Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 11:56 p.m.

Carlos Delgado's agent talks with four teams

  • MIAMI - Carlos Delgado's agent spoke Saturday with all four teams pursuing the free-agent first baseman, giving no indication whether his client was moving toward a decision on which team to sign with.
    ''I had extensive telephone conversations today with representatives of the Mets, Orioles and Rangers and a face-to-face meeting with the Marlins due to the proximity,'' agent David Sloane, who lives in Florida, said in an e-mail. Delgado met in Puerto Rico with the Mets on Thursday and with Rangers owner Tom Hicks and his staff on Friday. Delgado met with the Marlins in Florida on Jan. 15.
    Delgado, 32, hit .269 last season for Toronto with 32 homers and 99 RBIs. Sloane indicated Friday that the Rangers made an impressive offer, saying then: ''Tom Hicks said that he was going to come to Puerto Rico and give it his best shot. He did all that and more.''
    New York was trying to sign its third major free agent of the offseason, earlier landing Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran.

    Neethling sets record in 100-meter medley

  • BERLIN - Ryk Neethling of South Africa broke the world record in the 100-meter medley by clocking 52.11 seconds at a short-course World Cup swim meet Saturday.
    The record was only four days old - another South African, Roland Schoeman, had swum 52.51 at a short-course meet in Stockholm, Sweden.
    Schoeman, who failed to make the medley final, equaled another world record Saturday when he clocked 46.25 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, tying Ian Crocker of the U.S.
    In the afternoon session, Schoeman captured his second race of the day in the 50-meter butterfly, winning in 22.92, and Therese Alshammar of Sweden took the women's 50-meter freestyle, clocking a World Cup record 24.03. Ed Moses of the United States finished second in two breaststroke events.

    Giro d'Italia to test riders in mountains

  • MILAN, Italy - The Giro d'Italia, the second-most important cycling race after the Tour de France, will cover a route this year in which the winner probably will be determined in the closing mountainous stages.
    Organizers on Saturday announced the route for the 88th edition of the race, which will feature a final climbing showdown in the Alpine region that will also host the 2006 Turin Olympics.
    Lance Armstrong, the six-time Tour de France winner, most likely will not compete. Defending champion Damiano Cunego, a climbing specialist, is pleased with the route.
    ''I like it,'' he said. ''But it's one thing to see it on paper and another to see it for real.'' The 17th and 19th stages, both with uphill finishes, are sandwiched around a time-trial stage that ends in Turin. The 19th and next-to-last stage is considered the toughest, with 37 miles of uphill sections. Riders will twice climb the road to Sestriere, the mountain hub for the Winter Olympics.
    The three-week race begins the night of May 7 alongside Reggio Calabria's shoreline and ends May 29 in Milan.

    Syracuse acquires two more coaches

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse football coach Greg Robinson continued to fill out his staff on Saturday, naming Scott Spencer to coach the secondary and Bob Wylie to oversee the offensive line.
    Wylie, who has spent 14 years in the NFL and coached with Robinson on the New York Jets in 1990-91, has coached at five levels of football - from Pop Warner to high school to college and the pros.
    Wylie also was offensive line coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four years and has coached for the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears.
    Spencer, a former defensive back for the Texas Longhorns, joins Syracuse after working with Robinson as a graduate assistant at Texas last year. ''He coaches with great passion,'' Spencer said of his new boss, who was co-defensive coordinator this past season at Texas. ''He is in it for the kids, which I love.''
    At Texas, Spencer assisted the defensive staff coaching the secondary and also helped with video breakdown and recruiting. He was a walkon for the Longhorns from 1989-90.
    Robinson, who joined the football team in signing autographs before the Syracuse-West Virginia basketball game on Saturday, has one more vacancy on his staff, another coach for the defensive secondary, and is expected to fill it quickly.

    Slovenia's Tina Maze wins giant slalom

  • MARIBOR, Slovenia - Tina Maze of Slovenia won a World Cup giant slalom for the third time this season Saturday while Lindsey Kildow of the United States enjoyed her best result in the event by finishing ninth.
    Kildow, a speed specialist, had failed to complete any of her three previous giant slaloms this season. She has won a downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, and had seven more top-three finishes since. ''It was a big step forward - obviously one of the biggest days of my career as far as my technical skills,'' Kildow said. ''Maybe it will give me a push.''
    Before a cheering crowd that waved banners with her picture, Maze finished her two runs in 2 minutes, 16.36 seconds for her fourth career title and third in two months. She was 0.22 seconds ahead of Italy's Karen Putzer on a cold and sunny day. Germany's Martina Ertl was third in 2:17.29.
    Julia Mancuso of the United States shared fifth place in another strong showing by the Americans. Their results of late have raised expectations for the world championships, which start Jan. 28 in Santa Caterina.
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