Originally created 06/30/03



Bucks' owner won't sell team to Jordan

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl has decided not to sell the team to Michael Jordan. Kohl said Sunday that he had extensive negotiations with Jordan but that he doesn't want to part with the team right now.

"On balance, I simply decided that I am not yet prepared to sell the team at this time," the senator said in a statement released by the team. Kohl, D-Wis. said he would continue to own the team, "improve them, and commit them to remaining in Wisconsin."


Loyola coach dies of tumor at age 40

Diane Geppi-Aikens, who led the Loyola College women's team to the NCAA semifinals despite an inoperable brain tumor, died Sunday. The 40-year-old coach died at her Baltimore home, surrounded by family members and her four children, said David Rosenthal, a spokesman for Loyola's athletic department.

Geppi-Aikens coached all but one game of the Greyhounds' 2003 season from a wheelchair after treatment for the tumor partially paralyzed her left side. Loyola entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed with a regular-season record of 17-2 and lost to Princeton in the final four.

A 1984 graduate of the school, Geppi-Aikens was honored with the NCAA Inspiration Award at the organization's convention in January. She led the Greyhounds to the NCAA tournament 10 times and the national semifinals seven times in her 15 seasons.

College Basketball

Auburn continues meeting with NCAA

Auburn officials have met with the NCAA enforcement staff in hopes of reaching a conclusion to its investigation into the men's program.

Auburn officials met with the enforcement staff at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis on Friday. The Birmingham News reported Sunday the meeting was called to obtain a "status report" on the year-old investigation. Athletic director David Housel, university president William Walker and attorneys represented the school.

The NCAA has been investigating the program over charges of improper benefits from an AAU coach and other inducements.


Russian skiing star loses other medals

Russian cross-country skier Larissa Lazutina was stripped of her remaining medals from the 2002 Olympics due to positive drug tests.

The International Olympic Committee executive board took away two silver medals and wiped out a fourth-place finish after Lazutina lost a series of appeals for her doping suspension. She had already been stripped of her gold medal in the 30-kilometer classical race after testing positive for the banned endurance-enhancer darbepoetin.

  • The 2008 Beijing Olympics will be held two weeks later than originally planned because of weather concerns. The games were scheduled for July 25 to Aug. 10, but are now set for Aug. 8-24.
  • Afghanistan's Olympic Committee was reinstated by the IOC, clearing the way for the country's possible participation in the 2004 Games.
  • A suspension was imposed in October 1999 because of the Taliban's ban on participation of women athletes. After the Taliban fell in late 2001, the IOC has been helping Afghanistan rebuild its Olympic committee.

    Auto Racing

    Young Schumacher breaks winless skid

    Ralf Schumacher snapped a 24-race winless streak at the European Grand Prix, as brother Michael finished fifth and became the first driver to reach 1,000 points.

    Ralf Schumacher picked up his first victory of the year and fifth of his career, leading a 1-2 finish for Williams-BMW. Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was second.

    The Williams team capitalized on the engine troubles of polesitter Kimi Raikkonen, who was leading when he was forced to withdraw midway through he race.


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