Originally created 11/15/02

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College Football

Finalists named for Butkus Award

Maryland's E.J. Henderson, Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman and Notre Dame's Courtney Watson were named finalists Thursday for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker.

Henderson, who was a finalist last year, leads the Terrapins with 113 tackles - 12 1/2 tackles for a loss - and also has 4 1/2 sacks. Watson is the first finalist from Notre Dame since Michael Stonebreaker in 1990. He leads the Irish in tackles with 81 and also has three sacks. Lehman has 67 tackles and is tied for first with nine tackles for a loss.

The winner will be announced Dec. 4.

  • For the second straight year, defensive players make up the finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.
  • Henderson, Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris, Texas defensive end Cory Redding and Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs were announced as finalists for the award, which will be presented Dec. 11 in Houston.

    Only seven offensive players have won the award, which began in 1970. Nine of the 12 semifinalists for this year's honor play on defense.

  • Despite their best efforts, Sacramento State players have gotten themselves into a sticky situation.
  • Several of the Hornets greased their jerseys with nonstick cooking spray on the sideline during their 31-24 loss at Montana last weekend, the Big Sky Conference said.

    Before determining a punishment, the league and Sacramento State are trying to figure out how many players used the spray and whether coaches knew.

    Todd Goodrich, a University of Montana photographer, said he saw two Sacramento State players spraying each other near the end of the first half.

    During the second half, Goodrich saw two more players spraying each other and snapped several photos.

    The photos were being turned over to the league.

    Hockey

    League suspends coach, player

    The coach and a player from a team involved in a brawl-filled junior hockey league game were suspended by the league .

    A total of 23 players were ejected during Halifax's 9-2 victory over Baie-Comeau on Wednesday night in Longueuil, Quebec. At one point in the third period, all 12 players on the ice, including the goalies, were going at it.

    Baie-Comeau's Louis-Philippe Martin was suspended for five games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and coach Richard Martel was suspended for two games. The team also was fined $1,000.

    College Basketball

    NCAA punishes Syracuse's Edelin

    The NCAA ruled that Syracuse freshman point guard Billy Edelin must sit out the first 12 games of the season because he violated outside competition rules.

    Edelin was penalized for participating in recreational basketball leagues while serving a university-imposed suspension last year. The NCAA prohibits student-athletes from participating in outside competition during the school year, and allows athletes to compete only in sanctioned summer events.

    He will be eligible to play against Pittsburgh on Jan. 18.

    Horse Racing

    Jockey banned after cocaine test

    Dean Gallagher, the winning jockey in this year's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, was suspended for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine. The Jockey Club said Gallagher can't reapply for his license until May 1, 2004.

    The 33-year-old rider tested positive at Newton Abbot in September. He served a six-month suspension in 2000 after testing positive for cocaine in France.

    Gallagher said his career is almost definitely over.

    "It is highly unlikely that I will return to race riding, so today is the first day of the rest of my new life," he said.