■ SpeedskatingTuitert, Friesinger win
Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands and Anni Friesinger of Germany each won their 500m races Friday at the European Speedskating Champion-ships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Tuitert finished the men's race in 36.08 seconds, ahead of two-time Olympic champion Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands at 36:40. Jan Friesinger of Germany was third at 36.43. In the 5,000m, Eskil Ervik of Norway beat Carl Verheijen of the Netherlands by nearly a second, finishing first in 6:23.40. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, an 18-year-old newcomer, finished third while setting a youth world record in 6:24.29. In the women's 500, Friesinger won in 39.36, .34 seconds ahead of countrywoman Daniela Anschutz. Nicola Meyer of Italy was third at 39.95. The men will race the 1,500m, while the women compete in the 1,500m and 3,000m today.
MLB to give US$1 million
Major League Baseball's 30 teams and the players' association will combine to donate US$1 million to tsunami relief efforts. In addition, the New York Yankees will donate US$1 million from the proceeds of their season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 3. "As a social institution, major league baseball has a responsibility to help those in our communities and, in this case, the global community," commissioner Bud Selig said. "The horrific tsunami that devastated large areas of South Asia took an enormous human toll that is incomprehen-sible to those of us who watched the aftermath from the comfort of our homes. We hope that this contribution will be of help to those in need as they go about the difficult work of rebuilding their lives and communities," union head Donald Fehr said.