Salt Lake City, which gave the Olympics its worst ethics scandal, is faced with a mayoral candidate who wants to raise taxes "shamelessly high" to take advantage of visitors to the Winter Games.
Jim Bradley, considered a front-runner in the 13-person race for the job that carries the title of official Olympic host, said in a recent debate that there was nothing wrong with municipal gouging of the hundreds of thousands of people who will come to the city for the Games in 2002.
"The hotel transient room tax has to be jacked up as high as we can possibly do it," Bradley said. "We have to raise the car rental tax as high as we can possibly do it--even shamelessly high--to generate revenue. . . . We have to look at opportunities like that to just screw 'em."
Taxpayers are concerned that they might be stuck with paying off any debts remaining from the Salt Lake Games's $1.34 billion budget, which is supposed to be privately financed. But Bradley's opponents bristled at his comments, saying they sent the wrong message to potential visitors.
"This isn't a place to come and get fleeced," candidate Dave Jones said. "I felt it was insensitive. I thought it was a very poor message to send to the public."
Bradley said that he wished he had more time to phrase his impromptu response at the debate, but that he stood behind his comment.
Van Dyken Wins in Return
After a year away from competition, Amy Van Dyken resumed her medal-filled career by winning the 50-meter freestyle on the final day of the national swimming championships in Minneapolis. And with Van Dyken cheering him on from the deck, Gary Hall Jr. completed his own comeback in the men's race.
Van Dyken, 26, finished the sprint in 25.13 seconds to earn her fourth national title. Hall, a three-time medalist in the 1996 Olympics, finished the 50 in 22.13 to earn his fourth national championship.
Coleman Sees 'Old Boy Network'
The "old boy network" still exists in sports, National League President Len Coleman said yesterday in explaining why blacks and Hispanics have not gained more management positions.
"The old boy network has outlived its usefulness," said Coleman, the highest-ranking black official of a major professional league. "But it's still entrenched. And one of the cultural things we've got to break down . . . is that old boy network."
Coleman said there had been progress in baseball, although not enough.
"It's been 52 years since Jackie Robinson broke in in 1947, and we're on the edge of a new millennium," he said. "In baseball, have we made progress? The answer is yes. Have we made enough progress? The answer is an emphatic no."
Blues' Twist Hurt in Crash
St. Louis Blues left wing Tony Twist, who recently led a motorcycle ride to raise money for charity, was hospitalized in intensive care following a motorcycle accident.
The accident happened Monday night in Creve Coeur, a suburb of St. Louis. Police said a car pulled out of a parking lot in front of Twist's motorcycle, and he struck the side of the car. No charges have been filed, and none were likely, police Capt. Dale Bailey said.
The Blues said they had no details about Twist's condition, although Bailey said Twist was able to speak after the accident.
Two Team Members Suspended
Two NASCAR team members were suspended after one put a sheet over his head during an argument with a black crew member of another race team, NASCAR officials said. It happened July 11 during the Jiffy Lube 300 in Loudon, N.H., according to witnesses who said the crew member with the sheet was impersonating a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
The suspended team members worked for Derrike Cope and Terry Labonte as motorcoach drivers. They have not been identified.
Daly Out of PGA Championship
John Daly withdrew from this weekend's PGA Championship in Medinah, Ill., because he wasn't happy with his recent performance, the PGA of America said. Daly also withdrew from last month's British Open after saying he was struggling with his confidence. . . .
High school senior Natalie Gulbis had her dream round at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Asheville, N.C. Gulbis, 16, surprised the field by shooting a 6-under-par 66 en route to the event's 36-hole medalist record, 7-under 137.
Leland Beckel (Columbia CC) was one of 64 golfers to qualify for the match-play portion with a 76-74--150. Beckel, whose 150 put her in a tie for 31st, will face Celeste Troche (70-79--149) of Paraguay in the first round.
Capitol City All-Stars Win
Tom Vladeck pitched a no-hitter and set an Eastern Regional Little League tournament record with 17 strikeouts to lead the Capitol City All-Stars from the District of Columbia past the Roland Paulino All-Stars (N.Y.), 2-0, in a first-round game.
Vladeck, 12, recorded every out but the final one by strikeout. Nick Wiseman hit a two-out, bases-loaded double in the fourth inning to put Capitol City ahead. Capitol City faces the Delaware All-Stars today at 10 a.m. . . .
Prince George's will face Southern New Jersey in the championship game of the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic 13-year-old regional at 5 p.m. at Prince George's Stadium today. . . .
Arlington's Matt Holthaus failed in his final attempt to meet the world championship qualifying standard of 3 minutes 36.8 seconds in yesterday's 1,500-meter race in Vaxjo, Sweden. Holthaus finished third at the U.S. national championships in June, but will not run in Seville, Spain, this month. . . .
Derrick Snowden, a point guard at Archbishop Spalding High School, said that he has given an oral commitment to Villanova. Snowden averaged 11 points and seven assists a game last season for the Cavaliers.