GymnasticsDespite ankle injury, Miller lifts U.S. to...



Despite ankle injury, Miller lifts U.S. to bronze in worlds

With a painful ankle injury, world champion Shannon Miller wasn't supposed to be competing in all the events at the World Gymnastics Championships in Sabae, Japan. But that was before the Russians threatened to keep the Americans out the team medals.

Miller begged to compete yesterday, finished seventh in the optional exercises and helped the Americans edge the Russians by .016 of a point for the bronze medal.

"Miracles happen with that kid," said her coach, Steve Nunno, who offered her a cane on the way out of the competition hall. She declined.

Defending champion Romania edged China for the gold, 387.865 to 386.476.

Auto racing

Earnhardt to start lastin UAW-GM Quality 500

Seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt will use a provisional start today for only the second time in his career when he races in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Earnhardt, who trails Jeff Gordon by 302 points with four races remaining, failed to post a speed fast enough to qualify and will start last in the 44-car field. Gordon will start third, behind pole-sitter Ricky Rudd and top rookie Ricky Craven.

Martin wins:Martin wins: Mark Martin won the All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Busch Grand National stock car race at Charlotte, averaging 136.415 mph.


Allen victorious in Ironman for sixth time

Mark Allen won his sixth Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, finishing the 140.6-mile competition in an unofficial 8 hours, 20 minutes, 35 seconds.

Allen, 37, of Boulder, Colo., was more than 13 minutes behind Thomas Hellriegel, when he began the marathon run. But he emerged from a pack of runners, passed second-place Jurgen Zack about eight miles into the run and gradually reeled in Hellriegel, passing him around the 23-mile mark.

Et cetera

MAGA leads after 1 day of Mason-Dixon matches

The Middle Atlantic Golf Association won the first four of the six better-ball pairings and led the Golf Association of Philadelphia, 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 , after the first day of the Mason-Dixon matches in Newtown Square, Pa.

Joel Kaye of Baltimore paired with two-time Maryland State Amateur champion Dave Rasley to defeat Michael Tash-Daniel Burton, 2 and 1. Play concludes today with 12 singles matches.

Forsbrand leads:Forsbrand leads: Sweden's Anders Forsbrand shot a 5-under 67 to build a five-stroke lead over Germany's Bernhard Langer after the third round of the Mercedes German Masters in Motzen.

Jim Courier beat Cedric Pioline, 7-6 (7-2) 6-4, in the semifinals of the Toulouse (France) Open and will face Arnaud Boetsch. . . . Mary Pierce and Iva Majoli reached the final of the European Indoors in Zurich, Switzerland. . . . Mark Philippoussis and Marcelo Rios of Chile reached the final of the Salem ATP in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

France's Jeannie Longo won her second gold medal in three days at the World Cycling Championships in Duitama, Colombia, taking the 53.1-mile individual road race.

Rocker dead:Rocker dead: George W. Rocker, a world champion table-tennis player, died of heart failure in Philadelphia. He was 75.

Diego Maradona returned to pro soccer after his 15-month suspension for using banned stimulants and played well in Boca Juniors' 1-0 win against Colon in the Argentine League.

Single-A Macon (Ga.) Braves general manager Ed Holtz died from complications caused by a stomach aneurysm. He was 65.

Michalczewski wins title:Michalczewski wins title: Germany's Dariusz Michalczewski outpointed France's Phillippe Michel in Frankfurt, Germany, to retain his World Boxing Organization light heavyweight title.

The quiz

What playoff pressure? The Seattle Mariners' Ken Griffey and Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones homered twice last week in their first postseason game. Only two other players have done it, one in 1959 for the Chicago White Sox and one in 1987 for the Minnesota Twins. Name them. (Answer, 22D)


Answer: Ted Kluszewski in 1959 and Gary Gaetti in 1987.

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