Sports Digest

Sports Digest

April 26, 2005

Et Cetera

ACC title-game deal what the Dr ordered

The Atlantic Coast Conference finally has its football championship game like the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences. Now the ACC will even have the same title-game sponsor. Soft-drink brand Dr Pepper has reached a five-year agreement with the ACC and ABC Sports to sponsor the title game.

BCS ratings: Meeting in Phoenix to begin working out a new ratings formula, Bowl Championship Series delegates concentrated on the issue of transparency - whether to begin publicly identifying how members of the coaches poll voted. BCS coordinator and Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said voting by coaches has taken on greater importance since the Associated Press pulled its poll out of the standings formula. Most of the discussions on the opening day of the three-day conference centered on ways to revise the formula.

Rockport Harbor out of Preakness

Rockport Harbor, a former top contender for the Kentucky Derby, is off the Triple Crown trail. Owner Rick Porter decided not to run the injured 3-year-old colt in any Triple Crown races after a poor showing in the Lexington Stakes on Saturday, the final prep race for the Derby. "We could probably get him ready for the Preakness and the Belmont, but in our judgment, giving him a break and pointing to some good summer stakes is the better option for him," Porter said Sunday in a posting on Rockport Harbor's Web site.

Churchill Downs: The track is instituting tougher drug testing just weeks before the Kentucky Derby, requiring pre-race blood tests of all horses used to detect stamina-enhancing "milkshake" concoctions.

Duke's Williams to return as senior

Shelden Williams will skip this year's NBA draft and return for his senior year at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Williams was considered a potential candidate for the draft.

Cansecos are found liable in Miami fight

Former baseball star Jose Canseco and twin brother Ozzie were found liable in a lawsuit by two men whom they beat up at a Miami Beach nightclub in 2001. A jury awarded Christian Presley and Alan Cheeks more than $700,000 in compensatory damages and left open the possibility of punitive damages. The panel of four men and two women reached the verdict after deliberating two days.

High school wrestling: The following changes in state public school wrestling regions affect area teams for 2005-2006: Baltimore City's large schools left 4A-3A East for 4A-3A North, joining Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick counties; Howard's schools left 4A-3A North for 4A-3A East, joining Anne Arundel, Harford and Wicomico counties; the city's small schools left 2A-1A South to join Baltimore County's schools in 2A-1A North; Harford's schools left 2A-1A North for 2A-1A East with Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties. View the regions at

Boxing: Laurel lightweight Joey Van Daniker (5-2-1, four knockouts) will meet Ronald Boyd (0-1) of Washington on June 11 at MCI Center at a contracted weight of 131 pounds, his father, Joe Van Daniker, said. Their clash takes place on an undercard featuring former world heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, women's light-heavyweight world champ Laila Ali and former junior welterweight world champ Sharmba Mitchell. ... A professional card, promoted by Jake Smith and slated for May 24 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, will feature super middleweight Mike Paschall (4-0, 1 knockout), super middleweight Tony Cygan (4-0, 3 KOs), cruiserweight Russ Shifflett (6-0-1, 3 KOs) and light heavyweight Henry Mayes (3-0), all of Baltimore; lightweight Mike Ricasa (5-0, 2 KOs) of Ellicott City; heavyweight Mike Dietrich (4-0, 1 KO) of Dundalk; and lightweight Angel McNamara (3-1-1, 2 KOs) of Cambridge. For more information, call 410-375-9175.

Cycling: Kristin Armstrong of the United States won the women's time trial event at the Pan American Championships in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Armstrong, a 2004 Olympian, finished the 14.2-mile course in 31 minutes, 36.151 seconds and earned an automatic berth into this year's world championships, scheduled for Madrid in September.

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