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There's No Slowing Speedskater Blair

March 13, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

Bonnie Blair, fresh off her double gold medal performance at the Olympics, won both the 500- and 1,000-meter races at a World Cup speedskating event Saturday in Inzell, Germany.

Germany's Gunda Niemann, who won a silver and bronze at Lillehammer, set an outdoor record of 4:13.96 in the 3,000 meters. She shattered her own mark of 4:19.08 set in 1991.

Blair remained unbeaten this season in the 1,000 meters in five World Cup competitions, winning easily in 1:20.15. Blair skated a 39.72-second 500 meters.

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Hiroyuki Noake of Japan finished second in the 500 meters and eighth in the 5,000 meters for 82,525 points and a lead over Norway's triple Olympic champion Johann Olav Koss at the halfway point of the World All-Around Speedskating Championships at Goteborg, Sweden. . . . Atle Skaardal of Norway won the Whistler, British Columbia, World Cup downhill for the second year in a row, skiing the course in 2:11.30. Tommy Moe was third. . . . Olympic champion Fred Boerre Lundberg of Norway won the World Cup Nordic combined ski event at Sapporo, Japan, beating Japan's Kenji Ogiwara.

Track and Field

At Indianapolis, Arkansas extended its winning streak in the NCAA Indoor Championships to a record 11 years with the highest point total, 94, in the meet's 30-year history. The previous high was 76 by Texas El Paso in 1980 and 1981.

The Razorbacks' winning margin over second-place Tennessee was 54 points, the biggest in meet history, breaking the record of 41 set by Arkansas in 1985.

Arkansas' Erick Walder won the triple jump for the third year in a row, after having won the long jump for the third consecutive year Friday. No other jumper ever has won six NCAA indoor titles.

Louisiana State won its second consecutive women's title and fifth in eight years with 48 points.

Great Britain's Colin Jackson completed a double in the European Indoor Track Championships at Paris, winning the 60-meter hurdles in 7.41 seconds after winning the 60-meter dash.

Gwen Torrence won the women's 100 meters in 11.46 seconds at Sydney.

Miscellany

Five-time Iditarod champion Rick Swenson took the lead at Nulato as the 1,100-mile sled dog marathon entered its seventh day.

A man doing a handstand on the front row of the upper tier of the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., fell about 20 feet to the level below during the New Jersey Devil-Boston Bruin game, injuring himself and two others he landed on.

All three were taken to the Meadowlands Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. The names of the injured were being withheld until their families were notified.

Basketball

New York Knick guard John Starks has torn cartilage in his knee and will be sidelined from three to eight weeks. Starks is the Knicks' second-leading scorer with a 19-point average.

Michigan's Jalen Rose has undergone routine questioning by federal agents who picked up his voice on wiretaps during an investigation into a drug ring, the Detroit News reported. In October of 1992, Rose and four other men allegedly were caught in a Detroit drug house during a raid by police. Rose was ticketed for loitering in a place where drugs are kept, but police never sent Rose's ticket to court and the case never went forward.

Ohio State denied a broadcast report that its basketball program is recommending penalties to the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Vincent Askew of the Seattle SuperSonics has been suspended without pay for one game and fined $5,000, and Vinny Del Negro of the San Antonio Spurs was fined $3,500 for a head-butting incident during Friday night's game.

Names in the News

The Washington Redskins are planning to release four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Charles Mann, 32, according to the Washington Post. . . . Jim Honochick, an American League umpire for 25 years who went on to gain fame in beer commercials, died at 76 in Allentown, Pa. In 1978, he teamed with former Baltimore Oriole slugger Boog Powell in a series of commercials that made fun of Honochick's eyesight. . . . Gordy Coleman, 59, former Cincinnati Red first baseman who went on to become a broadcaster for the club, died of an apparent heart attack.

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