Sun, Jul 17, 2005 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Doping
Victor Conte pleads guilty

BALCO founder Victor Conte pleaded guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering charges in a deal with prosecutors, making it much less likely that top athletes such as Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery may be forced to testify about alleged doping. Two other men charged with Conte also were expected to plead guilty Friday to reduced charges, a law enforcement source said on condition of anonymity. A fourth man, athletics coach Remi Korchemny, delayed accepting any plea agreement. Conte, who founded the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, was charged with illegally distributing performance-enhancing substances to more than 30 of the biggest names in athletics and American football and baseball. He faced a maximum of 20 years in prison for the money laundering charge and five years for the conspiracy charge.

■ Auto racing

F1 fans to get refunds

Many fans who attended the boycotted US Grand Prix last month in Indianapolis, Indiana will automatically receive full refunds. The race's return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway is less of a certainty. Michelin and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Friday that those with Speedway ticket accounts for the race will have their refunds processed automatically without needing to submit or sign any documents. Individual ticket buyers and holders of ticket stubs will have three weeks beginning Aug. 8 to submit claims. Michelin also confirmed it would buy 20,000 tickets for the 2006 race -- assuming it takes place. Speedway president Joie Chitwood said track officials were still considering whether to host Formula One's only US race for a seventh year. "At this point in time I can't confirm there will be a 2006 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis," Chitwood said. Chitwood said he was worried about a reoccurrence of last month's fiasco.

■ Golf

Chudy generates upset

Tiffany Chudy upset defending champion Tseng Ya-ni 4 and 2, in the semifinals of the US Women's Amateur Public Links in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Chudy had five birdies and just one bogey at the Swope Memorial Golf Course to eliminate the 16-year-old from Taiwan. Chudy will play Eun Jung Lee of South Korea in the 36-hole final on Saturday. Lee defeated Jane Rah, 14, 5 and 4, in the other semifinal. Tseng took the first hole with a birdie, but bogeyed four holes, putting Chudy 3-up after 11. "It was an OK round, but not my best round," Tseng said through an interpreter. "I'm a little bit disappointed. Tiffany played very solid golf."

■ Sumo

Asashoryu dominates ring

Grand champion Asashoryu overpowered Tosanoumi for his seventh win Saturday to sweep to the top of the standings as the only undefeated wrestler at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. In the day's final bout, the 24-year-old yokozuna from Mongolia pummeled Tosanoumi with his trademark thrust and slaps that sent the fourth-ranked maegashira tumbling to the ground and rolling out of the ring. Tosanoumi remained winless with seven losses. Behind Asashoryu in the rankings were Kokkai, Iwakiyama, Wakanosato and Hakuho with six wins and one loss each. The win was Asashoryu's 24th straight.

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