Originally created 11/21/00


Bob Strait came from a lap down to win the rain-delayed Georgia Boot 400 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Monday, the final ARCA race of the year.

The 51-year-old Strait grabbed the lead off a restart with three laps left and held on for a 0.43-second victory over Justin Labonte.

"We never gave up," Strait said. "We always raced as hard as we could. The strategy was to keep pushing, pushing, pushing."

Shawna Robinson appeared to have the strongest car, leading 67 of the 162 laps. But she wound up fifth after Strait got by on the restart, denying the first ARCA victory of her career.

"We were definitely the class of the field," Robinson said. "Darn, we needed this one. We need a sponsor for next year."

Frank Kimmel, who won the series championship, started from the pole but wound up in 24th. He was eight laps behind the leaders.


As Davis Cup captain, John McEnroe's biggest problem was that he didn't have someone like John McEnroe as a player.

For lack of such a player, one of the best in the world who would put Davis Cup first among his priorities, McEnroe has called it quits after 14 months at the helm of the U.S. team.

The resignation of McEnroe comes nearly four months after the U.S. team was swept by Spain in the semifinals. He said he was "extremely frustrated with the difficulties of the scheduling and format of the competition."


Region 5-AAA champion Midland Valley dominated the all-region team announced Monday. Ten Mustangs, including running back Travis Mays, were named to the offensive and defensive teams. Coach Rick Knight earned coach of the year honors.

Mays rushed for 1,352 yards, averaging 5.5 yards a carry, and scored 16 touchdowns during the regular season.

Midland Valley offensive players selected were quarterback Morgan Quiller, receiver/tight end Jamie Peters, Mays and offensive linemen Scott Morgan, Charles Hatcher and Rick Moxley. On defense, the school was represented by defensive back Rod Price and defensive linemen Jucobie Reedy and Avias Bell.

Strom Thurmond was represented by four players - receiver Deric Tolen, offensive lineman Eddie Timmerman, defensive back Eric Tolen and linebacker Travis Barber.


Providence's Keith Kelly overtook defending champion David Kimani of Alabama in the final 400 meters Monday to win the NCAA cross country title in biting wind and cold in Ames, Iowa.

"If the race had been 20 meters more, I wouldn't have made it to the end," Kelly said. "I would have been on the ground."

The temperature at race time was 17 degrees with a wind chill of 19 below zero. Light snow blew across the course on the Iowa State campus as the men's race was ending.

Kelly finished the 10,000 meters in 30 minutes, 14.5 seconds for his sixth victory in as many races this fall. Stephen Ondieki of Fairleigh Dickinson was second in 30:16.3. Kamini, who won at South Alabama as a freshman last year, was fourth,

Colorado's Kara Grgas-Wheeler won the 6,000-meter women's race with a time of 20:30.5


An Italian soccer player who fought with an opponent after a game had brain surgery Monday. Doctors in Lecco, Italy, said Francesco Bertolotti was in serious but stable condition. The operation was aimed at reducing pressure from bleeding inside his head.

Bertolotti, a 33-year-old midfielder for lower-division Modena, went into a coma Sunday. Massimiliano Ferrigno, captain of the Como team, punched Bertolotti and his head hit the floor, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The Italian soccer federation on Monday requested Ferrigno's suspension pending an investigation.


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