Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Szabo Wins 1,500; Canadian Sprinter Clarke Suspended

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Szabo Wins 1,500; Canadian Sprinter Clarke Suspended

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Gabriela Szabo of Romania unleashed her characteristic powerful kick and won the women's 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 00.57 seconds at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada last night.

Szabo's victory came as a Canadian sprinter competing at the championships was suspended after testing positive for the drug that cost Ben Johnson his gold medal at the 1998 Olympics.

Athletics Canada said that Venolyn Clarke, the Canadian women's 100-meter champion, had traces of the anabolic steroid stanozolol in her system when she was tested during a pre-meet camp session at Calgary last Friday.

In other finals yesterday, Tomas Dvorak of the Czech Republic won his third consecutive world title in the decathlon with 8,902 points; Fiona May of Italy took the women's long jump at 23 feet, 1/2 inch; and Andre Bucher of Switzerland won the men's 800 in 1:43.70.

-- BASKETBALL

NUGGETS LIKELY TO MAKE VANDEWEGHE GM -- The Denver Nuggets are close to signing Kiki Vandeweghe as their new general manager and hope to make it official today. The Nuggets have been negotiating with the former NBA star for weeks.

Because Vandeweghe has no front-office experience, Nuggets president and coach Dan Issel has said he most likely will hire an assistant general manager to advise Vandeweghe on such matters as player contracts.

-- TENNIS

SAMPRAS WINS; BECKER LOSES -- Pete Sampras, a three-time champion of the Tennis Masters-Cincinnati, beat Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-2 in the tournament's first round yesterday in Mason, Ohio.

Nicolas Kiefer beat defending champion Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-0.

The return to competitive tennis of Boris Becker after two years was short-lived as he and partner Goran Ivanisevic were beaten 6-3, 6-2 by Todd Woodbridge and Jonas Bjorkman.

-- BOXING

RAHMAN-LEWIS REMATCH SET -- Hasim Rahman will defend the WBC-IBF heavyweight titles for a minimum of $10 million in a November rematch with Lennox Lewis.

"We're very excited the deal is done," Steve Nelson, Rahman's co-manager, said yesterday. "We believe we're going to win again."

Rahman became champion with a surprising fifth-round knockout of Lewis on April 22 at South Africa. …

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