Originally created 11/23/05

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College Football

LeZotte takes home Atlantic 10 honors

Former Westside standout Tony LeZotte was named Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

LeZotte, who plays safety for James Madison, had 95 tackles and broke up seven passes this season.

He tied a conference record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Dukes' Nov. 19 win over Towson.

LeZotte is the first player to earn first-team all-conference honors as both a freshman and sophomore since Boston University's Bob Speight (1978-79).

- The top-3 finalists for the 2005 Ray Guy Award have been decided.

Arizona's Danny Baugher, Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest and Colorado's John Torp were chosen as finalists for the award that recognizes college football's top punter.

College Golf

Burkhart takes 29th at prestigious event

In El Paso, Texas, USC Aiken's Dane Burkhart carded 75 in his final round to finish in 29th place at the 31st Annual Western Refining All-American Classic.

Burkhart, the reigning Division II national champion, 29 Division I golfers and the Division III national champion competed in the elite event ranked as No. 1 tournament by the Golfweek/Saragin Performance Index.

Vanderbilt's Luke List finished with a score of 13-under 200 for the lowest score in tournament history.

Tennis

Former Russian star is shot two times

In Kiev, Ukraine, former Russian tennis star Andrei Chesnokov was shot twice with rubber bullets while leaving a restaurant, authorities said Monday.

He was wounded Sunday and flew back to Moscow on Monday after discharging himself from the hospital, Russia's NTV television channel reported.

"I defended myself as best I could," he told NTV. "I didn't have any weapon, no baseball bat or knife."

The 39-year-old Chesnokov was shot during an argument with his companion and two unidentified men, Interior Ministry spokesman Volodymyr Mulko said. The player was in Dnipropetrovsk, where he was taking part in a tennis tournament.

Police detained one person after Chesnokov gave police the license plate number of the car in which the suspects left the restaurant, Mulko said.

Chesnokov won seven ATP singles titles and last played on the tour in 1999.

Soccer

National anthems could be cancelled

In Zurich, Switzerland, soccer's governing body is considering banning national anthems before international games to help prevent crowd trouble.

Players and officials from Turkey and Switzerland fought after their World Cup qualifier in Istanbul last week. Both teams complained that opposing fans whistled during the other's anthem.

"I feel this whistling shows a great lack of respect and disparaging to national pride," FIFA president Sepp Blatter told the Swiss weekly Schweizer Illustrierte. "I wonder, therefore, whether it even makes sense to play these national anthems."

Blatter also said FIFA was considering holding World Cup playoffs at neutral venues, "where proper organization can be ensured."

- In Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA disagrees with the World Anti-Doping Agency over automatic two-year bans for first-time doping offenders, referring the dispute to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Soccer's governing body said the ban would pose a problem because "it could be reduced only under very limited circumstances and it does not take into account the extent of the offender's guilt."

WADA president Richard Pound said he learned with "considerable disappointment" that the matter was submitted to CAS, the world's top sports tribunal.

Any sport not conforming to the WADA code risks exclusion from the Olympics.