Originally created 05/26/98

Overtime: Kennesaw coach hit by suspension



The NCAA Division II Baseball Committee handed out a two-day suspension Monday to Kennesaw State head coach Mike Sansing for having too many players in uniform during an opening-round victory of the championship tournament in Montgomery, Ala.

Kennesaw State had two players in uniform over the 24-player limit in Sunday's 7-6 opening round victory over New Haven.

The suspension started Monday and includes the Fighting Owls' matchup today against Millersville.

Committee Chairman Mark Ekeland said Sansing's suspension is to be considered a public reprimand. A statement from Ekeland also said there would be a financial penalty assessed against the college.

BOXING:

Jo-Anne V. Newman of North Augusta will be a referee/judge for the 1998 Women's National Boxing Championships in Anaheim, Calif., starting Wednesday, according to USA Boxing.

The first national junior women's championships for boxers 15 and 16 also will be held.

Mrs. Newman helped her husband, Noah, found the North Augusta Police Athletic League Boxing Club. She made boxing history in 1993 when she became the first woman referee at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Biloxi, Miss.

Last year, she also officiated at the inaugural Women's National Boxing Championships in Augusta on behalf of USA Boxing.

HORSE TRIALS:

Kristin Gordon rode to first place in the Beginner Novice class of the Flat Creek Horse Trials in Hogansville, Ga., last weekend.

Other Augusta area riders competing were Dana Ernyei, second in Senior Training; Sara Brooks, second in Junior Novice; Janet Wilson, fifth in Senior Training, and Gordon, eighth in Junior Training.

GYMNASTICS:

Eleven Aiken Gymnastics members will compete in the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs national championships in Lakeland, Fla., June 2-6. They'll be among 1,000 of the nation's top gymnasts.

The Aiken gymnasts are Meagan McCowan, Jessica Hannah, Allison Kaplan, Whitney Brisbin, Kristin Beckmeyer, Rachel Hannah, Grace Taylor, Claire, Fox, Sally Moser, Lauren Garcia and Sally Rich, according to Aiken Gymnastics director Drahomira Krizova.

HORSE RACING:

Jockey Eddie Maple, who rode two Belmont Stakes winners, announced his retirement Monday, ending a 33-year riding career.

Maple, 49, a native of Carrolton, Ohio, made the surprise announcement while acknowledging his selection as the 10th recipient of the Venezia Award, which honors riders "who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."

Maple's Belmont Stakes victories were aboard Temperence Hill in 1980 and Creme Fraiche in 1985. He had a record of 4,398 wins out of 33,974 career mounts for earnings of $105,318,593. He began his riding career at Charles Town in 1965 and joined the New York riding colony in 1971.

He was the 22nd rider in history to ride 4,000 winners, a milestone he reached aboard Bill of Rights at Aqueduct in March 1992.

PRO FOOTBALL:

The Minnesota Vikings are officially for sale again, owners decided Monday.

Owners will not consider bids less than novelist Tom Clancy's failed $200 million offer, and they hope to complete a sale of the team by late July, according to co-owner Jaye Dyer.

Dyer said the owners hope to receive NFL approval to finalize a deal at the league's meeting in late July.

He said owners also agreed that $200 million is "the floor rather than the ceiling."

Vikings president Roger Headrick reiterated Monday that he plans to submit another bid for the team.

SOFTBALL:

Nina Lindenberg hit a home run and Amanda Scott held Arizona to three singles as Fresno State defeated the Wildcats 1-0 to win the NCAA Women's College World Series on Monday in Oklahoma City.

The victory gave Fresno State its first national championship in any sport and ended the Wildcats' hopes of winning a third straight title. Fresno State had lost four previous softball championship games, most recently a 2-0 setback to UCLA in 1990, and had lost three games against Arizona this season.

LACROSSE:

Princeton punctuated its claim as one of college lacrosse's great programs by beating Maryland 15-5 on Monday in Piscataway, N.J., for its third straight NCAA Division I title and fifth in seven years.

Only two other teams have won three straight Division I titles, Syracuse (1988-90) and Johns Hopkins (1978-80). No team has ever won four in a row.

Goalie Corey Popham, who was in danger of losing his job on the eve of the Final Four, was the star of the final, making 17 saves as Princeton (14-1) beat Maryland (14-3) for the title for the second straight year.