FanFare 4/14/03

Monday, April 14, 2003



  • Umpire Jerry Layne left a Boston hospital to be checked out by baseball's doctors on Sunday, a day after he was hit in the facemask by a pitch from Pedro Martinez.

    Layne was diagnosed with a cervical sprain. He was hospitalized overnight before flying to Arizona for further examination, Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said.

    Layne was injured in the fourth inning of Saturday night's game between the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles when a rising fastball grazed the top of catcher Jason Varitek's glove before hitting Layne squarely in the mask in front of his forehead.

    After a brief discussion between third base umpire Dana DeMuth and Layne about the count, Batista lined the next pitch into left field for a single. Layne remained in the game for the rest of the half inning, then departed before the Red Sox came to bat in the bottom of the fourth.


  • Marco Antonio Barrera retained his world featherweight title by stopping former champion Kevin Kelley in the fourth round late Saturday night in Las Vegas.

    Barrera (57-3, 40 Ks) knocked Kelley down once in the first and twice more in the fourth before the one-sided bout at the MGM Grand was stopped at 1:32 of the fourth round. Barrera earned $1 million.

    Kelley (54-6-2) insisted he wasn't solely in it for the $300,000 payday and would reclaim his past glory. Instead, Barrera delivered a frightful beating that exposed Kelley as a slow and aging fighter.


  • England's Paula Radcliffe won the London Marathon in a world-best time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds Sunday, cutting nearly two minutes off her previous mark.

    Radcliffe pulled clear of the field at the start, and ran 5:10 on her first mile as she followed two male pacesetters hired by race officials. She cut 1:53 off her previous best, set in Chicago six months ago.

    American Deena Drossin finished third in 2:21.15, surpassing the American best of 2:26:53, set by Joan Benoit in Chicago in 1985. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya was second in 2:19.54, more than four minutes behind the winner.

    In the men's race, defending Olympic and world champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia beat Stefano Baldini of Italy in a sprint to the finish.

    Abera and Baldini were both clocked in 2:07.56. Kenya's Joseph Ngolepus was third in 2:07:57, and countryman Paul Tergat was fourth in 2:07:59.


  • Serena Williams is capable of losing, and everyone on the WTA Tour can thank

    Justine Henin-Hardenne emphatically ended Serena Williams' 21-0 start to the season by beating the world's No. 1 player 6-3, 6-4 Sunday for the Family Circle Cup title in Charleston, S.C.

    Williams' last loss came against another Belgian, Kim Clijsters, in the 2002 season-ending Tour Championship in November.

    "This doesn't change anything about the great champion that Serena is. But it means that today we could see that we can do these things against her, and she can be frustrated, too," Henin-Hardenne said. "I think it's good for the other players that we can see that."

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