Originally created 12/25/05

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High Schools

Controversial Miami school closes down

A Miami correspondence academy that drew the scrutiny of the NCAA and state officials amid growing concerns about "diploma mills" is shutting down, the school's founder told The New York Times.

"It's a disaster," Stanley J. Simmons told the newspaper for Saturday's editions. "I'm finishing up everything, and I'm going back into retirement."

University High School had no classrooms, teachers or teams but helped numerous athletes quickly earn diplomas, the Times first reported in November.

The newspaper reported that University High graduated at least 14 students who signed with Division I football programs during the past two years.

Because the school is private, students did not have to take the state-mandated exit exam.

The Miami-Dade state prosecutor's office and the NCAA recently began investigations into the legitimacy of the school.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the state prosecutor, told the Times his office was awaiting returns from subpoenas in its investigation of the school over possible fraud.



College Football

I-A seniors take Magnolia victory

In Jackson, Miss., Steven Jyles passed for 80 yards and a touchdown and ran for 31 more yards to lead the White to a 19-7 victory over the Red in the Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic.

The White team, which consisted of Division I-A seniors whose teams either didn't qualify for or already played in bowl games, needed a late defensive stop to defeat their Red counterparts from Division I-AA, II and III and other schools.

Each team also had players from NAIA schools on its roster.

The Red recovered a fumble by the White's Kasey Young of Western New Mexico at the White 49 with 49 seconds remaining and moved it to the 28.

But John Eubanks of Southern Mississippi intercepted Travis Lulay's final pass at about the 10 and returned it 80 yards before tripping at the Red 10 as time expired.

Horse Racing

Turfway stable still under quarantine

A horse stabled at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., was euthanized, and a barn was quarantined after the filly tested positive for the equine herpes virus.

Trainer Charles Simon declined to identify the horse Friday, but said she began having coordination trouble Wednesday.

"We didn't want her to suffer anymore," Simon said.

The barn has been under quarantine since Wednesday, track president Bob Elliston said.

The stable has about 50 horses.

The equine herpes virus is an upper respiratory and neurological ailment that can spread through the air, but it can travel only about 35 feet and can be killed by disinfectants.

Simon said the horse, which had been at the track since the first week of September, had finished second and third in races.

Elliston said the track is trying to limit the disease, and trainers in other barns have been asked to take the temperatures of their horses a couple of times per day.

Earlier this year, two horses at Churchill Downs with severe symptoms of equine herpes were put down during an outbreak at the Louisville track's spring meet. About 100 horses in three barns were quarantined.

Soccer

Ex-Real Madrid star suffers heart attack

Alfredo di Stefano, the Real Madrid soccer great who was voted European player of the year in the 1957 and 1959, had a heart attack early Saturday but was conscious and in stable condition.

Di Stefano, Real Madrid's 79-year-old honorary president, was stricken in Sagunto, Spain.

The hospital said he was breathing on his own and responding well to treatment in the intensive care unit.

Team president Florentino Perez and other executives were traveling to Sagunto.

Di Stefano won five consecutive European Cups, scoring in each final.