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No suspension for Naslund

Sweden's Mats Naslund won't be suspended from the Olympic hockey tournament for a stiff check that sent American Greg Brown to a hospital.

Gordon Renwick, vice president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said Tuesday that referee Seppo Makela's judgment that Naslund did not intend to hurt Brown was the final word. Brown, released Tuesday after an overnight hospital stay, was "doing fine" and was "up and around." He suffered a broken nose, a concussion and a 12-stitch gash above his nose.

No U.S. judges for women

ALBERTVILLE, France _ No U.S. judge will be on the scoring panel for women's figure skating, which begins tonight.

That's a first for the Winter Olympics but may not be bad news for U.S. entries Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. The referee, who oversees the scoring, is Ben Wright of the United States. And, as former Canadian Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser said Monday, "The judges are afraid of the referee. They have to answer to the referee."

Japan is represented among the judges by Mieko Fujimori. Japan's Midori Ito is a prime contender for the gold.

Also, a top figure-skating official dismissed as "rubbish" claims by Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay of France that they had been advised to tone down their Olympic ice-dance programs.


Norway's and Canada's men's and women's teams maintained undefeated records after the third draw of the curling demonstration event. . . . Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli injured his left knee on his way to the silver medal in the second run of Tuesday's giant slalom but should be fit for Saturday's slalom.

Last word

"Now, you can call these the Tombaville Games," said giant-slalom winner Alberto Tomba.