Two men who are the focus of an investigation into the Olympic bribery scandal were awarded bonuses totaling nearly $400,000 after Salt Lake City won the bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The Salt Lake Organizing Committee's Board of Trustees approved the bonuses on an executive committee recommendation that former bid and SLOC president Tom Welch and vice president Dave Johnson deserved the rewards.

But now, 13 months after the scandal erupted, federal investigators hope to tie those bonuses to a scheme to buy International Olympic Committee votes in support of the city's bid, the Salt Lake Tribune reported yesterday.


Silence Is Required Parents, fans and coaches who attend the Anne Arundel County Youth Basketball League games this weekend will not be allowed to cheer, clap, yell or speak to players on the court.

Oh, and no noisemaking. Welcome to Silent Saturday, which actually extends to Sunday and affects hundreds of boys and girls basketball teams.

It's an attempt by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks to curb increasingly hostile and rude behavior by spectators. Only players are allowed to speak.

First-time violators will be given a warning; repeat offenders will be asked to leave. Fans are allowed to smile and make signs during games.


Lewis Sues King Lennox Lewis has sued promoter Don King, charging that King fraudulently got him to sign a contract that obligates Lewis to fight a sick man.

The lawsuit centers on the contract the undisputed heavyweight champion signed with King last Aug. 24 for a title bout between Lewis and then-champion Evander Holyfield. The fight between the two on March 13 ended in a disputed draw.

For Lewis to get a second shot at Holyfield's title, court papers say, King had required him to agree that if he won the bout, he would fight then-No. 1 WBA contender Henry Akinwande.

Akinwande, one of King's fighters, tested positive for the hepatitis B virus June 5, 1998.

The Aug. 24 contract says that if Lewis refuses to fight Akinwande, he must give up the WBA championship belt. . . .

Clinton's Reggie Green (30-4), former North America Boxing Federation champion, will meet Houston's Mauricio Rodriguez (13-6) in a 140-pound main event tonight at D.C. Armory. New Carrollton middleweight Mo Adams (15-3-1) will face Washington's Alan Watts (11-5-1) in a co-feature. Bouts start at 7 p.m. . . .

Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie will host a fight card Thursday featuring area fighters. Great Falls welterweight Jimmy Lange (10-1-1), junior welterweights Lamont Pearson (Capitol Heights, 7-0-1) and Del Matchett (Laurel, 9-1-1), and Laurel heavyweight Dasean Harper (2-0) are slated to fight. Bouts start at 7:30 p.m.


Begay to Seek Help

PGA Tour pro Notah Begay said his arrest this week for drunken driving was his second in five years, and he will seek professional help to determine if he has a drinking problem.

Begay, arrested Wednesday night outside an Albuquerque bar after a noninjury collision, said he was convicted of drunken driving in Scottsdale, Ariz., in November 1995 and spent one night in jail. Begay said he will plead guilty to the latest charge of aggravated DWI at a court hearing Tuesday.

Winter Sports

Snowboarder Killed

Swiss snowboarder Daniel Loetscher was killed when he crashed into a pillar during an international competition in Leysin, Switzerland.

Loetscher, 25, lost his balance at the end of the parallel giant slalom, part of the International Snowboarding Federation's World Series.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to revive him failed, police said. Loetscher was wearing protective headgear. . . .

Austria's Hermann Maier extended his rule over the men's World Cup circuit, winning his third Super-G of the season and completing his resume with a triumph on the notorious Streif course in Austria. Maier, the winner of all three Super-Gs this season, blitzed down the stormy Streif--the most dangerous course on the World Cup circuit--in 1 minute 19.07 seconds, for his seventh win of the season.