June 9, 1998 |
In what may be the final word on allegations that USC athletes systematically committed academic fraud, the Pacific 10 Conference publicly reprimanded the school Monday but stopped short of recommending an independent investigation or any NCAA penalties. After reviewing a 61-page report submitted by USC in April, which found only two instances of wrongdoing, the Pac-10 released a statement saying that it "accepted the corrective and disciplinary actions taken" by the school.
June 8, 1998 |
Italy's Alex Zanardi used a strategic pit stop to stay in the lead, then pulled away to his third CART FedEx Series victory of the season, winning the ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday. Despite changes to the Belle Isle Raceway road course to try to make it easier for the competitors to pass, most of the 72-lap event on the 2.346-mile, 14-turn circuit looked more like a parade than a race. Zanardi kept the pressure on pole-sitter Greg Moore, rarely falling as much as a second behind.
November 18, 1997 |
Three USC athletes offered an athletic department tutor $200 to $500 to write their papers in the 1996-97 academic year, the former tutor said on Monday. Stephanie Babcock, a tutor who resigned in September, said she has not been interviewed by the Academic Oversight Committee that is close to completing a two-month investigation into allegations of impropriety within the school's Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) program. "The athletes would offer to give their stipend checks," she said.
October 29, 1997 |
USC receiver Mike Bastianelli has been cleared by the NCAA to play Saturday against Washington after serving a two-game suspension for receiving improper assistance on a paper two years ago, but USC's probe into allegations of other improprieties in its academic support program is ongoing. A committee conducting what university counsel Todd Dickey called an "extremely thorough" investigation has interviewed more than 20 tutors and athletes--among them receiver R.
May 19, 1998 |
Three Cuban baseball players who had defected and been courted by U.S. sports agents were among the 65 boat people forced to leave the Bahamas and return to their Communist homeland Monday. More than 100 other Cuban detainees who also were denied political asylum will be sent home in the coming weeks, said Vernon Burrows, the Bahamas' deputy immigration director. The group included baseball players Angel Lopez, 25; Jorge Diaz, 23; Michael Jova, 17, and pitching coach Orlando Chinea, 41.
May 12, 1998 |
Petr Korda wasted another chance to take over the men's No. 1 tennis ranking, losing Monday in the opening round of the Italian Open--a tuneup for the French Open. Korda, the Australian Open champion, was beaten by Morocco's Hicham Arazi, 6-2, 6-4. Fifth-seeded Greg Rusedski and seventh-seeded Jonas Bjorkman also lost and reigning French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten rallied from a set down to beat Spain's Carlos Costa, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.