The U.S. Olympic Committee spent more than $60,000 on favors for foreign sports officials who, in return, supported Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Games, an internal USOC report concludes.
The report obtained by the Associated Press said the USOC spent the money on training, equipment, travel and "pocket money" for athletes and coaches from Turkey, Mali, Uganda and Sudan. The report is the most detailed account yet of the USOC's involvement in the biggest scandal to hit Olympic sports. On Friday, the USOC gave congressional investigators copies of the report, which was prepared by the organization's law firm, Hogan and Hartson.
USOC spokesman Mike Moran said the organization had made more than a dozen rule changes as a result of the report, including a ban on paying for athlete training or equipment related to a city's bid to host the Olympics.
Phillips's Future in Doubt
The San Francisco 49ers arrived in New Orleans for today's game against the Saints without running back Lawrence Phillips, and General Manager Bill Walsh said his future with the team is in doubt. "We can suspend him, there's no question about that, without pay," Walsh said. "If we release him there are salary-cap implications."
Walsh said a decision will be announced today. "The key was that he refused to practice," said Walsh, adding that there had been a pattern of insubordinate behavior.
U.S. Ties Poland, 1-1
Landon Donovan scored his second goal of the tournament on a penalty kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States a 1-1 tie against Poland at the under-17 world championships in Auckland, New Zealand. The United States (1-0-1) is tied for first in Group A with Uruguay with four points. The Americans play Uruguay on Tuesday in their final first-round game.
Kafelnikov in Final
Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated France's Nicolas Escude, and Byron Black of Zimbabwe beat American Jeff Tarango in the semifinals of the $1 million Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Top-seeded Kafelnikov won, 6-7 (7-4), 6-7 (7-2), 6-3, to reach his fourth consecutive Kremlin Cup final. Black beat Tarango, 6-3, 6-2. . . .
Lindsay Davenport defeated a mistake-prone Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the finals of the Advanta Championships in Villanova, Pa. Davenport will face Martina Hingis in today's final. Hingis, the top seed, beat Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 6-2, in the other semifinal. . . .
Magnus Gustafsson edged American Jan-Michael Gambill, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), to reach the Stockholm Open final, where he'll face top-seeded Thomas Enqvist.
Pak Tied for Lead
Se Ri Pak lost a five-stroke lead and had to rally for a 2-over 74 that left her tied at 206 with Lorie Kane and set up what should be a fantastic finish to the LPGA Tour Championship in Las Vegas.
Just one stroke behind was Juli Inkster, who charged back with three birdies on the back nine for a 69 that put her in position to win for the sixth time this year and capture the points-based player-of-the-year award. That can only happen if Inkster wins and Karrie Webb finishes in a two-way tie for second or worse. . . .
Heading into the final round of the $1.3 million Johnnie Walker Classic in Ta Shee, Taiwan, Tiger Woods trails Michael Campbell of New Zealand by four strokes. Woods, the tournament's defending champion who shot a third-round 2-under 70, is in a three-way tie for third at 6-under 210.
Youth football coach Arthur Linnehan, 50, of Silver Spring, died yesterday of a heart attack suffered in the waning moments of his team's Capital Beltway League semifinal playoff game at Maplewood Sports Park in Bethesda. Linnehan, a government budget analyst, had coached with the Briggs-Chaney White Oak Sports Association since 1993.
The Washington, D.C., Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Friday at a banquet in Greenbelt. The date was incorrectly listed in yesterday's editions.
AMERICA'S CUP CHALLENGER SERIES
Results yesterday in the second round-robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series for the America's Cup in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf:
Prada def. Spanish Challenge by 2 minutes, 34 seconds.
Stars and Stripes def. Nippon by 1:07.
Young America def. Le Defi Francais by 2:28.
America True def. Abracadabra, did not finish.
Young Australia def. Fast 2000 by :18.
Young America 20
America True 18
Stars and Stripes 16.5
Abracadabra 2000 12
Spanish Challenge 9
Fast 2000 8
Le Defi Francais 6
Young Australia 5