Ex-Syracuse star M. Owens charged
Former Syracuse football star Michael Owens was arrested and charged with raping an 18-year-old woman, Syracuse, N.Y., police said.
Owens, 23, was released on $10,000 bail after pleading innocent. He is the older brother of former Syracuse basketball player Billy Owens, the third player taken in the NBA draft, by the Sacramento Kings.
The assault allegedly occurred early yesterday morning in Owens' suite at the Genesee Inn in downtown Syracuse, said Deputy Police Chief Frank Sardino.
Owens had re-enrolled at Syracuse after failing to catch on with the NFL or the World League of American Football.
Basketball's 100th anniversary was celebrated as the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in Springfield, Mass., the city in which James Naismith first tacked up his peach baskets in 1891.
Towson State University's gymnastics team finished second in the nation in competition for the national academic championship, according to figures announced by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women. The Tigers compiled a 3.430 grade-point average, finishing behind Oregon State, which had a 3.610.
The Tigers won their fifth straight Eastern College Athletic Conference championship this year.
Tom Mollica of Pasadena and Robert Canter of Bowie were flight leaders after the third round of the eighth annual Du Pont World Amateur Handicap Championship being contested by more than 3,300 golfers (35 flights) on 50 courses in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mollica had a 54-hole total of 231-30-201 in retaining his lead, and Canter had 252-54-198 in moving up from 11th place after two rounds.