Sports in Brief

tennis

hingis heads up 2013 hall inductees

NEW YORK — Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis leads the 2013 class for the International Hall of Fame.

The other new members announced Monday are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long's election was announced earlier.

Hingis won 15 major titles, including nine in women's doubles and one in mixed. The first came at Wimbledon in women's doubles in 1996 at 15 years, 9 months, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion in tennis history.

The Swiss star also was the youngest woman to reach No. 1 in the WTA singles rankings, getting there in March 1997 at 16½, and spent a total of 209 weeks in the top spot.

The induction ceremony is July 13 in Newport, R.I.

skating

Olympian resigns after accusations

Andy Gabel stepped down from major committees at the International Skating Union and U.S. Speedskating after being accused of a sexual relationship with an underage skater in the 1990s.

ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta said Gabel quit as chairman of the short track committee. The U.S. Speedskating board was holding its regular monthly meeting Monday and was expected to discuss the allegations.

Gabel issued a statement saying he "displayed poor judgment in a brief and inappropriate relationship with a female teammate."

Gabel, 48, was part of a silver medal-winning relay team at the 1994 Lillehammer Games and is a former president of U.S. Speedskating.

golf

Daly on McIlroy: Walk-off looks bad

John Daly, no stranger to controversy on the golf course, is probably one of the few people to sympathize with Rory McIlroy. The No. 1 player in the world took heat for withdrawing from the second round of last week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens because of what he said was a painful wisdom tooth and a bad mental state.

Daly, who will play in next week's Tampa Bay Championship at Innisbrook, has withdrawn from numerous tournaments, including twice at Innisbrook in 2002 and '07.

"There were a few times where I did the same thing he did," said Daly, who lives part-time in Clearwater and is playing in Puerto Rico this week. "There were a lot of times where I was actually hurt, but the problem is perception. Perception eats everyone alive.

"I heard rumors that people were saying that Rory pulled a John Daly. That hurts a little bit, but I do deserve it."

et cetera

College football: Telly Lockette, who took Miami Central High to three straight championship games, agreed to be USF's running backs coach. No announcement has been made, but Lockette will replace Larry Scott, who left to become tight ends coach at Miami.

Autos: The National Rifle Association is the title sponsor of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The April 13 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth will be known as the NRA 500. The group sponsored the Nationwide race in September at Atlanta.

Iditarod: Four-time champion Martin Buser had the early lead in the sled dog race, pulling into the Rohn, Alaska, checkpoint at 9:53 a.m. He arrived about four hours ahead of Matt Failor.

Rodney Page and Greg Auman, Times staff writers; Times wires

Sports in Brief 03/04/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 10:51pm]

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