IN BRIEF


TRACK AND FIELD

Jones' medals redistributed; suspected cheat Thanou denied

It's time to rewrite the Olympic record books: There was no gold medal winner in the women's 100-meter dash at the 2000 Sydney Games.

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday reallocated two individual medals stripped from Marion Jones for doping, but in an unprecedented move withheld her 100-meter prize from Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou because of her "disgraceful" behavior in evading drug tests at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The decision means the first two runners across the line in Sydney have both been denied the winner's medal for doping violations, and the gold in sprinting's marquee event will remain without an owner -- believed to be a first in the 113-year history of the modern Olympics.

"The IOC feels we have a strong moral and a good legal case for that," spokesman Mark Adams said. "We are not legally bound to give medals. This is a case of taking no action. We have decided not to give (Thanou) an honor that we don't think she deserves."

Tanya Lawrence of Jamaica moved up to second and became the duplicate silver medalist with Thanou. Merlene Ottey, who competed for Jamaica but is now a Slovenian citizen, went from fourth to third.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Memphis files rebuttal, says it's at risk of double jeopardy

The University of Memphis isn't backing down in its appeal of the NCAA order to vacate the 2007-08 men's basketball season, even though the Committee on Infraction's response has fans worried about even worse punishment.

Memphis argues in its 28-page rebuttal to the NCAA's response to the university's appeal that the Committee on Infractions puts the Tigers at risk of double jeopardy.

If the appeals committee decides to restore the vacated wins or cut the fine, the Committee on Infractions has asked that the case be remanded back to it to consider other punishment not handed out originally. That includes a possible ban from postseason play, as well as possible scholarship cuts.

"Clearly, an appeal that resulted in harsher sanctions would effectively chill the willingness of NCAA member institutions to exercise their right to appeal decisions in infractions cases," according to Memphis' rebuttal. "The Appeals Committee has a duty to protect the integrity of the process by protecting appellants from dire consequences for initiating an appeal."

MISCELLANEOUS

Gatorade dropping Tiger drink; decision made before incident

Gatorade is discontinuing its Tiger Woods drink, but said it made the decision before the golfer's car accident led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life.

The decision to drop the drink, called Tiger Focus, was first reported by trade publication Beverage Digest in an issue dated Nov. 25, two days before the incident at Woods' home in Florida. The publication's editor, John Sicher, said he learned of the decision the week of Nov. 9.

The brand -- a unit of PepsiCo Inc. -- said the decision does not have to do with recent events.

Also: Dusty Fielding of St. George, Utah, shot 63 for a two-round total of 130 to take the lead at the Nevada Open in Mesquite. Creighton Honeck of Tucson, Ariz., was second at 133. Las Vegan Brady Exber was tied atop the amateur field at 140 with Brandon Moore of Peoria, Ill., entering today's final round.

Steve Asmussen has broken his own record for victories by a trainer in a year with win No. 623 at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto. Poppin's victory in the 13th race at the track Monday allowed Asmussen to break the record of 622 he set last year.

Top international jockey Mick Kinane announced his retirement following a 35-year career in which he won many of horse racing's glamour events, including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe aboard champion Sea The Stars. The 50-year-old Kinane made the decision two months after guiding Sea The Stars to victory in the Arc de Triomphe to cap the horse's 6-for-6 season.

 

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