Originally created 05/05/02


High school

Prep baseball game to resume Monday

The Region 4-AAAAA playoff series between Evans and McIntosh was postponed Saturday because of rain.

The two teams will resume the series Monday at 4 p.m. at Evans. The Knights lead the series 1-0 thanks to a 10-0 triumph Friday afternoon before the second game was called due to rain.

The team that wins the best-of-three series will go on to the Class AAAAA playoffs this week.

  • In soccer, the postponed girls soccer Class AAA playoff game between Central Macon and Westside will be made up at 5 p.m. Monday at Westside. The game was originally set for Friday night.
  • Also set for Monday, Lakeside-Evans plays host to Columbus at 5 p.m. in the Class AAAA boys soccer playoffs.

    College football

    Three Notre Dame players expelled

    Three Notre Dame football players and a former player accused of raping a female student are being expelled from the university, their attorneys told the South Bend Tribune.

    St. Joseph County Prosecutor Chris Toth told the newspaper Friday that he would decide by May 15 whether to file charges.

    The men, whose names have not been released by the school, were notified of their expulsions Thursday.

    They were expelled for alleged sexual misconduct and are likely to appeal the university's decision, the newspaper said. The deadline for an appeal is Tuesday.

    The 20-year-old woman said she was at a bar on March 27 and started talking to the four men. She said one of them told her there was a party at his house, but when she got there, there was no party. She told police the men took turns raping her in a bedroom while the others held her down. After the attack, one of the men drove her back to campus, she said.


    O'Neill suspended for Game 1 check

    Jeff O'Neill, the leading goal scorer for the Carolina Hurricanes the last two sea-sons, was suspended for today's playoff game for his hit from behind on Montreal Cana-diens defenseman Sheldon Souray.

    O'Neill was given a game misconduct less than five min-utes into the Hurricanes' 2-0 victory in Game 1 of the East-ern Conference semifinal se-ries Friday night for his check on Souray, who fell down in pain and was helped off the ice. The defenseman returned 30 seconds into the second peri-od, but played just one shift af-ter his shoulder injury.

    O'Neill had a team-leading 31 goals this season and 41 in 2000-2001. He'll likely be re-placed on Carolina's top line by rookie Jaroslav Svoboda, who assisted on Ron Francis' game-winning goal.

    "You don't replace those kind of players in terms of abilities over the long haul, but in a one-game situation you have to come up with it," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "Jaroslav did a nice job filling the void and I'm sure he'll get that opportunity again."

    The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Souray hit Sami Kapanen from behind along the boards seconds before the O'Neill hit. However, O'Neill said he didn't see the hit on his linemate and just caught Souray moving in an awkward position.

    "It was a situation where I was trying forecheck and trying to finish my check and he turned the wrong way that I thought he was going to, and it ended up being a suspension," O'Neill said.

  • Jaromir Jagr scored a second-period goal, and Martin Prochazka had a goal and an assist as the Czech Republic edged the United States 5-4 Saturday at the World Hockey championships.
  • The game was played pressure-free as both teams had already qualified for the quarterfinals.

    In the late game in Goteborg, Finland defeated Russia 1-0. The win left Finland atop the E Group standings. Russia remains in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth.

    Earlier in Goteborg, Ulf Dahlen of the Washington Capitals scored twice to help Sweden rout Ukraine 7-0. Stefan Liv posted the shutout.

    The unbeaten Czechs jumped to a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but the Americans rallied to tie it 4-4 heading into the third period.

    Prochazka put the Czech Republic, which scored three first-period goals, back in front at 4:58 of the third.


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