Originally created 06/16/04

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College Baseball

Three Gamecocks are All-Americans

South Carolina pitchers Chad Blackwell and Aaron Rawl, and catcher Landon Powell were named to the National College Baseball Writers Assocation All-America team Tuesday.

Blackwell has 19 saves, the most of any closer in the country. Rawl is 12-4 with a 4.29 ERA, and Powell, who is a finalist for several player of the year awards, has 19 home runs and 65 RBI.

The Gamecocks have had at least one player named to the All-America team since 1997. They begin play in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday against Cal State Fullerton.

Pro Football

George still waits for revised contract

Eddie George is still under contract with the Tennessee Titans, so he plans to keep showing up for work.

George, recovering from operations on his left ankle and right knee, arrived Tuesday for the first of six final minicamp workouts that conclude June 24.

He is waiting for a revised contract nearly two weeks after agreeing to cut his base pay for the upcoming season. He hoped for a new deal before getting married next Sunday to Tamara Johnson of the singing group Sisters with Voices, but he said Tuesday he doesn't expect that to happen.

No deadline has been set by either side, but the Titans have said they need cap space by the beginning of July when they traditionally begin signing their rookies.

  • Former Washington Redskins tackle George Starke pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges Tuesday and agreed to enter a rehabilitation program.
  • District of Columbia police stopped Starke in Northeast Washington on May 14 when an officer noticed he was not wearing his seat belt, according to charging documents. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license, and a search of the car revealed 7 grams of cocaine, prosecutors said.

    His attorney said Tuesday that Starke entered the guilty plea to save himself the time and expense of a trial.

    Starke, 58, played left tackle for the Redskins from 1973-84 and was the early leader of the "Hogs," offensive line, who became NFL celebrities when the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1983.

    College Basketball

    Woman claims suit led to slashed tires

    The woman whose lawsuit led to the firing of basketball coach Jim O'Brien received threatening phone calls and had her tires slashed, her lawyer Jeffrey Lucas said Tuesday.

    Kathleen Salyers sued two Ohio State boosters last year, testifying in an April deposition that she never received the $1,000 per month plus expenses she had been promised for housing Boban Savovic, a player on the Buckeyes' Final Four team in 1998-99.

    Salyers sued Savovic's sponsors, Dan and Kim Roslovic, seeking $510,000 in expenses and damages.

    Ohio State fired O'Brien on June 8 after he admitted he gave $6,000 in 1999 to Aleksandar Radojevic, a recruit who never attended Ohio State because he was ruled ineligible after the NCAA found out he had been paid to play in Europe.

  • Texas 7-foot freshman LaMarcus Aldridge withdrew from the NBA Draft on Tuesday, two days before the deadline.
  • Aldridge signed with Texas and started classes this month, but kept his name in the potential pool for the June 24 draft. Some players register for the draft to see how much interest they will receive from NBA teams.

    A prep All-American, Aldridge sent a letter to the NBA withdrawing his name, Texas team spokesman Scott McConnell said.

    Tennis

    Coria wins on grass as top seeds lose

    In Den Bosch, Netherlands French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria picked up his first win on grass this season Tuesday, beating Karol Beck 6-3, 6-3 in the Ordina Open. No. 2 Rainer Schuettler lost, while No. 3 Sjeng Schalken was beaten by Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.