Thursday, December 18, 2003

Krone's timetable for return uncertain



Enquirer wire services

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone might have broken her sternum and some ribs in a spill, leaving the timing of her return to the sport in doubt.

Krone has separated ribs and severe soft-tissue damage accompanied by inflammation that is causing significant pain, said Dr. Tom Harris, an orthopedic surgeon.

Krone won't ride again during the remainder of the Hollywood Park meeting, which ends Sunday. Her status will be determined after she's evaluated next week. Santa Anita opens its winter-spring meeting Dec. 26.

High schools

ELDER: Michael Brown has become the first member of Elder's 2003 Division I state championship football team to commit to a college.

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior linebacker, has made an oral commitment to Ohio University. He also visited Northern Illinois before making his decision, Elder coach Doug Ramsey said.

Brown was a first-team All-Greater Catholic League South choice this season with 118 tackles, 16 quarterback hurries and five sacks.

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Hockey

RED WINGS 3, SHARKS 2, OT: Brendan Shanahan scored with 1:09 left in overtime to give Detroit the win.

CAPITALS 2, PANTHERS 2: Stephen Weiss scored a power-play goal midway through the third period to give Florida the tie.

STARS: Goaltender Ron Tugnutt was put on the injured list Wednesday, and defenseman Teppo Numminen and right wing Aaron Downey were activated.

CANUCKS: Vancouver acquired defenseman Wade Brookbank from the Nashville Predators for future considerations.

CINCINNATI MIGHTY DUCKS: Tony Martensson scored a shorthanded goal with 38 seconds left in the third period to lift the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 4-4 tie with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Cam Severson, Chris Armstrong and Joel Stepp also scored for the Ducks, who snapped a five-game road losing streak.

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First Period-1. Ham, Plekanec 10 (Balej, Beauchemin), 7:43 (shg). 2. Ham, Beauchemin 3 (Dykhuis, Higgins), 9:32.

Second Period-3. Cin, Severson 6 (Kunitz, Armstrong), 1:34. 4. Ham, Somervuori 5 (Ward, Gratton), 14:30.

Third period- 5. Cin, Armstrong 4 (Mottau, Kunitz), 2:56 (ppg). 6. Cin, Stepp 4 (Armstrong), 12:37. 7. Ham, Traverse 2 (Gratton, Balej), 18:21. 8. Cin, Martensson 5 (Hankinson), 19:22 (shg).

Overtime- No scoring.

Shots on goal- Cincinnati 12-7-9-5- 33; Hamilton 7-13-12-1- 33.

Power play opportunities- Cincinnati 1-for-6; Hamilton 0-for-3.

Goaltenders- Cincinnati, Bryzgalov (33 shots, 29 saves;); Hamilton, Fichaud (33 shots, 29 saves;)

CYCLONES: Brett Clouthier scored twice in the second period as the Clones downed the Dayton Bombers 5-1 Wednesday.

Jade Galbraith had a goal and two assists in his first game against his former team. The win was the Clones' third straight at home.

Tennis

OLYMPICS: Two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt plans to skip the Athens Olympics because the tennis competition is too close to the U.S. Open.

The Olympic tournament will be played Aug. 15-22, with the U.S. Open starting eight days later in New York.

Auto racing

CART: Championship Auto Racing Teams filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization as part of a buyout by Open Wheel Racing Series LLC that would continue the open-wheeled car racing series but eventually phase out the CART name.

Soccer

FIFA: World soccer's governing body might consider lifetime bans for players caught using banned drugs, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Wednesday.

Blatter said FIFA also might consider penalizing the players' clubs by dropping teams to a lower division.



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