College basketball Dayton penalized over trustee's loan...

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April 19, 2000

College basketball

Dayton penalized over trustee's loan to player's father

The NCAA put Dayton's basketball program on probation, cut back its scholarships and reduced recruiting visits after a university trustee gave loans to the father of a freshman recruit.

The recruit, Brooks Hall, helped lead the Flyers to the NCAA tournament this past season.

The NCAA put Dayton on three years' probation, limited the basketball scholarships it can offer to 12 for the 2001-02 academic year, and limited to four the number of expenses-paid recruiting visits in 2000-01.

The NCAA concluded that university trustee Clayton Mathile in August and September 1998 made personal loans totaling $32,000 to Chuck Hall, father of Brooks Hall. At the time, Brooks Hall had said he would play at Dayton but had not signed a national letter of intent. He said he was unaware that his father had financial dealings with Mathile.

North Carolina State: Guard Marshall Williams said he will transfer to hometown school Marquette after this school year.

Running

Two disqualified at Boston for faking handicaps

In a first for an event that has already survived the most notorious cheating scandal in running, the Boston Marathon has disqualified two able-bodied competitors for entering the wheelchair race. "To the best of my knowledge, that's never happened before," said Marja Bakker, a member of the Boston Athletic Association's adjudication committee. The names of the two competitors were not immediately available.

Twenty years after Rosie Ruiz took a trolley to the finish line to temporarily claim the women's title, race organizers noticed the two racers moving around the starting line without impairment. "We had some questions before the race, but we had no proof before," Bakker said. "So we cannot disqualify someone before the race."

When confronted, Bakker said, one of the two admitted, "I am not disabled."

Tennis

Kournikova advances with Hilton Head win

Russian Anna Kournikova survived her first test in the $1 million women's tournament at Hilton Head Island, S.C., by rallying for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 second-round victory over American Tara Snyder.

Monica Seles, the third seed, continued a hot streak by overwhelming American Erika de Lone, 6-0, 6-0. in the only other second-round match.

Et cetera

Stevenson named coach at Frostburg State

Rubin Stevenson, a starting defensive back on Salisbury State's national runner-up team in 1986, was named head coach at Frostburg State.

Stevenson, 35, had been Frostburg's interim head coach since January, when former coach Ed Sweeney resigned to be closer to his family in Massachusetts. Stevenson has been on the Frostburg staff since 1992, when he joined the late Mike McGlinchey's staff.

OBITUARY: H Devereaux Jennings, a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic ski team and an early booster of the Olympics for Utah, has died in New Hampshire at 75. Jennings died Friday in Waterville Valley, N.H.

FIELD HOCKEY: Kristy Hartman, who has coached the UMBC women's field hockey club team since 1997, yesterday was named coach of the team for its return to NCAA competition in the fall, competing in the Northeast Conference. Meredith Diamond was named assistant coach.

HORSE RACING: Ray Sibille, who scored his first victory at age 17 in 1969, rode his 4,000th winner when Beware the Ides won the fifth race at Sportsman's Park. in Chicago. Sibille, 47, became the 34th jockey in United States thoroughbred racing history to reach that milestone.

The quiz

Name the current major-leaguer who, 20 years ago today, hit his first major-league home run, a bases-empty shot off Jim Palmer at Memorial Stadium. (Answer, 11E )

Quiz answer

Harold Baines.

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