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March 11, 1994

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Former world champion sprinter Katrin Krabbe is going to become a mother.

Krabbe, who had been fighting a drug-related suspension, told the Bild newspaper Friday that she was three months pregnant.

The 1991 world champion at 100 and 200 meters said he hopes to resume training next year and is aiming at the 1996 Olympics. She is 24.

″The 1996 Games remain my greatest goal,″ Krabbe told Bild. ″If I can practice at full strength next year I think I can still make it to Atlanta.″

The German sprinter was suspended for using the banned substance clenbuterol, an anabolic stimulant. The ban expires in August 1995.

Krabbe fought the suspension on legal technicalities, but an arbitration panel of the International Amateur Athletic Federation upheld the suspension in November.

Krabbe’s advisor, Thorsten Heuser, said she and the two other banned German sprinters may still file a civil lawsuit in an attempt to have the ban lifted.

The IAAF told Krabbe and the German track federation that they risk further sanctions if they continue to challenge the ban.

Bild said Krabbe left her longtime boyfriend Torsten Krentz, a canoeist, in December and began a relationship with her lawyer Michael Zimmermann.

The couple has no immediate plans to marry, Krabbe told Bild.

Krabbe runs a sporting goods store in her hometown Neubrandenburg, near Berlin.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Instead of sending right wing Rick Tocchet to another NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sending him to more back specialists.

General manager Craig Patrick said Friday that Tochett’s bulging disc will necessitate an injection of an anti-inflammatory agent next week.

Tocchet also will take part in conditioning exercises similar to those Mario Lemieux uses to stay in shape and is listed as day to day. Both players are under the care of Dr. Robert Watkins of Los Angeles.

Watkins was the third doctor to evaluate Tocchet.

″Any injury is iffy,″ Patrick said. ″The first time I ever had an injury, it was a knee injury. I went to four different doctors. All four diagnosed it differently. Two said operate, two said don’t operate. I had a cast put on it and five weeks later I was playing.

″Medicine is not an exact science. You have to get as many opinions as you can. Hopefully in the end you make the right decision.″

Although Patrick won’t comment on possible trades, Tocchet had been considered the prime bait as the Penguins search for another defenseman and a physical presence. The NHL trading deadline is March 21. Tocchet would be a valuable commodity if he were healthy and playing.


TORONTO (AP) - Staying Together, the 1993 Harness Horse Horse of the Year and fastest horse in standardbred history, makes his 1994 debut Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.

The 5-year-old pacing gelding, owned by Robert Hamather of Hensall, Ontario, and trained by Bob McIntosh, faces four rivals in a $25,000 Free-For- All event. Staying Together was assigned the outside post position and is listed at 2-1 with Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell scheduled to drive.

″He’s the best horse I’ve ever driven and I’m looking forward to much success with him again this season,″ Donnell said.

Staying Together, who is getting ready for the Graduate Series which begins April 2 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., has had two qualifying races this season at Windsor, Ontario Raceway, winning both by a combined 16 lengths. He is the first Harness Horse of the Year to return to the races since Mack Lobell in 1989.

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