April 19, 1997 in Sports

Miscellany

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Junior Jones punched almost nonstop from the opening bell to score a unanimous 12-round decision in his rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas and retain the WBO junior featherweight title he won from Barrera in their first fight in November.

Twenty-two years after winning the NCAA men’s gymnastics championship, California finally did it again, beating Oklahoma and Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Troy Dumais, 17, battled from fourth place to retain the men’s 1-meter springboard title in the U.S. Spring National Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. It was his third national title.

Ryan Jones, a high-scoring, 6-foot-3 guard from Capital High in Olympia, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Portland.

An Australian team smashed an 11-year-old world record in the 800-meter men’s freestyle relay and Claudia Poll of Costa Rica beat her own world record in the 200-meter freestyle in the finals of the World Swimming Short Course Championship in Goteborg, Sweden.

The Australians finished in 7 minutes, 2.74 seconds, lopping more than 2 seconds off the old record of 7:05.17 set by a West German team in 1986. Poll’s 1:54.17 broke the 1:55.42 record she set in the last shortcourse championships two years ago.

Trent Shippen, for the past three years women’s basketball coach at Ricks College, has been hired for BYU’s job.

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