Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

October 01, 2003

Olympics

IOC disciplinary proceedings begin in Young drug case

The International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings into Jerome Young's 1999 positive drug test, a case that could cost the United States a relay gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The IOC's actions follow confirmation by the U.S. Olympic Committee last week that Young tested positive for steroids in 1999 but was cleared on appeal by U.S. track and field officials. Young went on to win a gold medal as part of the men's 1,600-meter relay team in Sydney.

The IOC executive board, meeting by conference call, decided to "move the issue forward and find the reasons for Jerome Young's exoneration." The board said it would consider "all possible consequences," including the stripping of the medals.

INVESTIGATION: Federal investigators will look into allegations that the U.S. Olympic Committee has discriminated against women in its hiring and promotion practices, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell said.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission formed a five-member task force to respond to discrimination claims that were raised by 14 female employees of the Olympic committee, Campbell spokesman Camden Hubbard said after the Colorado Republican met with senior members of the EEOC.

SECURITY: The State Department, rejecting a report that Greece is having problems creating a secure environment for the 2004 Olympics, said that Greece has the "will and the resources" to ensure the games are successful.

Et Cetera

Empire Maker is retired; Alison leads keelboat event

Empire Maker was retired in an expected move marking the end of a racing career highlighted by a Belmont Stakes victory that denied Funny Cide the Triple Crown this year.

The 3-year-old colt won four of eight career starts with three runner-up finishes, one in the Kentucky Derby. He will stand stud at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky.

SAILING: While Monday's heavy wind with 25-knot gusts showcased boathandling skills, yesterday's shifty, light air put a premium on tactics at the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship in Annapolis.

Sally Barkow won yesterday's first race to climb from sixth to second overall behind Betsy Alison. Alison and Barkow share a score of 23, with the tiebreaker going to Alison.

AUTO RACING: NASCAR driver Larry Foyt, who broke his wrist in a wreck last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, still plans to compete Sunday at Kansas Speedway. ... NASCAR owner Richard Childress will not renew driver Steve Park's contract at the end of the season.

BOXING: A lawyer for Mike Tyson sought the dismissal of misdemeanor assault charges filed against the former heavyweight champion after a brawl with two men at a Brooklyn hotel.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: After a three-week layoff with an injured left wrist, quarterback Ell Roberson will return to the No. 16 Kansas State's lineup against No. 13 Texas on Saturday. ... Tennessee reserve center Chuck Prugh was listed in critical condition in intensive care with an unknown illness.

MEDIA: Boston Herald sportswriter Ed Gray, 55, came out as gay in a column yesterday, saying he could no longer tolerate the "unabashed homophobia" in professional sports.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Former wrestling coaches Franklin "Buddy" Hepfer of Arundel, Richard "Dick" Bauerlein of North Carroll, Albert Miller of Perry Hall, Andrew Haba of Gaithersburg and Bill Anderson of Mervo and Southern-Baltimore will receive the "Lifetime Service to Wrestling Awards" from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during a Nov. 9 banquet at the Lowes Annapolis Hotel.

The Outstanding American from Maryland Award will be given to Kelly Ward, a former NCAA champion whose son, Alex, wrestles for Mount St. Joseph. For more information, e-mail Dan Zottarelli at dzott@friend.ly.net.

SKIING: Two-time Olympian and former U.S. downhill champion Chad Fleischer, 31, retired, saying he had lost his desire. From staff and wire reports

The quiz

Right off the bat:The Yankees' Alfonso Soriano last month broke Brady Anderson's 1996 record of 12 leadoff homers in one season. Who had 11 in 2002? Hint: His team is in the 2003 postseason. (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

The Twins' Jacque Jones.

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