Three-time Olympic pairs figure skater Kyoko Ina was suspended for four years yesterday for refusing to take a drug test.
An arbitration panel issued the suspension, the minimum possible discipline, on a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced.
Ina had argued she had not refused the test but had asked to delay it. She said a representative from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency came to Ina's home in Greenwich, Conn., unannounced at 10:30 p.m. on July 18. Ina said she was about to go to bed and could not produce a urine sample.
Ina, who has never tested positive for drugs, probably will appeal, said her agent, David Baden.
Ina could have been suspended from figure skating for life and fined $1 million. The U.S. Figure Staking Association will carry out the sanction.
The dispute was presented to the American Arbitration Association Oct. 11 after Ina appealed a four-year suspension recommended by an independent review board.
Anti-Doping Agency spokesman Rich Wanninger said did not know whether the same panel would decide the case if Ina appeals.
Stevenson Tops Capriati
Jennifer Capriati was stunned by unseeded Alexandra Stevenson, 6-1, 6-1, at the quarterfinals of the Generali Open in Linz, Austria. Stevenson, who became the first qualifier to reach Wimbledon's semifinals in 1999, capitalized on a series of unforced errors by Capriati to beat her fellow American for the third time in four meetings this year.
"It's great, unbelievable. I was strong today, very strong," Stevenson said.
Capriati is ranked No. 3 and was the tournament's top-seeded player. She won her second straight Australian Open in January but otherwise has had an up-and-down year, failing to win another title and losing her No. 1 ranking.
Stevenson's semifinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, who beat ninth-seeded Anna Smashnova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. . . .
David Nalbandian displayed the form that took him to the Wimbledon final, beating defending champion and top-seeded Tim Henman in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel.
Nalbandian was broken in his first service game -- leading to a loss in the first set -- but after that re-found his game. He fought through the 75-minute second set to win a tiebreak, then routed the tiring Henman in the final set for a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory.
Nalbandian advanced to play third-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland, who beat No. 5 Andy Roddick of the United States, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. . . .
Chile's Marcelo Rios advanced to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open by defeating Swedish qualifier Andreas Vinciguerra, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). In today's semifinals, Rios will play Morocco's Hicham Arazi, who prevented an all-Chilean semi by beating Nicolas Massu, 7-5, 6-1. . . .
Top-seeded Kim Clijsters beat American Laura Granville, 6-0, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the Seat Open in Luxembourg. Clijsters, the defending champion, will face 19-year-old Virginie Razzano, who beat eighth-seeded Janette Husarova, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.
Career in Jeopardy
Former World Cup overall and Super-G champion Paul Accola is expected to miss the season because of injuries suffered in a fall during free skiing in Soelden, Austria.
Accola ruptured his left Achilles' tendon, broke two bones in his left ankle and fractured three vertebra, one day before the start of the World Cup season.
Swiss team doctor Walter Frey said Accola will be out several months and thinks the injuries might end the skier's career.
Midfielder Brian Kamler (New England) and defender Jim Curtin (Chicago) will be D.C. United's guest players for tonight's exhibition against Aguila of El Salvador at RFK Stadium.
Marco Etcheverry, Eddie Pope, Ryan Nelsen, Brandon Prideaux and Lazo Alavanja will not play because of injury. Former United star Raul Diaz Arce is expected to play for Aguila. . . .
Omid Namazi was hired as coach of the San Diego Spirit, the team's third head coach since the Women's United Soccer Association began play last year. Namazi had been player-coach of the Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League, leading the team to three consecutive playoff appearances and the 2002 title.
King Suit Underway
An animated Don King accused fellow promoter Bob Arum of stealing champion Julio Cesar Chavez from his stable of boxers during testimony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
King lost $14 million to $16 million and his reputation was tarnished when Arum took over Chavez in 1998, King's attorney, Alvin Davis, told jurors in opening statements.
King's production company is suing Nevada-based Top Rank and Arum, its president, for "incorrigible efforts" to interfere with contracts between King and Chavez in 1998.
Arum's attorneys dismissed the allegation and called the amounts "astronomical."