Originally created 03/10/99

Overtime: DiMaggio's funeral closed to the public



Joe DiMaggio's funeral on Thursday will be private and held at the same church where in 1939 he married his first wife, actress Dorothy Arnold.

About 30 family members and close friends will attend the baseball great's service at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

The church's twin steeples tower over the North Beach section of San Francisco where DiMaggio spent most of his childhood.

The service begins at 1 p.m. EST and will be closed to the public, church officials said Tuesday. Pallbearers have not been announced.

DiMaggio's body was flown from Miami to San Francisco late Monday on a private jet. The Hall of Famer died Monday at 84 at his home in Hollywood, Fla.

After marrying Arnold in 1939, the couple divorced in 1943. DiMaggio wed Marilyn Monroe in 1954 and they divorced later that year.

FOOTBALL:

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed Ronnie Harris, an unrestricted free agent wide receiver and special teams player, on Tuesday.

Harris, 28, signed in November after stints with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

HOCKEY:

Seven months from their first game as an NHL expansion team, the Thrashers have passed the 12,000 mark in season ticket sales mandated by the league. The Thrashers beat the March 15 deadline by a week.

"It shows there's a tremendous amount of interest in the sport in this area," team president Harvey Schiller said. "At each stage, we'll see more interest. The biggest push will be when we start naming players."

The 90 suites in the unfinished Philips Arena are sold out and account for about 1,600 seats. The majority of the seats in the top price ranges -- $70 and $65 -- are sold out.

BOXING:

Augusta's Jacob Hudson has won two preliminary bouts in the 132-pound division of the U.S. Amateur Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo..

On Monday. Hudson outpointed Jamie Lopez of Baytown, Texas., 19-15. Tuesday, the Augusta Boxing Club fighter outpointed Anthony Mora of Thornton, Colo., 16-2.

Also on Tuesday, 30-year-old DaVarryl Williamson, seeking to become only the fourth man to win four straight titles at the championships, was eliminated by Jason Estrada, an 18-year-old from Providence, R.I., who was making his debut in these championships, outpointed Williamson 13-6 in their 201-pound bout.

Arthur Mercante Jr. has been selected to referee Saturday night's Evander Holyfield-Lennox Lewis heavyweight championship fight at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Mercante's dad, Arthur Mercante Sr. -- still an active referee at 78 -- was the third man in the ring for the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bout March 8, 1971 in the Garden.

AUTO RACING:

Cadillac will return to the Le Mans 24-hour race next year after a 50-year absence.

Cadillac general manager John F. Smith said the company would enter the Cadillac Northstar Le Mans Prototype (LMP) in the July, 2000 race.

The Cadillac Northstar LMP is under development with American race car builder Riley and Scott Inc. of Indianapolis

The last time a Cadillac raced at Le Mans was in 1950. The cars finished 11th and 10th respectively.