For Maurice Greene, nothing changed much in this year's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., as he swept the sprint double for the second straight year. Nothing changed much for Marion Jones and Michael Johnson, either, as they won their specialties.
Greene, ranked No. 1 in the world in the 100 meters, won the 100 in 9.84 seconds, a time that equaled Canadian Donovan Bailey's world record but was negated by a wind of 7.83 mph, well over the allowable of 4.473 mph for record purposes.
Forty minutes later, Greene won the 200 in 20.06, which would have broken the meet record of 20.15 by Johnson in 1995, if not for the wind.
Last year, with slightly less wind, Greene ran even faster, winning the 100 in 9.79 and the 200 in 19.88. Still it was over the limit.
"I think this track loves me, and I love this track," Greene said.
Greene said he was not frustrated at losing his shot at records because of the wind.
"I'm not the wind God," he said.
Johnson, ranked No. 1 in the world in the 400 eight times, beat No. 2 Mark Richardson of Britain by nearly 10 meters at 44.51, matching his best time of the year.
Jones, track and field's female athlete of the year for the past two years, was competing for the first time in more than a month. But she won the 200 by about nine meters in 21.81, the fastest time in the world this year.
"I want to go through the season undefeated because I've yet to do that," said Jones, who lost only once last year, in her final competition, in the long jump. . . .
Joao Carlos de Oliveira, who held the world triple jump record for a decade, has died after a month-long battle with lung and liver ailments. He was 45.
In 1975, he set the world record with a jump of 58 feet 8 1/4 inches at the Pan American Games in Mexico, a mark that stood for 10 years. He also won bronze medals in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.
CyclingPantani Prevails Marco Pantani made a remarkable recovery after his bicycle's chain came off, using a late uphill surge to take the Tour of Italy's 15th stage and increase his overall lead.
The defending champion was with the main group of riders when the mishap forced him to the side of the road near Oropa, Italy, with 5.25 miles left. Pantani lost more than 30 seconds, but five Mercatone Uno teammates waited to help him begin the tough trek to catch the leaders in temperatures of up to 86 degrees.
With Elton John's money backing the team and former England manager Graham Taylor running it, tiny Watford is on the verge of moving up to England's Premier League with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
Watford, out of the top flight since 1988, faces Bolton today at Wembley Stadium with the winner joining Sunderland and Bradford in promotion next season to the Premier League.
Taylor guided Watford to promotion to the top English league in 1982 and then took the Hornets to the 1984 F.A. Cup final at Wembley, losing to Everton, 2-0.
Trinidad-De La Hoya
The monetary dispute in the camp of IBF champion Felix Trinidad was resolved, giving the green light to the Sept. 18 date for a welterweight unification with WBC champion Oscar De La Hoya.
"Everything turned out as we wished. In the end, we will present the match that all the world wants to see," promoter Don King said.
Felix Trinidad Sr., the fighter's father and manager, was not as happy with yesterday's deal, which gives Trinidad $8.5 million and King $2 million. In addition, King is to pay Trinidad $300,000 for training costs and both men get an additional $4 each for every pay-per-view customer over 850,000.
Trinidad is a little-known fighter from Puerto Rico with an impressive 35-0 record that he upheld Saturday night with his 30th knockout, this one of Colombia's Hugo Pineda.
De La Hoya is 31-0 with 22 knockouts and will earn $15 million from the Sept. 18 fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
Under the initial deal, Trinidad was to get $8 million and King $2 million. Trinidad's camp had been squabbling over an additional $500,000 agreed to by De La Hoya's promoter, Bob Arum. Trinidad Sr. was holding out in clear expectation of a record number of pay-per-view customers.
An attorney for the family of one of three spectators killed during an open-wheel race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., has filed a lawsuit against the track's owners, the Indy Racing League and track president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in Mecklenburg Superior Court by Robert Beauchamp, an attorney representing the estate of Dexter Mobley. Mobley, 41, and two other fans died when a wheel and other debris flew into the stands after a crash during the VisionAire 500 on May 1. Eight others were injured.
The lawsuit claims the defendants contributed to the deaths by allowing Indy cars to race on the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval, and by failing to erect higher catch fences around the track, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Host England was knocked out of the cricket World Cup in the first round for the first time in its history, losing a rain-delayed match to India by 63 runs.
The win put India into the Final Six from its group along with South Africa and Zimbabwe and left England in fourth place.
CAPTION: Michael Johnson, middle, ranked No. 1 in 400 meters eight times, beats No. 2 Mark Richardson, left, Milton Campbell at Prefontaine in 44.51 seconds.