Originally created 09/18/00


Nicole Reinhart, a two-time U.S. National track cycling champion, was killed Sunday when she was thrown from her bicycle and struck a tree during a race.

Reinhart, 24, of Mertztown, Pa., was in the final 3'-mile lap of the BMC Tour of Arlington (Mass.) when the accident occurred just before 1 p.m.

The race was the final event of the 17-race Saturn Professional Tour, which Reinhart was leading.

"This cuts very deep through the whole cycling family," said Philip Milburn, the chief operating officer of USA Cycling, the sport's national and Olympic governing body.

At the Olympic velodrome in Sydney, U.S. team officials didn't tell two of Reinhart's friends from Pennsylvania, Marty Nothstein and Tanya Lindenmuth, until they had competed in qualifying races Monday morning (Sunday night EDT).

Race organizer Shawn McBride said a videotape showed that Reinhart, racing in the lead pack, was squeezed by other riders just before a turn.

The men's race, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., was canceled out of respect for Reinhart.


Michael Andretti's misfortune in winning the Motorola 300 in Madison, Ill., and elbowing his way into what was already the closest championship battle in CART's 22-year history.

Andretti, who appeared on the way to retaking the points lead with three races remaining, saw a dominating performance end in a burst of flame from a broken engine after he had lapped everyone in the 25-car field except Montoya.

Montoya, who is expected to follow the lead of Alex Zanardi, the man he replaced at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, and leave for Formula One next season, jumped from 11th to eighth in the standings, trailing leader Gil de Ferran by just 31 points with three races remaining.


Robert and Beverly Lewis paid a top price of $325,000 for a son of Maria's Mon during Sunday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.

Forbush Farm, agent for Dr. David and Jean Darby, sold the chestnut colt out of Blues On Parade, who is by Cure the Blues. The champion 2-year-old colt of 1995, Maria's Mon's first foals are 2-year-olds this year.

Keeneland sold 292 horses during Sunday's session for $10,685,400, an average of $36,594. During the corresponding session a year ago, 272 horses brought $10,592,300, an average of $38,942.


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