Sports briefs 6/14/04

Monday, June 14, 2004

Diving

  • Going right to her last dive, Laura Wilkinson survived a scare at the U.S. trials Sunday and earned a chance to defend her gold medal at the Olympics. Wilkinson, a surprise winner of the 10-meter platform at Sydney four years ago, went to the final round with a scant 5.37-point lead over high schooler Brittany Viola, the daughter of former major league pitcher Frank Viola. Wilkinson, 26, barely made a ripple on her final dive, a backward pike 2 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twists -- the most difficult in her repertoire. Her marks: a row of 9s broken up by one 8.5, giving her a total of 878.85 points. The precarious lead became a comfortable victory over Viola, who settled for second with 836.40. Because of IOC rules limiting the number of spots for each country, Viola won't be on the Olympic team. The second spot in platform will go to the highest-scoring member of the winning synchro team, Sara Hildebrand.

    Motorsports

  • Michael Schumacher won for the seventh time in eight races this year, overcoming a season-worst sixth-place start to take the Canadian Grand Prix. It was the third straight victory and fourth in five years for the German driver on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. His seven victories here is a Formula One record for wins at one track. For the second year in a row, Schumacher crossed the finish line just ahead of younger brother Ralf's Williams-BMW. Michael's Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, wound up third.

    Tennis

  • Wimbledon champion Roger Federer routed Mardy Fish 6-0, 6-3 to retain his Gerry Weber Open title and run his winning streak on grass to 17 matches. The top-ranked Swiss took just 57 minutes to beat the hard-serving American in the final and win his fifth title this year.

    -- From wire reports

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