Sports Digest


February 07, 2003


Sutherland takes one-stroke lead at Pebble Beach

Under a warm sun and windless skies, Northern California native Kevin Sutherland shot a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over Mike Weir and Robert Gamez in the PGA Pebble Beach National Pro-Am yesterday in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Golfers expect weather trouble at Pebble Beach, which made the surprisingly calm conditions nearly as difficult to battle. Sutherland and a few others managed the fast fairways and hard greens - and the tournament's usual six-hour rounds - resulting from the absence of recent rain at the tournament's three gorgeous courses.

"I've never seen the course as hard and as fast as this," said Sutherland, who had five birdies on the front nine at Pebble Beach Golf Links. "The fairways are really hard. The balls are going a tremendous distance. I'm in places I've never been before."

Et Cetera

Miller wins combined title at world championships

Bode Miller won his first major title, capturing the gold medal in the combined in another strong showing by the United States at the world skiing championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

This was Miller's second medal in two races. He shared the silver with Hermann Maier of Austria in the opening super giant slalom.

PRO FOOTBALL: The Ravens promoted Phil Zacharias to outside linebackers coach. Last year, Zacharias was a defensive assistant in his first season with the Ravens. Mike Pettine, named quality control coach Wednesday, will also serve as a defensive assistant. ...

Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will be the featured speaker at the 2003 Capital Football Clinic Feb. 14-15 at St. Alban's School in Washington. For more information, call Bob Benson at 202-687-2493.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Jacksonville (Fla.) Sheriff's Office has cleared officers of wrongdoing after they were accused of using force to restrain an allegedly drunken Notre Dame player during a December arrest. Chad DeBolt, a 22-year-old safety, was in Jacksonville Beach on Dec. 27 when he was arrested for trespassing at the Ocean Club. ...

Mississippi State running back Nick Turner will stand trial in Starkville, Miss., April 30 on charges that he passed several counterfeit $100 bills at a nightspot in October.

TENNIS: A tearful Amelie Mauresmo made a strong comeback before a home crowd in Paris, defeating Japan's Ai Sugiyama, 7-5, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals of the $585,000 Gaz de France. The third-seeded Frenchwoman had been sidelined for 3 1/2 months because of her ailing right knee. ...

Chris Evert is leaving tennis broadcasting after 13 years as an analyst for NBC Sports, saying she wants to spend the next few summers at home with her family and devote time to charitable and public service work.

AUTO RACING: John Andretti has been given permission from his NASCAR bosses to run in the Indianapolis 500 this season, just in time to race against his cousin one last time. Former CART champion Michael Andretti said last week he'll retire after the Indy 500 in May to concentrate on being a car owner.

BOXING: Dundalk heavyweight Mike Dietrich (29-1) scored his 21st knockout in the fourth round over Scott Meehan (15-4, 12 KOs) of Lancaster, Pa., in the main event of an amateur card at Teamsters' Hall on Tuesday night.

From staff and wire reports

The quiz

Going the distance:Jason Elam, who this week signed a five-year, $9 million deal to stay with the Broncos, is tied with Tom Dempsey for the longest field goal in NFL history: 63 yards. What two kickers have converted from 60 yards? (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

Morten Andersen and Steve Cox.

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