Sandy Hollway is the new chief executive of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the 2000 Olympics Games. Hollway was selected by the 15-member SOCOG board on Thursday, replacing Mal Hemmerling, who resigned unexpectedly late Wednesday.
Hemmerling's departure came just hours after he reported plans for the 2000 Games were advancing on schedule at a media briefing.
Hollway will be SOCOG's third chief executive in just over three years. The organization also has had three presidents during that period and had several other key personnel depart.
HORSES: Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. suffered three broken ribs in a dramatic spill in the second race at Santa Anita. Riding Strawberry Patch, Pincay went down heavily when the gelding, who was later euthanized, suffered a compound fracture of the cannon bone in his right foreleg. Pincay, 50, was kicked by a trailing horse, Fourstarattraction, and taken immediately to a nearby hospital and kept overnight.
BOWLING: Teata Semiz, 62, locked up the lead on the 16th and final game during fourth-round competition in the Showboat PBA Senior South Bend Open in Indiana. Semiz completed the round with 8,060 pins, 27 more than Dale Eagle and 79 more than Gary Dickinson. George Branham III overtook Norm Duke in the PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio. Duke saw a 123-pin, second-round lead evaporate. Branham downed 5,477 pins, Duke 5,434 and Dave Arnold was third with 5,321. Teata Semiz, 62, locked up the lead on the final game during fourth-round competition in the Showboat PBA Senior South Bend Open in Indiana. Semiz completed the round with 8,060 pins, leading Dale Eagle by 27 and Gary Dickinson by 79.
EQUESTRIAN: Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington aboard Global won the $5,000 Volvo Speed Stake in 44.42 seconds at the Winter Festival in Tampa, and also finished in third up on Latoya. Molly Hasbrouck aboard Gabriel finished second.
TRACK AND FIELD: FSU's Rikke Ronholt was named ACC Women's Performer of the Week for winning the 400-meter hurdles in 58.43 at the FSU relays, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Ronholt also ran anchor in the 4x400 relay that won with a qualifying time of 3:31.92. At the Florida Relays, UF's Juan Lopez, Rob Rauch and Mike Borneo were in sixth, seventh and eighth places in decathlon/heptathlon.
NCAA HOCKEY: Boston (25-8-6) faces Michigan (35-3-4), which has 91 power-play goals and been ranked No. 1 for all but one week, and Colorado College (25-14-4) faces North Dakota (29-10-2) today in the Final Four at Milwaukee.
SOFTBALL: FSU (27-12) took two from Maryland (7-11), winning the opener 1-0 and Stacy Venable (9-7) pitched a no-hitter for the 3-0 second-game win. Kristy Fuentes (17-5) got the win in Game 1.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USF has sold its 10,000th season ticket for the season, surpassing the record of 8,800 held by Montana for most tickets in the NCAA Division I-AA.
COLLEGE TENNIS: UF women (20-0) defeated Utah 9-0 for their 51st straight win. South Alabama (13-7) defeated USF (9-12) 5-2 as Brian Lit and Silviu Nistor won for USF at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.
BOXING: Olympian Fernando Vargas knocked out Jorge Morales 56 seconds into the first round at Oxnard, Calif., in his first pro welterweight fight.
_ Compiled from Times wires.