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Morceli sets mark in 2,000

Noureddine Morceli of Algeria set the world record for 2,000 meters Monday at the Gaz de France Grand track meet in Paris with a time of 4 minutes, 47.88 seconds.

The record was 4:50.81 by Morocco's Said Aouita in 1987, at the last major meet in Paris.

Morceli's brother, Ali, set the pace of 57.06 for the first 400 meters and led through the 800 in 1:57.06. Then, American Terrence Herrington took over and helped Morceli to a 1,000 mark of 2:26.15.

Morceli ran alone for the last 600 and passed the 1,500 in 3:36.89 and the mile in approximately 3:54.

Morceli now has world records in the 1,500, 2,000, mile and 3,000.

In the 100-meter race, Linford Christie beat Carl Lewis easily for the fourth consecutive time.

Christie was timed in 10.06 seconds. Davidson Ezinwa of Nigeria was second in 10.08 and Frankie Fredericks of Namibia third, 10.12. Lewis was fifth in 10.25.

Americans Mark Crear and Allen Jackson were 1-2 in the 110 hurdles.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: LSU indefinitely suspended wide receiver Todd Burks, safety Clarence Lenton, defensive end Kenny Mixon, offensive guard Jason Smothers and cornerback Jimmy Taylor for violation of team policies.

BOWLING: Harv Pallas finished with games of 279 and 228 to share the first-round lead with Richard Beattie in the Twin Falls PBA Senior Open in Idaho.

AUTO RACING: Scott Kalitta won his second straight race and defended his Top Fuel title in the NHRA Western Auto Nationals late Sunday night in Topeka, Kan.

HORSE RACING: Belmont Park (N.Y.) stewards suspended jockey John Velazquez for 10 days for careless riding aboard Tuning Up during the sixth race Monday. Velazquez has appealed the ruling.

ET CETERA: Charley Eckman, a sports broadcaster, former NBA referee and coach, died after a long bout with colon cancer. He was 73. Eckman led the Pistons to two Western Division championships when they were in Fort Wayne. Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes offered a $5,000 reward for help solving the murders of two teenage girls in Bethlehem, Pa. Holmes lives in nearby Easton. Jennifer Grider, 17, and Mary Orlando, 15, were found shot to death Thursday night on the Lehigh University campus.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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