Sports briefs 3/26/04

Friday, March 26, 2004

Baseball

  • The Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday for minor league left-hander Andy Pratt and infielder Richard Lewis.

    College

  • Auburn women's basketball coach Joe Ciampi retired, ending a quarter-century with a team he once led to three straight national championship games. He is the 10th winningest coach in the sport's history (607-213), and he took the Tigers to the NCAA tournament 16 times.

    Football

  • City and state officials announced plans for a $1.4 billion stadium for the New York Jets that would also anchor New York's bid for the 2012 summer Olympics. Officials also announced plans to nearly double the size of the Jacob K. Javits Center next door, which will cost another $1.4 billion. The Jets have agreed to spend $800 million on the stadium, but the city and state would have to pay $600 million.

    Hockey

  • Eric Lindros had surgery Thursday to repair a tear in his right shoulder. The New York Rangers' center, already sidelined following the eighth concussion of his career, hasn't played since Jan. 28 .

    Skating

  • On a night when everyone seemed to pull off a quadruple jump, Johnny Weir and Michael Weiss could not -- and the American men went home without a medal for the first time in 10 years. Weir, the American champion, and Weiss, who has won the American title three times, finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men's final at the World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday. Russian Evgeni Plushenko won his third world title, defeating French rival Brian Joubert. Stefan Lindemann of Germany was third and Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland fourth. All four landed quads.

    -- From wire reports

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