Originally created 09/21/00


Fans who bought tickets for the canceled Black Coaches Association Bowl at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will be able to get refunds.

The refund policy was announced Wednesday.

The Gazelle Group, the Princeton, N.J.-based promoter that sold $35 tickets to 56,272 fans, said it was not legally obligated to provide refunds but decided to do so anyway.

The Aug. 27 game was canceled because of severe lightning and heavy rain. Afterward, Georgia Tech officials declined to reschedule it, and Virginia Tech officials decided against playing another opponent.

Ticket holders must provide a valid, original ticket stub before Nov. 15.

Rick Giles, president of Gazelle, said the association and officials at both schools concluded that offering refunds was the right thing to do.

"In light of the circumstances, ticket holders deserve the opportunity to receive a refund," he said.

Requests for refunds should be sent with the valid, original ticket stub to: BCA BOWL Tickets, The Gazelle Group Inc., 475 Wall Street, Princeton, N.J., 08540.


Defending champion Carol Semple Thompson and two-time winner Marlene Streit won first-round matches Wednesday in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur being played at St. Simons Island, Ga.

Semple Thompson, 51, of Sewickley, Pa., beat Laurayne Conway of Land O'Lakes, Wis., 5 and 4; and Streit, 66, of Canada, defeated Mary Jane Barnes of Mission Hills, Kan., 8 and 7.

Streit, the 1985 and 1994 winner, never lost a hole in her opening victory on Sea Island's Seaside Course.

Past champions Gayle Borthwick of Canada; Tish Preuss of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Nancy Fitzgerald of Indianapolis also advanced.

Qualifying medalist Karen Malbi of Paloa Verdes Estates, Calif., dropped a 4-and-3 decision to Patricia Ehret of McDonough, Ga.


The Chicago Bulls' anticipated deal with Glen Rice fell through Wednesday, the latest blow to the club's rebuilding plans.

"The Chicago Bulls no longer have any interest in signing free agent Glen Rice," the team said.

The Bulls reportedly were set to announce Rice's signing Wednesday. But a league source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the forward changed his mind to consider other options, although it's not immediately clear what they are.

Initial reports said Rice was set to sign a one-year, $7.5 million deal.

The Detroit Shock promoted Greg Williams to head coach Wednesday, three weeks after the WNBA team declined to renew former coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline's contract.

Williams, 53, who assisted Lieberman-Cline the last three seasons, signed a multiyear contract as coach and director of player personnel. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lieberman-Cline was 46-48 in three seasons.

Sheryl Swoopes' MVP season was worth $6,000 for the March of Dimes and UNICEF. Swoopes, who led the Houston Comets to the WNBA championship and is now a member of the U.S. Olympic team, was honored as Buick Regal player of the game six times this season. Each honor was worth $1,000 for a charity of her choice.

Houston teammate Cynthia Cooper, Olympian Lisa Leslie of Los Angeles and New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon each earned $4,000 for charities after earning player of the game honors four times. A total of $47,000 was won for charity by WNBA players this season.


Major League Soccer told a federal jury the U.S. Soccer Federation was trying to ensure soccer would be sustainable major sport when it designated MLS the country's sole Division I league.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of MLS players claims the USSF effectively created a monopoly when it made MLS the only Division I league -- something the players claim quashed competition.

MLS chief operating officer Mark Abbott said the designation lasted for the first two years of the league, after which other leagues could petition to get the Division I certification.

Arsenal, Lazio, Valencia and Glasgow's Rangers remained unbeaten in Champions League play Wednesday in London.

Arsenal's Martin Keown scored two goals in the final 5' minutes as the Gunners beat visiting Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2.

Also in Group B, Lazio beat Sparta Prague 3-0 to join Arsenal with six points. Valencia edged Heerenveen 1-0 to take the Group C lead, and Rangers moved atop Group D with a 1-0 win at Monaco.

In Wednesday's other matches, defending champion Real Madrid beat Spartak Moscow 1-0 to take the Group A lead. In the other group match, Bayer Leverkusen beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1.

Also, Olympiakos beat Lyon 2-1 in Group C, and Sturm Graz beat UEFA Cup champion Galatasaray 3-0 in Group D.

On Tuesday, it was Deportivo de La Coruna 2, Hamburg 1; Juventus 2, Panathinaikos 1; Bayern Munich 3, Rosenborg 1; Paris St. Germain 4, Helsingborg 1; Anderlecht 1, PSV Eindhoven 0; Dynamo Kiev 0, Manchester United 0; Besiktas 3, Barcelona 0; Leeds United 1, AC Milan 0.


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