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Hurricanes sign goalie Fitzpatrick

The Carolina Hurricanes signed veteran goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick on Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fitzpatrick was 6-8-6 and had a 2.64 goals-against average in 27 appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.

The 30-year-old also played for Los Angeles, the New York Islanders, Florida and Tampa Bay in 11 seasons.

Fitzpatrick is expected to back up All-Star goalie Arturs Irbe. Carolina left former starter Trevor Kidd unprotected in June's expansion draft. Kidd was claimed by Atlanta but later traded to Florida.

Pat Jablonski, who spent most of last season with New Haven of the American Hockey League, also remains in the Hurricanes' farm system.

TRACK: Marion Jones tied her fastest time of the year, and world-record holder Maurice Greene cruised to victory at London's Crystal Palace in a tuneup for this month's World Championship.

Greene's 9.97 seconds at the British Grand Prix was well short of the 9.79 he ran in Athens two months ago.

"I'm a bit tired now because I have done a lot of racing recently," Greene said after he finished clear of Canada's Bruny Surin (10.02) and Britain's Dwain Chambers (10.04).

The American returned to anchor a 4x100 relay team to victory in 38.02 seconds. The other three runners were Jon Drummond, Ato Boldon and Curtis Johnson.

In the women's 100, Jones matched 10.80 she clocked last month at Lausanne.

She finished almost 3 meters ahead of Zhanna Pintusevich of Ukraine, who clocked 10.98.

Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj eclipsed former world-record holders Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram in running the fastest mile on a British track, 3:47.10. Kenya's Laban Rotich finished a distant second in 3:50.79.

CYCLING: Italy's Francesco Casagrande won his second straight San Sebastian Classic, a World Cup event.

A flat tire knocked out Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong about 25 miles from the finish.

Casagrande covered the 143 miles in 5 hours, 15 minutes and 29 seconds.

Armstrong had said the San Sebastian would be his last race of the European season.

HORSES: Banshee Breeze collared Beautiful Pleasure in the stretch and prevailed by a half-length in the $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap at Saratoga. Trainer Elliott Walden can only hope that history repeats itself for Menifee in today's $1-million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Menifee will be returning to the site where he broke his maiden on July 16, 1998. His chief competition should come from Cat Thief. Self Possessed recorded the fastest trotting mile in winning the Hambletonian in East Rutherford, N.J., giving driver Mike Lachance and trainer Ron Gurfein their third victory since 1994. Self Possessed covered the mile in 1:51.3. Angus Hall finished 5{ lengths behind. In the Hambletonian Oaks for fillies, Oolong gave driver John Campbell his first win with a career-best 1:54.4. Lovelytobehold held second while Bit O Candy finished third.

OBITUARY: Retired Temple basketball coach Harry Litwack died of a stroke at his home in Huntingdon Valley. He was 91. Litwack had been battling a spinal disease for three years, his wife, Estelle, said. He coached the Owls from 1952 until his retirement in 1973.

BOXING: Little-known Brazilian Acelino Freitas won the WBO super-featherweight title with a first-round knockout of champion Anatoly Alexandrov of Russia in Le Cannet, France. Italy's Stefano Zoff won a split decision over Julien Lorcy for the WBA lightweight title.

SWIMMING: David Meca-Medina won the Ocean Marathon in Atlantic City, N.J., eclipsing the course record by six seconds. He finished in 6 hours, 56 minutes and 43 seconds. Lenny Krayzelburg broke his record in the 200-meter backstroke at the national championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Defending world champion Jenny Thompson narrowly missed breaking her record in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 54.66, just 0.18 seconds off the mark she set in 1992. It was the 21st national title for the 26-year-old Thompson, who moved into a tie for 11th place on the career list of American national titles with Gary Hall and Eleanor Holm-Jarrett. Four-time 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken was second with 55.99.

COLLEGES: Tulane athletic director Sandy Barbour will announce her resignation Monday. Scott Devine will be interim athletic director until a replacement is hired.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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