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IAAF Wants White's Medals

September 10, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations ruled Tuesday that American sprinter Kelli White committed a doping offense when she tested positive for a stimulant and should lose her world titles in the 100 and 200 meters.

The IAAF rejected White's explanation that she took the stimulant for narcolepsy, a sleep disorder, and sent the case to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a hearing and disciplinary action.

The USADA said it had not received any information from the IAAF. Once the information is received, the agency will begin a review process that could last months.

The IAAF made clear it expects U.S. authorities to strip White of the medals.

White tested positive for modafinil after winning the 100 on Aug. 24 at Paris. She passed a drug test after winning the 200 four days later.

Tennis

U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick will lead the U.S. Davis Cup team in a best-of-five series at Slovakia on Sept. 19-21 in a World Group playoff.

Roddick will be joined by Mardy Fish, James Blake, Brian Vahaly and twins Bob and Mike Bryan. The nominations by the U.S. Tennis Assn. and captain Patrick McEnroe were submitted to the International Tennis Federation.

College Sports

Vanderbilt will eliminate its athletic department in a shake-up designed to curb the ills of big-time college athletics.

Vanderbilt will continue playing intercollegiate sports, but the reorganization merges the departments that control varsity and intramural athletics, putting sports under the central university administration, the school said.

The Baylor faculty senate passed by a 26-6 vote a "no confidence" motion for embattled President Robert Sloan.

The senate will recommend that Sloan be ousted to Baylor's board of regents, which opens a two-day meeting Thursday.

Baylor is reeling from the fatal shooting of basketball player Patrick Dennehy, the arrest of former player Carlton Dotson on a murder charge and revelations of NCAA rules violations in the basketball program.

Last month, Sloan accepted the resignations of coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton and put the program on voluntary probation.

UC Irvine will be among 46 men's basketball teams to participate in ESPN's Bracket Buster on Feb. 21. The Anteaters will be the road team in one of 23 games that day against an opponent to be determined.

The Anteaters' participation does not guarantee a television appearance on the ESPN network, which will show 10 games.

Irvine's Big West Conference home game against Utah State on Feb. 28 will be shown on ESPN2. It will be the first time the network has televised a game at the Bren Center in nearly 15 years.

Vanguard Athletic Director Bob Wilson will serve as interim coach of the men's basketball team after the resignation of first-year coach Jim Degroot.

Wilson said Degroot, who was hired in April, stepped down Monday to focus on raising his two children.

Jurisprudence

Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth, serving a prison term of 18 years 11 months in connection with the 1999 murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, will not contest a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the victim's mother, Saundra Adams. The baby survived an emergency delivery.

Miscellany

Unrestricted free-agent center Joe Nieuwendyk, 37, who last season played with the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils, signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NASCAR's annual All-Star race will remain at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., next season as part of a 36-race Nextel Cup schedule. The race is scheduled for May 22.

Passings

Wilbur Snapp, a minor league baseball organist who was ejected by an umpire for playing "Three Blind Mice" during a game in 1985, died Saturday at South Pasadena, Fla. He was 83. Story in Section B.

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