Originally created 11/29/06


College Golf

Pacer coach lands first '07-08 recruit

Virginia native Zack Bowman has signed a national letter of intent to play golf at USC Aiken, becoming the first member of coach Michael Carlisle's 2007-08 recruiting class.

Bowman, a Gloucester, Va., native, chose USC Aiken from more than 20 schools, including Division I programs Arkansas, Villanova, Lehigh and Virginia Commonwealth.

"Zack Bowman is a much underrated player that I think will really develop in our program," said Carlisle. "He has demonstrated the ability to shoot way under par in competition. He works very hard and has a great passion for the game of golf."

As a junior, Bowman was named a National High School Coaches Association High School All-American. A three-time Pen-insula District champion who earned first-team All-District honors all four years, Bowman was a first-team All-State selection this year after finishing fifth in the Virginia High School League 3A State Championships. He was also the 2004 Virginia State Junior Champion.


Skicross approved for Games in 2010

In Kuwait City, the rough-and-tumble freestyle event of skicross is in for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Women's ski jumping will have to wait to be considered for 2014.

The International Olympic Committee approved skicross - similar to snowboard cross - for the Vancouver Games, but rejected women's jumping and five other events.

The IOC executive board also overhauled the process for selecting sports for future Summer Games, and partially lifted its freeze on payments to the international amateur boxing association to encourage reforms in judging and scoring.

Skicross involves groups of skiers racing each other to the bottom of a course with jumps, rollers, banks and other man-made and natural terrain features

The competition is part of the International Ski Federation's World Cup freestyle circuit, which also includes the Olympic events of aerials and moguls.

The IOC said skicross has a "strong appeal for the young generation."

Snowboard cross debuted at the Winter Games in Turin 10 months ago and drew big crowds and good ratings.

Turned down by the IOC were women's ski jumping, a team event in Alpine skiing, mixed relay in biathlon, team competitions in bobsled and skeleton, a team luge competition and mixed doubles in curling.

- More than 4,000 doping tests will be carried out during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a 25 percent increase from the 2004 Athens Games and nearly double the amount from the 2000 Sydney Games.

International Olympic Commit-tee medical director Patrick Schamasch said that up to 4,600 urine and blood checks will be made from the period of the opening of the athletes' village until the end of the games.

The biggest increase will be in the number of pre-competition tests, he said.


World Cup downhill training snowed out

In Beaver Creek, Colo., men's downhill World Cup training was canceled after a storm dumped about 2 feet of snow on the course. Workers have been unable to clear snow from the Birds of Prey course because of the threat of avalanche.

Another training run is scheduled for today. Safety rules require at least one training run before a downhill so racers can become familiar with the terrain.

Two World Cup events already have been canceled because of warm weather, and skiing's governing body has called the situation "critical."

The season-opening races in Soelden, Austria, in October were wiped out because of heavy rain, and the women's events set for St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Dec. 9-10 were canceled because of lack of snow and warm weather.

The men's races in Val d'Isere, France, on the same weekend also are in danger. Women's races in Val d'Isere in the second week of December could be in jeopardy unless conditions improve.


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