Originally created 03/08/06


College Basketball

Cheerleader stunts banned in tourney

In St. Louis, the Missouri Valley Conference barred certain cheerleading stunts during this week's women's basketball tournament, a precaution taken after a Southern Illinois cheerleader plunged 15 feet and landed on her head.

Cheerleaders may not be launched or tossed and may not take part in formations higher than two levels during the tournament, MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said Tuesday.

Schools that advance to the NCAA or NIT tournaments may decide whether their cheerleaders should follow that ban, though the MVC will decide in May whether to make the restrictions permanent, Elgin said.

Salukis cheerleader Kristi Yamaoka was left with a concussion and a cracked neck vertebra when she fell during a timeout in Sunday's MVC men's championship game.

She drew national attention as she was wheeled off the court. She gave a two-handed thumbs up while strapped to a gurney, then made cheerleading moves with her arms in time to the band's playing of the school fight song.

The 18-year-old sophomore from Springfield, Ill., remained in fair condition Tuesday at Saint Louis University Hospital.

"I think the entire country was holding its collective breath when she got hurt," said Elgin, among the 14,000 onlookers at the Savvis Center.

"I've never experienced that type of total silence there. It scared the daylights out of all of us."

"We're very concerned when something like this happens," Elgin said.

College Baseball

Pacers move up to 13th in latest poll

USC Aiken improved one spot to 13th in the Collegiate Baseball magazine Top 30 coaches poll.

The Pacers used a 4-0 record during the past week to move up. It is the 18th consecutive poll in which the Pacers have been ranked - the second longest streak in the conference.

Georgia College & State University remained at No. 1 in the poll.


Gustavson invited to national camp

In Chicago, South Carolina standout Mike Gustavson of Aiken has been invited to this week's United States Under-20 National Team Camp in Sunrise, Fla.

Gustavson, a goalkeeper, is one of 23 collegiate players asked to attend by coach Thomas Rongen.

The under-20 team will take on the Colorado Rapids and a Haitian All-Star Team during the camp.

- In Dusseldorf, Germany, many World Cup coaches want FIFA to extend the May 15 deadline for submitting their final 23-man rosters.

"I think the extension of the deadline would make sense," Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said at a two-day World Cup workshop.

Other coaches supporting the move include England's Sven-Goran Eriksson and Germany's Juergen Klinsmann, who did not attend the workshop.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, is expected to discuss the proposal at a meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on March 16.

The 32-nation tournament in Germany will begin June 9 and end July 9.

Ski Jumping

Kuttel wins event, Janda nears title

In Kuopio, Finland, Andreas Kuttel of Switzerland won a World Cup ski jumping event, while overall leader Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic closed in on his first overall title despite placing eighth.

It was the second-lowest finish of the season for Janda, who is 144 points in front of defending champ Janne Ahonen of Finland with four events left. Ahonen did not compete Tuesday.

Kuttel collected 273.3 points after jumps of 132 and 129 meters. Austria's Thomas Morgenstern, the large hill Olympic champion and star of the Austrian gold medal-winning team, was second with 271.9 points.

Poland's Adam Malysz had 262.5 points after stylish jumps of 129.5 and 128 meters for his first podium finish of the season.


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