majerle of the Phoenix Suns, 59, at Chicago on June 13, 1993, in a three-overtime game.

CORRECTION: Yesterday's quiz was worded incorrectly and the answer was incomplete. The correct question: Only five players began the 2000 baseball season having spent as many as 13 seasons with the same club. The answer: Cal Ripken, Orioles, since 1981; Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, 1982; Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds, 1986; Tom Glavine, Atlanta Braves, 1987; and Edgar Martinez, Mariners, 1987.

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