Originally created 12/10/97

Overtime: Swimming coach dies at 78



Jack Ryan, swimming coach at Florida and Army for 37 years, has died of liver cancer at age 78.

Ryan, a native of Pawtucket, R.I., coached Florida to six Southeastern Conference championships in eight seasons before going to Army. He semi-retired to North Carolina in 1988, coaching sprinters and breaststrokers for nine years at the Chapel Hill school for nine seasons.

Ryan, considered one of the most influential collegiate swimming coaches, had a 262-127-1 meet record at Army and won an Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming Team championship in 1966.

GOLF: A fire in a North Nashville motel Monday night claimed the life of Bernard Dent, a professional golf caddy from Augusta. Dent caddied at the Augusta National Golf Club until approximately three or four years ago, according to Augusta National.

Dent was staying at the El Dorado Motel and working at The Tennessee Golf Club in Kingston, according to Nashville television station WTVF.

Friends told authorities they saw Dent about 8 p.m., when they were going to a local market. When they returned, they found Dent's room on fire.

Officials say the fire may have started when Dent fell asleep while smoking in bed.

  • The 1998 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic will be played as scheduled in July, but its future appears cloudy with word the title sponsor of Mississippi's only PGA Tour event is being sold.
  • Deposit Guaranty is being purchased by Tennessee-based First America in a $2.7 billion stock deal.

    While a deal was announced last week that would keep the event at Madison's Annandale Golf Club through 2002, tournament executive director Robert Morgan said the contract had not been signed.

    GYMNASTICS: Amanda Moore was second on the beam in the Level 5, Age 12 Georgia state meet over the weekend in Tucker, Ga.

    SKIING: Downiller Cary Mullen is expected to fully recover from a concussion and other effects of a crash suffered in a World Cup race at Beaver Creek, Colo., last week.

    Mullen, 28, returned to Calgary on Monday night after being examined by doctors in Vancouver. Doctors discovered that a nerve behind Mullen's left eye has been damaged, causing double vision and problems with depth perception.

    He said he does not know when he'll be back on the slopes.

    HOCKEY: The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Scott Stevens to a multiyear contract extension Tuesday.

    Stevens, 33, has six assists and 27 penalty minutes in 28 games during his seventh season with the Devils. He is a two-time All-Star (1987-88, 1993-94), has appeared in eight All-Star games, and participated in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 14 of his 15 previous seasons.

    Stevens had career highs of 18 goals and 78 points in 1993-94, when he became the only defenseman ever to lead the Devils in scoring.

    SOCCER: Strasbourg's dream run in the UEFA Cup ended Tuesday as Ronaldo helped Internazionale of Milan to a 3-0 victory and a trip to the quarterfinals.

    Inter will now be the favorite to claim the cup it won in 1991 and 1994 and came close to last season as the runner-up to Schalke of Germany.

    Schalke also got through to the quarterfinals. The other five quarterfinalists decided Tuesday were Aston Villa, Spartak Moscow, Atletico de Madrid, Lazio of Rome and Auxerre.

    The remaining game will be played Thursday with Ajax Amsterdam at Germany's VfL Bochum. Ajax leads 4-2 in the home-and-home, total-goals series.