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April 23, 2001
Determined?By Duke biomedical engineering professor Barry Myers, that Dale Earnhardt died from severe whiplash when his car hit the wall during the Daytona 500. The conclusion of Myers, who studied Earnhardt's autopsy report and photos, contradicted NASCAR doctor Steve Bohannon's earlier speculation that a faulty seat belt may have led to Earnhardt's death.
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April 23, 2001

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Determined
?By Duke biomedical engineering professor Barry Myers, that Dale Earnhardt died from severe whiplash when his car hit the wall during the Daytona 500. The conclusion of Myers, who studied Earnhardt's autopsy report and photos, contradicted NASCAR doctor Steve Bohannon's earlier speculation that a faulty seat belt may have led to Earnhardt's death.

Confirmed
? Atlanta, as the site of the 2002 Final Four. NCAA spokesman Wally Renfro said that Georgia's adoption this year of a state flag with a smaller Confederate emblem persuaded his organization not to move the event, as some had suggested it should do.

Adopted
?By the NBA, rules governing the recruiting of free agents and the gifts given by teams to players. Clubs will be prohibited from using personal or team planes to fly in potential signees and will be limited to $1,500 in gifts per year to each of their players. The guidelines are informally being called the Cuban Rules, in reference to the perks Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lavishes on players.

Charged
? Australia-based swimming coach Gennadi Touretski, with possession of anabolic steroids, after a safe that was stolen from his house in Canberra was recovered and found to contain a small amount of Stanazolol. The Australian Sports Commission suspended the Russian-born Touretski pending his court case. Touretski, who coached Russia's Alexander Popov and Australia's Michael Klim to Olympic gold medals, says he's not guilty.

Renamed
?The sports-marketing company owned by the third-winningest woman in tennis history, from Steffi Graf Sport to Stefanie Graf Marketing. The new appellation is in line with Graf's stated preference that she now be called Stefanie.

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