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Marino claims Virginia State Amateur title by defeating Decker

Second-year Virginia golfer Steve Marino captured the 86th Virginia State Amateur golf championship. He defeated two-time champion Keith Decker 5-and-4 in match play competition Saturday.

The 19-year old golfer, who hails from Fairfax, will have his name etched on the Schwarzchild Brothers trophy. The State Amateur champion claims the hardware each year. Past winners include Curtis Strange and Vinny Giles. Current No. 1 amateur golfer Tom McKnight, who is a University alumnus, also won the title.

Making waves: Cavalier men's swimmer Doak Finch came home sixth in the 200-meter butterfly at the World University games in Spain. His time was 2:01.91.

The winner's time of 1:58.69 came from the United States' Jeff Somensatto.

Semis for Stockton: Virginia men's tennis coach Dick Stockton and his partner Jaime Fillol reached the Gentlemen's 45-and-up Doubles Championship semifinals at the Wimbledon Championships last week.

The duo lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to Brian Gottfried and Tom Gullickson of the United States in the semifinals.

Sharpshooting president: Florida State's athletic director Dave Hart, Jr. was selected as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) president. Members also chose Maryland athletic director Deborah Yow as the first vice president.

Yow will assume the presidency in July 2000.

Haywood's heyday: North Carolina junior center Brendan Haywood poured in 15 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to help lead the United States to a preliminary round victory in the World University games.

Connecticut's Kevin Freeman scored 18 points in the 96-77 win. The Americans' winning streak stands at a record 33 games.

Show me the money: NBA Rookie of the Year Vince Carter, a former UNC standout, extended his agreement with agent Tank Black to the year 2011.

Black is under scrutiny for by the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA accused Black of making illegal contact with University of Florida football players before their eligibility had expired.

NBA to begin marijuana, steroid testing: The NBA has added marijuana and steroids to its substance-testing list.

All players will be tested when training camp opens in October. Rookies will be tested four times a season at random.

Marijuana can stay in a person's system for up to three months, which means that if a player smokes in July then it could still be traced in October. The NBA Player's Association wants its players to take notice of the new policies.

Mile record falls: Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj broke the World Record time in the mile in Rome yesterday. The record-breaking time was 3:43.13.

The second place finisher, Kenyan Noah Ngeny, also broke the old record. He crossed the line in 3:43.40

The previous mark of 3:44.39 has stood for nearly six years. Noureddine Morceli of Algeria set the record Sept. 5, 1993.

Don't just do it: The maker of Titleist golf balls is suing Nike for some of its adds featuring Tiger Woods.

One commercial features Woods bouncing a golf ball on his club face before flipping it up in the air and hitting it like a baseball. The other features regular golfers at a driving range with Tiger hitting the ball 300 yards.

Acushnet Co. filed a 20-page suit in U.S. District Court last week. The company contends that the ads violate its exclusive $20 million contract with Woods to endorse its balls and clubs. The company is seeking unspecified monetary damages and hopes that talks with Nike will convince them to pull the ads.

Fast in France: Italy's Mario Cipollini's photo finish with Germany's Erik Zabel set a new speed record at the Tour de France yesterday.

Cipollini won stage four with a new record of 31 miles-per-hour. The previous 30 mph record was set in 1993.

Estonia's Jaan Kirsipuu finished fifth in the stage, but maintained the overall lead to keep the leader's yellow jersey.

A-Rod not an All-Star: The American League's wealth of shortstops can not all be all-stars. Seattle's Alex Rodriguez found that out the hard way yesterday when the All-Star team reserves were announced.

Cleveland's Omar Vizquel and Yankee Derek Jeter were named as the reserve shortstops to Boston's Nomar Garciaparra.

Other notables left out of the All-Star game include Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Mo Vaughn, Barry Bonds and Kevin Brown. Maddux has been an All-Star for the past five years, while Bonds had appeared for seven straight seasons.

Stuffing the ballot box, literally: Chris Nandor of Carver, Mass., wrote a computer program to take full advantage of Major League Baseball's All-Star voting on the Internet.

The program evades a computer's ability to detect how many votes are cast from a specific location. Voters were allowed 22 votes each, based on the average number of home games for each team during the voting period.

The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that Nandor tried to vote for Garciaparra 25,259 times June 25-27. He set is computer to vote repeatedly throughout that stretch. The Major League caught the box-stuffing attempt and disallowed the votes.

Garciaparra still won the starter's role by narrowly edging Jeter in the voting's final week, 1,089,974 to 1,069,528.