E. Carolina's Lewis reported in line at TechFor the second...

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December 30, 1991

E. Carolina's Lewis reported in line at Tech

For the second time in two weeks, Bill Lewis faced questions yesterday about his possible departure as East Carolina's football coach.

CNN reported Saturday night that Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross had agreed to coach the San Diego Chargers of the NFL and that Lewis would become the Yellow Jackets' new coach on Jan. 2 -- one day after his 12th-ranked Pirates play North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl.

Lewis said the report is untrue.

"Bobby Ross is still the head coach at Georgia Tech," Lewis said in a prepared statement. "I have had no contact with the people at Georgia Tech. There is absolutely nothing to this story -- period."

Lewis, 50, withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching job at Maryland on Dec. 16.

* Heisman Trophy finalist Steve Emtman, the anchor to Washington's high-powered defensive line, missed practice yesterday for the third time in four days because of the flu. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle was given intravenous fluids and more XTC antibiotics and skipped his team's Rose Bowl practice at Rams Park. Washington coach Don James said he expected Emt- man to be able to play against the Wolverines in Washington's bid for a national championship, but wasn't sure if he would be 100 percent.

Hockey

The United States moved into a tie for first place with the Soviet Union by beating Switzerland, 5-1, at the World Junior Hockey Championships at Fussen, Germany. The Americans and Russians each have three victories in the eight-country round-robin championship. The Soviets defeated Finland, 4-1.

The Americans were led by defenseman Scott Lachance, on loan from the Olympic team, who had the go-ahead goal and led a solid defensive effort.

Skating

Skating before a hometown crowd in Seattle, Rosalynn Sumners won her first U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championship women's title.

Sumners skated a near flawless program Saturday night to hold off challengers Charlene Wong of Canada and Rory Flack of the United States. Sumners, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist, received four perfect scores of 10 from the seven-judge panel.

In the men's competition, Scott Williams took first with four 10s, defeating 1984 gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who fell during his performance.

In pairs competition, Gillian Wachsman and Todd Waggoner of the United States posted six 10s on the way to upsetting the favored brother-and-sister team of Kitty and Peter Carruthers. Susan Wynne and Joseph Druar of the United States also registered an upset in dance, defeating 1988 Olympic gold medalists Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin of the former Soviet Union.

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