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Former grid star Snipes avoids prison term

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Former Florida State running back Roosevelt Snipes was sentenced by a judge to 30 years in prison -- then had the sentence suspended.

Circuit Judge John Blue's decision angered prosecutors and police, who said Snipes' criminal record warranted hard time.

"We asked for 30 straight because Rosey already has had several bites of the apple," said Chief Assistant State Attorney Henry Lee.

Last December, Circuit Judge Lee Haworth placed Snipes on 15 years probation for assaulting a Sarasota police officer and warned Snipes he would go to prison the next time he came before the court.

Snipes, 28, has been arrested twice since then, on robbery charges and probation violations. He pleaded guilty Friday to that robbery and to another robbery that occurred in 1989. The probation charges were dropped this year.

Instead of prison, Blue ordered Snipes to enter a drug treatment center, placed him on house arrest for two years and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service work.

Shot putter Barnes asks to come back

WASHINGTON -- Shot put world record holder Randy Barnes asked a panel of The Athletics Congress, which governs American track and field, to lift his suspension for steroid use.

In his appeal, the 1988 Olympic silver medalist said the Aug. 7 drug test that led to the halt in his career was mishandled from start to finish by officials in Sweden.

If the three-member panel recommends his suspension be lifted and TAC accepts the ruling, Barnes could compete in American meets while awaiting appeal of his suspension by the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

Barnes, 24, was suspended by the IAAF this fall after authorities said he tested positive for use of methyltestosterone at a meet in Malmo, Sweden. He won that event with a put of 74 feet, 11 1/4 inches, three months after he set the world record of 75-10 1/4 at Los Angeles.

Norwegian skier cruises in slalom event

Ole Christian Furuseth of Norway cruised to his second World Cup slalom victory of the season, beating Swedish sensation Tomas Fogdoe in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia.

Furuseth, 23, clocked a winning time of 1 minute, 46.80 seconds, leaving Fogdoe 15 hundredths of a second behind.

Furuseth and Fogdoe also were 1-2 last Tuesday at a World Cup slalom in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy. Alberto Tomba of Italy, who missed a gate, still leads the overall World Cup standings with 97 points. Furuseth nine points back.

Elsewhere in skiing, Blanca Fernandez-Ochoa of Spain returned from injury to win the World Cup women's slalom after series leader Petra Kronberger of Austria faltered in the first run at Morzine, France.

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