Five-time U.S. pairs figure skating champion Kyoko Ina faces a suspension of four years to life from the International Skating Union for refusal to undergo a drug test last summer.
An initial appeal of that decision before the American Arbitration Association was rejected, according to Ina's attorney, Edward G. Williams of New York. Williams said yesterday the decision was, "unsupported by the facts and the law." Williams said Ina may make a further appeal to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Ina, 30, who finished fifth in the 2002 Olympics and third in the 2002 world championships with John Zimmerman, has announced she won't enter Olympic-style competition this year.
Williams claimed there were several irregularities in the attempt made by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to conduct an unannounced test on Ina. "What she did does not constitute a refusal to be tested," Williams said. . . .
Officials at San Francisco area locations that 2012 Olympics organizers said would house athletes or host events at the games say they haven't guaranteed the sites are available.
Trustees with Santa Clara's Mission College say they were surprised to learn the nonprofit group trying to bring the games to Northern California told the U.S. Olympic Committee the campus would be home to its $47 million tennis venue.
"It is a completely false presentation," said trustee Jeffrey Schwartz.
The U.S. Army, which controls the former base where the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee hopes to build an $830 million village for thousands of athletes and staff, says it has never said the land was available.
Player on Life Support
La Verne (Calif.) quarterback Rollie Dykstra remained on life support yesterday, a day after he collapsed following a head-to-head collision with a defender.
Dykstra, a senior, was helped to the sideline after the collision. Moments later, he collapsed and went into convulsions.
Dykstra was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was placed on life support, said police Lt. Darryl Suebe.
Davenport Is Upset
Lindsay Davenport lost another final, falling to Patty Schnyder, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, at the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich.
Davenport, seeded second and the defending champion, now has reached four finals -- and lost all -- in the eight tournaments since she returned to the tour after knee surgery in January.
Schnyder needed 2 hours 15 minutes to beat Davenport and claim her first title of 2002. . . .
Andre Agassi claimed his record 15th Masters Series title when Jiri Novak pulled out of the Madrid final with a groin injury.
Ramos Wins Award
Tab Ramos, the recently retired New York/New Jersey MetroStars midfielder, received Major League Soccer's Commissioner's Award on Saturday.
The award recognizes a person or organization for unselfish work and leadership. The fire and police departments of New York City won the award last year. . . .
In Europe, AC Milan beat Atalanta, 4-1, yesterday to tie rival Inter Milan for first place in the Italian League. Real Madrid and Barcelona lost their weekend games in the Primera Liga, and Bayern Munich won, 1-0, at Hansa Rostock to keep its lead in Germany's Bundesliga.
Frenchman Sets Record
Loic Leferme set a free diving record, plunging to a depth of 535 feet and returning to the surface on a single breath in Nice, France.
Leferme set the record a week after Audrey Mestre died in the Caribbean trying to break a different diving record. Leferme remained under water for 3:35 seconds as he surpassed the mark of 525 feet set by American Tanya Streeter in August.
N.Y. Fireman Finishes
In the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, New York firefighter Larry Parker wore No. 343 it to remember the firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Parker, of Ladder 129 in Queens, also wore a T-shirt with the names of all 343 printed on the back for the bicycle ride and run Saturday.
"There were some rough spots, and they carried me," said the 39-year-old Parker, from Amityville, N.Y.
Cleveland's Harder Dies
Mel Harder, who won 223 games during a 20-year career with the Cleveland Indians and pitched against such greats as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, died yesterday. He was 93.
Harder died at his home in Chardon, about 25 miles east of Cleveland, at 3:30 a.m., according to his grandson, Dan Itschner.
Harder held DiMaggio hitless the day before the New York Yankees' star started his 56-game hitting streak in 1941.
Yao Joins Rockets
Yao Ming has finally joined the Houston Rockets. Yao, the NBA's overall No. 1 draft pick, landed in Houston in time to see his new team play the Orlando Magic in an exhibition game at Compaq Center.