Originally created 06/25/02

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Swimming

Augusta's Lamback wins four events

Lance Lamback of the Aiken-Augusta Swim League won four events and set three American records at the U.S. Disability National Championships in Federal Way, Washington, June 14-16.

The Augusta swimmer, who has cerebral palsy, claimed gold medals in the 50, 200 and 400-meter freestyle events for his disability classification, adding another in the 100-meter backstroke competition. He took silver in the 100-meter freestyle and bronze in the 200-meter individual medley.

Lamback broke American records for 50, 100 and 200 meter freestyle (32.28, 1:10.94 and 2:39.91) at the meet, which included Americans as well as swimmers from Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Peru, Spain and Brazil. Despite setting a new 100-meter freestyle record, Lamback finished second in the event to Alex Harris of Australia.

Auto Racing

Allison will teach Augusta State class

Add "professor" to former race car driver Donnie Allison's resume.

Allison will be at Augusta State University today from 6-9 p.m. teaching "Stock Car Racing 101." The class will be held at the university's Athletic Center's mezzanine.

For more information, call (706) 737-1636 or visit www.ced.aug.edu

Golf

Nicklaus, Snead out of Senior Open

Jack Nicklaus has withdrawn from this week's U.S. Senior Open, the USGA confirmed Monday.

Nicklaus cited a recurring back problem as the reason, USGA spokesman Craig Smith said.

J.C. Snead, who won the Senior PGA Tour's Greater Baltimore Classic on Sunday, has also withdrawn from the Open, Smith said.

The U.S. Senior Open begins Thursday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

"I am better but not good enough to play golf," Nicklaus said Monday from Florida. "I have had great improvement but not good enough to play in a four-day tournament."

The same back injury also forced the 62-year-old Nicklaus to withdraw from the Senior PGA Championship after two rounds.

Nicklaus has played in just three competitive tournaments this year. He has not won a Senior PGA Tour event in six years.

Boxing

Boxer collapses, dies 36 hours after fight

Panamanian fighter Pedro Alcazar collapsed and died in his Las Vegas hotel room Monday, some 36 hours after he was stopped in a title fight.

Alcazar was taking a shower and getting ready to fly home when he suddenly collapsed. A Nevada boxing doctor said Alcazar had shown no symptoms of being hurt until he fell about 6 a.m. at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.

"He had brain swelling from some cause," said Dr. Flip Homansky, who is also a member of the state's athletic commission. "It was a total surprise and we're not sure why it happened. But you can't ignore he was in a professional boxing match Saturday night."

The 26-year-old Alcazar, who was stopped in the sixth round of his 115-pound WBO title fight with Fernando Montiel, had been examined in the ring immediately after the fight and later in the dressing room.

Soccer

U.S. loss draws record TV audience

The United States' 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals was ESPN's most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast ever.

An average of 3.77 million homes tuned in Friday for the game that began at 7:30 a.m. That beat a 1999 women's World Cup semifinal game between the United States and Brazil, which attracted 2.88 million homes.

The loss that ended the Americans' surprising World Cup run this year drew a rating of 4.36. That topped the 4.26 for the first-round match of the 1994 World Cup between the United States and Colombia.

Overall, World Cup ratings for ESPN and ESPN2 are up from the 1998 tournament in France.