Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Sports digest


Silence was requested, La Salle coach says

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Former La Salle University men's basketball coach Billy Hahn took no action a year ago when first approached by a female student who says she was sexually assaulted by one of his players.

But Hahn, who acknowledged his inaction Tuesday, denied discouraging the woman from going to police, and said he kept silent at her request.

"I asked her several times, 'What do you want me to do about this?' ... She told me she just wanted to forget about it and let it go away," Hahn said.

Hahn resigned last week after two of his former players were charged with raping a 19-year-old woman who had been working at a youth basketball camp run by John Miller, the coach of La Salle's women's basketball team. Miller also resigned.

During the investigation, a second woman came forward and allegedly told police she had been sexually assaulted by another male basketball player at La Salle in 2003 while she was a member of the women's team.

The male player has not been charged and his name has not been made public.

SAINT LOUIS: Antwan Alexander, a junior-college transfer guard, has been released from his national letter of intent, Billikens coach Brad Soderberg said, citing academic considerations.

Auto racing

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was "feeling better" and resting comfortably at home Tuesday while Dale Earnhardt Inc. prepared his No. 8 Chevrolet for Sunday's Winston Cup race at Pocono International Raceway.

Earnhardt, still feeling severe pain from second-degree burns to his legs, neck and chin sustained in a sports car crash the previous week, drove the first 61 laps of last Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway before giving up the driver's seat to rookie Martin Truex Jr.

Jade Gurss, a spokesman for Earnhardt, said Tuesday the driver hopes to drive the entire Pennsylvania 500 on Sunday but will have veteran John Andretti - a part-time DEI driver this season - standing by.

Tennis

ACURA CLASSIC: Top-seeded Serena Williams overcame a foot injury and an unexpected challenge from Jelena Jankovic but won her second-round match 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 at the Acura Classic.

Serena's injury appeared to happen in the fifth game of the third set. She had the instep of her left foot taped.

Venus Williams had even bigger problems and withdrew from her first-round match against Gisela Dulko because of a sprained right wrist that forced her out of last week's WTA event.

No. 10 Nadia Petrova was the only seeded player to lose, falling 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to Elena Likhovtseva.

MASTERS CANADA: After rain forced a nine-hour delay at Toronto, it subsided long enough for No. 1 Roger Federer to take on Hicham Arazi. Federer won the opening set 6-3, but rain began falling again, and action was suspended until today.

Hockey

CANUCKS: Vancouver re-signed goaltender Dan Cloutier and center Brendan Morrison to one-year contracts. Cloutier's deal is worth $3 million; terms of Morrison's contract were not immediately released.

Cloutier was 33-21-6 with a 2.27 goals-against average last season. Morrison had 22 goals and 38 assists.

COYOTES: Free agent defenseman Derek Morris signed a $3.5 million, one-year qualifying offer. He played in a league-leading 83 games last season and had six goals and 26 assists.

Horse racing

NTRA: Tim Smith resigned as commissioner and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, effective Sept. 1. He is in negotiations to become president and CEO of the New York Racing Association.

SOCCER UPDATE

Week in review: The Ladyhawks closed the 2004 season with a 1-0 overtime win against the West Michigan Edge. The Ladyhawks dominated play but were unable to find the back of the net in regulation. In the third minute of overtime, Amy Mink found Andrea Cunningham, who sealed the victory with a shot past the keeper. The Ladyhawks ended the season 4-9.

Key players: Cunningham was the offensive MVP as she scored the game-winner and had some outstanding chances throughout the match. Goalkeeper Leah Miller was called on to make a number of key saves to seal the shutout. Miller recorded shutouts the final two matches of the season.

Central defender Erica Nollen also provided some tough defense. All three of these players have been nominated for all-league awards, which will be handed out at the end of the playoffs.

Injuries: Miller took the most punishment in this match while diving to make some key saves. She was able to shake the injuries off and continue to play to secure the shutout.

Upcoming: Now that the season is over, the Ladyhawks who are still in college will return to their respective teams to start preseason conditioning. Many of the Ladyhawks who have completed their college eligibility will be give clinics, offer training and visit various elementary schools to talk with students about soccer.

If you are interested in having the Ladyhawks visit your school, visit the Ladyhawks' Web site (www.ladyhawks.com) for more details, or call 772-KICK.

ROLLER HOCKEY UPDATE

Tuesday's review: With four days of competition remaining, Tour Mudcats from the Midget Platinum division (10 and under) are the latest national champions decided at the North American Roller Hockey Championships.

The Mudcats, from Simi Valley, Calif., edged Missouri's Team Tour 6-5. The Mudcats had been ranked No. 1 in North America in many polls this season.

Local teams: The Cincinnati-based Skatetown Swords '93 lost to the Anaheim (Calif.) Mission Bulldogs Blue 8-0 in mite platinum preliminary action.

Vive la France: Division I action continues for the Frenchies, the first team from France to be entered in NARCh tournament play. The Frenchies opened action with a 6-0 loss to the Mission Snipers (N.Y.). Division I playoffs and semifinal action continue later today.

Today's schedule: Cincinnati teams ramp up action as the ProJoy Cincinnati Storm face Mission AKS San Clemente '94 and Anaheim Mission Bulldogs White, and Skatetown Swords '94 go up against Anaheim Mission Bulldogs White and Mission Primal in Mite Silver preliminaries.

Also today are the Pee Wee and Mite All Star games, and finals in Pee Wee Platinum and Mite Platinum.

NARCh continues through the end of the month at Sports Plus in Evendale. For more information, log on to www.narch.com




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Bengals e-mail Q&A
Marvin Lewis chat transcript
Williams surprises Sanders
Raiders release safety Woodson

REDS / BASEBALL
Season running out of steam
Photos of Tuesday's game
Acevedo gets game plan ready
Finley won't play for East Coast team
Mets outfielder Spencer charged with DUI
NL: Pirates pull off another comeback
AL: Crisp's five RBI help Indians topple Tigers
AAA: Richmond 5, Louisville 3

OLYMPICS
Okafor sprains ankle; Duncan misses practice
Olympics special section
Photo gallery: A look at local Olympians
Editorial: Congratulations to our local Olympians
2004 Summer Olympics schedule
Olympics guide, multimedia

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