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Crash tempers Paralympics end

Published Aug. 28, 2005

The Summer Paralympics ended on a somber note Tuesday when the closing ceremony was cut back because of a deadly school bus crash.

Seven teenagers died in northern Greece on Monday and 30 other passengers were injured when a bus taking students to watch the Paralympics crashed into an oncoming truck.

A minute of silence was observed for the crash victims, while the Greek and Paralympic flags were at half-staff. Organizers canceled the festive segment of the ceremony, including a firework display, the release of balloons and a 30-minute concert.

CYCLING: The Russian federation criticized the IOC's decision to drop its doping probe of gold medalist Tyler Hamilton, who edged a Russian rider in the time trial at Athens. President Alexander Gusyatnikov told the Sport Express newspaper that blood test results at the Olympics and the Spanish Vuelta point to the American's wrongdoing.


Federer goes for 10

Bidding for his 10th title this season, top-ranked Roger Federer reached the second round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok by winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) against Nicolas Thomann. Federer, who won every major this season except the French Open, improved his record to 65-6.

OTHER TOURNAMENTS: Little-known American Glenn Weiner eliminated defending champion Mark Philippoussis 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Shanghai Open in China. Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova beat Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Korea Open in Seoul. No. 5 Francesca Schiavone beat Mara Santangelo 6-2, 6-0 in the first round at the Gaz de France Stars in Brussels, Belgium.

DAVIS CUP: Seville will play host to the Dec. 3-5 final between Spain and the United States on a claycourt.


Tampa resident wins

Georgia State's Ty Harris of Tampa won with a tournament-record 18-under 195 at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in Franklin, Tenn. His team finished first, shooting 21-under 831. Florida State tied for fourth (2-over 854). Matt Every shot even-par 210 to finish fifth, and Florida tied for fourth at the PING/Golfweek Preview Tournament in Baltimore. The Gators were 22-over 862, 14 strokes behind winner Oklahoma State.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Syracuse point guard Billy Edelin has been declared ineligible for the first semester because he does not meet NCAA academic requirements, school officials said. The NCAA requires a student-athlete to have earned at least half the credits needed to graduate to be eligible as a first-semester junior, and Edelin has not reached that total. He will be allowed to practice. Junior center Anthony Washington has left the Washington team and will transfer.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The NCAA Division I Final Four will return to Indianapolis in 2011.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Lynn scored in the 24th minute to beat visiting Saint Leo 1-0.

AWARDS: Florida's Sherri Williams was named the SEC defensive volleyball player of the week. Eckerd's Steven Foxand Saint Leo's Tommy Poston were named men's soccer co-offensive players of the week in the Sunshine State Conference. The Tritons' Chris Howe received the defensive honor. Tampa's Kayla Mora (volleyball) and DeeDee Haefling (cross country) also received weekly awards.


AUTOS: Ralf Schumacher's withdrawal from the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix didn't sit well with his Formula One team. "I can't understand Ralf's behavior," BWM team boss Frank Williams told the Bild newspaper. "The incident could have consequences for him." Schumacher refused to keep racing after a mix-up during a pit stop.

GOLF: The LPGA returns to Mexico for the first time in 30 years with the MasterCard Classic, to be played the first weekend in March in Mexico City.

SOCCER: Wayne Rooney had three goals in his first match since missing three months with a broken right foot, helping Manchester United beat Fenerbahce 6-2. The 18-year-old was acquired from Everton last month for a transfer fee that could reach $54.2-million.

TRACK: The IAAF will consider lowering from three to two the number of drug test no-shows before an athlete is considered to have committed a doping offense. Currently an athlete who misses three drug tests in an 18-month period is considered to have violated doping rules.

Compiled from Times wires.

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