College football QB Durant staying at N.C. after saying...

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April 02, 2002

College football

QB Durant staying at N.C. after saying he would transfer

North Carolina hopes Darian Durant isn't as indecisive under center as he was about his college future this off-season.

The Tar Heels announced that Durant, who established school freshman passing records for touchdowns (17), completions (142), yards (1,843) and total offense (1,971 yards), would return to the team five weeks after saying he would transfer.

"I made a mistake," Durant said. "I haven't felt comfortable since I made the announcement. "

Coach John Bunting said Durant would begin spring practice and will compete with Florida transfer C.J. Stephens and freshman Matt Baker for the starting quarterback job this fall.

FLORIDA STATE: Florida State linebacker Bradley Jennings, in Miami for a predraft workout with the Dolphins, was shot in the shoulder during a carjacking attempt.

An armed man approached Jennings Saturday night at a park in north Miami-Dade County and demanded the player's car before shooting him, authorities said. One bullet went through his shoulder and another grazed his neck. Jennings, 24, was released from a hospital Sunday.

College basketball

Webber denies accepting money from Mich. booster

Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber denied accepting thousands of dollars from a banned Michigan booster.

A federal indictment released last month charged that Ed Martin, a retired Ford Motor Co. electrician, gave players more than $600,000 while they were in high school and college.

According to the indictment, Webber received about $280,000 from 1988-93, a period extending from his freshman year at Detroit Country Day high school through his sophomore season at Michigan.

"There's no way in the world that I took $280,000 from someone," Webber told ESPN Classic. "I've said this a million times. We had to actually go to court to testify about it, so if the judge, if the lawyers, if everyone else respected it, I thought it would get out to the media outlets as well. So, no, I didn't take anything."

LONG BEACH STATE: Larry Reynolds, who guided Division II Cal State San Bernardino to a 115-35 record over the last five seasons, was introduced as men's basketball coach.

WASHINGTON: Gonzaga men's basketball coach Mark Few withdrew as a candidate for the coaching job at the school.

KENT STATE: The school is expected to announce the naming of assistant Jim Christian as the men's basketball coach today.

Pro basketball

76ers' Brown is fined for criticizing officials

Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown was fined $10,000 for publicly criticizing the officials following the Sixers' 102-92 loss to the Nets on Saturday.

The Bucks' Sam Cassell (Dunbar) was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he kicked the ball off the scoreboard with 2.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Bucks' 107-98 loss at Washington on Friday.

Et cetera

Stewart to skip Indy, race only in NASCAR that day

Tony Stewart made his double-duty plans official, saying he will not drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Stewart, a former Indy Racing League champion, will only compete in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and not make a third attempt at 1,100 miles of racing. He cited his desire to win the Winston Cup championship and his shot at a $1 million bonus if he wins the 600 for not entering the Indy 500.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Duane Gaskins, a University of Maryland Eastern Shore player from 1996 to 2000, was killed over the weekend in an automobile accident near his home in Capitol Heights.

BOXING: Baltimore's Maxell Taylor, 16, who is ranked fifth nationally as a welterweight, is competing in the national tournament in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel. The tournament began yesterday. ... Baltimore welterweight Billy Johnson debuted Saturday night with a third-round knockout of Suitland's Irvin Fuller (1-2) in New Carrollton.

The quiz

Both sides now

Bob Bender, fired as Washington's men's basketball coach last month, is the only man to play for two schools in the NCAA championship game. Name the schools. (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

Indiana's title team in 1976 and Duke's runner-up team in 1978.

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