Paine receives forfeit victory
Paine College learned Thursday that its Nov. 28 game against Clark Atlanta will be counted as a forfeit. Clark Atlanta was forced by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to forfeit six wins after it was discovered the team used two ineligible players.
One of those players, Xavier Morton, was in the starting lineup in Clark Atlanta's 66-65 overtime win at Paine. Morton scored 14 points and had a team-high 13 rebounds.
With the win, the Lions lead the SIAC by one game over Morehouse with an 11-3 conference record and a 13-9 overall mark. Paine has four SIAC games remaining, starting with its road game at LeMoyne-Owen at 7:30 p.m. today.
Patten was arrested for assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and Dugar was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Strom Thurmond principal Christ Clancy confirmed that the players had been suspended for tonight's game.
"It is the result of the school's athletic policy," Clancy said.
The 61-year-old Catlett said the retirement would be effective at the end of the season. However his assistant and nephew, Drew Catlett, was immediately promoted to bench coach.
Catlett will "still be involved "til the end of the season," school spokeswoman Shelly Poe said. However, she could not provide specifics, including whether Catlett would run practices.
Catlett's retirement a day after the Mountaineers (8-15, 1-10 Big East) lost to Virginia Tech, 78-63.
Lewis wins case against promoter
A federal jury in New York City awarded roughly $8 million in damages to heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on Thursday after finding he had been ripped off by his promoter.
In a civil trial, the jury concluded Panos Eliades and his company, Panix Promotions, defrauded Lewis through a pattern of theft that amounted to racketeering.
The bulk of the award - $6.8 million - stemmed from the jury's finding that the promoter breached his fiduciary duty as manager.
Packers prepare to waive Levens
The purge of Super Bowl veterans is about to begin in Green Bay, where the Packers are preparing to waive former Georgia Tech running back Dorsey Levens.
The team is still hopeful, however, that it can renegotiate Antonio Freeman's contract to keep Brett Favre's favorite receiver in town.
Levens is due $2.5 million in compensation next season - more than starter Ahman Green will make - beginning with a $500,000 roster bonus on March 1.
Falcons interview Bucs' Rich McKay
Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay took a big step toward leaving the Buccaneers on Thursday.
The embattled Bucs executive interviewed for the Atlanta Falcons' GM job, a sign that he not only wants out, but that the sons of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer are willing to release him from the final year of his contract.
McKay has been contemplating a move since last Friday when the Glazers vetoed his plan to hire former Baltimore Ravens assistant Marvin Lewis as Tampa Bay's new coach.
The Bucs have been searching for a replacement for Tony Dungy for more than a month.