Olympics U.S. sprinter says he used banned substances from 1997 to 2003: Antonio Pettigrew gave up his Olympic gold medal Tuesday, two...
U.S. sprinter says he used banned substances from 1997 to 2003: Antonio Pettigrew gave up his Olympic gold medal Tuesday, two weeks after the U.S. sprinter admitted in court he cheated to win at Sydney in 2000.
During last month’s trial involving former track coach Trevor Graham, Pettigrew came clean about using banned substances EPO and human growth hormone from 1997 to 2003.
Pettigrew’s decision to give up the gold for the 1,600-meter relay was expected. Teammate Michael Johnson said he was giving back his relay medal in response to what Pettigrew admitted; Johnson won four other gold medals in his career.
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Pettigrew, who is 40, retired from track in 2002.
IOC officials aren’t pleased with USOC: Influential International Olympic Committee officials accused the U.S. Olympic Committee of refusing to renegotiate its “immoral” share of global Olympic revenues, reopening a dispute that could harm Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games.
Under a long-standing deal with the IOC, the USOC receives nearly 13 percent of U.S. television rights fees and 20 percent of global marketing revenues — totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Discussions about reducing the U.S. share of the deal have failed to produce an agreement.
Dutch IOC member Hein Verbruggen said, “I am angry with these people.”
Verbruggen called the USOC’s revenue share an “immoral amount of money compared to what other people get.” He said the USOC is expected to receive about $300 million from the 2005-to-2008 period.
Chicago is expected to be among four or five cities making the cut today when the IOC executive board picks a list of finalists for the 2016 Games, which will be awarded in October 2009.
Reported sex scandal led to vote on Mosley’s future: Max Mosley, accused in a sex scandal, won a vote of confidence to remain FIA president in a decision that threatens to divide racing’s governing body.
Mosley, 68, was given permission to remain as president through October 2009 — when his fourth term ends. He won a secret ballot 103-44, with seven abstentions and four invalid votes, at a specially convened assembly in Paris.
Mosley, who has been president since 1994, called the vote after he declined to resign when the News of the World reported he had engaged in Nazi-themed sex acts with prostitutes.
Mosley, who is suing the tabloid in British and French courts, admits hiring the five prostitutes but denies there were any Nazi connotations.
Murder charge filed in death of mechanic: A man was charged with murder in the death of an IndyCar team mechanic during a fight last month outside an Indianapolis bar.
David “Davey” Evans, 63, a crewman with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, died May 4 outside the bar. James P. Brackin of Indianapolis was charged and was being held without bond on one count of murder.
Syracuse receiver is suspended: Mike Williams, who led Syracuse receivers last season with 60 receptions, was suspended for academic reasons and is no longer enrolled at the school.
Eriksson to coach Mexico: Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, 60, was hired to coach Mexico. He spent last season as coach of Manchester City in the English Premier League and is leaving with two years remaining on his contract.
Eriksson replaces Hugo Sanchez, who was fired in March.
Patch to be arraigned: Brian Keith Patch, 36, who was a standout at the X Games, will be arraigned in Westminster, Calif., on a charge of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
He was charged with one felony count of lewd acts with a child. Patch posted $45,000 bail May 15, a day after he was arrested.
Prosecutors say the girl also was a skateboarder.
Ochoa to play in major: Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa left the LPGA Tour last week when she learned her uncle had become seriously ill, and he died before she made it home to Mexico.
Ochoa said she will play in the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, a major tournament that starts Thursday in Havre de Grace, Md.
“It’s more important now for my family,” Ochoa said. “I’d love to give them some joy.”
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