Seattle's Ohno, 14, Wins U.S. Short-Track Speedskating Title

Apolo Anton Ohno, 14, of Seattle, won the men's overall title in the U.S. short-track speedskating championships in Walpole, Mass., with a three-day total of 15.5 points. Andy Gabel, 32, of Northbrook, Ill., finished second. Ohno, the youngest champion ever, will lead the U.S. team in the the world short-track championships March 20-31 in Nagano, Japan.

-- Olympic slalom champion Thomas Stangassinger of Austria beat Norway's Finn-Christian Jagge by 0.84 seconds in a World Cup race in Shigakogen, Japan.


Steve Elkington took the lead with an eagle from 150 yards on the third hole in the final round of the Doral-Ryder Open in Miami, then survived the back nine to win by two strokes over Nick Price and Larry Nelson.

Elkington, who earned $324,000, closed with a 3-under 69 yesterday for a 13-under 275 total on Doral's Blue Course. Nelson had a 70 and Price shot a 72.

Auto racing

Dale Jarrett won the Primestar 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to take the Winston Cup points lead. Jarrett, who averaged 132.730 mph in his Ford Thunderbird, finished about 20 car lengths ahead of his Robert Yates Racing teammate, Ernie Irvan. The race in Hampton, Ga., ended after 328 laps because a spectacular crash 44 laps earlier forced a delay of nearly an hour.

-- Al Hofmann, 49, was hospitalized in serious condition, hours after his car caught fire as it crossed the finish line to win the Funny Car competition in the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

-- Yamaha rider Scott Russell became the first four-time Daytona 200 winner, finishing 4.5 seconds ahead of Kawasaki's Doug Chandler in Daytona Beach, Fla.


Kenya's Wilson Kipketer broke his world 800-meter record in the World Indoor Championship in Paris, finishing in 1 minute, 42.67 seconds. He set the previous mark of 1:43.96 on Friday.

Russia's Yekaterina Podkopayeva, 44, took the women's 1,500 in 4:05.19. American Mary Slaney, 38, finished .03 seconds back.


Australia's Mark Philippoussis beat Richey Reneberg 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the final of the Franklin Templeton Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

-- Second-seeded Dutchman Richard Krajicek won the ABN AMRO indoor, beating Czech Daniel Vacek 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

-- The 37th-ranked Washington men's team (9-3) defeated Santa Clara 7-0 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

-- Fifteenth-ranked California beat the Washington women's team 9-0.


Pirate right-hander Jason Schmidt planned to see a Pittsburgh heart specialist today after a routine physical examination revealed an irregular heartbeat.


-- Defensive end Alonzo Spellman of the Chicago Bears spent the night in jail, accused of speeding and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police said they clocked him driving 88 mph in a 55-mph zone on a Chicago-area tollway and found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in Spellman's car. The weapons charge is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

-- Daniel Paul VanEtten, a freshman lineman at the University of West Virginia, was killed early yesterday when the sports utility vehicle he was driving went out of control after its tire went flat.


Seattle's Arena Sports Caledonian men's team won its second consecutive North American indoor championship in Columbus, Ohio.

Horse racing

Isitingood won the $300,000 Grade III New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, and Jewel Princess won the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.