Track & field

GRIFFITH JOYNER FUNERAL: With an Olympic flag hanging behind the casket, Florence Griffith Joyner was remembered Saturday in Lake Forest, Calif., as a champion who "ran a race faithfully won" and now has God as "her coach."

The two-hour funeral at Saddleback Community Church was filled with a mix of affection and anger over accusations that Griffith Joyner's record victories were aided by banned drugs.

"She stopped by to tell you all those jealous, venomous - Oh, I'm gonna tell it - words can't harm me no more," her former coach Bob Kersee shouted from a podium above Griffith Joyner's coffin, which was bedecked with white flowers.

About 1,500 mourners, including track and field Olympians Bruce Jenner, Gail Devers, Kevin Young, Willie Gault, Johnny Gray and pro tennis player Zina Garrison were among those at the service.

Griffith Joyner, a dazzling, muscular runner known as FloJo, captured three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Games and set world records that still stand for 100 and 200 meters. She denied using performance-enhancing substances and never failed a drug test.

Griffith Joyner's sudden death Monday at age 38 refueled talk about possible drug use. The cause of death has not been determined.


DAVIS CUP: The United States tumbled out of the Davis Cup on Saturday in Milwaukee, far more a victim of its own second-tier lineup than the opportunistic Italian opponents.

In the clinching doubles match, Italy's Diego Nargiso and Andrea Gaudenzi squandered two match points in the third set, before rallying for a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Justin Gimelstob and Todd Martin.

SELES SPEAKS OUT: Monica Seles has seen a lot of changes in women's tennis in the last 10 years - not all of them good.

The teenage players now have the physical capabilities of 20-year-olds, Seles said Friday, and there is less respect toward the veterans.

"It doesn't matter to me," she said. "Each has been very fair to me.

"With some, I don't agree with the way their attitude is, but I talk to most of the young players. I get along very well."

She didn't name names.

Seles, 24, still feels an obligation to show respect to past champions like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, and current veterans, including Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

But on court, "it doesn't matter who is playing, or how old they are. I just worry about what I can control," said the former No. 1 player, now ranked sixth.


HIDE RETAINS TITLE: At Norwich, England, Herbie Hide of England stopped Germany's Willi Fischer in the second round Saturday to retain the WBO heavyweight title. Hide floored Fischer for a third time just over a minute into the second round, with referee Joe Cortez ending the fight.


OILERS, NIINIMAA AGREE: Janni Niinimaa agreed to terms on a three-year contract and is expected to arrive at the Edmonton Oilers' training camp on Tuesday.

Auto racing

NAPA 250: Jay Sauter won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series NAPA 250 on Saturday in Martinsville, Va., going from third to first during a late-race bumping duel between leaders Jimmy Hensley and Ron Hornaday.

LUXEMBOURG GRAND PRIX: Michael Schumacher kept the heat on Mika Hakkinen in their battle for the Formula One championship, winning the pole position for the Luxembourg Grand Prix in qualifying Saturday in Nuerburgring, Germany.