Originally created 09/08/02

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Yugoslavia gets to gold medal game

The teams that defeated the United States will be the ones competing for the gold medal at the World Championships.

Yugoslavia took control by outscoring New Zealand by 17 points in the third quarter in an 89-78 victory Saturday before a small but enthusiastic crowd of their supporters at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Yugoslavia will play Argentina, an 86-80 winner over Germany in the day's other semifinal, for the gold medal at 4 p.m. today.

Milos Vujanic, a second-round draft pick of the New York Knicks last June, hit a 3-pointer with 4:21 left in the third quarter to give Yugoslavia its first lead, 57-56. After Phil Jones made a layup, Vujanic hit another 3 to put Yugoslavia ahead for good.

The final will be a matchup of the teams that stunned America earlier this week by handing the United States its first two losses when using NBA players in international competitions.

The U.S. team played Spain for fifth place late Saturday night.

Yugoslavia will be seeking to become the first team since Brazil in 1963 to win consecutive World Championships.

Baseball

Yankees' Wells attacked at diner

Yankees pitcher David Wells lost two teeth and was punched in the head when he was attacked by a man waving a butter knife at a diner early Saturday, police said.

Wells refused medical at-tention after the altercation at 5:50 a.m. at the restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East side.

Rocco Graziosa, 27, was ar-rested and charged with as-sault and menacing.

Wells was at the diner with a friend - not a teammate - when Graziosa walked in with some friends and began chat-ting with the New York pitch-er, police Sgt. David Jorin said.

After the conversation, Graziosa went to his own table and made a remark about Wells' mother, who is de-ceased.

A few moments later, Graziosa grabbed a butter knife off the table, began waving it and attacked Wells, police said.

Wells called 911, and police arrived and made the arrest.

  • The Texas Rangers tied a major league record by homering in 25 consecutive games Saturday night when Herbert Perry hit a three-run shot in the third inning against Tampa Bay.
  • Perry's 20th homer - an opposite-field drive to right field - came on a 1-0 pitch from Victor Zambrano.

    Texas joined the 1941 New York Yankees, 1994 Detroit Tigers and 1998 Atlanta Braves in accomplishing the feat.

    The Rangers also hit homers in 21 straight games earlier this season from June 24-July 18. They are the only team to have two streaks of 20 or more games in a single season.

    Horse racing

    Lido Palace claims Woodward Stakes

    Lido Palace loves the Woodward Stakes.

    Surging past the leaders in the final 50 yards, Lido Palace beat Gander by three-quarters of a length and won Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park for the second year in a row.

    A loser in all four of his starts since winning the 2001 Woodward, Lido Palace was the overwhelming 2-5 favorite in a less than stellar field of six. Nonetheless, the win was in doubt as Express Tour and Gander battled for the lead at the top of the stretch.

    But jockey Jorge Chavez waited for the right moment, moved Lido Palace up on the outside and the horse responded with his ninth victory in 20 career starts.

    Lido Palace, trained by Bobby Frankel, became the sixth horse to win consecutive Woodwards. The others are Sword Dancer, Kelso, Forego, Slew o'Gold and Cigar.

    Gander, with Richard Migliore aboard, held on for second, a neck in front of Express Tour. Baseball Champion was fourth, followed by Sherpa Guide and Cat's At Home.

    Tennis

    ATP to begin drug testing for EPO

    The ATP hopes to begin testing players for the banned endurance-enhancing substance EPO within weeks.

    The player council met two days before the start of the U.S. Open and indicated it was in favor of EPO testing, ATP spokesman David Higdon said Saturday.

    "All we need to do now is formalize the new rules," Higdon said.

    The plan to test for EPO - short for erythropoieten, which raises the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood - was presented to the player council at Wimbledon.

    During the U.S. Open, the ATP Board (three players' representatives and three tournament representatives) was shown new language for drug-testing rules. Board members wanted some of the wording clarified but "indicated they plan on approving," Higdon said.

    The new rules would allow for testing blood, in addition to urine. The ATP is waiting to see whether the World Anti-Doping Agency determines whether urine-only testing is OK for EPO.

    "Either way, we're prepared to be doing testing almost immediately after WADA rules," Higdon said.

    The ATP now tests for recreational drugs and steroids.

    In the past two years, Argentine players Juan Ignacio Chela and Guillermo Coria have tested positive for banned substances. Chela was suspended for three months, Coria for seven. Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open, tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at Wimbledon later that year. He was banned for a year.