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Britain's Edwards Sets Triple Jump Record

July 19, 1995|From Staff and Wire Reports

Britain's Jonathan Edwards broke the 10-year-old world record in the triple jump Tuesday, leaping 59 feet in the Salamanca Provincial meet in Spain.

Edwards, a bronze medalist in the 1993 World Championships, topped the previous mark of 58-11 1/2 set in 1985 by American Willie Banks in Indianapolis.

Edwards had been chasing Banks' record for the last month and jumped 60-5 3/4 with an over-the-limit tail wind last month in Villeneuve D'Ascq, France. It was the longest triple jump under any conditions. Edwards made his record leap Tuesday on his second jump with, a tail wind of 1.8 meters per second. The limit is 2.0 m.p.s.

"The first thing I did was look at the wind speed," Edwards, 29, said. "The day was perfect and this is a very fast track. With these conditions, I knew I could break the record."

Tennis

Monica Seles, who has not played on the tour since being stabbed more than two years ago, is expected to be given a co-No. 1 ranking with Steffi Graf, the New York Times reported today.

Jeff Tarango's return to singles play was about as stormy as the match in which he defaulted at Wimbledon. In a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 loss to Byron Black in the opening round of the $675,000 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., Tarango clashed with chair umpire Norm Chryst several times and at one point sat down for several seconds to protest his refusal to overrule.

Tarango was fined $15,000 at Wimbledon and could face further sanctions once an investigation is completed. He protested Tuesday when one of his serves in the 10th game of the second set was ruled long.

Unseeded Oscar Martinez of Spain and Marc Goellner of Germany scored upsets over last year's finalists in the second round of the $1.04-million Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. Martinez knocked out fourth-seeded countryman Alberto Berasategui, the defending champion, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6). Goellner overcame a weak start to upset sixth-seeded Andrea Gaudenzi of Italy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Pro Football

Philadelphia Eagle running back Charlie Garner and offensive tackle Bernard Williams tested positive for marijuana in a surprise drug test administered by the league in the off-season, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Chip Lohmiller, a former Pro Bowl kicker coming off the worst two seasons of his career, signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins.

Tom Rathman, star fullback on San Francisco's Super Bowl champion teams in 1989 and 1990 who spent last season with the Raiders, has reportedly retired.

College Football

The University of Maryland athlete believed to be star quarterback Scott Milanovich had his NCAA suspension for gambling reduced to four games. In the most severe penalty handed to a Division I athlete for gambling, the NCAA originally had suspended the unidentified player for eight games. But after hearing the player's appeal Tuesday, the NCAA's eligibility committee reduced the punishment.

Jurisprudence

JoAnn Hauser, a former trainer for the Kentucky basketball team the last four years, filed a sex discrimination suit against Coach Rick Pitino, Athletic Director C.M. Newton, the school's Athletics Assn. and the university. Pitino was out of town on a recruiting trip and could not be reached for comment. The school's sports communications office said Newton would not have a comment.

A hung jury was declared in the trial of a former Cincinnati police officer accused of participating in a scheme to extort money from former Cincinnati Bengal and current Oakland Raider running back Derrick Fenner.

Bodybuilder Craig Michael Titus, 30, of Venice, will be arraigned today in West Los Angeles on charges of possessing anabolic steroids with intent to sell them. Titus, who finished second in the Mr. USA contest earlier this month, was arrested by Drug Enforcement Agency personnel.

Hockey

After signing only free agents who were at the low end of the salary list in the team's first two years, General Manager Jack Ferreira of the Mighty Ducks said he has contacted the agent for center Joel Otto, a 10-year veteran and unrestricted free agent from Calgary.

"It's really a question of whether he feels he wants to come this way or is looking for a team he feels can win right away," said Ferreira, who spoke to Otto's agent, Don Baizley, but said he will not make a formal offer unless Otto is interested.

Former Hartford assistant Ted Nolan, 36, was named head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

Auto Racing

Damon Hill remained unrepentant over his crash with Michael Schumacher at the British Grand Prix, even after his boss apologized to Schumacher's Benetton team, calling Hill a "prat." British newspapers reported that most of Hill's Williams-Renault team members believed he was at fault when he tried to pass Schumacher on the inside while the pair was leading after 46 laps.

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