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Sports Briefs

Friday, September 26, 2003

OLYMPICS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) U.S. Olympic officials confirmed that sprinter Jerome Young tested positive for steroids within a year of winning gold at the 2000 Games, a move that could cost him and his relay team the medals.

International officials can now reopen the case and possibly strip the team of its 1,600-meter championship.

The USOC provided Young's name to the International Olympic Committee executive board during a review of its drug-testing program from 1985-2000.

Young was named by the USOC as one of 24 athletes who won Olympic medals during that period after previous positive doping tests. The USOC said the cases of the other 23 athletes who won Olympic medals after failing drug tests were handled properly.

BASEBALL

TORONTO (AP) Carlos Delgado hit four home runs, becoming the 15th player in major league history to accomplish the feat in leading the Toronto Blue Jays over Tampa Bay 10-8.

Delgado was only the sixth player to homer in four straight at-bats in one game. His first homer of the game was the 300th of his career.

CINCINNATI (AP) Sammy Sosa moved ahead of Mickey Mantle with his 537th homer, a two-run shot that also made him the first NL player with nine straight 100-RBI seasons.

He added a solo homer in the eighth, his 39th of the season and 538th of his career.

With three homers in the last two games, Sosa moved ahead of Mantle into 10th place on the career list.

MIAMI (AP) The Florida Marlins clinched at least a tie for the NL wild card and eliminated the Phillies with an 8-4 win over Philadelphia. The Marlins lead the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros by three games with three remaining.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The Michigan men's basketball team will be eligible for the 2004 NCAA tournament after winning its appeal of a ban that resulted from a booster's payment to players.

The decision to overturn the ban handed down in May was made by the NCAA's infractions appeals committee, the organization announced.

Michigan's successful appeal concludes all NCAA procedures regarding the Ed Martin scandal. Martin, who died earlier this year, had been accused of making illicit cash payments totaling $616,000 to former players Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Louis Bullock and Robert Traylor.

FOOTBALL

SAN DIEGO (AP) Wide receiver David Boston was suspended without pay for one game by the San Diego Chargers for behavior coach Marty Schottenheimer called unacceptable.

Schottenheimer was going to tell Boston of his suspension at a meeting Thursday morning, but the player didn't show up. The suspension, which will cost Boston $32,353, came three days before the winless Chargers play at Oakland.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) An NCAA panel has denied an Atlantic Coast Conference request to hold a football championship game as early as next season.

The decision is not formal or binding, but it leaves the chances of playing the game in jeopardy. That could lead to a renewed push to add a 12th league member to meet the NCAA minimum requirement for holding a lucrative title game. Virginia Tech and Miami have agreed to join the ACC next year, expanding the league to 11 teams.

BASKETBALL

ATLANTA (AP)The Atlanta Hawks re-signed Jason Terry, matching the three-year, $22.5 million offer sheet the free agent guard signed with the Utah Jazz.

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed rookie free agent center Chris Marcus. Terms were not released.

SOCCER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Mia Hamm scored two early goals, then set up one in the second half as the United States routed Nigeria 5-0 in the Women's World Cup.In other games, Sweden beat North Korea, China tied Australia, and Russia beat Ghana 3-0.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) The United States will host Austria in the first round of the 2004 Davis Cup. The draw for the 16-team World Group also put top-seeded Australia against visiting Sweden, and second-seeded Spain at the Czech Republic. The Americans will pick the location and surface for the best-of-five series Feb. 6-8.

CYCLING

LAS ROZAS, Spain (AP) Pedro Diaz Lobato of Spain won the 18th stage of the Tour of Spain, and countryman Isdro Nozal retained the overall lead with three stages remaining.

Lobato covered the 89-mile stage in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 46 seconds. Spaniard Constantino Zaballa was second, 44 seconds back. Jose Luis Arrieta was third.



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