Originally created 08/10/00

Overtime: Injury forces Agassi to pull out of tourney



Top-seeded Andre Agassi retired from his second-round match at Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati on Wednesday because of back problems that have hampered him since a minor fender-bender last month.

Agassi, playing Fernando Vicente of Spain, won the first set 6-3 but lost the second 3-6. During the crossover after the first game of the third set, Agassi asked for a trainer and then retired.

"I was pulling off my shots, and I started pulling off my serve," Agassi said. "I knew it was only getting worse."

Agassi was rear-ended in an accident near his home in Las Vegas on July 8. In his only tournament since then, he lost in the first round last week at Toronto.

PRO FOOTBALL:

Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski has been charged with using diet drugs prescribed for his wife and a friend.

The four felony charges were announced Wednesday at the team's training camp in Greeley. Colo., in a case that dates to last year and also includes Romanowski's wife, Julie.

Bill Romanowski declined comment, but his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said they will fight the charges, which he said "concern a medication routinely prescribed and was prescribed for Bill."

Romanowski could receive between two and nine years in prison if convicted on all four charges although probation would also be possible, said Mike Knight, spokesman for the 18th Judicial District.

The drug is Phentermine, which some doctors believe helps athletes by speeding up their metabolisms. Others, however, say the drug is of little or no use to athletes wishing to enhance their performance.

Romanowski was indicted with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and deceit and two counts of conspiracy, authorities said.

HORSE RACING:

A deal has been struck between Vinery Kentucky and Aiken's Dogwood Stable to purchase Trippi's future stud rights, Dogwood president Cot Campbell announced.

Trippi, who has posted wins in six of his eight starts, earning $440,500, will continue to race in Dogwood's green and yellow silks through November 2001. Upon his retirement, Trippi will begin stud duty at Vinery in Lexington, Ky. Dogwood will continue to have complete control of the colt's racing career.

Although Trippi's sale price wasn't released, sources close to the deal said the price was in the seven-figure range and included race performance incentives.

CHARITY BASKETBALL:

Players are needed for a charity game that will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Augusta State. Players are needed to face players from New York's Rucker's Park, which recently was featured on TBS' airing of On Hollowed Ground, The Rucker's Park. For more information, call Frank Booker at 860-0986.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Sports agent William "Tank" Black was brought to Michigan to face drug and money laundering charges.

Marshals brought Black from South Carolina to an undisclosed location pending an appearance today before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff, said Mike Wicks, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit.

A federal grand jury in Detroit earlier this month issued a 34-count indictment against Black, his business partner Linda Wilson and several others accusing them of money laundering and drug charges. Black and Wilson also are charged with conspiracy and perjury. If convicted on all counts, each could get life in prison and $4 million in fines.

Black was arrested July 5 in Columbia, where he owned a travel agency. He also faces charges in Florida and Louisiana.