Originally created 01/30/05


College Basketball

Ice storm forces postponements

Saturday's nasty weather forced postponements for three area colleges.

Paine College will make up its home doubleheader with Miles College today. The women's game tips off at 1:30 p.m., with the men to follow.

USC Aiken and Augusta State's road games were also called off.

The Jaguars will make up their games at Columbus State starting with the women at 2 and the men at 4.

The Pacers will make up their games Monday at Clayton State starting at 4 p.m. for the women.

Auto Racing

Fittipaldi gives up NASCAR ambition

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, after two unsuccessful seasons in NASCAR, former Champ Car and Formula 1 driver Christian Fittipaldi has decided to return to Brazil to race stock cars.

Fittipaldi had been looking for work since his deal with NASCAR's Petty Enterprises collapsed because of a lack of sponsorship.

"For various reasons I didn't have the success I was hoping for," Fittipaldi told Radio Jovem Pan on Saturday. "But I'm glad I got the opportunity in Brazil, where everybody knows stock car racing is growing rapidly."

Fittipaldi, nephew of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, started 16 races in NASCAR, failing to finish better than 24th.

The 34-year-old Brazilian signed a contract to drive for team Avallone Motorsport beginning in May.


Sprinters await fate for skipping test

In Athens, Greece, Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou attended a hearing concerning accusations they intentionally missed a drug test before the Athens Olympics.

The athletes were summoned by the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics after they were temporarily suspended Dec. 22.

The five-member tribunal is expected to announce its ruling late next week. The sprinters could face a ban of up to two years if found guilty.

Kenteris and Thanou withdrew from the games in August after missing doping tests at the Olympic Village on the eve of the opening ceremony. The two spent four days in a hospital, contending they were injured in a motorcycle crash.


Referees switched at German games

In Berlin, with a game-fixing scandal rocking German soccer, the referees who worked Saturday's Bundesliga matches were switched to different stadiums at the last minute.

Head referee Volker Roth also replaced the four referees who informed the German Soccer Federation about Robert Hoyzer, the referee who admitted Friday to accepting bribes to fix second-division and German Cup games.

"There are security reasons. We won't say more about it," Harald Stenger, spokesman for the German federation, told the Bild newspaper.

The biggest soccer scandal in Germany in more than 30 years deepened Friday when Berlin police arrested four men on charges of fraud in raids apparently linked to a Croatian betting ring that bribed Hoyzer.


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