Track leader says Jones a big `fraud’

first_imgThe 42-year-old Swede had an 18-under 192 total on the LaCantera Golf Club Resort Course after opening with rounds of 61 and 65. He won the last of his five PGA Tour titles in the 2001 Honda Classic. Fellow Swede Mathias Gronberg was 15 under after a 65. Texan Justin Leonard, the 2000 and ’01 winner, was 14 under after a 64, and Ryan Armour (64), Daniel Chopra (64), Shigeki Maruyama (65) and Chris Stroud (64) followed at 12 under. ETC.: Suzann Pettersen chipped in from 35 yards for an eagle on the ninth hole and finished with an 8-under 64 for the lead in the Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville. Pettersen, the 26-year-old Norwegian who won the Michelob Ultra Open in May for her first LPGA Tour title and took the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in June for her first major victory, had a 12-under 204 total for a one-stroke lead over Canadian Lorie Kane (67). Lorena Ochoa (67) was another stroke behind. … Loren Roberts overcame a slow start to shoot a 3-under 67 and take a three-stroke lead over Fred Funk after three rounds of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the year. After making 14 birdies and only four bogeys over the first 54 holes at Timonium, Md., Roberts is at 10-under 200. Tom Watson carded a 68 to move into third place at 5 under. Horse racing Artiste Royal edged The Tin Man by a length in the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Artiste Royal ran 1 miles on the turf course in 1:59.89 and paid $11.20, $3.80 and $2.80. The Tin Man returned $2.20 and $2.10, and Isipingo paid $3.80 to show. Ireland-bred Artiste Royal, winless in nine previous U.S. starts, ran down defending champion The Tin Man, a 9-year-old gelding, in midstretch. ETC.: War Pass took the early lead and never missed a beat, cruising to an easy 1 -length victory in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. The 2-year-old colt improved to 3-for-3 for trainer Nick Zito and is sure to be among the favorites for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Oct. 27. … Tragic breakdowns – at least two of them fatal – marred a record slate of stakes races at Keeneland in which four horses earned automatic spots in the Breeders’ Cup. Teuflesberg, the 17th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, pulled up short in the Grade 3 Phoenix Handicap with fractures to his left front foot. There was no immediate word on his condition. Dream of Angels was euthanized after he was injured while being saddled for the Phoenix. … Donato Hanover matched the fastest mile ever by a trotter, winning the $742,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:50.1 at The Red Mile in Lexington. Donato Hanover matched the record set earlier in the day by Giant Diablo and set a record for 3-year-old colt trotters en route to his 19th straight victory. Tennis Top-seeded Venus Williams was upset by Virginie Razzano, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, in the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo. Williams had three match points in the tiebreaker of the second set, but couldn’t finish off Razzano, who won her second straight WTA tournament. On the men’s side, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 7-6 (3), 6-3, and will face Richard Gasquet of France in today’s final. ETC.: Top-ranked Justine Henin defeated Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (2), 7-5, and will play Tatiana Golovin for the title of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Golovin upset second-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4. … Top seed Tommy Robredo defeated Nicolas Mahut of France, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. The Spaniard faces third-seeded Andy Murray in today’s final. Rugby France ousted favorite New Zealand, 20-18, and England upset Australia, 12-10, as the Rugby World Cup underdogs had their day in Paris. Figure skating Caroline Zhang and Johnny Weir helped the United States defeat Japan in a team figure skating competition at Yokohama, Japan. The U.S. women defeated the heavily favored Japanese women, featuring world champion Miki Ando, by a total of 289.00 points to 284.90. The U.S. men outpaced Japan, 362.81 to 334.48. Cycling Jennie Reed won her third championship at this week’s national meet when she, Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch teamed to win the first-ever women’s team pursuit by a whopping 9 seconds at the ADT Event Center in Carson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJones pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y. to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs. After the hearing, she announced her retirement. “A lot of people believed in the achievements of Marion Jones and this confession leaves a bitter taste, and tarnishes the image of a sport in which a majority of athletes are honest and clean,” Diack said. ETC.: Katerina Thanou’s lawyer insists the Greek sprinter deserves the 100-meter gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics after finishing runner-up to Jones. Michalis Dimitrakopoulos had the nerve to make the statement even Thanou was, was at the center of a doping scandal at the Athens Games four years later. “I believe that since (Jones) used banned substances and undeservedly won the race with the use of illegal means, it would be correct for her to lose the gold medal. It should deservedly be awarded to Ms. Thanou,” he said. Golf Jesper Parnevik moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour victory in 6 years, shooting a 4-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Texas Open in San Antonio. From news services Lamine Diack, the head of IAAF, track and field’s governing body, branded Marion Jones as “one of the biggest frauds in sporting history.” Diack said Saturday he was “deeply disappointed” with the news that Jones had admitted to taking banned drugs when she won three Olympic golds and two bronze medals in 2000. “If she had trusted to her own natural gifts and allied them to self sacrifice and hard work I sincerely believe that she could have been an honest champion at the Sydney Games,” Diack said in a statement. “Now, instead, Marion Jones will be remembered as one of the biggest frauds in sporting history.” last_img

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