Originally created 12/31/01

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Olympics

Miller earns bonus by winning slalom

Bode Miller, his spot in the Olympic Winter Games already assured by virtue of winning two World Cup races this season, earned a little bonus prize Sunday by winning the U.S. Ski Team Gold Cup slalom in Snowbasin, Utah.

Miller, who was 0.07 seconds faster than Erik Schlopy in the first run, made that margin stand up by matching Schlopy's time for the second run.

The Franconia, N.H., product was timed in 1 minute, 33.08 seconds for two runs down the Wildflower course, which was laid out on the bottom of what will be the women's downhill in the Winter Olympics.

Schlopy, winner of Saturday's giant slalom, finished in 1:33.15 after a second-run time of 47.34 seconds, matching Miller for fastest of the session.

Paul Casey Puckett of Snowmass, Colo., was third Sunday, 0.61 seconds behind Miller. Tom Rothrock of Federal Way, Wash., was fourth in 1:34.10 and Chip Knight of Stowe, Vt., was fifth in 1:34.96.

Jeremy Teela won the 10-kilometer sprint on the second day of the U.S. biathlon trials Sunday in Midway, Utah, inching closer to one of four berths on the Olympic team.

On the women's side, Andrea Nahrgang of Heber City won the 7.5K sprint to complement her fourth-place finish the day before.

The Olympic trials continue Wednesday and Thursday, with the team announcement Thursday.

Football

Report: Lamb next coach at Furman

Bobby Lamb is scheduled to be introduced today as Furman's new head football coach, according to The Greenville News.

Lamb has been Furman's passing game coordinator for the past nine seasons. He was chosen over offensive coordinator Tim Sorrells and offensive line coach Clay Hendrix, the paper reported Sunday.

An official announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Timmons Arena. Lamb replaces Bobby Johnson, who was introduced Dec. 23 as Vanderbilt University's head coach.

Hendrix said Sunday that Johnson offered him a position as offensive line coach at Vanderbilt, but had not decided whether to take it or to remain at Furman.

Lamb, a native of Commerce, Ga., was a Furman quarterback from 1982 to 1985. He led the Paladins to the national championship game in his senior season. That season, Lamb was chosen as Southern Conference Player of the Year and Carolinas Male Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Basketball

Temple's mascot ejected from game

Temple's mascot, Hooter the Owl, was ejected late in the game Sunday in Philadelphia after going on the court and gesturing at the referee following a technical foul.

The ejection came with 3:12 left in the Owls' 68-62 loss to Penn.

The man in the costume went on the court just after Temple coach John Chaney received a technical for arguing with official John Hughes.

The mascot approached Hughes at the foul line and made a gesture. He was given a technical and ejected.

The student in the costume, who would not give his name, had no comment. Temple officials would not release the man's name.

Baseball

Hatteberg signs deal with Oakland

Scott Hatteberg agreed to terms with Oakland on a one-year deal worth about $1 million and will try to help the Athletics fill the hole at first base left by departed free agent Jason Giambi.

"We have always liked Scott's bat and we think with more at-bats he can be very productive," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "We've tried to trade for him in the past."

Hatteberg spent the last five-plus seasons with the Boston Red Sox, primarily as a catcher. He'll be given the chance to play first base, a position he's never played in the majors.

Tennis

Registration set for tennis league

The CSRA Junior Tennis League will hold registration Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Newman Tennis Center and Petersburg Racquet Club.

The cost is $12 for league fee, which includes court fees and a T-shirt, and $13 for USTA membership. Age groups are 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, and 14 and over.

Play in the league will begin Jan. 27 and last through March. For more information, call Dave Gleason at 860-9288 or Heidi Estroff at 738-5191.