Originally created 05/17/03

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Pro football

Friends and family bid player farewell

In a soulful ceremony brightened by song and football stories, about 1,500 family, friends, teammates and coaches filled a southern Dallas church Friday to remember Dallas Cowboys running back Ennis Haywood.

At an altar adorned with flowers and football uniforms from Dallas Carter High School, Iowa State University and the Cowboys, several pastors, coaches and teammates celebrated the 23-year-old player's life.

The player's mother, Carol Haywood - who a coach said drove 12 hours in the night to attend every one of her son's home games at Iowa State - kissed her son's forehead just before his coffin was closed with a covering draped in his Cowboys No. 46 jersey.

College football

Georgia assistant fined a month's pay

Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway was fined a month's salary by the school after spending a night in jail for drunken driving.

Callaway said he was arrested last month at a license checkpoint while returning home from a golf outing, where he drank beer.

Coach Mark Richt said he reprimanded Callaway and took away a month's salary, costing the assistant more than $11,000.

Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said officers noticed a vehicle backing up after it approached the checkpoint, so they pulled it over and arrested Callaway. The coach had a blood alcohol level of 0.098, slightly above the 0.08 limit under Georgia law, Wright said.

  • A college football player who jumped out of a second-story window to escape his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has died.
  • Rodney Abercrombie, 23, a senior defensive back at California University of Pennsylvania, died late Thursday night after sustaining serious head injuries, California coach John Luckhardt said Friday.

    Police said Abercrombie was asleep with Melissa McCoy in her apartment when her former boyfriend, Durran Long, climbed onto an awning, broke a window and entered the apartment.

    Police said Abercrombie and Long scuffled in a hallway and Abercrombie ran into a bedroom and shut the door. He jumped out the window to escape when Long forced the door open.

    Boxing

    Fort Gordon boxer's fight to be on TV

    Fort Gordon's Wallace Mc-Daniel will be featured in a six round heavyweight bout against former national Gold-en Gloves champion Malcolm Tann on Fox Sports Net's Sun-day Night Fights at 6 p.m. Sun-day.

    McDaniel is 4-4 with two knockouts. Tann is undefeated with (5-0) with two KOs.

    Olympics

    Documents show USOC was correct

    World track and field's anti-doping chief determined in 1988 that drug samples provid-ed by eight American athletes at the Olympic trials that year should not be treated as posi-tives, according to IAAF rec-ords.

    Arne Ljungqvist, head of the sport's anti-doping com-mission, found that the U.S. Olympic Committee had "wrongly announced that eight athletes had been found posi-tive," according to minutes of the IAAF Council meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 18-19, 1988.

    Copies of the minutes were obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

    The document supports the International Association of Athletic Federation's statement in April that the USOC was right in clearing Carl Lewis and other athletes of doping violations.

    According to documents released to Sports Illustrated by Dr. Wade Exum, the USOC's former director for drug control, U.S. athletes tested positive for drugs more than 100 times from 1988-00. Only a handful were barred from competing; 19 went on to win medals.