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Slaney Threatens Suit and Gives Ultimatum

September 24, 1997|From Staff and Wire Reports

Mary Slaney, cleared by USA Track and Field last week after having been suspended for having excessive testosterone in her system at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, said Tuesday she is giving the organization a month to change its drug-testing procedures and reimburse her for her lost season or she'll sue.

"I think we'll give them a month," Slaney said in her first public comment since she was cleared. "After that, if I have to, I'll go into litigation and I'll take no prisoners."

Slaney, 39, is also trying to learn who leaked the result of her drug test to the news media, which she says led to her suspension by the International Amateur Athletic Federation without a hearing.

"This is the most horrible experience I've ever been through," she said.

USA Track and Field spokesman Pete Cava declined comment.

Basketball

Orlando Magic forward Dennis Scott said he'll skip training camp next month because of disparaging comments by team management, who ordered him to cancel a second party after two people were shot at a birthday party he threw for himself in suburban Washington.

"They keep threatening me, so I'm threatening back," said Scott, in the final year of a three-year contract worth an estimated $3 million this season.

Scott said he expects to be traded to the Dallas Mavericks or the Portland Trail Blazers.

Iowa State center Kelvin Cato the 15th pick in the NBA draft, signed a three-year contract with the Trail Blazers, who also signed free-agent guard John Crotty. Crotty played in Italy last season before joining the Miami Heat.

Tennis

Greg Rusedski of England, who reached the U.S. Open final, beat Todd Woodbridge of Australia in the first round of the Grand Slam Cup at Munich, Germany, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

In other matches, Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia beat Spain's Sergi Bruguera, 6-4, 6-3; Chile's Marcelo Rios defeated Australia's Mark Woodforde, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-1, and Wimbledon finalist Cedric Pioline of France won when Belgium's Filip DeWulf withdrew because of an ankle injury in the second set.

Carlos Moya of Spain, the No. 1 seed, beat Germany's Hendrik Dreekmann, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in the first round of the Romanian ATP tournament at Bucharest.

French Open champion Iva Majoli of Croatia defeated Barbara Schett of Austria, 6-4, 6-2, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Leipzig Grand Prix.

Vince Spadea of the U.S. defeated Renzo Furlan of Italy, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the first round of the Toulouse Open, and Justin Gimelstob of the U.S. defeated Martin Sinner of Germany, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4).

Golf

Two-time winner O. Gordon Brewer of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., defeated Canadian champion Patrick Suraj 1-up to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Amateur at Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Brewer, 60, the 1994 and 1996 winner beat Thomas Hadley of Hendersonville, N.C., 2 and 1 in the second round at the Atlantic Golf Club course.

Brewer will face Russ Berkoben of Perrysburg, Ohio, who defeated British Senior Amateur winner Bud Bradley of Santa Monica, 3 and 1 in the second round, and Art Hull of Mansfield, Texas, in 20 holes in the third round.

Horse Racing

Woody Stephens, 84, the Hall of Fame trainer whose horses won five consecutive Belmont Stakes, has retired after 67 years.

Moon Lark, a quarter horse that won the world's first million-dollar horse race at the 1978 All American Futurity, has died at 21.

Moon Lark was retired after winning 13 of 19 races and earning $859,356, including $437,500 in the 1978 million-dollar All American purse.

Miscellany

Philip Von Backstrom, a 7-foot-2 junior center from Western Nebraska Community College, has left USC's basketball program.

Forward Joe-Max Moore, has been added to the U.S. national soccer team's roster for its World Cup qualifying game with Jamaica on Oct. 3.

Defender Martin Vasquez was cut and captain John Jarkes returns from a one-game suspension.

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