Friday, July 23, 2004

Sports briefs



Under suspicion, but on U.S. team

Track athletes Torri Edwards and Calvin Harrison were included on the roster released Thursday by the U.S. Olympic Committee, despite pending drug cases against both.

Edwards and Harrison are among 531 athletes who will compete in 29 sports in next month's Athens Games for the U.S. team. The list included 111 track athletes, but that number could expand if others are able to meet Olympic qualifying standards in the next few weeks.

Edwards (above) qualified in the 100 and 200 meters, but faces a possible 2-year suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant at a meet in April. An arbitration panel began looking at the case Monday. Harrison's spot in Athens as part of the 1,600 relay pool is in jeopardy after he tested positive for a stimulant at last year's national championships. He also faces a 2-year ban.

Greek baseball coach cries foul

Greece's Olympic baseball coach threatened to quit to protest a roster that has just two local players.

"I feel very bitter ... I've been used and I feel insulted as a person and as a coach," Dimitris Goussios said.

Only two Greek players were included on the 24-man Olympic team. The rest of the spots went to players of Greek heritage from the United States and Canada.

"Of course the American-born players are of higher quality and we warmly welcome them as part of Greece ... but this is unfair. Many of the local players have proven their value over the past year," Goussios said.

Crew win rights to teen phenom

The Columbus Crew won the rights to 17-year-old phenom Danny Szetela through a lottery Thursday. The weighted lottery was based on the fewest points earned during the past 30 regular-season Major League Soccer games.

Szetela, a U.S. youth national team midfielder, was pursued by several top foreign clubs, including English Premier League teams Everton and Manchester City.

Bertuzzi case pushed to Aug. 10

Todd Bertuzzi's assault case was pushed back to Aug. 10 to give his lawyers more time to examine police evidence disclosed by prosecutors. The case was supposed to resume Thursday, but prosecution and defense lawyers appeared in court to ask for more time. Bertuzzi, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was charged with assaulting Colorado's Steve Moore in a game.




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