College basketball UNLV, Pitino meet in Fla., will talk...

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January 18, 2001

College basketball

UNLV, Pitino meet in Fla., will talk again in February

Rick Pitino met with Nevada-Las Vegas' athletic director yesterday in what the university said were preliminary talks over the school's basketball coaching job.

The daylong meeting in Miami with athletic director Charles Cavagnaro ended with both sides agreeing to meet again sometime in mid-February, university president Carol Harter said.

"Today's meeting was a preliminary conversation between UNLV and Coach Pitino; the university made no offer of employment, nor did the coach seek one," Harter said in a statement.

Harter, breaking a university silence on the efforts to woo Pitino, made it clear in her statement that the university was actively seeking to hire Pitino, who resigned as coach and president of the Boston Celtics on Jan. 8, 3 1/2 seasons after he was brought in to revive the NBA franchise. He forfeited some $20 million left in his contract by resigning.

Cavagnaro went to Miami to meet with Pitino after Pitino backed off his plans to come to Las Vegas this week to discuss the job.

Interim coach Max Good is 7-3 after taking over for the fired Bill Bayno last month, but the Runnin' Rebels have lost two straight while the speculation over Pitino heated up.

MARIST: Center Marius Janisius beaten by three men on campus, was arraigned for allegedly stabbing another student in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The 23-year-old junior from Vilnius, Lithuania, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and was also forced to surrender his passport to the court.

Track and field

Olympic champ Drechsler: I unknowingly took drugs

Heike Drechsler, the two-time Olympic long jump champion, says she unknowingly was told to take performance-enhancing drugs as part of East Germany's sports program.

"Now we know they gave us drugs," Drechsler, 36, said in the Times of London. "When you went to the doctor and he said, `Take these, they are vitamins and they are good for you,' you believed him. I get sick when I think of it."

Dreschler won her second Olympic long jump gold in Sydney. Dreschler won the world long jump title in 1983 at 18.

Et cetera

Olsen's goal helps United advance in Champions Cup

Ben Olsen scored a minute into injury time as D.C. United beat Costa Rica's LD Alajuelense, 2-1, in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals in Fullerton, Calif.

United advanced to a semifinal tomorrow night at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum against the winner of the quarterfinal between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real CD Espana.

AUTO RACING: Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing, said that the winningest team in Indianapolis 500 history will compete in the May race. Penske's drivers have won 10 Indy 500s, but the CART team has not competed in the race since it became part of the rival Indy Racing League in 1996. ... CART champion Gil de Ferran and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack were added to the International Race of Champions series. Their inclusion closes out the 12-driver field for the annual four-race all-star series.

BOWLING: Jason Couch had an eight-game pinfall total of 2,008 to take the lead after the first round of qualifying in the PBA Tour's Silicon Valley Open in Daly City, Calif. Tim Criss, of Bel Air, was fourth.

JURISPRUDENCE: William "Tank" Black, the agent charged with swindling NFL players out of millions of dollars, pleaded guilty in Detroit to money laundering and faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison. Under his plea agreement, Black also could be fined up to $2.2 million when he is sentenced May 10. ... Former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich pleaded innocent to a charge of heroin possession in Los Angeles.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Friends School point guard Kyle Harrison scored a game-high 15 points in Tuesday night's 65-36 victory over Park School to go over the 1,000 career points mark. Harrison has 1,009 career points.

WRESTLING: Owings Mills wrestling coach Guy Pritzker, who has 247 career wins, can reach the 250 mark with three victories in this weekend's Friends Duals Tournament. Pritzker's eighth-ranked Eagles will wrestle three dual meets tomorrow, and three more on Saturday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Blue-Gray Game lost its sponsor after 14 years, Kelly Tires, one of the longest sponsorship arrangements in the bowl business.

The quiz

Giants' feat Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the New York Giants are the only NFC team to play in more than one conference championship game with a perfect record. They are 3-0. What two teams are 1-0? (Answer, 9d)

Quiz answer

Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

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