Sports Briefs


Sun, Dec 21, 2003 - Page 23

■ BiathlonSergi Rozhkov wins 10km

Russia's Sergei Rozhkov won a men's World Cup 10km biathlon sprint Friday to take the lead in the overall standings. Rozhkov, whose shooting was clean, won in 24 minutes and 5.4 seconds. Austria's Ludwig Gredler finished second, 11.7 seconds back with one missed target. Another Russian, Sergei Chepikov, was third, 21.2 seconds behind. He also missed one target. Four-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway did not compete in the race in this central Slovak resort. Rozhkov leads the standings with 208 points, five points ahead of Norway's Halvard Hanevold.

■ Basketball

Mourning has new kidney

Former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning underwent kidney transplant surgery Friday and was listed in good condition, hospital officials said. The surgery, performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, came less than a month after Mourning retired from the NBA due to a kidney disease. The kidney donor, a family member, was also in good condition, officials said. Mourning, 33, retired from the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 24 because of complications from the disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. He was diagnosed before the 2000-2001 season, when he was with the Miami Heat.

■ Golf

Downes is up down under

Australian Chris Downes led for the third day straight Saturday, taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Open golf tournament at Moonah Links. Downes had four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to card a 1-under 71 and go to eight-under. Fellow Australian Stephen Leaney scored a 4-under 68 to go alone in second, with seven players at six-under. Among those is 2002 US Amateur champion Ricky Barnes. Barnes, from Stockton, CA, was challenging for the lead before bogeys at the 16th and 17th. Defending champion Stephen Allan was another at six-under. He followed his second-round course record 66 with an even-par 72 to join Barnes, Stuart Appleby (68), Steven Conran (68), Matthew Millar (69), Peter Lonard (70) and Craig Jones (70).