Sharp, Stewart Establish New Speed Standards

From Staff and Wire Reports

Scott Sharp and Tony Stewart became the first Indy Racing League drivers to exceed 170 mph in the league’s new cars on a one-mile oval Wednesday during the second annual Test in the West at Phoenix International Raceway.

Stewart was the first, turning a lap at 170.455 mph in the morning session in Team Menard’s G Force-Oldsmobile Aurora.

Sharp then turned a lap at 170.697 mph in A.J. Foyt’s G Force-Aurora.

The race is the Indy Racing League Phoenix 200, March 21-23 at Phoenix, the fourth event of the 1996-97 IRL season.



Riddick Bowe says adjusting to screaming drill instructors was a “complete shock,” and he quickly realized family life was more important to him than Marine boot camp.

“Contrary to many media accounts, the physical training was not difficult for me,” the former heavyweight champion said in his first comments since leaving the Marines Friday after only 10 days of boot camp.



Top-ranked Pete Sampras rediscovered his big serve and breezed past Marcelo Filippini, 6-4, 6-1, at the Advanta Championships in Philadelphia.

Another top player fell, however, when Jonathan Stark upset third-seeded Paul Haarhuis, 6-3, 6-4.

In other news, Russian star Andrei Chesnokov had screws implanted in his broken right leg at Graduate Hospital. No prognosis was given on when he will return.

Defending champion Goran Ivanisevic won two tiebreakers to defeat Cedric Pioline, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-2), to reach the quarterfinals of the Italian Indoors in Milan.

Winter Sports

Lyubov Egorova, a six-time Olympic champion from Russia, failed a drug test during the World Nordic Ski Championships at Trondheim, Norway, and probably will be banned from her sport for two years.

Pro Football

The Detroit Lions will move their training camp out of the Silverdome for the first time since 1990 and hold workouts at Saginaw State University. . . . Pro Bowl running back Terry Allen re-signed with the Washington Redskins.


Names in the News

Juan Antonio Samaranch, 77, said he will seek a fourth term as head of the International Olympic Committee, a post he has held without challenge since 1980. . . . David Carter, an English golfer scheduled to play in the Dubai Desert Classic, was found unconscious in his hotel room and required emergency brain surgery. Carter, 24, is to stay at the hospital a few more days. He is in stable condition.