Olympic wrestler suffers frostbite

Posted: February 17, 2002

Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner was listed in fair condition yesterday after surviving a frigid night in Wyoming's backcountry.

Family members said Gardner was being treated for frostbite. It was unclear how long he would remain hospitalized at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Temperatures Thursday night dipped to 20 degrees below zero in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where Gardner got stuck in deep snow while snowmobiling with three friends.

Russell Gardner, Rulon's older brother, said the wrestler kept moving as long as he could, then dug a shelter for himself beneath some trees. Near sunrise, he moved to a clearing where a search plane spotted him early Friday.

Gardner was snowmobiling with three others when he was separated from the group and became lost. When the others realized he was missing, they went for help. He was found 15 miles from the nearest trail.

Baseball

Atlanta Braves righthander John Smoltz will not be ready to throw off a mound for at least another week while he recovers from an infection on his right thumb.

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At least 60 Florida Marlins employees were fired as Jeffrey Loria closed on his purchase of the team from John Henry.

Kevin Tapani, 37, has retired. After winning eight of his first nine starts for the Chicago Cubs in 2001, Tapani finished 9-14 with a 4.49 ERA. He finished with a career record of 143-125 and a 4.35 ERA in 13 seasons.

Tennis

Top-seeded Venus Williams advanced to the final of the WTA Diamond Games in Antwerp, downing Amelie Mauresmo, 7-6 (7), 6-0.

Williams will face second-seeded Belgian Justine Henin, who beat a surprisingly strong Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Top-seeded Monica Seles needed three sets to beat Alicia Molik to advance to the final of the Qatar Open.

No. 4 Tamarine Tanasugarn easily advanced to the final, defeating Janette Husarova, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2).

Lars Burgsmuller beat Magnus Larsson, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2), to advance to the final of the Copenhagen Open against Olivier Rochus.

In the first semifinal, Rochus beat Davide Sanguinetti, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Thomas Enqvist survived two match points before beating defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (10), 6-4, to advance to the final of the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France.

Enqvist will face unseeded Nicolas Escude in the championship match. Escude beat Cedric Pioline, 6-3, 7-5, to advance.

Enqvist, who won the title in 1997 and 1998, survived match points in the second-set tiebreaker at 7-8 and 8-9.

Colleges

La Salle junior Sheila Klick was named outstanding female track performer and St. Joseph's senior Brian Rosetti was named outstanding male track performer at the Atlantic Ten Conference indoor championships in Kingston, R.I.

Klick won the mile in 4 minutes, 57.26 seconds and was second in the 3,000 meters in 9:54.61. She then ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay team that set a meet record of 9:07.26.

Rosetti won the mile in 4:11.24.

Noteworthy

University of Miami linebacker Chris Campbell, a starter on the Hurricanes' national championship team, was killed in a car accident early yesterday in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 21.

Campbell apparently lost control of the Toyota Corolla he was driving and hit a tree about 4 a.m., a spokesman for the Coral Gables Police Department said.

Two people died in a helicopter crash in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., while on the way to pick up NASCAR team owner and former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. A sheriff's helicopter spotted the wreckage in a remote, swampy area about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, a spokesman said.

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