The U.S. Olympic Committee should slash 100 members from its 123-member ruling board under the biggest changes proposed for the troubled agency in 25 years, three people who have seen the recommendations said.
The proposals, to be presented at a USOC meeting in Fort Worth this weekend by the internal task force that drew them up, call for the board and 23-member executive committee to be replaced with fewer than 20 directors and a governing council of 10 members, the people said.
Cutting the size of the USOC board would be a first step in reducing a bureaucracy that has produced repeated ethics disputes and the resignations of eight top executives in three months. Congress and a major corporate sponsor are demanding that the organization overhaul its management.
Neither USOC interim president Bill Martin nor Bill Stapleton, a co-leader of the task force, would discuss details of the proposal. Both said it would be presented to the board Saturday.
Also, two sources within the Olympic movement said the USOC is predicting a revenue shortfall of about $8 million through 2004. . . .
Olympic 100-meter champion Marion Jones has told friends that she and training partner Tim Montgomery are having a baby and she won't compete this year, Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
Jones won five medals in the Sydney Games in 2000, including three golds. Montgomery is the world record holder in the 100.
Armstrong Quits Race
Lance Armstrong stopped riding and dropped out of the four-day Circuit de la Sarthe in France. It was unclear why the four-time Tour de France champion left the race, race spokesman Nicolas Glinche said.
Armstrong stopped during the afternoon and climbed into his sports director's car, Glinche said. The Texan had raced for about three hours during the 119-mile second stage from Fontenay-le-Comte to Pont-Chateau.
James Case Ruling
A judge ruled against LeBron James, agreeing with Ohio high school officials that the basketball star should not have been allowed to play for a state championship.
However, Summit County Common Pleas Judge James R. Williams said the Ohio High School Athletic Association cannot force St. Vincent-St. Mary of Akron to forfeit any victories because of his ruling.
Williams dismissed a lawsuit filed by James challenging the OHSAA's ruling that he broke eligibility rules.
James won a court order Feb. 4 allowing him to complete his senior year. Last month, St. Vincent-St. Mary won its third state championship in James's four years.
James was declared ineligible by the OHSAA on Jan. 31 after he admitted he accepted two "throwback" jerseys worth $845 from a Cleveland clothing store. . . .
Ralph Sampson was sentenced to a year of probation in Charlottesville after pleading guilty to failing to pay child support.
The 42-year-old former NBA and University of Virginia basketball star has paid all but $1,800 of the $29,542 owed to his 18-year-old daughter. State charges are still pending against Sampson for failing to appear for previously scheduled child support hearings at juvenile and domestic relations courts in Charlottesville and Stafford County.
Sampson faces sentencing July 8 for a child-support misdemeanor in Richmond federal court involving a 14-year-old daughter in Stafford County.
FC Barcelona tied Juventus, 1-1, in Turin, Italy, getting a 78th-minute goal from Javier Saviola in the first leg of a Champions Cup quarterfinal.
In the day's other game, Christian Vieri's header in the 14th minute carried Internazionale past Valencia, 1-0, in Milan in Europe's top club competition.
Lots of Rain, No Games
The Bowie Baysox, Frederick Keys and Potomac Cannons each had games called off because of bad weather. Bowie's Class AA Eastern League game at Reading was postponed for the third straight day; no makeup date has been announced. Frederick's Class A Carolina League game at Kinston will be made up as part of a doubleheader this morning at 11 a.m. Potomac's Carolina League home game against Myrtle Beach will be made up in a May 14 doubleheader starting at 6:05 p.m.
Three players ranked among the world's top 15 -- Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Chris DiMarco -- have committed to play in this year's Kemper Open, which will be held June 5-8 at TPC at Avenel in Potomac. . . .
USA Wrestling will host Germany in a dual meet at AU's Bender Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.
A March 26 article incorrectly reported Kentucky was the last major college basketball team to integrate. Kentucky, which added its first black player in 1970, was among the last schools to integrate, but Alabama, which integrated in 1971, was among those who did so later.