Originally created 07/18/04

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Two more players commit to Jackets

Georgia Tech's 2005 recruiting class has grown to three players following verbal commitments from a pair of high school seniors this week.

Brad Sellers, a defensive end at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, and Jahi Word-Daniel, a defensive back out of Hoover (Ala.) High School, announced their intentions to attend Georgia Tech.

They joined Savannah Groves defensive back Anthony Clark, who committed to the Yellow Jackets earlier this summer.

Sellers, 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds. chose Georgia Tech over Duke and Big 12 schools Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

Word-Daniel is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback who helped lead Hoover to a state championship in Alabama's highest classification last year.

  • University of Colorado athletes were treated more leniently than other students for rules violations, according to a detective's deposition taken in the school's sex assault scandal.
  • Tim Delaria, a 30-year employee of the university police department, also testified that athletic officials intervened on athletes' behalf in at least one case.

    "It appears to me, in the cases that I've been involved with, that student athletes are not held to the same standards as regular students," Delaria said.

    The deposition, released Friday, was given June 22 in a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was raped at an off-campus party for football players and recruits in 2001.

    An independent commission was appointed to investigate the recruiting scandal after Boulder prosecutor Mary Keenan claimed the athletic department used alcohol and sex to lure football recruits. A grand jury also is investigating.

  • Nebraska football player Richie Incognito was fined a maximum $500 by a judge for his assault conviction, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
  • Incognito was found guilty last month in Lancaster County Court of a misdemeanor assault charge.

    He could have faced a jail sentence of up to six months, in addition to the fine.

    The 6-foot-3, 310-pound sophomore offensive lineman was charged after he allegedly hit two people at a party in Lincoln on Feb. 7 and hit another person outside the apartment where the party took place.

  • Two Air Force Academy football players accused of using steroids will be court-martialed, the military says.
  • Junior running back Matthew Ward, charged with wrongful use and possession of the anabolic steroid methandrostenolone, will be court-martialed Aug. 18, the academy said.

    A date has not been set for the court-martial for junior linebacker Overton Spence Jr. on charges of wrongful use, distribution and possession of methandrostenolone.

    Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. John Rosa Jr. referred both cases to courts-martial earlier this week. Both cadets had waived their rights to Article 32 evidentiary hearings.

    Hockey

    Avalanche goalie signs one-year deal

    The Colorado Avalanche rewarded goalie David Aebischer for a steady first season in place of Patrick Roy, signing him to a one-year contract.

    Goaltending was one of the biggest concerns for Colorado headed into last season with Aebischer taking over for Roy after spending three years as his backup. But Aebischer made it a smooth transition, becoming the second Avalanche goalie to win 30 games and posting a 2.09 goals-against average.

    Aebischer finished the season with 32 wins in 62 games.

  • NHL and players union negotiators will meet Wednesday, the first time they will have talked since May 25.
  • The NHL's collective bargaining agreement with the NHLPA expires Sept. 15.

    "We remain hopeful that our meeting next Wednesday will result in progress being made toward a resolution," said NHL vice president Bill Daly. "Either way, we believe it is now important to begin meeting more regularly because time is getting short, and the only way this can be resolved is if the parties continue to talk."

    The league is expected to lock out the players if a new contract is not reached in September.