Olympics Highlights: Day 13

The flap over whether all-around gymnastics winner Andreea Raducan of Romania gets her gold medal back will last at least another day.

Raducan was stripped of her medal because she took over-the-counter medicine containing a banned stimulant. Romanian officials said the penalty was unfair because the 16-year-old was only trying to cure a cold and took the drug on doctor’s orders.

After a 4½-hour hearing today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it would rule on Raducan’s case by Thursday.


A ragtag bunch of minor leaguers led by Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda beat mighty Cuba 4-0 for the gold medal.

Ben Sheets, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick last year, allowed just three hits.

Mike Neill hit a first-inning homer as the Americans scored early instead of late. Ernie Young — at the center of Saturday’s bench-clearing dust-up — more than got even with a bases-loaded single.

Catcher Pat Borders also had an RBI double as an exquisite payback.

In the bronze medal game, Lee Seung-yuop doubled home a pair of runs with two outs in the eighth inning to give South Korea a 3-1 victory over Japan.


Lisa Leslie, the 6-foot-5 center from the Los Angeles Sparks, hit three jump shots from 15 feet and beyond early in the second half to help the United States beat Slovakia 58-43 and move into the semifinals of the Olympic tournament.The Americans meet South Korea next.

South Korea, which advanced with a 68-59 victory over France, gave the United States fits in the first game of the preliminary round.

In the other quarterfinals, Brazil edged Russia 68-67, and Australia routed Poland 76-48.


Featherweight Rocky Juarez powered past a 1996 Olympic champion and into the Olympic boxing semifinals.

Juarez, a 1999 world champion, landed 23 scoring blows in the final two rounds and stopped Somluck Kamsing of Thailand on the 15-point rule (31-16) with eight seconds remaining in the 125-pound bout.

Ricardo Williams Jr. assured himself of at least a bronze medal Wednesday, fighting his way into the 139-pound Olympic boxing semifinals with a 17-12 win over Russia’s Alexandre Leonov.

He became the second American boxer to reach the semifinals, where he will face big punching Cuban Diogenes Luna on Friday for the right to fight for Olympic gold.

Williams joined Juarez and 119-pound teammate Clarence Vinson in the semifinals.


Martin Doktor of the Czech Republic, the 1996 champion in both the canoe 500- and 1,000-meter events, was disqualified from the men’s C-1 500 for drifting too close to a competitor. The rule is designed to prevent boats from riding in another’s wake.

Doktor was thrown out after Germany filed a protest accusing him of getting within 5 meters of German Andreas Dittmer, who won the heat. The competition committee agreed.


Lance Armstrong, the two-time Tour de France champion, finished 13th in the road race, beaten by his longtime cycling rival and fellow Tour winner Jan Ullrich of Germany.

Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997 and finished second three times, won by nine seconds over Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakstan, who won the silver and bronze medal winner Andreas Kloeden of Germany.

Ullrich pulled away from the pack midway through the 12th of 14 laps and never got caught in the 148-mile event.

Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, crossed the line in a pack 1:29 behind Ullrich. George Hincapie of Greenville, S.C., was eighth, 1:26 behind the winner.


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