Kenyan relay record ratified
The 4x800m (3,200m) relay world record set by the Kenyan men's team in August was ratified on Friday by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Joseph Mutua, William Yiampoy, Ismael Kombich and Wilfred Bungei finished in 7 minutes, 2.43 seconds on Aug. 25 at a track meet in Brussels, Belgium. The previous record of 7:03.89 was set by Peter Elliott, Garry Cook, Steve Cram and Sebastian Coe of the UK in 1982.
US gold medalist dies
Annette Kelly, a two-time US Olympic gold medalist in the 400m relay, died on Wednesday. She was 93. Her daughter, Kathleen Kelly, said Annette Kelly suffered a stroke about two months ago and was battling an infection at the time of her death. Kelly won gold medals in the 400m relay at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1936 Games in Berlin. Kelly also placed sixth in the high jump in 1932 and fifth in the 100m in 1936. She told her family she and her teammates knew the politics involved in competing in 1930s Germany. "But they were athletes and they were excited about competing and when the US decided to go, they went to represent their country and that was that," Kathleen Kelly said.
Sheffield signs with Tigers
The New York Yankees traded outfielder Gary Sheffield to the American League champion Detroit Tigers on Friday, receiving three pitching prospects in return. Sheffield will be reunited with manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski in Detroit. The three were all members of the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins. The Yankees received right-handers Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett in exchange for Sheffield, who battled through injuries this year. It was the first significant deal of the major league baseball offseason, with the Tigers and Yankees reaching a tentative agreement on Tuesday.
Walsh battles cancer
Bill Walsh, the Hall of Fame coach who built a NFL dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers and revolutionized the sport with his West Coast offense, has told friends and colleagues at Stanford University he has cancer. School officials confirmed on Friday that Walsh, who served as the school's interim athletic director until July, is fighting leukemia. "I'm positive, but not evangelistic," the 74-year-old Walsh told the Sports Xchange Web site. "I'm pragmatically doing everything my physicians recommend, and I'm working my way through it." Walsh said the cancer first was diagnosed in 2004, but he feels better since a series of blood transfusions in the past month.
Nyberg tears knee ligaments
Five-time Olympian Fredrik Nyberg's career could be over after he injured his knee on Friday in a crash during training in Austria. The 37-year-old Swede tore ligaments in his knee and will sit out the season, national team coach Matias Eriksson told Swedish news agency TT. Nyberg, who has won seven World Cup races and competed in every Olympics since 1992, had previously said this would be his last season. "He has said the World Championships in Are would be his last competition -- he's done now," Eriksson said. Nyberg was practicing the Super-G at the Reiter Alm resort when he crashed.
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Cecillon jailed for 20 years
Former French rugby union forward Marc Cecillon was found guilty on Friday of murdering his wife and sentenced to 20 years in prison. About 60 witnesses saw Cecillon pull out a gun at a party and shoot Chantal Cecillon in August 2004. Cecillon, 47, had no visible reaction during the reading of the verdict. It was not immediately clear whether he planned to appeal.