Maurice Greene and Ato Boldon, the two hottest sprinters on the IAAF circuit, said yesterday in Rome that their goal was to keep track and field drug-free.
They expressed full support for all anti-drug measures.
"We love drug tests," said Greene, the world champion and world record holder in the 100-meter dash.
Greene and his training partner Boldon offered their strong stand against drugs during a news conference for Wednesday's Golden Gala meet.
Boldon, who beat Greene in the 100 at the Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week, will run his favorite distance, the 200, on Wednesday. Greene will compete in the 100.
Boldon, of Trinidad & Tobago, will face Olympic champion Michael Johnson, who will be in a 200 for the first time in six weeks. Johnson missed the 200 at the U.S. championships last month because of injury. He is coming off a season best of 43.92 in the 400 at Lausanne.
The Golden Gala is the second of the seven-meet Golden League series, which awards a $1 million jackpot that will be divided equally among all athletes who win the same discipline in all seven meets.
Boldon won the 200 in the series' first meet in Oslo, but was disqualified for stepping on the line. . . .
U.S. champion Mark Crear ran a season-best 12.98 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, beating world record holder Colin Jackson of Britain at an IAAF permit meet in Zagreb, Croatia.
The time also was a personal best for Crear. Jackson finished second in 13.24 and American Duane Ross was third in 13.39.
Bruny Surin of Canada swept the men's 100 and 200 meters.
Gail Devers, the two-time Olympic champion in the women's 100 who is making a comeback from injuries, finished third in 11.35. Sevatheda Fynes of the Bahamas won in 11.08 and Nigerian Mercy Nku was second in 11.11.
Devers also was second in the 110 hurdles in 12.69. Olga Shishigina of Kazakhstan broke the track record she set in 1995, winning in 12.60. Melissa Morrison was third in 12.81.
"I know exactly what I am doing wrong and what I need to work on to improve," Devers said.
O'Brien Joins Team
U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gullikson picked Alex O'Brien to complete a roster that already had Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Todd Martin. Gullikson was mum on whether Sampras, fresh off another Wimbledon title, will play singles or doubles.
"You'll have to wait and see," Gullikson said at a news conference at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass., where the United States will play its quarterfinal against Australia on July 16-18.
O'Brien, of Amarillo, Tex., has eight career doubles titles, including one at Queen's Club last month in which he and Sebastien Lareau beat Australians Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. O'Brien will be making his third Davis Cup appearance, with a 1-2 career record.
The winner of the best-of-five quarterfinal will advance to the semifinals against Russia or Slovakia on Sept. 24-26.
Sampras originally balked at joining the team because Gullikson had asked for a full-year commitment. He later agreed to sign on but said he would play only doubles so as not to upset those who were there from the start.
Martin said he would sit out singles to make room for Sampras, but Gullikson said there are other considerations.
"Pete's feelings, Todd's feelings, Jim's feelings, Alex's feelings," the captain said. "We just didn't want someone jumping in for this historic tie. . . . He [Sampras] was very sensitive that Jim and Todd have been there every time for us."
Asia Goes for Three
The third-place team in Asian qualifying will play a team from Europe for the final berth in the 2002 World Cup, averting a threatened boycott by the Asians, a member of FIFA's executive committee said.
With Japan and South Korea qualifying automatically as co-hosts, just two teams were set to advance from the Asian qualifying tournament. Those two nations and Saudi Arabia qualified for last year's tournament in France along with Iran, which won a playoff with Australia for the final spot.
In December, FIFA decided Europe would get 15 spots in the 32-nation field, including defending champion France. If the change gains approval, which is expected at today's FIFA executive committee meeting, the 14th team in Europe qualifying must play the third-place team in Asia qualifying.
South America gets four spots, and its fifth-place team will play the Oceania champion for another spot. North and Central America and the Caribbean get three spots and Africa five.
Tomjanovich Steps Aside
Houston Rockets Coach Rudy Tomjanovich is recovering from "extreme physical exhaustion" and withdrew as coach of the U.S. men's basketball team that will participate in an Olympic qualifying tournament next month. He spent Friday and Saturday in the hospital, and Rockets team doctor Jim Muntz suggested that he take about a month off from work, according to a team spokesman.
Philadelphia 76ers Coach Larry Brown will replace Tomjanovich for the tournament, according to USA Basketball. Tomjanovich apparently will still coach at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Team USA is scheduled to participate in the pre-Olympic Tournament of the Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from July 14 to 25.
Caddie Now Stable
Garland Dempsey, the caddie who collapsed during the third round of the Western Open, was upgraded to guarded but stable condition yesterday, said Karen Callahan, the health supervisor at Palos Community Hospital in Illinois. He remains in the intensive care unit. Dempsey's family has requested that no other information be released.
It's not clear why Dempsey, John Maginnes' longtime caddie, collapsed as he walked off the 15th tee Saturday, though he had been taking medication for pancreatitis. The temperature was in the nineties, with the humidity making it feel like more than 100 degrees at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. . . .
Juli Inkster and Kelly Robbins teamed to win both of their matches and give the United States a 3-1 lead over Canada in the inaugural Nations' Cup in Toronto.
Despite hot, muggy conditions at the 5,670-yard, par-72 Emerald Hills Golf Club, Inkster and Robbins defeated Lorie Kane and Dawn Coe-Jones, 4 and 3, in the best-ball competition in the morning. They then downed Kane and Nancy Harvey, 3 and 2, in the alternate-shot event.
Meg Mallon and Rosie Jones registered the Americans' other win, downing A.J. Eathorne and Gail Graham, 3 and 2. Eathorne and Graham captured Canada's lone point, downing Jones and Dottie Pepper, 5 and 3, in the other best-ball match.
Former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau was arrested for violating an order of protection in an ongoing domestic dispute, police said. Gastineau, 42, surrendered at a Queens, N.Y., precinct station house and remained in custody awaiting arraignment on a charge of criminal contempt. The former NFL star allegedly violated a court order on June 22 by going to his wife's Queens home, where he repeatedly rang the doorbell and refused to leave, police said.
Flames Re-Sign Smith
The Calgary Flames re-signed veteran defenseman Steve Smith, who ended a one-year retirement by playing last year. Smith, 36, had 1 goal, 14 assists and 80 penalty minutes in 69 games with Calgary last season after spending one year as an assistant to Calgary Coach Brian Sutter.
CAPTION: Ato Boldon pulls his punch while having fun with training partner Maurice Greene at a news conference in Rome to promote the Golden Gala meet.