Originally created 07/04/05

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College Football

Rebels release freshman player

In Oxford, Miss., Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron has dismissed incoming freshman linebacker Wallace Bates from the team for violating an unspecified team rule.

Bates pleaded guilty last week in Lafayette County Justice Court to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and was ordered to pay $417 in fines and legal fees, according to court documents.

The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., was kicked off the team Friday. He signed with Oregon State in 2004 but failed to qualify academically. He signed with the Rebels in February.

Bates' dismissal is the latest in a string of off-the-field issues involving the Ole Miss program.

At least 10 members of the team, including two assistant coaches, have been arrested in the past 24 months.

Safety Keith Houston, lineman McKinley Boykin and former fullback Lorenzo Townsend are scheduled to appear in Oxford courtrooms this month on separate charges.

Houston and Townsend face rape charges and Boykin is charged with domestic violence.

Rowing

American, Trinity triumph at Henley

In England, Olympic champion Wyatt Allen won the Diamond Sculls title at the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday, while Trinity College captured the Temple Cup for student eights.

Allen, representing the Princeton Rowing Center, went up against Australia's Charlie Palmer of the English club Cantabrigian in the final. The American dominated throughout, leading from the start and eventually winning by three lengths.

Trinity College, from Hartford, Conn., beat Yale by three lengths in the Temple Cup final. Although Trinity was down after the first few strokes, it moved ahead at the quarter mile and went on to the victory.

Pro Basketball

Celtics sign their top draft choice

The Boston Celtics signed first-round draft pick Gerald Green on Sunday.

The Celtics took Green with the 18th overall selection in last week's NBA Draft. The 19-year-old Green is expected to play for Boston next week in the Reebok Vegas Summer League.

The 6-foot-8 forward entered the draft out of high school. He averaged 33 points and 12 rebounds during his senior year at Gulf Shores Academy in Houston.

Sailing

U.S. skipper nears victory in series

In Marstrand, Sweden, American skipper Ed Baird is in position to win his first championship on the Swedish Match Tour, sailing's top professional match-racing circuit.

It won't be easy, though.

Baird, who represents America's Cup champion Alinghi of Switzerland, and Australia's Peter Gilmour, of Pizza-La Sailing Team, are tied with 102 points going into the season finale starting today.

But because Gilmour has competed in one more regatta than Baird, Baird must finish no worse than fourth with Gilmour behind him. For Gilmour to repeat as the tour champ, he has to finish ahead of Baird, no matter where they finish in the final points standings.

Horse Racing

Mr. Light all-in for Poker Stakes win

In New York, Mr. Light beat Willard Straight by a neck to win the $109,900 Poker Stakes for horses three and older at Belmont Park.

Remind was third in the field of seven, another 1 lengths back. The Argentine-bred Mr. Light carried 117 pounds and Cornelio Velasquez one mile in 1:32 on the turf to earn $65,940 for Earle I. Mack.

Adieu carried 116 pounds and Rafael Bejerano 5 furlongs in 1:04 to post a 1-length victory over Folklore in the co-featured $109,000 Astoria Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Wonder Lady Anne L was another 1 lengths back to finish third of six.