Baldwin steps down from Olympic post

Baldwin steps down from Olympic post

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Baldwin steps down from Olympic post

U.S. Olympic Committee president Sandra Baldwin resigned Friday, a day after sheadmitted lying about her academic credentials.

The announcement was made following a conference call between Baldwin and USOC Executive Committee members. Baldwin told USOC chief executive Lloyd Ward her resignation was effective immediately.

“I want the best for the Olympic movement and, as one who believes in its ideals, I accept full responsibility for the mistakes I have made,” Baldwin said in a statement. “The USOC, our athletes and our volunteers will always havea special place in my heart.”

After abruptly leaving an international meeting in Malaysia on Wednesday, Baldwin admitted that academic information in her official biography was inaccurate.

She had claimed that she graduated from the University of Colorado in 1962 and earned a doctorate from Arizona State in 1967. Baldwin said that she actually graduatedfrom Arizona State in 1962 after leaving Colorado three years earlier and never completed her dissertation. Horse racing

After more than 60 years, the L.A. County Fair wants tomove its horse races from Pomona to Santa Anita Park.

TheL.A. County Fair Association said that it reached an agreement to lease the Arcadia racetrack for a meet to be held Sept. 13-29. Jurisprudence

Bond was set at $50,000 for two former college basketball players charged with robbing Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia.

Damon Stringer and Jamaal Harris did not enter a plea when they appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court.

The former teammates at Cleveland State University face three to 10 years in prison. ETC.: Former Notre Dame football players Donald Dykes, Lorenzo Crawford, and Justin Smith were charged with raping a female student. . . . Dan Hampton, who will be inducted intothe Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, has been sentenced to a week in jail after pleading guilty last month to drunken-driving charges. . . . A Philadelphia Eagles playbook was stolen from the car of linebacker Shawn Barber. Barber told police his 2002 Cadillac was ransacked between midnight and 6 a.m. Tennis

Things never seem to go Pete Sampras’ way at the French Open, and this year’s draw was no exception, putting him in a tough quarter with No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten and ’98 winner Carlos Moya.

Andre Agassi is in the other half of the field and gets to play a qualifier in the first round.

Defending women’s champion and top-seeded Jennifer Capriati willopen against Marissa Irvin, and looks to have a relatively easy path to the quarterfinals.

The draw split up Venus and Serena Williams, meaning they could have a reprise of their Sibling Slam final at the U.S. Open.

ETC.: Russia earneda berth in the World Team Cup final by routing Britain in the decisive doubles and will face Argentina for the title. Marat Safin called for medical attention on his back early in the match against Martin Lee, but he was able to continue for a 7-5, 7-5 victory. . . . Second-seeded Nicholas Lapentti will meet Fernando Vicente in today’s final of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix tournament. After the Ecuadorean defeated Oliver Rochus, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, Vicente dominated the second semifinal, beating Flavio Saretta, 6-4, 6-2, at St. Poelten, Austria. . .. Jelena Dokic and Silvia Farina-Elia advancedto the final of the Strasbourg International. Dokic defeated Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals. Farina-Elia beat Magdalena Maleeva, 6-3, 6-1. . . . Marcelo Rios withdrew from the French Open with a knee injury. Boxing

Boxing promoter Cedric Kushner was cleared to resume promoting fights, ending a ban imposed after he admitted making payoffs to former IBF chairman Robert W. Lee Sr. College sports

Duke’s Virada Nirapathpongporn ran away with the NCAA Division I women’s golf championship and led the Blue Devils to their second team title, at Auburn, Wash.

Nirapathpongporn closed with an even- par 72 for a five-stroke victory and a 9-under 279 total on the Washington National Golf Course.

Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa shot a 73 to tie for second with Auburn’s Danielle Downey (72), Georgia’s Summer Sirmons (74) and Pepperdine’s Lindsey Wright (72).

ETC.: Top-seeded Matais Boeker of Georgia beat UNLV’s Thomas Schneiter, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tennis championships. Boeker will face USC’s Nick Rainey,a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Miami’s Todd Widom. JesseWitten of Kentucky also advanced, beating Illinois’ Amer Delic, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Witten will face San Diego State’s Oliver Maiberger, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2winner over Andy Leber of Texas-Arlington. In women’s action, Bea Bielik of Wake Forest advanced to the final, routing Stanford’s Erin Burdette, 6-1, 6-0. Bielik will face Florida’s Jessica Lehnhoff in the titlematch today. Lehnhoff beat Stanford’s Gabriela Lastra, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. . . . Chelsea Spencer provided all the offense with a leadoff homer in the fifth inning as Cal beat Florida State, 1-0, to remain undefeated in the NCAA Women’s College World Series. . . . Oregon State guard Jimmie Haywood is coming back to the Beavers’ program after quitting before the end of last season. Haywood left withfive games to go. But he and new coach Jay John were able to work things out. . . . Pam Borton became the new women’s basketball coach at Minnesota. Quotable

Dodger Shawn Green on his four-homer game:

“It has been lookinglike a pingpong ball. Today it looked probably like a softball.”

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