Briefly 3/3/03

Monday, March 3, 2003

Football

Cornerback Aeneas Williams, among four players released by the St. Louis Rams late last week, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the team. Contract terms weren't immediately available.

Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl player, missed the last half of the 2002 season with ankle and leg injuries. He has been working out at Rams Park nearly every day during the offseason, and is almost fully recovered.

Golf

Frank Lickliter II shot a final round 3-under-par 69 Sunday to finish at 19-under 269 and win the Chrysler Classic of Tucson by two strokes over Chad Campbell.

Campbell had a final round 5-under 67. Brenden Pappas shot a 68 to take third at 16-under 272.

Running

Mark Yatich surged past two-time defending champion Stephen Ndungu in the final feet Sunday to win the Los Angeles Marathon by just two seconds.

Tatyana Pozdnyakova, a 47-year-old Ukrainian, won the women's division, becoming the oldest woman ever to win a major city marathon.

Yatich completed the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds.

Pozdnyakova finished in 2:29:40.

Track & Field

Stacy Dragila broke the world indoor record in the pole vault Sunday by clearing 15 feet, 8 1/4 inches at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston.

Dragila had already won the title at 14-5. She then cleared 15-1 as a warmup before going for the record of 15-7 3/4 by Russian Svetlana Feofanova.

Dragila won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, and she holds the outdoor world record of 15-9 1/4.

Yachting

Switzerland, a country without an ocean, owns the biggest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports after winning the America's Cup Sunday in Auckland, New Zealand.

Biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his sailing crew, including seven New Zealanders, completed the historic five-race sweep of Team New Zealand, the two-time defending champion.

--From wire reports

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