Sports Digest


September 24, 2002

College Football

Ga. Tech's Hollings, nation's top rusher, is out rest of season

Georgia Tech got the bad news it was fearing yesterday: National rushing leader Tony Hollings will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Hollings had torn the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the waning minutes of Saturday's win over Brigham Young.

Hollings, who leads the nation with 158 rushing yards a game and 66 points overall, will undergo surgery in about two weeks and then begin rehabilitation.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Freshman T.A. McLendon, the national high school record holder with 170 rushing touchdowns, will take over as the starting tailback for the No. 17 Wolfpack (5-0) this weekend against Massachusetts.

His 150-yard, five-touchdown performance in Saturday's 51-48 overtime win over Texas Tech proved to be too much for coach Chuck Amato to overlook.

"He's kind of just a delight to watch play," Amato said.

Et Cetera

Olowokandi accepts Clippers' qualifying offer

Restricted free agent Michael Olowokandi has accepted the one-year qualifying offer of about $6.1 million extended by the Los Angeles Clippers nearly three months ago.

Negotiations on a long-term deal stalled last week, and the center will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Olowokandi averaged 11.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots last season - his fourth with the Clippers, who made him the first overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft.

OLYMPICS: Don Porter, president of the International Softball Federation, met with International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge to try to keep the sport from being dropped from the games starting in 2008. ...

China will expel any athlete caught taking performance enhancing drugs during the 2008 Beijing Games, said Sun Weija, spokesman for the organizing committee. China has imposed stringent anti-doping measures in recent years to help restore its reputation after a string of drug scandals in the 1990s.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Broadneck hired Diane Casey as girls coach. Casey, a faculty member at North County High, where she was an assistant to Sally Entsminger, succeeds Bruce Springer, who recently resigned.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Gilman, ranked No. 20 in USA Today, debuted at No. 41 in this week's Student Sports' FAB 50 national rankings.

BOXING: Hana Yasmeen Ali, 26, a daughter of Muhammad Ali, agreed to enter a theft diversion program to avoid facing shoplifting charges in Perrysburg, Ohio.

She was charged last week with trying to shoplift bedding.

HOCKEY: Detroit Red Wings forward Boyd Devereaux is expected to be out about a month after a breaking his left thumb during the team's opening preseason game.

SOCCER: Julio Perez, who assisted on a goal in the final when Uruguay won the 1950 World Cup, died in Montevideo. He was 76.

The quiz

Old reliable: Name the Hall of Famer who, 10 years ago today against the Orioles, became the oldest player, at age 40, to drive in 100 runs. (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

Dave Winfield.

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