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Gold medal-winning Olympic sprinter Donovan Bailey faces motor vehicle charges after he crashed a Mercedes-Benz that he won in the 1995 World Championships, early Monday morning. Bailey was driving the 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 in Mississauga at around 3 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, which skidded sideways, hit a concrete pole, flipped and caught fire, police said. Bailey has been charged with careless driving and leaving an accident scene.

University of South Alabama hired former University of Mississippi and Texas coach Bob Weltlich as interim head basketball coach, the school said.

Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, 56, is suing his wife of 32 years for divorce. The Washington Post reported that Thompson and his wife, Gwen, 54, have lived apart since a fire damaged their Washington home last year.

President Clinton honored the Tennessee women's and Arizona men's championship college basketball teams at the White House, and told them that his knee injury last March was really a blessing in disguise. "The only good thing about my agonizing injury . . . was I got to see every game in the tournament that was on any channel on television," the president said.

The Goodwill Games alliance between the United States and Russia is over, and no longer will the quadrennial competition be limited strictly to those two countries. The games have been staged since 1986. Next year's event will be in New York from July 19-Aug. 2.

Jamie Sykes, who signed a contract with the major league baseball expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, plans to complete his basketball eligibility at Valparaiso University. The 5-foot-11 guard has started the past two season.

U.S. athletes will not wear commercial logos on their warm-ups at the Winter Olympics in a move to get sporting goods companies to contribute to the Olympic movement, and not just to individual athletes. The company that signs on for the 2002 Winter Games will have to accept USOC's condition that its investment be spread among all American athletes, not just the highly visible ones.

The Cardinals, Rams and Blues oppose an effort by St. Louis to apply a 5 percent amusement tax to the full price of luxury suites and other exclusive seats. The tax is applied to the gross receipts of sports admission charges minus the sales tax collected by the state. At issue is how much of the cost of the box can be considered an admission charge.
ON AIR
Television
BOXING: Joseph Kiwanuka vs. Thomas Tate, super middleweights, 9 p.m., USA.

NHL: Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 11; Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche, 8 p.m., ESPN.
Radio
NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche, 8:05 p.m., 104.1 FM.

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