Bittersweet Victory for Schumacher

From Staff and Wire Reports

Two-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, driving a Ferrari, won the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal on Sunday when the 2.747-mile, 15-turn circuit race was shortened by 15 laps because of crash that left Olivier Panis with two broken legs.

David Coulthard held the lead and was taking a pit stop when his engine stalled. As Coulthard’s crew desperately tried to restart his Mercedes-McLaren, Panis slid through a turn, tagged a concrete barrier with the nose of his Prost-Mugen Honda and slammed hard into a tire wall. Officials said Panis, who suffered fractures to both legs, was conscious and in stable condition at Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal.

“I hate to win a race like that, and I feel badly for Olivier,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher, who averaged 115.253 mph, took the series points lead from Jacques Villeneuve with his second victory of the season and the 24th of his career.


Villeneuve crashed his Williams-Renault during the second lap.


A Joest Porsche won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the second consecutive year after factory-backed Porsches dropped out while comfortably leading at Le Mans, France.

Michele Alboreto, Stefan Johansson and Tom Kristensen combined for the victory with more than 360 laps completed. Their car had led in qualifying on the 8.456-mile circuit, and averaged 126.9 mph in the race.



Tom Hoover, making his second NHRA appearance since heart bypass surgery in April, edged Whit Bazemore in the Funny Car final of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at Hebron, Ohio.


Tom Kendall won his fifth consecutive Trans-Am title, defeating Dorsey Schroeder by 0.546 seconds in the 45-lap, 101.25-mile event on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at Lexington, Ohio.


Top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia fought off three match points to defeat Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), and claim his first title of the year at the Gerry Weber Open at Halle, Germany.

Kafelnikov collected $122,000 in the tuneup event for Wimbledon.

A week after winning the French Open, Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil could not keep pace with Felix Mantilla of Spain and lost, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, in the final of the Carisbo International on clay at Bologna, Italy.


Australian Mark Philippoussis needed 53 minutes to defeat Goran Ivanisevic, 7-5, 6-3, in the final of the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament at London. Philippoussis had 91 aces, including 15 in the final, to win his third title this year and his fourth in nine months.

Nathalie Tauziat of France defeated Yayuk Basuki, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, to win the DFS Classic grass-court championship at Birmingham, England.

Track and Field

Marion Jones, the former Thousand Oaks High School standout, became a double-winner at the USA Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, defeating Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the long jump.

Joyner-Kersee, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, two-time world champion and American record-holder, had won seven consecutive national long jump titles until the 21-year-old Jones ended that streak.

Jones leaped 22 feet 9 inches, a career-best and the world’s longest outdoor jump by a woman this year, as she became the No. 6 performer in U.S. history.

Jones also ran the world’s two fastest times in the 100 preliminaries and semifinals, 10.98 and 10.92 seconds Wednesday, then won the final Thursday at 10.97.

The last woman to sweep both the 100 and long jump at the USA Championships was Sheila Echols in 1988.


In other events, Seneca Lassiter became the first to sweep the NCAA and national championships in the men’s 1,500 since Sydney Maree of Villanova in 1981, winning at 3:45.85. Steve Holman was disqualified from his second-place finish for pushing another competitor.

Melissa Morrison won the women’s 100 hurdles at 12.61, the world’s fastest this year.

John Godina, the 1995 world champion and the 1996 Olympic silver medalist in the shot put, threw the discus 221 feet, the second-best in the world this year and the longest by an American.

In a rare plea for help in monitoring world-class athletes, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch urged more countries to take a stand on stopping the use of performance-enhancing drugs during a news conference at the 13th Mediterranean Games in Bari, Italy.

“There are two different worlds,” he said. “The one that is fighting doping and the one that is not fighting doping. Some sports organizations do a lot, some do very little, and some do nothing. That is unacceptable. We can’t allow doping in sports.”


Vladimir Konstantinov remained in a coma in Royal Oak, Mich. hospital two days after suffering head injuries during a limousine accident. But Konstantinov’s doctor is encouraged that the Detroit Red Wing defenseman appears to be responding to music and voices. . . . Five teenagers were charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a bystander caught in a gang fight during the Chicago Bulls’ championship celebration. Conception Diaz, 32, was waiting for a bus on his way home from work when he was fatally shot by a gunman during a street celebration shortly after the Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz Friday night.

Roberto Duran of Panama won for the 100th time, defeating Jorge Castro of Argentina by unanimous decision in a 10-round middleweight bout at Panama City. . . . . Sugar Ray Leonard, a world champion in five weight classes, and promoter Don King were among 13 people enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, N.Y. . . . Marco Etcheverry and Cesar Baldivieso scored goals as Bolivia defeated Peru, 2-0, and clinched a spot of the quarterfinals of the America Cup, South America’s soccer championship at La Paz, Bolivia.

Massimiliano Lelli of Italy won the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championships, completing 156 miles in a race-record time of 5 hours 54 minutes 50 seconds at Philadelphia. . . . Gabrielle Reece had 13 kills as Team NIKE defeated Team Paul Mitchell, 14-6, to win the women’s tournament for the second consecutive week at the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League event at Chicago. In the men’s final, Jeff Nygaard’s seven blocks sparked ABVL to a 15-8 win over Team Outdoor Products. . . . Top-seeded Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak captured their third consecutive Evian Women’s Pro Beach Volleyball Tour title, defeating second-seeded Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno, 15-13, at Irving, Texas.