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BaseballD2-3 GolfD4 ScoreboardD6 Auto RacingD7 TennisD8 Spo fte The Indianapolis Monday, June 18, 2001 Section D InfoLine: 624-INFO (4636) Star Tribe commits 5 errors in shutout loss to RochesterD3 Audi takes Le Mans 24 Hours race for second yearD7 Lazier bounces back for 1st win of season 'i "It's not only something that wrecks your confidence, it's fairly embarrassing. I was stunned beyond words." Stewart Cink, on the final group's putting at the 18th hole vm. my. 1 rpJJ Defending IRL champ 1 " 1 scores victory on home r.j-r track at Pikes Peak I 'International Raceway. ..vj By Curt Cavin U r STAFF WRITER 1' FOUNTAIN, Colo. The Indy Racing League regained its sense of jc r.riorrnalcy Sunday at Pikes Peak Internationa Raceway, j no; , There were no accidents, no dis-j,r cemable blocking and no protests Vj pf position after the race. ()t And Buddy Lazier, the defending g.,;;, series champion who hadn't led a ;c l ,.lap this season, not only found his 1J70 ,way to the front but stayed there to iji JJie checkered flag. ) It felt so right, Lazier said. iIt "Like I told my team, it's so ymuch fun when you have a fast u c pee car," he said. Lazier won the Radisson Indy 200, his fifth career IRL victory, t.i , and shook off some of the dis-ir,l0-appointment of a lackluster season, L'm which Included a mechanical fail-'. ure in the Indianapolis 500. He j jn j hadn't won since last year's race at jj,r (Kentucky Speedway, a drought of 10 months. , Sunday, Lazier kept his cool and his pace as points leader Sam .. Homish Jr. jumped to a commanding lead. Lazier then slowly reeled .j.ltin Hornlsh with a Dallara that im-I proved as the 200-lap race went "on. !; JC Lazier overtook Hornish on lap 157 with a relatively easy move. n And when Hornish, who led 152 of " flhe first 156 laps, nearly crashed in 7ylthe second comer, Lazier ran off to y,-. i a cushion he could enjoy, jl'j.r . The margin of victory was 10.1 seconds, the equivalent of a half Milieu) ' rLiW 1 Lwj Ot (,T Associated Press Ed Andrieski Racing hardware: Buddy Lazier holds his trophy after his victory in the Radisson Indy 200. lap on a slick 1-mile oval. The only thing that kept Lazier from coasting across the finish line was his eagerness to celebrate with a crowd estimated at 30,000. PPIR is his home track, located about 175 miles from Vail, Colo., his place of birth and residence. But the track had broken his heart before, including last year, when he lost an engine on the first lap and dropped out of the event. He had never won here in five starts. With his father. Bob, and son, Flinn, in victory lane with him, Lazier could not imagine a better way to spend Father's Day. See LAZIER Page 7 10 ?.' Castroneves climbs fence, standings with Detroit win By Mike Harris ASSOCIATED PRESS !! J "A: ' ft'VtV.' 7KT 1 DETROIT Hello Castroneves is fl(;i -, winning so much he's beginning to 'i i perfect his fence-climbing tech-j,j nlq'ue. '., Castroneves won the Detroit q Grand Prix for the second consecu-,.rive year Sunday, then went into jf.(';;his Spiderman act, scaling the l0 f fence to celebrate Just as he did last month after winning the Indy 1.500. -Ji! Mf-' Pumping his aims into the air Joj ,and still wearing his helmet, Cas-ji,Jt troneves scrambled from the cocker' pit of his Honda-powered Marlboro 'Team Penske Reynard and loped to 'Uie nearest wall. He leaped atop dria;the 3-foot concrete barrier and A0Tjy climbed nearly to the top of the ;ij,wire mesh fence above. He did the same thing last June 1 .when he won his first Champion-;t-, jship Auto Racing Teams race here. ir!MB t'f "We started here and we're going ;irr)ito continue here," said Castro-i;- neves, who began from the pole nd never relinquished the lead in ''"'the 72-lap race on Belle Isle's r2.346-mile street circuit. Castroneves did get a scare, though, when Penske team president Tim Cindric came on the radio during the last