Originally created 07/11/98

Overtime: Clemson players suspended

Clemson defensive backs Darrel Crutchfield and Alex Ardley, arrested on marijuana charges, were suspended by coach Tommy West on Friday.

Crutchfield, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ardley, of Tallahassee, Fla., were arrested Thursday. Clemson police chief Lonnie Saxon said the players, both 19, were picked up in a campus residence hall. They were released Friday on $353 bond.

West said he would "review all the facts of the case as soon as possible."

Crutchfield played in seven of 12 games and started at safety as a freshman in the Tigers' final two games, against South Carolina and Auburn. He made 20 tackles, including six in the Peach Bowl loss to Auburn.

Ardley was a redshirt who was expected to compete at safety and cornerback.

-- South Carolina signee Gerald Robinson won't qualify academically for this coming season, coach Brad Scott says.

The 6-1, 230-pound linebacker out of (Columbia) Richland Northeast was rated among the top 20 instate prospects. He'll sit out this fall and try to improve his standardized test score in time to enroll in January.

"That's the only player in the class who we know won't qualify for the fall, so far," Scott said Thursday.

That's a lot better than last year, when Scott's recruiting class included nine players who didn't make the grade. This fall, the incoming class should be close to the NCAA's 25-man limit, he said.

-- Elijah Pitts, who spent 25 years in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers and helping to coach the Buffalo Bills, died Friday in a Buffalo hospital. He was 60.

Pitts had been on medical leave from the Bills since being diagnosed with abdominal cancer last October. He was undergoing prolonged chemotherapy treatment.

BOXING: George Foreman and Larry Holmes will fight on Jan. 23, 13 days after Foreman's 50th birthday.

Holmes will be 49 by the time of the fight at a site expected to be announced at a news conference Wednesday in New York.

The date was confirmed Friday by Roger Levitt of Boxing International, promoter of the pay-per-view match between the two former heavyweight champions.

The fight could be at Las Vegas, Houston or New York. New York's Madison Square Garden, however, appears to be a long shot.

-- Their re-, re-, rematch promises to be just as exciting as their first three fights.

And it could finally settle a 5-year-old score between Jesse James Leija and Azumah Nelson, who fight tonight in a 12-round lightweight bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

"We've had some classic battles," said Leija. "I don't expect the fourth to be any different."

The match will be Nelson's first since he lost the WBC super featherweight title on points to Genaro Hernandez in March 1997.


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