College Football


West Virginia lures coach from Georgia

The list of former West Virginia players hired by new head coach Bill Stewart continues.

David Johnson , who spent the past seven seasons as tight end coach at Georgia, has been hired as offensive line coach.

Johnson is the fourth former West Virginia player under Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen to be hired by Stewart.

- West Virginia University's lawsuit against Rich Rodriguez was transferred to federal court because the former Mountaineers coach had moved to Michigan when it was filed.

The move gives Rodriguez, hired by Michigan on Dec. 16, until next Wednesday to file a response.

The suit was filed on Dec. 27 to collect on a $4 million buyout clause in his contract.

- Greg McMackin was hired as Hawaii's football coach after serving as its defensive coordinator last season on a team that went undefeated until losing the Sugar Bowl.

- Two Penn State players were ordered to stand trial on refiled felony assault charges in connection with a campus fight last year.

Police said defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman beat up a man during a party in October.


Fort Gordon to host Pro-Am 3D tourney

The Archery Shooters Assoc-iation will play host to the McKenzie Pro-Am Tour 3D Archery Tournament at Fort Gordon from April 25-27.

The event, which was held at Wildwood Park in 2006 and 2007, is expected to draw more than 1,000 competitors.

The event is free to the public, but visitors will be required to have a picture ID to enter the post. Drivers must also provide proof of insurance and car registration. For security purposes, vehicles may be subject to search.


Ex-20-game winner returns to the Cubs

Jon Lieber , a 20-game winner for the Chicago Cubs in 2001, rejoined the team by agreeing to a $3.5 million, one-year contract.

- Pitcher Nate Robertson and the Detroit Tigers avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a $21.25 million, three-year contract.

- Mark Hendrickson agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Florida Marlins.

- The new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency criticized Major League Baseball, saying the sport was resisting George Mitchell 's recommendation to transfer drug testing to an independent organization.

New WADA boss John Fahey blistered the sport for loopholes in its drug-testing program.

"Professional baseball's response to Sen. Mitchell's report is baffling," Fahey said in a statement. "To suggest that it might continue to keep its anti-doping testing program in-house ... is demeaning to Sen. Mitchell and the congressional committees who view doping as a serious threat to public health."

Track and Field

Jones regrets pain she caused family

Marion Jones said Wednesday seeing the pain her family and friends endured after she admitted using performance-enhancing drugs outweighed the impact of returning her Olympic medals.

The former Olympic track gold medalist appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show , her first television interview since being sentenced last week to six months in prison for lying to investigators about steroid use and a check-fraud scam.

"I made a mistake. I made the choice, at that time, to protect myself, to protect my family," Jones said. "And now I've paid the consequences dearly."


Hamill back touring following treatment

Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill was to return to the national Broadway on Ice tour Wednesday night after taking time off because of breast cancer.

The 51-year-old skater left the tour this month for treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital.



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