Hungarian hammer thrower Adrian Annus has retired and soon will return the Olympic gold medal he lost after refusing to take a follow-up drug test, his manager said yesterday.
Annus notified track and field's governing body about his retirement, Jozsef Babinyecz said. The manager added that Annus is giving back the medal to avoid further controversy.
"He wants calm around his family and doesn't want anyone bothering them because of this," Babinyecz said.
The International Olympic Committee said Annus passed two drug tests -- one before and one right after his event on Aug. 22. Although both samples came back clean, the analysis "showed evidence of belonging to two different athletes, indicating possible tampering," the IOC said. Annus was ordered to take another test after returning to Hungary, but he failed to show and was later stripped of his medal. . . .
* COURTS: Former National League most valuable player Ken Caminiti was arrested and spent the weekend in jail because of an alleged positive drug test that would be a violation of his probation for cocaine possession.
"They're investigating the possibility there may be a dirty urine sample," Caminiti's lawyer, Kent Schaffer, said yesterday.
Caminiti, 41, who won the 1996 NL MVP award with San Diego, will appear in court today because of an arrest warrant issued for the alleged violation. He was arrested at his home Friday and remained jailed through the weekend, Schaffer said. . . .
Former Southern Cal and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich, 35, is serving a 90-day jail term stemming from an arrest in Newport Beach, Calif., last month for possessing methamphetamine, officials said yesterday.
* WNBA: Washington Mystics rookie guard-forward Alana Beard was named the WNBA's player of the week. Beard averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in leading the Mystics to three straight wins. . . .
Lauren Jackson scored 20 points, including a crucial three-point play with 27 seconds left, and rallied the visiting Seattle Storm to a 76-70 victory over the Indiana Fever.
* TENNIS: Amelie Mauresmo became just the second player to reach No. 1 in the WTA rankings without winning a Grand Slam title, while U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova rose to a career-high No. 6. . . .
Roger Federer's dominant win over Hewitt on Sunday was the lowest-rated U.S. Open men's final ever. It drew a preliminary national rating of 2.5 for CBS, down 29 percent from last year's final. . . .
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Approaching Hurricane Ivan has led to postponement of the No. 10 California's game at Southern Mississippi, Cal's athletic director said.
Southern Miss officials declined to comment on the statement. They had said earlier that they would decide by this morning whether to postpone the game, the Golden Eagles' nationally televised home opener. . . .
Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland apologized to Brigham Young University and its fans for a halftime show by the Cardinal band that poked fun at polygamy with five dancers wearing wedding veils.
Stanford beat BYU, 37-10, on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. Leland said he would meet with the band to discuss possible sanctions.
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