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Ewing Jr. Will Join The Hoyas

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page D02

Pat Ewing Jr. is transferring to Georgetown, his father told a Houston TV station last night.

Houston Rockets assistant coach Patrick Ewing told KRIV television that his son will transfer from Indiana to Georgetown.

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"My son chose Georgetown. He was also considering Miami and North Carolina," said Ewing, who led the Hoyas to the NCAA championship in 1984.

"I'm excited. It's a great place for him to be and not just because I went there. The coaches love him and want him to play for them."

The younger Ewing said earlier this year that he felt it was best for him to transfer to another school for his education and basketball career. A 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, Ewing started five of the 29 games in which he played last season, averaging four points and 3.8 rebounds during Indiana's 15-14 season.

Under NCAA transfer rules, Pat Ewing Jr. will have to sit out the 2005-06 season.

OLYMPICS: Determined to avoid a return to the abuses and corruption of the past, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge warned the five cities vying for the 2012 Olympics to obey ethics rules and stay out of a "bidding war."

Rogge chided New York and London yesterday for unveiling incentives in a late push for votes without clearing them first with the IOC. He said the IOC could order the cities to withdraw the offers if they weren't included in the official bid documents submitted in November.

"We understand the candidate cities want to do more, but they have to understand where we come from," Rogge said in Berlin. "We come from a period of excesses, we come from a period of red carpet treatment, we come from a period of where we had a corruption scandal in Salt Lake City. This is something we don't want to repeat."

Rogge urged U.S. pro leagues to adopt Olympic standards for drug testing and sanctions. Major League Baseball's new policy calls for a 10-day suspension for a first failed test.

BOXING: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko underwent back surgery that will prevent him from fighting until at least September.

Bernd Boente, Klitschko's personal manager, said that the 35-minute operation was performed a day earlier by Hyun Bae in the Los Angeles area. Boente said in a statement that a small spur was removed from Klitschko's spine. Plans had called for Klitschko to defend his championship against Hasim Rahman this summer.

• HOCKEY: The NHL won't start next season on time if a new collective bargaining agreement hasn't been reached with the players' association.

"We will continue to plan for the start of next season with an on-time opening in October," Commissioner Gary Bettman said after a four-hour meeting with the league's board of governors.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Army and ESPN have reached a five-year multimedia agreement, guaranteeing live television coverage of every Black Knights home football game to fans and troops around the world.

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