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Prosecution takes hit in bribery case

The government's bribery case against two Salt Lake City Olympic bid executives suffered a setback when a judge threw out what prosecutors considered their strongest piece of evidence.

U.S. District Judge David Sam excluded the 28-page "geld file," a gossipy dossier of International Olympic Committee delegates that listed their personal and family needs and standing in the organization that awarded Utah the 2002 Winter Games.

The vote-buying scandal, the worst in Olympic history, resulted in the expulsion or resignations of 10 IOC members and led to 15 felony charges against bid chief Tom Welch or deputy Dave Johnson.

A finance director testified he delivered $15,000 in cash to an IOC delegate from Cameroon for travel expenses, even though the delegate never paid for his trip to Salt Lake City.

STEROID SCANDAL

Samples retested

Swimming's ruling body will retest all 312 samples given by competitors at July's World Championships to look for a steroid that until recently was undetectable.

The Federation Internationale de Natation said in a statement that the urine samples were given by swimmers, divers and water polo players at the Barcelona event.

Sports officials are targeting tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG, after U.S. antidoping officials uncovered its use and UCLA developed a test for the drug.

COLLEGES

Championships combined

The NCAA will stage six Division II spring sport championship events in the Orlando area in May, trying a festival approach for the first time.

The experimental event will be called the Division II National Championships Festival and will run from May 11-16.

The men's and women's tennis championships, plus the softball championships, will be held in Altamonte Springs. The women's lacrosse champion will be crowned in Winter Park, and Deland will host the men's golf tournament and Longwood will be the site of the women's golf championships.

BASKETBALL: North Carolina sophomore forward David Noel tore ligaments in his right thumb and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, coach Roy Williams said. Villanova forward Jason Fraser will miss at least three weeks with a stress fracture in his left heel.

SOCCER: All-ACC first teamer Leah Gallegos scored both goals for Florida State in a 2-1 win over Wake Forest in the conference tournament. FSU faces Maryland in the semifinals Friday night. Host Duke's men beat South Florida 5-2. UCF's Allison Blagriff and Becca Eshelman were named first-team All-Atlantic Sun Conference.

VOLLEYBALL: Tampa swept North Florida 30-25, 34-32, 30-24.

TENNIS Roddick looks to clinch

Top-ranked Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi were drawn into different round-robin groups for the Tennis Masters Cup, so they can't meet before the semifinals. Roddick, the U.S. Open champion, is trying to finish a year at No. 1 for the first time. French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and Wimbledon winner Roger Federer can catch him, depending on how the three fare at the hard-court tournament that begins Monday in Houston.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Coach will return

An Immokalee High School football coach acknowledged he slapped and kicked one of his players during practice but will be allowed to return to the field next week, officials said.

John Weber, also a social studies teacher, is serving a three-day suspension without pay that started Wednesday and will sit out Immokalee's final regular-season game this weekend, Collier County schools superintendent Ben Marlin said.

ET CETERA

FIGURE SKATING: The Cup of China debuts this week, showcasing top figure skaters from the host country. World champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo will take the ice, as will Li Chengjiang, ranked No. 3 in men's competition. Olympic bronze medalist Tim Goebel also is expected to begin his Grand Prix season.

HOCKEY: Katie King scored two goals and the United States routed Finland 8-0 at the Four Nations Cup in Skara, Sweden.

HORSES: Trainer Doug O'Neill set a record for San Anita's Oak Tree meeting with his 22nd victory when Long Gone Con led all the way and won by 3{ lengths.

SKIING: Olympic ski champion Janica Kostelic is taking medication for a thyroid problem and may miss the World Cup season.

VOLLEYBALL: Danielle Scott had 13 points to help the United States sweep Egypt in three games and remain undefeated in the Women's World Cup tournament in Tokyo.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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