Kristin Conner finished first and led a pack of Lakewood Spartans to five of the top eight places as they won the St. Petersburg City Cross Country Championship for the eighth straight year on their home course Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The Spartans finished 1-3-6-7-8 for 25 points and the team title over runner-up Northside Christian, which finished second (84) behind Julie Bintz's fourth-place finish. The boys race was much closer. Class A Admiral Farragut beat favored Dixie Hollins by five points. The Class 4A Rebels defeated the Blue Jackets in a meet earlier this season. But with seven Farragut runners having personal records and Anthony Rintala, a sophomore, grabbing second place behind Dixie's Chris Schmidt, the defending champion Blue Jackets took home the Bob Evans trophy for the second straight year. (See results on page 8C)
BOXING: Six-time champion Thomas Hearns said he had surgery on his right hand in Grand Rapids, Mich. The surgery was performed by Dr. Leslie Wong, who said the condition had existed for many years. Hearns said he has been troubled by the hand since before his third-round knockout by Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1985.
GOLF: Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange has committed to play in the JCPenney Classic, Dec. 3-6 at the Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs. His partner in the mixed-team tournament will be LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez.
AUTO RACING: Davey Allison used an 11th-place finish in Monday's rain-delayed Tyson Holly Farms 400 stock-car race to cut further into Bill Elliott's lead in the $1.3-million NASCAR Winston Cup championship. With four races remaining, Elliott leads Allison 3,575 to 3,508.
BOWLING: John Hricsina rallied in the final game to overtake Jerry Brunette Sr. and move into first place in the Hammer Naples PBA Senior Open.Carol Gianotti reclaimed the lead after five rounds of the Columbia 300 Delaware Open in Claymont, winning 6 of 8 games in match play and opening a 108-pin lead over second-place Dana Miller-Mackie.
ET CETERA: The University of South Florida soccer team (7-2) is ranked 14th in the Soccer America poll.The USF volleyball team (7-7) beat visiting Stetson 15-3, 15-4, 15-7. Stetson is 4-11.
_ Compiled by Rick Crotts