SPORTS THIRD AND SHORT Club Olympia track

SPORTS
6B | LAREDO MORNING TIMES
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2007
THIRD AND SHORT
Club Olympia track
registering today
Club Olympia’s registration for
the AAU summer track and field
program is today at UISD’s Krueger
Field on Del Mar Blvd, from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. The program is open to
youth ages 8 to 18 for competition in
track and field events.
The AAU format for summer
track provides for competition for
girls and boys within their age
group, with the top eight finishers
in each event, in each age group,
advancing to the next level of competition from the first meet, and
the top four finishers in each
event, in each age group advancing out of the second meet to the
Junior Olympics.
The first meet is in San Antonio June 29-30, and competition
will culminate with the XLI Junior Olympic Games in Knoxville,
Tenn. July 28 to Aug. 4.
Club Olympia is entering its
eleventh season, and in 2006 advanced 18 athletes to the Junior
Olympics in Norfolk, Va.
Coach Alex De Luna urges all
interested athletes to register today. The club’s website is located
at www.clubolympia.org.
Giambi’s reported remarks
to be investigated
NEW YORK — The baseball
commissioner’s office intends to investigate reported remarks by Jason Giambi that the sport should
apologize for use of performanceenhancing drugs and the Yankees
star’s comment that he was “wrong
for doing that stuff.”
Rob Manfred, executive vice
president for labor relations in the
commissioner’s office, spoke Friday with Yankees president
Randy Levine about the matter, a
baseball official with knowledge
of the conversation said, speaking on condition of anonymity because baseball officials didn’t
want the matter publicly discussed.
“I was wrong for doing that
stuff,” Giambi was quoted as saying in Friday’s editions of USA
Today. “What we should have
done a long time ago was stand up
— players, ownership, everybody
— and said: ‘We made a mistake.’
“We should have apologized
back then and made sure we had
a rule in place and gone forward.
... Steroids and all of that was a
part of history. But it was a topic
that everybody wanted to avoid.
Nobody wanted to talk about it.”
Luna Rossa beats Americans
to take 3-1 lead in Vuitton
VALENCIA, Spain — Italian syndicate Luna Rossa went ahead early and held on to defeat U.S. entry
BMW Oracle Racing on Friday to
take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-nine
Louis Vuitton Cup semifinal.
Emirates Team New Zealand
beat Desafio Espanol in the other
matchup, with the Kiwis sailing to
a 42-second win over the local favorites for a 3-1 lead in the America’s Cup challengers series.
The semifinal winners will
meet in the June 1-11 Louis Vuitton Cup final, with the winner advancing to sail against defending
champion Alinghi in the America’s Cup from June 23-July 4.
The fifth flight of the semifinals is scheduled for today.
NCAA to review policies
on pregnant athletes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The NCAA’s
committee on women in sports will
review its guidelines amid reports
of female athletes being threatened
with the loss of scholarships if they
became pregnant.
Janet Kittell, leader of the
NCAA’s committee on women’s
athletics, said her group will review the NCAA rules on pregnancy
at a July meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
“We want to act judiciously
here,” Kittell said. “I don’t think it
calls for emergency legislation,
but I think it calls for a thorough
discussion and thoughtful response.”
Last week, Cassandra Harding, a member of the Memphis
track team, told The Associated
Press that she lost her scholarship after becoming pregnant, and
a Clemson athlete told ESPN she
had an abortion to stay in school.
Harding, who also considered
abortion, returned to school without a scholarship and rejoined the
track team as a walk-on after having her daughter, Assiah, now 22
months old.
Harding and other female students at the University of Memphis and Clemson contend they
had to sign documents acknowledging scholarships could be lost
because of pregnancy.
“I would never approve of,
sanction or defend that process,”
said Kittell, an associate athletic
director at Indiana University.
Iditarod board suspends
musher for dog abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One
of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog
Race’s most popular mushers was
handed a two-year suspension
Friday and placed on three years’
probation for abusing his dogs
during this year’s race.
Ramy Brooks can next request
entry to the 1,100-mile race in 2010.
Brooks, twice an Iditarod runner-up, was disqualified from the
race for striking his dogs with a
quarter-inch wide wooden trail
marker when they stopped in
Golovin, less than 100 miles from
the finish in Nome.
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