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Sports Digest

April 01, 1999

College basketball

Harrick succeeds Jirsa as coach at Georgia after 2 seasons at R.I.

Jim Harrick was hired yesterday as basketball coach at Georgia after guiding UCLA to a national championship in 1995 and spending the past two seasons at Rhode Island.

Harrick succeeds Ron Jirsa, who was fired March 11 after failing to lead Georgia to the NCAA tournament during his two years.

"From the beginning, we said our commitment would be to hire a proven head coach," Georgia athletic Vince Dooley said. "Obviously, we've far surpassed that expectation."

Harrick, 60, has a record of 403-182 in 19 years as coach at Pepperdine, UCLA and Rhode Island. His teams qualified for the NCAA tournament 14 times, including his last 10 seasons.

Missouri: Coach Norm Stewart will make an announcement today regarding his future, amid speculation that he will retire. Stewart, who has coached the Tigers for 32 years, did not return phone calls.

Tennis

Hingis defeats Plischke in Family Circle opener

Martina Hingis defeated Sylvia Plischke, 6-3, 7-5, in her opening match in the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Hingis seems to have the inside track to the tournament title with Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport out with injuries, and Venus Williams' decision to skip the Family Circle.

Second seed Monica Seles defeated qualifier Olga Barabanschikova, of Belarus, 6-3, 6-0.

In second-round matches, sixth seed Patty Schnyder defeated Lisa Raymond, 6-4, 6-2, and Iva Majoli defeated ninth seed Irina Spirlea, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

College football

Ex-Kentucky player Watts pleads guilty in crash

Former Kentucky football player Jason Watts pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in an alcohol-related truck crash that killed a teammate and another young man.

Sentencing was scheduled for April 16. Pulaski Commonwealth attorney Eddy Montgomery said he would ask that Watts serve consecutive terms of five years on each count for a total of 10 years.

Et cetera

Towson gymnastics team qualifies for NCAA berth

The Towson University gymnastics team, ranked 26th in Division I, has qualified for a berth in the NCAA Division I regional for the 12th time in 13 years.

Disappearance: Three top male gymnasts from Romania disappeared from their hotel in Richmond, Va., last weekend and the team flew home without them, gymnastics officials said. Marian Malita, Viorel Popescu and Vasile Cioana have not been seen since Saturday.

Jurisprudence: Embezzlement charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain and business partner Roger Smigiel were upheld by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Detroit.

Golf: Two-time defending champion Gil Morgan has withdrawn from The Tradition, the Senior Tour's first major of the season, because of a lower back injury. Greg Norman withdrew from the BellSouth Classic, which begins play today in Atlanta.

Soccer: Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola will be sidelined for six months after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, the NPSL team announced.

Olympics: The Quebec government decided not to launch an independent inquiry into allegations Quebec City's Olympic organizing committee broke the rules bidding for the 2002 Winter Games.

Swimming: The sport's governing body adopted new rules in an effort to make it harder for drug cheats to evade detection and punishment. Officials also said swimmers at the world short-course championships in Hong Kong this week would be asked to give blood samples voluntarily to a group studying ways to detect illegal use of growth hormones.

Volleyball: The Baltimore Convention Center will be the host for the Northeast Qualifier volleyball tournament, an event in which junior girls play for berths in the National Junior Volleyball Championships in June. The Baltimore event will be held tomorrow through Sunday.

The quiz

State of the game

Duke on Monday night missed a chance to win the state of North Carolina's eighth NCAA men's basketball title. California leads with 15 and Kentucky has nine. What state is fourth with five? (Answer, 9C)

Quiz answer

Indiana, The Hoosiers won in 1940, 1981, 1987

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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