Originally created 03/17/04

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College Football

Gamecocks' Wrenn resigns at school

Clyde Wrenn, who spent 11 years in South Carolina's athletic department, has resigned.

The school said Tuesday that Wrenn resigned so he could pursue other business opportunities. He served as South Carolina football recruiting coordinator and, more recently, as assistant athletic director for high school relations.

Recently, Wrenn's name came up in South Carolina's investigation involving illegal contacts between recruits and then-South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges. The school's report says Wrenn thought he called Hodges' office and asked him to speak to the prospects.

  • In Pittsburgh, a priest can be tried for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Pitt football player who fell through the ceiling of a church while drunk.
  • Allegheny County Judge Robert Gallo ruled Tuesday that prosecutors have enough evidence to support an involuntary manslaughter charge against the Rev. Henry Krawczyk.

    He allegedly gave alcohol to 19-year-old Billy Gaines and five other underage men at a Roman Catholic church.

    Krawczyk resigned as pastor of the church. Gaines' family filed a $75 million civil lawsuit alleging church officials knew Krawczyk had been accused several times of giving alcohol to minors, but was not disciplined and remained in a position of contact with young people.

    Tennis

    Rusedski cleared, seeking settlement

    Greg Rusedski said Tuesday he is seeking a settlement with the ATP after his exoneration on doping charges.

    The 1997 U.S. Open runner-up tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at a tournament in Indianapolis in July and faced a two-year ban if found guilty.

    The British player was cleared last week by an independent panel, which accepted his contention that his positive test was the result of contaminated electrolyte supplements provided by ATP Tour trainers.

    Rusedski didn't rule out taking legal action against the ATP, saying he was trying to negotiate a settlement that would help him resume his career.

    Socccer

    Clubs to boycott FIFA championship

    In Valencia, Spain, Europe's biggest soccer clubs plan to boycott next year's FIFA Club World Championship and test the legality of rules that force them to make players available to national teams.

    FIFA announced Feb. 29 that it plans to revive the club tournament as a six-team event in December 2005. The plan is opposed by 18 of the top clubs in Europe.

    The group unanimously agreed to press ahead with its demand for financial compensation from FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations for releasing players for national team duty.

  • In Quarteira, Portugal, Angela Hucles scored her third goal in two games, leading the United States over Denmark 1-0 in the Algarve Cup.
  • Hucles scored from inside the Danish penalty area in the 60th minute after a solo run by Abby Wambach.

    The Americans play 2003 World Cup finalist Sweden on Thursday for a place in the final.

    Boxing

    Heavyweight crown on the line in L.A.

    A heavyweight championship fight will be held in Los Angeles for only the second time in 45 years, with Vitali Klitschko a participant in both.

    Klitschko will face Corrie Sanders at Staples Center on April 24 for the WBC heavyweight title made vacant by Lennox Lewis' recent retirement.

    The 39-year-old Sanders, from South Africa, has a 39-2 record with 29 knockouts. Klitschko is 33-2 with 32 knockouts.

    Former world welterweight champion, Vernon Forrest of Augusta, will face Teddy Reid in a 10-round junior middleweight bout as part of the card.

    Forrest is 35-2 with 26 knockouts and Reid is 22-5-1 with 16 knockouts.