Originally created 08/11/01


Jones' win streak in women's 100 ends

Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine defeated two-time champion Marion Jones on Monday to win the women's 100 meters at the World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

Pintusevich-Block beat Jones in a semifinal earlier Monday, then snapped her streak of 42 consecutive victories in a 100 final in a time of 10.82 seconds.

It was Jones' first loss since her final race of the 1997 season when she was beaten in Japan by Merlene Ottey of Jamaica.

Jones was timed in 10.85, and Ekaterini Thanou of Greece was third in 10.91.

"Of course, I'm a bit disappointed," Jones said, "but I'm not a sore loser. I give all the credit to Zhanna. She was the better sprinter today."

Earlier in the day, sprinter Maurice Greene withdrew from the competition with injuries and John Godina failed to advance to the discus final.

Two days after winning his third straight 100-meter title, Greene went out with a strained left thigh that prevented him from competing in the 200 and with the 400 relay team.

Godina won his third straight world shot put title on Saturday.

HOCKEY: Center Paul Vincent, who scored 18 goals and 25 assists in 26 games for the Augusta Lynx last season, has signed to play for the club this season.

Vincent came to the club in January in a trade with Arkansas. Before joining the Lynx, he had scored 16 goals and 24 assists in 61 games.

"Signing Vincent was a top priority for me," said Lynx coach Jim Burton. "Vincent and (Scott) Morrow create one of the top producing lines in the ECHL."

COLLEGES: Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall, who has led the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA tournament in seven of his eight seasons at the school, agreed to a new five-year contract. The contract, announced Monday, replaces the final two years of Hall's current one, and runs through the 2006 season.

Hall's annual salary calls for $120,000 in the first year with incremental increases each year to a high of $140,000 in 2006. In addition, Hall will receive bonuses if Georgia Tech wins the Atlantic Coast Conference championship or a national title.

The 46-year-old Hall has a 344-156 record at Georgia Tech.

FOOTBALL: Curtis Jones, a 35-year-old lineman with the Utah Lionzz of a second-tier indoor football league, collapsed and died on the way to the locker room following a game Sunday night.

His death follows three others in football in recent weeks.

Jones' cause of death could be determined after an autopsy is performed.

On Monday, a funeral was held in Warren, Ohio, for Korey Stringer, the Minnesota Vikings tackle who died last week of heatstroke.

Northwestern safety Rashidi Wheeler died Friday following an asthma attack during sprint drills. Florida freshman Eraste Autin collapsed during practice on July 19 and died a week later.

Northwestern players met with grief counselors and chaplains Monday afternoon, and they will attend a memorial service on campus today. A private funeral will be held Friday in California.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Lakeside High School will hold Betsy Bingo on Aug. 18 from 1-6 p.m. to raise funds for its athletic department. For more information call Lakeside High School at 863-0027.

Harlem Middle School football practice starts Thursday after school. Players need to show proof of physical examination and insurance card in order to practice.

AUTO RACING: Jeff Gordon's victory at the Brickyard 400 gave NBC the highest overnight rating in the race's eight-year history.

NBC's coverage of Sunday's NASCAR race got a 5.7 overnight rating and 13 share, 58 percent higher than the 3.6 on ABC last year and 21 percent better than the previous high of 4.7 for ABC in 1994.

Overnight ratings measure about 60 percent of the country.

NBC is in its first year of coverage under a $2.8 billion TV rights deal with NASCAR that it shares with TNT and Fox.

TENNIS: Venus Williams dropped to No. 4 in the WTA rankings on Monday, a day after she won a tournament and two days after beating the player who replaced her at No. 3.

Williams fell behind Lindsay Davenport despite taking the championship Sunday in the Acura Classic, her fourth title of the year.

Williams beat Davenport in the semifinals, then defeated Monica Seles 6-2, 6-3 for the title, her second in a row at the Carlsbad, Calif., event.

Although she lost to Seles in the semifinals, Martina Hingis remained No. 1 for her 201st week. She stays there by playing a lot of tournaments and avoiding early exits. Jennifer Capriati remains No. 2.

GYMNASTICS: When it comes to rhythmic gymnastics, no one else in the country comes close to Jessica Howard.

Howard handily won her third national title Friday in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Philadelphia, finishing 2.725 points ahead of second-place Olga Karmansky. Shayna Javornicky was third.

Though no one in the United States can touch Howard, it's the rest of the world that really matters. The United States has never come close to medaling in rhythmic gymnastics at an Olympics, and Howard would like to be the one to change that.

She was 15th at an international meet earlier this year, and hopes to improve on that at the world championships, to be held Oct. 17-21 in Vienna, Austria.

COLLEGES: Three former Clemson football players will serve time in a youthful offender program for pulling fire alarms in a dorm then breaking into the empty rooms and stealing credit cards and jewelry.

Tyrone Dickerson, Marcus Lewis and Paul White Jr., all 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of financial transaction card theft and interference with a fire alarm. The alarms were pulled on three separate occasions last year.

They were sentenced as youthful offenders and could serve up to six years in the Corrections Department's youthful offender program. But attorneys said they could be released within several months, if they are able to show their lives are on the right track.

The three were defensive linemen who received little playing time and were dismissed from the football team after their arrests.

ARENACUPQuad City rallied past Richmond Friday night to win its second straight ArenaCup championship.

Quad City, 18-1, scored 20 fourth-quarter points to beat Richmond 55-51 in Moline, Ill, in the af2 championship game. Richmond finishes the season 15-4.

Jay McDonagh passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns to lead the winners. Craig Cole had nine catches for 93 yards. Richmond's Bob Bees passed for five touchdowns and 270 yards. George William had 11 catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.


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