Originally created 04/12/06

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College Football

Alabama booster is found dead in home

In Memphis, Tenn., an Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was killed in his home after a fierce, bloody struggle, police said Tuesday.

Police had not confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the 65-year-old Memphis resident.

Police were not sure how he was killed, but investigators found "a lot of blood," police Sgt. Vince Higgins said.

Investigators don't know a motive or whether the attack was related to Young's conviction.

Young was free pending appeal of his 2005 federal conviction on money laundering and racketeering conspiracy charges in a federal case involving the recruiting of defensive lineman Albert Means.

Young was sentenced last June to six months in prison plus six months' home confinement then two years' supervised release.

- The New Orleans Bowl lost its leadoff spot in the college football calendar.

The game, which matches the Sun Belt Conference champion against a Conference USA opponent, has begun the bowl season since its inception in 2001. It will move to a weekend night and be played Friday, Dec. 22.

The GMAC Bowl on Dec. 20 in Mobile, Ala., now becomes the season's first bowl.

College Basketball

Capel leaves VCU to coach Sooners

In Norman, Okla., Jeff Capel was hired as Oklahoma's basketball coach Tuesday, resigning at Virginia Commonwealth to replace Kelvin Sampson and take over a program under NCAA investigation.

Capel, a former Duke player, was 79-41 in four seasons as coach at VCU.

Sampson left to become Indiana's coach March 29. He was 279-109 in 12 seasons at Oklahoma.

- Point guard Devan Downey has decided to leave Cincinnati.

Downey, who is from Chester, S.C., didn't indicate where he hoped to play.

College Golf

Former Jaguar posts second-place finish

Former Augusta State standout Emmett Turner posted his best showing Sunday on the NGA Hooters Tour. Turner finished two shots behind winner Brent DelaHoussaye at the Hooters Tour Classic of Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club in Flowery Branch, Ga..

Turner, who played for the Jaguars from 2001-05, shot rounds of 70-67-70-69. With his runner-up finish, he earned almost $12,000. Turner is eighth on the tour's money list entering this week's NGA Hooters Tour Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau Classic.

- USC Aiken's golf team will receive its NCAA Division II championship rings before the school's home baseball game against Newberry at 6:30 tonight at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

The Pacers are receiving the rings after winning their second consecutive title in 2005.

College Softball

Peach Belt honors Lady Jags pitcher

Augusta State right-hander Amy Dumas was named the Peach Belt Conference pitcher of the week for the second consecutive week.

Dumas struck out 25 batters and allowed only five hits in 12 innings last week. She had a 2.91 ERA for the week and has a 1.44 ERA on the season.

Dumas has been selected as pitcher of the week three times this season.

Auto Racing

Kenseth's crew chief is suspended, fined

Chad Norris, crew chief for Matt Kenseth's Busch Series car, was fined $10,000 and suspended for three races Tuesday because Kenseth's car failed its postrace inspection at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth, who finished fifth in Saturday's race, was penalized 25 Busch Series points and Jack Roush was docked 25 car owner points.

Kenseth's car failed inspection because the quarter panels were too high after the race.