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Pitt's LeSean McCoy, Scott McKillop and Derek Kinder have been named to watch lists for two of college football's most prestigious awards.
McCoy, a sophomore tailback, and Kinder, a senior receiver, were among those named for the Maxwell Award, annually presented to the nation's outstanding player. McKillop, a senior middle linebacker, was placed on the list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given each year to the country's top defensive player.
The Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists were comprised of 75 players whose selections were based on their performance during the 2007 season.
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Georgia Tech cornerback Jerrard Tarrant has been charged with rape and has been suspended from the football team. The alleged victim said she was raped at an on-campus dormitory April 25 and reported the incident to police that day.
Floyd Landis, a Lancaster native, lost his final chance to retain his 2006 Tour de France title, the final step of a long, multimillion-dollar process that poked holes in the anti-doping establishment but ultimately left the cyclist as just another convicted cheater. A three-person panel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a previous panel's decision, ruling his positive doping test during the Tour two years ago was, indeed, valid. Landis also must pay $100,000 toward the legal fees of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He has 30 days to appeal to the Swiss Federal Court.
New England Patriots defensive back Willie Andrews was held without bail after allegedly pointing a handgun at his girlfriend's head. Andrews was arrested yesterday after the alleged incident that occurred at about 1 a.m. after he returned home and an argument began between him and his girlfriend.
• Baltimore Ravens cornerback Derrick Martin was cited on a charge of drug abuse after police say he was found in possession of suspected marijuana at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal failed to qualify for the British Open July 17-20 when he took bogey on the third hole of a playoff in Sunningdale, England. Darren Clarke, slowly returning after coping with the death of his wife two years ago, also failed to earn a spot at Royal Birkdale in the 36-hole qualifier for European Tour players at Sunningdale. Also failing to qualify was Paul McGinley, who has played on the past three Ryder Cup teams for Europe.
Indiana University's president told the NCAA infractions committee that the hiring of ousted men's coach Kelvin Sampson was "a risk that should not have been taken." Indiana president Michael McRobbie told the committee during a private session June 14 that Sampson had betrayed the school's trust in violating NCAA regulations on telephone calls to recruits. Sampson was under NCAA recruiting restrictions when Indiana hired him away from Oklahoma in 2006.
• Alcorn State hired former Tennessee player Tonya Edwards as its women's coach. Edwards, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Detroit-Mercy, won national championships with the Lady Vols in 1987 and '89.
Forward Antawn Jamison re-signed with the Washington Wizards, agreeing to a four-year, $50 million deal.
Toby Rens, who guided Long Island University to four consecutive Northeast Conference titles and NCAA tournament berths, was named head women's coach at Pitt.
Phil Butch's run-scoring single to center field in the fifth inning gave visiting Washington (20-19) the lead for good in a 2-1 victory against the Chillicothe Paints (20-19) in Frontier League baseball action.
Thomas Jefferson offensive lineman Pat Eger, who will be a senior in the fall, made a verbal commitment to West Virginia. He chose the Mountaineers over Maryland, Miami of Ohio, Marshall and Buffalo.
First Published July 1, 2008 9:47 pm