of four full-course caution flags and said an on-board sensor indicated his left front tire had a slow leak. "He was Just concerned that we should collect points and not throw anything out," the driver said. "I r( V - , at' -f- 'a ft lyfk. f 171 J M UhLJmkii Associated Press Carlos Osorio Just like Indy: 500 winner He-lio Castroneves climbs a fence after winning race in Detroit. told him, 'I don't want to hear that now. Everything's all right.' Maybe I ran over debris from one of the accidents, but I knew the car wasn't changing at all." Castroneves, who averaged 89.008 mph, became the first driver to repeat since CART replaced Formula One in Detroit In 1989. See CASTRONEVES Page 7 Associated Press Laura Rauch He's out: Stewart Cink's three-putt on his final hole left him with a double bogey and one shot out of the playoff. f V ''toor' U. S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP-MI i. ,.r. . r.. ,. ... .r.. , W-.. - -..- . i B . c - - T.- . ,-. . . - - .. .- : . , .- i. - - ...... ..... . .. .... . Associated Press Dave Martin No reason to panic: Retief Goosen (right) on missing this 2-foot putt to win: "I'm not going to jump out my hotel window." Goosen, Brooks play 18 holes today 5 , ' ; r 1 i I tea-' A ..... tl)WMll jftttmm mUl m0 1t fl Associated Press Dave Martin Second chance: Mark Brooks (left), like Cink and Goosen, three-putted the 18th green. By Phil Richards STAFF WRITER TULSA, Okla. In six major championships at Southern Hills Country Club, no winner has parred the home hole, an uphill brute of 466 yards, in the final round. Not Tommy Bolt in the 1958 U.S. Open. Not Dave Stockton in the 1970 PGA Championship. Not Hubert Green in the 1977 Open. Not Raymond Floyd in the 1982 PGA. Not Nick Price in the 1994 PGA. And certainly not Retief Goosen or Mark Brooks, who will try again today. "I figured I was done," Brooks said Sunday. "I was unpacking my locker. It was shocking." No word could better describe it. First Brooks three-putted for bogey at No. 18. Then Stewart Visit for continuous updates from today's 18-hole playoff at Southern Hills. Cink three-putted for double bogey.' It was over. Brooks knew it. Cink knew it. What was left of the gallery of 35,000 knew it. Goosen needed only to two-putt from 12 feet to win the 101st U.S. Open Championship. He ran his first putt 2 feet past. He stroked his second. It darted over the right edge, 3 feet long. Somehow he ended the agony by making his third one. "It's not only something that wrecks your confidence, it's fairly embarrassing," said Cink. "I was stunned beyond words." Cink wasn't the only one who See OPEN Page 4 Leaderboard Rounds 1-4 Total Mark Brooks 72-64-70-70 -4 f Retief Goosen j 66-70-69-71 -4 J Stewart Cink 69-69-67-72 -3 Rocco Mediate 71-68-67-72 ( -2 ( Tom Kite ( 73-72-72-64 1 Paul Azinger j 74-67-69-71 1 Today's TV: 1 1 a.m. to 1 p.m., ESPN; 1 p.m. to finish, WTHR-13 Inside: Sunday night might have been the longest night of Retief Goosen's life. Page D4 Staff Graphic Shuffle of Wimbledon deck could spark boycott Associated Press LONDON With the chance that even slight tinkering could spark a boycott, Wimbledon officials meet today to decide how to assign more seedings than ever before and still satisfy the world's top players. They will sit down to examine the new tennis rankings and debate how much they should shuffle them to reflect the ability of players on fast grass courts. Even with 32 seeded spots instead of the traditional 16, straying too far from the rankings likely will produce a boycott by clay-court specialists, who insist Inside Hewitt rolls: Ueyton Hewitt defeats Pete Sampras and Tim Henman to win Queen's Cup title. Page D8. they face bias at the All England Club and want the men's seeds to adhere to world rankings as they do in the women's draw. French Open runner up Alex Corretja already has threatened to pull out if the Wimbledon organizers favor the grass court stars, while fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero said doubling the number of seedings was a "backward step." . All four Grand Slam tourna ments announced last week that they were doubling the number of seeded players to 32, with the order determined by a formula that assesses past performance on each event's playing surface. The new system ensures that the top 32 players in the ATP and WTA rankings will be seeded. In the past, a committee at Wimbledon adjusted seedings subjectively based on past performances on grass. Organizers of the only grass court Grand Slam event are adamant they will maintain their support of the players who do well on their fast courts, most notably Pete Sampras. The American, chasing his fifth title in a row and eighth overall, is ranked fourth by the ATP and hasn't won since Wimbledon a year ago, but he could wind up higher under Wimbledon's formula that can alter seedings by five places or more, Top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten, who just won his third French Open title, pulled out of Wimbledon last week, citing a recurring groin injury. That gives the Wimbledon committee the option of giving the top seed to Sampras. If Sampras doesn't get the top seed, It likely will go to Andre Agassi or Marat Safin, depending on how the rankings come out today. ('J i r i pi i Douglas lilies coming home, even when she plays for the enemy Former Perry Meridian High and Purdue University star returns to Indy as a rookie for WNBA's Orlando Miracle. By David Woods STAFF WRITER Katie Douglas has discovered the .WNBA is no day at the beach, although playing in Florida has allowed her to ,spend time that way. .p.- The players are good. The style is physical. The games are unrelenting. No sense in replaying a bad game in tr your mind. Not when there's another the next night. nj "A lot of times you can lose your confi--; ,dence in this league because the talent j, s so high," said Douglas, a rookie for the 0c(Orlando Miracle. "You have to kind of r i move on. Even as the Indianapolis native has moved on, she gets to come home twice this summer. The first is for the game tonight between the Miracle (1-6) and Indiana Fever (2-5) at Conseco Fieldhouse. It will be the Fever's only game on ESPN. The Miracle return here July 13. Douglas planned to be at dinner Sunday night at the home of her sister, Kim Rastrelli, whose family she has lived with since losing both parents to cancer. "Her room is ready for her," Rastrelli said. Douglas was ready for the pros after Today's game Who: Fever (2-5) vs. (ir, f unando (1-6) I Tip-off: 6 p.m. TV: ESPN Radio: WIBC-1070 AM an All-America season at Purdue, which reached the NCAA championship game. She was selected 10th in the first round of April's draft by Orlando, reuniting her with Carolyn Peck, who coached the Boilermakers to the NCAA title in 1999. Douglas has continued to write an online diary, as she did during the college season, and submits entries to In her diary, she conceded that she missed her hometown more than expected. "It's been the longest time I haven't seen my family," Douglas said. "I talk to them, but maybe not as much as I did in college. I'm definitely anxious to get back to Indianapolis. I love playing at Conseco." She is expecting a large contingent of fans from Perry Meridian High School, from Purdue, from her family. Two of her late mother's friends, teachers Jean Poe and Lennyce Powers, have already been to Orlando for a couple of games. Douglas sent home black-and-blue Miracle merchandise in a bid to win new allegiance. The Rastrellis, who had Fever season tickets last year, have watched Miracle games this month on satellite 1.4 Tough defense: Orlando's Katie Douglas (right) aver ages 2.3 steals per game. . j v 4 2 E ) v i. See DOUGLAS Page 5 Associated Press Douglas C. Plzac ifr" :'J 1 jfcriTrirT"TiMiiriiiTihA mirtiirffc irinr! r"ri rh r

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