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2 Red Wings Are Upgraded to Serious Condition

NEWSWIRE

June 30, 1997|From Staff and Wire Reports

Detroit Red Wing defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and the team masseur of the Stanley Cup champions are emerging from their comas, but they will require months of rehabilitation, doctors said Sunday.

Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov have been upgraded to serious condition. They had been listed in critical condition since June 13 when the limousine they were riding in after attending a charity event crashed into a tree. The accident occurred six days after the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

Motor Racing

Tony Stewart finally won an Indy Racing League event, dominating the inaugural Samsonite 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway at Fountain, Colo.

Stewart drove an Oldsmobile Aurora-powered G Force, averaged 100.128 mph and finished 0.222-seconds--about five car-lengths--ahead of runner-up Stephan Gregoire of France on the one-mile oval and won $161,500.

Michael Schumacher drove his Ferrari to a second consecutive victory, winning the French Grand Prix at Magny Cours. He completed 72 laps of the 2.64-mile Nevers circuit in 1 hour 38 minutes 4.92 seconds, averaging 115.37 mph.

Mike McLaughlin, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 90.225 mph to win the only road course stop in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series: the Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

McLaughlin defeated Todd Bodine and his Pontiac by 0.431 seconds on the 2.45 mile course. He earned $36,987.

Ron Capps, driving a Chevrolet Camaro, won his first Funny Car title, defeating Cruz Pedregon with a quarter-mile run of 5.165 seconds with a top speed of 268.81 mph in the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Madison, Ill. Joe Amato won the Top Fuel race in 4.739 seconds at 306.43 mph. Warren Johnson drove a Firebird to win the Pro Stock event in 7.064 seconds at 196.16 mph.

Jack Sprague, driving a Chevrolet, won the NASCAR Craftsman truck circuit race at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, edging Joe Ruttman's Ford by 0.761 seconds in the NAPA AutoCare 200. Sprague's average speed on the one-mile speedway was 92.308 mph. He won $47,300.

Jurisprudence

Eric Steinberg, a Fox Network assistant audio technician, faces misdemeanor battery charges after an alleged altercation with Doug Duennes, Dodger Stadium operations director, police said.

Miscellany

All-Star guard Mitch Richmond has asked to be traded by the Sacramento Kings. . . . Damion Walker, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, has signed to play at New Mexico after getting a release from his scholarship at Texas Christian. . . . Donovan Bailey ran 15.01 seconds to defeat Ian Mackie and Linford Christie in a 150-meter outdoor race at Sheffield, England. . . . Brazil got goals from Edmundo, Ronaldo and Ze Roberto in winning its first South American soccer championship since 1989 by beating Bolivia, 3-1, in La Paz.

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