Originally created 01/17/04



Whitfield hurt at U.S. Championships

Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield withdrew from the 2004 Everlast U.S. Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday night.

Whitfield was scheduled to fight Rau'Shee Warren in the semifinals of the 106-pound class but an injury forced him to forfeit.

College football

Fulmer gave info to hurt Alabama

In Montgomery, Ala., Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer secretly provided damaging information about Alabama to the NCAA, according to a lawyer for two former Crimson Tide football coaches suing the organization.

Court documents show Fulmer twice called NCAA staffer Rich Johanningmeier, who was probing alleged wrongdoing at Alabama in 2000, and gave him information implicating the Tide in rules violations, according to attorney Tommy Gallion.

Gallion, a Montgomery lawyer who represents former Alabama assistants Ronnie Cottrell and Ivy Williams, contends the NCAA ignored violations at Tennessee in exchange for Fulmer's help in the case against Alabama.

"They buried everything at Tennessee and they went after Alabama based on what Phillip Fulmer said," said Gallion.

  • Joe Tresey was hired as defensive coordinator by Georgia Southern, two days after longtime assistant Rusty Russell was fired.
  • Tresey served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Akron the past two years.

  • Auburn president William Walker resigned Friday after enduring heavy criticism for the way he botched a football coaching search.
  • Walker's resignation came two days after he met with Gov. Bob Riley to discuss problems facing the school.

    Auto Racing

    NASCAR to unveil changes Tuesday

    The revamped points system for NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series, with a playoff-like structure during the last 10 races, will be designed to give any driver still in contention a shot at the championship.

    The system will be announced in detail Tuesday during the annual media tour in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter said Friday. But Hunter noted the speculation the title chase would come down to only the top 10 in the points after 26 of 36 races was "completely wrong."

    "I don't think we have ever put more research into something as we have into this so we don't exclude anybody who ran 26 races and still has a shot at the championship," he said.

    "Obviously, we can't figure out every possible situation, but we're trying to make it as fair as we can for everyone."


    Henin-Hardenne, Hewitt advance

    In Sydney, Australia, top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced to the Adi-das International final when American Lindsay Davenport withdrew because of an in-jured right arm.

    Australia's Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the men's final af-ter his opponent, Martin Verkerk, quit their match.

    Australian Todd Woodbridge moved within one match of becoming the most successful doubles player ever on the ATP tour when he and Jonas Bjorkman beat Agustin Calleri and Filippo Volandri 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the semifinals.

    Figure skating

    U.S. committee will try new system

    Figure skating's 6.0, a cen-tury-old symbol of perfection, is officially on the endangered list.

    U.S. Figure Skating an-nounced it was recommending that a new, computer-based points system be used at the 2005 world championships.

    "After Salt Lake City, (figure skating's judging system) failed in the public eyes and I think we need to restore the confidence," said Chuck Foster, president of U.S. Figure Skating.


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