SMITH BANNED FOR 4 YEARS: Irish swimmer Michelle Smith, winner of three gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, today was suspended for four years after a panel determined she had tampered with a urine sample.
The decision was announced by the international swimming federation 13 days after a hearing by its drug panel.
The suspension goes into effect immediately, the federation said.
WEBER-MORGAN COUNTY JR.: Daniel Summerhays won the Weber-Morgan County Junior with a two-round total of 138, two shots ahead of Nick Summers. Barry Schenk won the 13-14 division with a 143 total, a shot ahead of Clay Ogden.
At the the Schneiter's Bluff Classic Milo Lines won the 15-17 age division with a 74. Dave Jenson won the 13-14 division with a 75. Meredith Winchester won the girls 13-17 division with a 77.
POLAR BEAR CLASSIC Miller Toyota's Peter Meredith pitched a three-hit shutout, 8-0, against Page Brake to garner the Polar Bear Classic at the Cottonwood Complex Tuesday night.
Meredith had 13 strikeouts to improved Miller Toyota's record to 60-13 for the year, while Page Brake fell to 47-12. He had hurled no-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night.
Both Miller Toyota and Page Brake will play in Denver this weekend against the Colorado Ravens and the Pueblo Bandits in tuning up for next month's International Softball Congress World Tournament.
HOLYFIELD VS. BEAN: Evander Holyfield will put up the money for his mandatory IBF heavyweight title defense against Vaughn Bean on Sept. 19 at the Georgia Dome after local investors failed to do so.
A deal was completed Wednesday after Holyfield agreed to share in the monetary risk with Showtime cable network and promoter Don King, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.
FIELDER FINISHED WITH ANGELS: Cecil Fielder, one of baseball's top power hitters in the 1990s, will have to find another team if his career is to continue.
The Anaheim Angels, battling all season for the AL West lead, announced following their 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday they were designated the man known as "Big Daddy" for assignment.
To replace Fielder on their roster, the Angels activated first baseman-outfielder Todd Greene from the 60-day disabled list.
"It's definitely a disappointing day," said the 34-year-old Fielder, who signed a $2.8 million, one-year contract with the Angels last winter. "I feel I could still help this team win.
"I'm going to kick back for a couple days and see what happens."
Fielder hit .241 with 17 homers and 68 RBIs in 103 games. He was tied with Darin Erstad for the team lead in RBIs.
BROADCASTER BRICKHOUSE DIES AT 82: Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, for four decades the voice of the Chicago Cubs, died early Thursday at age 82.
Brickhouse was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Health Centers & Hospital near his home on the North Side of Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said it suspected Brickhouse suffered a heart attack.
Brickhouse underwent brain surgery March 3 for a 2-centimeter tumor doctors discovered after his leg gave way while he was getting dressed to attend the Feb. 28 funeral of Harry Caray, who replaced Brickhouse in the Cubs' television booth in 1982.
Brickhouse spent nearly four decades broadcasting the Cubs, first on WGN radio and later TV. He also broadcast the Chicago Bears for 24 years and worked games of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls.
FORMER NBA REF DIES: Former NBA referee Richie Powers, a veteran of 25 NBA Finals games and three NBA All-Star Games, died following a stroke. He was 67.
Powers, who worked in the NBA from 1956-79, became ill last Thursday at his home in Allentown, Pa., and died on Saturday in Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Powers was a referee for the triple-overtime Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals between Boston and Phoenix, a game some call the greatest ever played.
TOSHIBA CLASSIC: At Carlsbad, Calif., fresh off the biggest victory of her young career, Ai Sugiyama of Japan was at a loss to explain it.
Sugiyama, 23, upset Germany's Steffi Graf 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 Wednesday in the second round of the $450,000 Toshiba Classic, and the unseeded Sugiyama was left wondering how it happened.
"I don't know how I have the confidence to beat her," Sugiyama said, shrugging her shoulders.
But she played with a great deal of poise as she overcame leg cramps and a late-match deficit to wrap up what she called her best match.
DU MAURIER OPEN: At Toronto, Pete Sampras, playing for the first time since his Wimbledon triumph, beat Italy's Gianluca Pozzi 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the du Maurier Open.
Sampras, who had minor foot surgery July 15, will cede his No. 1 ranking to Chile's Marcelo Rios if he loses in Toronto. Sampras is on course for a quarterfinal match with Andre Agassi, the eighth seed who advanced Wednesday night.
The flamboyant Agassi kept pace, downing France's Guillaume Raoux 6-4, 7-5 in a hard-hitting baseline battle before an energetic center court gathering of 10,000 spectators. Agassi recorded his 12th straight win in style - with an ace - and continued his amazing 1998 run. The 28-year-old American has won four tournaments this year - including his last two - and has jumped 99 spots in the rankings to No. 11.