Sports Digest



The day's state, national and world sports news

November 18, 2005

Georgia Tech on probation for first time

The NCAA placed Georgia Tech on two years probation yesterday for using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football.

It is the first time Georgia Tech has been placed on probation. The school had proposed self-imposed sanctions, including one year on probation.

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions accepted the school's proposed scholarship reductions in football, men's and women's track and women's swimming. Georgia Tech already reduced its 2005 football signing class by six and also will reduce its 2006 signing class by six.

The NCAA added a limit of 79 total grants-in-aid for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years in football, down from the normal limit of 85. Georgia Tech's self-imposed reduction of scholarships this year did not include a corresponding overall limit on scholarships.

Also, the NCAA vacated Tech's records in the sports between the 1998-99 and 2004-05 academic years and issued a public reprimand and censure.

Gene Marsh, a law professor at Alabama, chaired the investigating committee.

"Many of these student-athletes were prominent members of the team, including multiple-year starters who had received conference and national recognition for their athletic performances," Marsh said.

The NCAA also accepted Georgia Tech's self-imposed reductions of 3.90 scholarships in men's track and field and two scholarships in women's track and field for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years. Georgia Tech also paid a $5,000 fine.


Blast reacquires Kante, trades two

The Blast has reacquired forward Ibrahim Kante from the California Cougars. The team also traded forward Mike Apple to the St. Louis Steamers for future considerations and forward Marcos Chantel to the Steamers for the playing rights to defender Michael Lookingland.

Jurisprudence -- Robert Hoyzer, the referee who took bribes to fix soccer games in Germany, was convicted of fraud in Berlin and sentenced to 29 months in prison.

Horse racing

Sensibly Chic moved to Stefanita Stakes

Trainer Tim Tullock scratched Sensibly Chic from tomorrow's De Francis Dash and instead will attempt to defend her title in the Stefanita Stakes, a seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. The $300,000 Grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash is the headline event of the Fall Festival of Racing at Laurel Park, but the day also features seven additional stakes races.


Pressel turns pro, heads for Q-school

Morgan Pressel turned pro, two weeks before the 17-year-old goes through the final stage of Q-school and six months before she's old enough to join the LPGA Tour. If she gets her card through qualifying school Dec. 1-5 in Daytona Beach, her grandfather, Herb Krickstein, said they would ask the LPGA to reconsider its policy that players cannot join the tour until they are 18.

Figure skating

Meissner skates today in Paris

Bel Air's Kimmie Meissner will be the 11th and last to skate in today's short program at the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris. Meissner will face a tough field in her first Grand Prix Event. It includes two-time world silver medalist Sasha Cohen, who came in second ahead of Meissner at the U.S. Championships; 2004 world champion Shizuka Arakawa of Japan; Elena Sokolova, who won Skate America; and Joannie Rochette of Canada, who won in Paris last year.


California's Powe to miss 2 weeks

California's Leon Powe will miss the first two weeks of the season with a minor stress fracture in his right foot, the latest injury setback for the power forward. Powe will wear a walking boot for approximately two weeks before having the injury reassessed, Golden Bears coach Ben Braun said. Powe was voted the Pac-10's top freshman in 2004 but missed all of last season after undergoing two operations on his left knee. He averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a freshman and was counted on to lead Cal this season. Cal opens its season tonight at Eastern Michigan.

Tornado devastation -- Hall of Fame member Frank Ramsey, a former All-American at Kentucky who went on to play with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 1960s, was among those whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes that swept through western Kentucky on Tuesday. Ramsey, who is staying with family members, said his trophies are missing and walls of photos have disappeared. Only one plaque remained.

Et cetera

Kurt Busch regrets being `argumentative'

Kurt Busch said he regrets becoming "argumentative" with an officer during a traffic stop last week in Phoenix, but insists that alcohol played no part. He was pulled over for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, swerving to avoid a car and running a stop sign last Friday night on his way back to Phoenix International Raceway. The police report said the deputy smelled alcohol on Busch, and the driver became belligerent.

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