Originally created 02/24/02


College Track

Penn State vaulter killed in fall

Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare died Saturday after landing on his head during the Big Ten indoor championships in Minneapolis.

After being treated by emergency medical technicians at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse, Dare was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Dare, 19, was a sophomore from State College, Pa.

Dare won the pole vault in the U.S. junior championships in June, clearing 16 feet, 6 3/4 inches.

His parents, who were at the meet, were not available for comment.

University of Minnesota spokesman Jeff Kaiser said coaches were to meet Saturday night to decide if the meet would continue today. He said it's possible the meet would continue without the pole vault event.

Georgia Hall of Fame

Williams, Lopez among honorees

Legendary Richmond Academy baseball coach A.L. Williams was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Macon.

Williams joined LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez and two-time gold medal hurdler Roger Kingdom in the 45h annual induction ceremony.

Other inductees included former Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Hudson, basketball standout Cindy Brogdon and former Tennessee football star Chip Kell.

Lopez, who lives in Albany, has 48 career victories and won the LPGA Championship three times (1978, 1985, 1989). She's married to former major leaguer and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame member Ray Knight.

Kingdom, a native of Vienna, won gold medals in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 and 1988 Games. He also was given the Jesse Owens International Athlete Award in 1989.

Brogdon, a member of the 1976 U.S. women's basketball team that won the silver medal, played for Mercer and Tennessee during her career. She later played in the Women's Professional Basketball League.

Pro Football

Saints' Williams on bidding block

The New Orleans Saints are open to hearing offers for running back Ricky Williams.

Saints general manager Randy Mueller confirmed that he has talked to the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns about Williams, a No. 1 pick in 1999 who has rushed for 1,000 yards the past two seasons.

The Dolphins have offered first- and third-round draft picks in exchange for Williams and a second-round pick.

"But I want to reiterate that we are not trying to unload a good player," Mueller said. "We are happy with Ricky Williams. Teams are coming to us, and we are open to listening."

The Saints' willingness to discuss a trade for Williams suggests they are satisfied with Deuce McAllister, their top pick last year.

Track and Field

Jacobs breaks indoor 3-mile mark

Regina Jacobs shattered the indoor world best for 3 miles Saturday, finishing in 14 minutes, 44.11 seconds at the Evian Mayor's Trophy Meet to eclipse a mark that stood 17 years.

Jacobs, who broke the indoor world best for 2 miles last month, cut more than 9 seconds off the previous best of 14:53.80 for the rarely run 3-mile race, set by Christine McMiken of New Zealand on Feb. 22, 1985.

The 38-year-old Jacobs is having a superb season leading into this week's USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, where she will compete in the mile.

She won the 2-mile race in 9:23.38 at the Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 27, breaking a 16-year-old world best for that distance. On Feb. 10, Jacobs defended her title at the USA Winter Cross Country Championships.


Mormeck captures cruiserweight title

A bloodied Virgil Hill lost the WBA cruiserweight title to Jean-Marc Mormeck (27-2) of France after failing to answer the bell for the ninth round Saturday in Marseille, France.

It was Hill's first defense of the belt that he won from Fabrice Tiozzo in Villeurbanne, France, in December 2000, on a first-round technical knockout. That was Hill's previous fight.

Hill (46-4) abandoned Saturday's bout with blood streaming heavily from above his right eye.

Drag Racing

Dixon, Force top NHRA qualifiers

Larry Dixon claimed his 13th career No. 1 qualifying position and first of the season Saturday at the NHRA's Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals.

Dixon had a 4.555-second run at 321.50 mph to take the top spot in Top Fuel at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.

John Force led Funny Car qualifying, covering the quarter-mile in 4.797 at 318.17. Ron Krisher will have the top spot today in the Pro Stock finals after a track-record run of 6.866 at 201.97.


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