Originally created 12/16/03



Association names player of the year

In Basel, Switzerland, Zinedine Zidane won the FIFA Player of the Year award for a third time Monday, beating French countryman Thierry Henry and Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo.

Birgit Prinz of Germany won the women's player of the year vote, easily ahead of Mia Hamm. Hamm won the soccer honor the two previous years.

World Cup champion Brazil won its second straight Team of the Year award.

Zidane, who also won in 1998 and 2000, led a poll of 142 national coaches. He had 264 points to Henry's 186. Ronaldo, who won last year for the third time, received 176.


Retesting finds no positive cases

In London, all rechecked drug tests from the U.S. Open and Davis Cup came back clean for the steroid THG, the International Tennis Federation said Monday.

Following the lead of other sports, the ITF decided in November to rescreen samples for the newly discovered drug. Samples taken both in-competition and out-of-competition were checked.

THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone, was uncovered this summer after a track coach sent a syringe with the substance to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Five track & field athletes and four NFL players tested positive for THG.

The IOC plans to retest samples from the 2002 Winter Olympics.


Funny Cide might run in Donn Handicap

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide could make his next start in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 7.

Funny Cide, who was shipped to Florida in November for some rest, isn't expected to run before the $500,000 race. He breezed a half-mile late last week, his only workout since arriving in Florida.

"We want to run in the Donn, but if we can't make it this year, we can make it next year or the year after that," trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday. "We're not going to run and hide all year. When he's ready, when he seems right, he's going to run."

Funny Cide has raced only twice since finishing third in the Belmont Stakes, failing in a bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 26 years. He was third in the Haskell on Aug. 3, then ninth in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25.


American falters; fails to move on

In Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Croatia's Ivica Kostelic injured his knee while winning a World Cup slalom Monday night, and Bode Miller fell in the opening run and failed to qualify for the second.

Kostelic, the slalom world champion, made up six places with an excellent second run and finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 33.26 seconds. This was his seventh World Cup victory in the discipline.

Italy's Giorgio Rocca was the runner up, 0.31 seconds behind. Austria's Manfred Pranger, the first-run leader, was third, 0.42 seconds back.

Kostelic said he felt a pop in his right knee, which has been operated on four times, midway through the race. He will have an MRI before deciding whether he can keep racing.

Miller fell on one arm in the top part of the course, then righted himself. He completed his run but finished 49th. The top 30 qualify for the second run.


Local fighter qualifies for trials

Johnnie "Cortez" Edwards won the All Service Championships in the 125 pound weight class and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Feb. 16-21 at Tunica, Miss.

Edwards, captain of the Marine Boxing Team stationed at Camp LeJune, N.C., is a Midland Valley graduate and member of the North Augusta Boxing Club.


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