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* Linford Christie, the 1992 Olympic 100-meter champion, was cleared Monday of drug charges by the UK Athletics panelbecause it "could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt" that Christie used prohibited substances despite traces of the steroid Nandrolone showing in a urine sample he gave after a meet in Germany in February. Now, the International Amateur Athletic Federation will consider the findings of the UK Athletics investigation before deciding whether to take action against the 39-year-old sprinter.

* Jockey Kent Desormeaux broke two bones in his wrist and sustained a deep leg bruise Monday in a spill at Del Mar Race Track in California. Desormeaux, who injured his right wrist and upper left leg, will be sidelined indefinitely.

* Sunny skies and a healthy economy this season helped Saratoga Race Course set the following records: total attendance of 920,218, a 3.7 percent increase over 1998; on track and simulcast wagering surpassed the previous North American record by 17 percent with $531,558,811 bet during the 36-day meet; the daily average crowd was 25,562 betting an on-track daily average of $3.1 million, an increase of 5.4 percent over last year; the season's largest crowd was 66,000, a track record.

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