Originally created 07/03/05


College Football

Ex-Gamecock will remain at home

In Columbia, a judge refused to revoke the bond for former South Carolina defensive end Moe Thompson, who prosecutors say failed a drug test.

Thompson, a three-year starter for the Gamecocks, faces five counts of burglary-related charges after authorities said he and former teammate Kevin Mainord stole electronics out of two dorm rooms Feb. 23.

Circuit Judge James Barber denied the motion to revoke Thompson's bond and allowed him to remain under house arrest.

He also ruled Thompson could leave the state to visit other schools, but set conditions - including submitting an itinerary to prosecutors, remaining under electronic monitoring and his mother must accompany him.

Thompson is taking classes at Midlands Technical College in Columbia and considering a transfer to a Division I-AA school.

He waited six days to turn himself in and was released from jail March 9 after posting bond. He agreed to a curfew, ankle bracelet monitoring and random monthly drug tests.

In his first screening June 28, Thompson tested positive for marijuana. Assistant prosecutor Dolly Justice Garfield said workers at a Columbia drug-testing firm confirmed the results with two follow-up screenings the same day.

But Thompson asked the firm to retest him Tuesday and he passed. He is due back in court Sept. 1, when he is expected to either enter a plea or request a trial.


Youth title goes to Argentina team

In Utrecht, Netherlands, Argentina won the World Youth Championship, defeating Nigeria 2-1 on Lionel Messi's two penalty kicks for a record fifth title.

Messi, a Barcelona midfielder, finished as the top scorer in the tournament with six goals. Nigeria was seeking Africa's first title in FIFA's championship for players under 20.

Defending champion Brazil finished in third place in the three-week, 24-nation event, defeating Morocco 2-1 behind late goals by Edcarlos and Rafael Sobis.

Messi, who turned 18 during the tournament, was voted the winner of the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition, beating Nigerians John Obi Mikel and Taye Taiwo.


U.S. prep school loses in semifinals

In Henley-on-Thames, England, a crew from Malvern, Pa., lost in the semifinals at the Henley Royal Regatta.

The 'A' crew from Malvern Preparatory School was beaten by a length in the Fawley Cup for schoolboy quadruple scullers, falling to a Dutch composite crew from Willem III and Die Leythe of Amsterdam.

In the Temple Cup for student eights, Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., dominated its semifinal against England's Oxford Brookes University from the first stroke. It was in control throughout the course and won by 4 lengths.

It will now face Yale University, which beat the University of the West of England by 1 lengths in the other semifinal.

In the Remenham Cup for international women's eights, Yale was holding its own against Thames from London.

Then, at the mile signal, No. 3 rower Claire Norsetter caught her oar in the water and the boat slowed to a halt. Thames rowed past its opponents to win by 2Q lengths.


Americans fall to Australia in final

In Annapolis, Md., former University of Maryland star Jen Adams had four goals and three assists, leading Australia to a 14-7 victory over the United States the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations' World Cup.

Sarah Forbes also had three goals and three assists for the Australians, who used a five-goal run in the middle of the first half to go up 6-2, then stretched the margin to six goals with 26 minutes left.

The champions finished 7-0-1 in the tournament.


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