Originally created 09/24/01


Center Donald Little can return to the Cincinnati basketball program if he abides by certain conditions, coach Bob Huggins said.

The 6-foot-11 Little, a former standout at Hephzibah High School, was dismissed from the team in May after he was arrested for several alleged traffic violations, including drunken driving.

"Donald's behavior last spring caused embarrassment for our basketball program, which is why I took the action of recommending his dismissal from the team," Huggins said.

"The courts have taken their actions against Donald, with most of the charges dropped or significantly reduced. Our penalty no longer fits the crime."

"I think he showed his commitment to returning to the program by remaining in Cincinnati and getting his priorities straight and his personal house in order," said athletics director Bob Goin.

"He completed course work and paid for his summer school classes to keep him on schedule to graduate before his eligibility expires."

GOLF: Augusta State freshman Lauren Smith, playing in her first women's intercollegiate tournament, tied for third place Sunday in the Yale Women's Fall Invitational in New Haven, Conn.

Smith shot 73-76-149 to help the Lady Jaguars, in their first season of competition, finish 10th in the 17-team field. Yale won the team title.

TENNIS: Lleyton Hewitt sent Australia into the Davis Cup final, another showdown with France and the third straight year the Aussies play for the title.

Hewitt, the U.S. Open champion, won the opening singles match against Sweden on Sunday in Sydney, Australia. He beat Thomas Johansson 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the semifinal.

Patrick Rafter then downed Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-2 to complete a 4-1 victory.

France assured its spot in the championship by taking a 3-0 lead against the Netherlands on Saturday in the best-of-five semifinal.

On Sunday, the Dutch salvaged the two singles in Rotterdam to make the score 3-2. Sjeng Schalken beat Arnaud Clement 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), and Jan Siemerink downed Fabrice Santoro, 6-4, 6-4.

The Nov. 30-Dec. 2 final will be in Australia - a repeat of the 1999 Davis Cup championship, won by the Aussies in Nice, France. Australia lost the title to Spain in Barcelona last year.

SOCCER: Chad Deering scored as the Dallas Burn tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 Sunday to force a decisive game in their opening round MLS playoff series.

In the MLS playoff system, the first team to five points wins the series. Each team gets three points for a victory and one for a tie in the three-game series.

Chicago, which leads four points to one, needs just a tie at home in Game 3 to take the series.

The Burn opened the scoring in the 27th minute on Deering's goal, but Jamar Beasley tied it for the Fire in the 84th minute.


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