Friday, August 6, 2004

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Bulldogs basketball on 4 years' probation

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's men's basketball team was placed on four years' probation Thursday for rules violations under former coach Jim Harrick involving academic fraud, unethical conduct and improper benefits.

The NCAA decided not to impose a one-year postseason ban, citing the school's self-imposed penalties that banned it from the 2003 Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments.

The school's athletic department is on notice for the next five years. A violation by any Georgia athletic program before April 2009 could result in stiffer penalties.

Athletic director Damon Evans said Georgia plans to appeal and said he found the punishment too strict in light of the school's self-imposed penalties.

"Because of this, and the cooperation the university has exhibited throughout the investigation process, it is our opinion that four years' probation and the scholarship reductions are excessive," Evans said.

The basketball team will lose one scholarship for each of the next three seasons, forfeit its 30 victories from the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons and lose official credit for participating in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

The violations centered on former assistant Jim Harrick Jr., son of the Bulldogs' former head coach.

The NCAA found Harrick Jr. violated principles of ethical conduct by providing $300 in a wire transfer to Eva Davis, a friend of former Georgia player Tony Cole's, for Cole's personal expenses. The NCAA also found Harrick Jr. violated the ethical conduct code during the fall semester of 2001 when he gave an 'A' to three players - Cole, Rashad Wright and Chris Daniels - who did not attend the class in basketball strategy he was teaching, then encouraged them to lie to investigators.

EASTERN KENTUCKY: EKU signed basketball coach Travis Ford to a multiyear contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

Ford is 39-71 in four seasons at Eastern Kentucky.

College football

KENTUCKY: Kentucky's Mitch Barnhart and Louisville's Tom Jurich said the schools' series, which resumed in 1994 after a 70-year hiatus, is in no jeopardy of ending despite a disagreement on when to schedule the game. The current contract for the series runs out in 2005.

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said last year that the Wildcats might prefer to schedule the game later in the season; Louisville officials want the game at the beginning of the season.


ROGERS CUP: Amelie Mauresmo withstood a challenge to advance with Anastasia Myskina and Jennifer Capriati to the quarterfinals at Montreal.

Second-seeded Mauresmo, the 2002 champion, righted herself after a rough second set to defeat 14th-seeded Elena Bovina 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Mauresmo advanced to a match today with No. 12 Karolina Sprem, who beat No. 7 Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-4.

Myskina defeated No. 15 Chanda Rubin 6-4, 6-0; No. 5 Capriati ousted Mary Pierce 6-2, 6-4.


AVALANCHE: Forward Milan Hejduk was awarded a $5.7 million contract for next season in arbitration. He had 35 goals and 40 assists in 82 games last season, when he earned $3.2 million.

MAPLE LEAFS: Defenseman Bryan McCabe and center Nik Antropov re-signed with Toronto.

McCabe, who had 53 points and finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting last season, agreed to a $9 million, two-year deal.

Antropov has a one-year deal worth $1.3 million. He had 13 goals and 18 assists in 62 games last season.

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