Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

December 30, 2005

College basketball

Forward didn't get Terps scholarship

A junior at a North Carolina high school who recently gave a verbal commitment to join the Maryland men's basketball team never received a scholarship offer from the Terps, a source in the program told The Sun yesterday. Kenny Belton, a 6-foot-8 forward at Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., told the News & Record he committed to Maryland, and the paper reported it on Wednesday. "I like the program and the coaching staff," Belton told the News & Record. "It just seemed like a nice fit for me." Maryland coaches never saw Belton play, but Dudley coach David Price said he was "under the impression" the Terps had offered Belton a scholarship. Belton transferred from Salem High School in Virginia this year and scored 32 points in two games this week.

Texas Tech -- Junior guard Drew Coffman has left the team. The 6-foot-1 Coffman played in 11 games for the Red Raiders (6-6), starting four. He had a career-high 22 points in an 83-74 victory over Furman on Nov. 23.

Skiing

Rahlves now ahead of Miller in downhill

Daron Rahlves won a World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy, and moved ahead of American teammate Bode Miller in the overall standings. Rahlves dominated the Stelvio course for three straight days, also leading both training sessions. Rahlves also won on the Stelvio in 2002 and finished second to Miller in the downhill at last season's world championships. He jumped from fifth in the standings to take the lead with 489 points. Miller, who last season became the first American overall winner in 22 years, remained second with 471 points after a ninth-place finish. Miller was the only skier to skip inspection, the period before the race when competitors check the course to memorize bumps and changes in direction.

Women's slalom -- American Kristina Koznick had a good second run and finished fourth to Marlies Schild in a World Cup slalom in Lienz, Austria. Schild led a 1-2 Austrian finish, covering the Schlossberg marathon course 1.02 seconds ahead of teammate Nicole Hosp.

Soccer

U.S. captain Reyna has broken ankle

U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna has a broken ankle and will be sidelined for at least six more weeks. The 32-year-old midfielder, expected to be a key player for the U.S. at next year's World Cup in Germany, is scheduled to have surgery on his right ankle in the Netherlands today. "Luckily, the doctor is one of the leading guys in Europe and I'm happy to be seeing him and getting the problem cleared up," Reyna said. "Within six to eight weeks, I'll be completely back up and running and three weeks after the surgery, I should be jogging and building it up until I'm back." Reyna sat out Manchester City's 1-0 loss to English Premier League-leader Chelsea on Wednesday. Reyna injured the ankle in a challenge during a 1-0 loss at Arsenal on Oct. 22. He missed the next four games, but returned for Manchester City's 5-2 victory over Charlton on Dec. 4. He started the next three matches. A recent X-ray revealed the full extent of the injury.

Et cetera

Ex-champ Fenech charged with stealing

Former boxing champion Jeff Fenech was charged with stealing three watches worth $290 from a jewelry store in Gold Coast, Australia. Fenech, 41, and another man were arrested Wednesday and questioned by police Thursday. He is to appear in court Friday. Fenech won the IBF bantamweight title in 1985, followed by the WBC junior featherweight crown in 1987 and the WBC featherweight title in 1988. He retired in 1996 with a 28-3-1 record, including 21 knockouts. Fenech trained Mike Tyson for his last fight on June 11. Tyson quit after the sixth round against Kevin McBride.

Obituaries -- Clint Sampson, a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos in the 1980s who played an important role in John Elway's first fourth-quarter comeback, has died. He was 44. Sampson died Sunday in a car accident in Los Angeles, said Linda Johnson, one of his five sisters. ... John Druze, the last surviving member and captain of Fordham football's famed "Seven Blocks of Granite," has died. He was 91.

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