Originally created 12/29/04



Lynx earn point, but fall to Greenville

Greenville Grrrowl defenseman Jason Metcalfe beat Augusta Lynx goaltender Matus Kostur at the 3:51 mark of overtime to give the host Grrrowl a 4-3 win. For the second consecutive game, though, the Lynx (2-15-3, 19 points) earned at least a point, which is good news for a team that went its previous seven games without a win or a tie.

Jamie Johnson, Matt Dzieduszycki and Colt King scored goals for the Lynx and Kostur stopped 36 shots.


Brazilian World Cup star plans to retire

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazilian soccer star Romario is retiring after a career in which he helped lead his country to the 1994 World Cup title.

"I stopped. I can't do it anymore. I don't have the desire," Romario told the O Globo news agency Tuesday from Florianopolis, where he was vacationing.

The 38-year-old striker said he planned a farewell game at the famed Maracana Stadium during the second half of 2005.

Romario burst onto the national soccer scene in 1985 and was FIFA's player of the year in 1994. In 1998, he was cut from the World Cup team with a leg injury, and Brazil finished second to host France.

A draft-Romario movement swept Brazil on the eve of the 2002 Cup. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resisted, and Brazil won a record fifth title in Japan.

Tostao, who played for Brazil's 1970 World Cup champions, calls Romario the greatest center forward and says he would have started on the 1970 Cup team led by Pele, considered one of the best ever.

- In a tournament played in Jakarta, Indonesia that was overshadowed by the deadly earthquake and tsunami, Malaysia defeated Indonesia 2-1 in a game in which the teams wore black arm bands in tribute to those killed in both countries.

There was a moment of silence for the victims before the game, which was attended by a capacity crowd of more than 80,000 at Bung Karno Stadium.

More than 52,000 people have died in the region and the east coast of Africa following Sunday's earthquake off the Indonesian coast and subsequent tidal waves. Approximately 27,000 have died in Indonesia and at least 65 in Malaysia.

Liew Kit Kong scored twice for Malaysia in the regional Tiger Cup semifinals. Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto had Indonesia's goal. The teams will play the second leg of the semifinal on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

- In Milan, Italy, Silvio Berlusconi resigned as president of AC Milan to conform with Italian laws that prohibit the country's premier from running private enterprises while in office.


Death of Doug Ault is ruled a suicide

The death of former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Doug Ault was ruled a suicide, the medical examiner said.

Ault died Dec. 22 at 54 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his Tarpon Springs, Fla., home. The team announced his death Monday.

Tarpon Springs police had suspected Ault's death was a suicide, Sgt. Jeff Young said. The police declined to elaborate, citing the pending investigation.

Ault became part of Blue Jays lore when he hit two home runs in the first game of the expansion team's history.

With a snow storm in Toronto and a cold wind blowing off Lake Ontario, he homered twice off Ken Brett in the Blue Jays' 9-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977.


Provisional budget approved in Turin

Organizers for the 2006 Turin Olympics approved a provisional budget that includes aid from a public agency to cover a shortfall estimated at more than $245 million.

A final vote on the complete budget of $1.76 billion, which would cover operations through the Feb. 10-26 games, was scheduled for Feb. 4.


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