Originally created 02/26/03



U.S. star Mathis out for a month

MetroStars forward Clint Mathis had surgery to repair a hernia on Tuesday.

Mathis, of Conyers, Ga., who has been captain of the U.S. soccer team in recent games, is expected to be sidelined for about one month.

The MetroStars, who open the season April 12, sent Mathis to see Dr. Richard Cattey in Milwaukee on Monday after he reported discomfort during preseason training in Florida.

The U.S. team's next game is March 29 against Japan in Seattle.

Pro football

Trial under way for Patriots Kelly

New England Patriots cornerback Ben Kelly went on trial Tuesday in Miami on charges he was driving drunk when his sports utility vehicle rolled into a parked police cruiser two years ago.

Prosecutor Andrea Wilson told jurors that officers administered field sobriety tests to Kelly, which he "failed miserably."

Defense attorney Edward O'Donnell III painted a different picture, claiming Kelly did "incredibly well" when given the standard field tests. Kelly refused a roadside breathalyzer test after the incident in the early morning hours July 4, 2001, and lost the use of his driver's license for six months.

Kelly is expected to testify today, after which the case should go to the jury.


Anti-terror police give public warning

Life moved on as normal at the America's Cup after a public warning from anti-terror police after letters containing cyanide crystals and white powder were seized by postal workers in Auckland, New Zealand.

The threatening letters, addressed to the U.S. Embassy and the British and Australian High Commissions in the capital of Wellington, referred to "actions" that could occur if Iraq was attacked. The letters mentioned the America's Cup races. Police said a small quantity of cyanide was in one of the letters, but wouldn't identify which diplomatic mission received that letter.

In the America's Cup, Alinghi of Switzerland has a 3-0 lead over Team New Zealand. The next scheduled racing day is Thursday, but the forecast is for strong wind.


Henman is ousted in Dubai first round

Fourth-seeded Tim Henman was stunned by Attila Savolt of Hungary 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the Dubai Open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Savolt entered with an 0-4 match record in 2003.

"I am delighted with this victory. I never thought I could beat Henman," Savolt said.

He next plays Ivan Ljubicic, who defeated Wayne Black 7-5, 6-3.

  • Serena Williams isn't going to take on the best men in her sport regardless of how Annika Sorenstam does against the stars of the PGA Tour.
  • "I wish I could play," the world's best female tennis player said before doing a quick about-face.

    "No I don't," she went on. "I mean, with tennis it's like Lennox Lewis against Laila Ali, but for golf maybe it's different."

    Sorenstam announced earlier this month that she will play in the Colonial in May.

    "Like I said, Lennox Lewis against Laila Ali," Williams said. "She'd have no chance against Lennox Lewis, and I'd have no chance against Andre Agassi. It's just different bodies and different types. I think it would be impossible."

    Horse racing

    Stallion Skywalker is dead at age 21

    Skywalker, the winner of the 1986 Breeders' Cup Classic, died in Paris, Ky., after having a heart attack in his breeding shed. He was 21.

    The son of Relaunch out of Bold Captive, by Boldnesian, had stood at Arthur Hancock III's Stone Farm since 1996.


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