South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier has a message for his football team: Embarrass the program and you will no longer be part of it. Spurrier held a brief news conference yesterday to address the Gamecocks' recent string of disciplinary problems.
Just this week, Spurrier removed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team and suspended two players police have charged with a campus burglary. Spurrier has told defensive end Moe Thompson and tackle Kevin Mainord that they will not be reinstated if they are found guilty.
And the same goes for offensive lineman Woodly Telfort, who is facing felony charges in the theft of computer equipment from Williams-Brice Stadium.
"I have a policy that says any person who brings complete embarrassment to our football program is subject to not being with us," Spurrier said.
The Gamecocks' new coach called this week "sort of a slap in the face to our football program." But, he said, the players should take the blame, not the school or former coach Lou Holtz.
TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams both cruised through the Dubai Women's Open quarterfinals in the United Arab Emirates, remaining on course for a repeat of their Australian Open final.
Meantime, French Open champion Anastasia Myskina squandered a match point and was ousted by Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 6-7 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
Davenport beat wild card Conchita Martinez of Spain, 6-1, 6-4, while Australian Open champion Williams handled Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-3.
Davenport will meet Schnyder in today's semifinals, and Williams will face Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro. Jankovic routed wild card Sania Mirza of India, 6-2, 6-2, in 48 minutes.
HORSE RACING: Stewart Elliott, who won last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard Smarty Jones, was back riding horses at Aqueduct in Jamaica, N.Y., a day after his release by federal immigration officials who detained the jockey because he had pleaded guilty to felony assault charges. Elliott was winless in four races. His agent, Joe Rosen, said Elliott will continue riding while his case is being determined by an immigration judge.
WNBA: The Charlotte Sting acquired forward Tangela Smith and a draft pick from the Sacramento Monarchs for Nicole Powell, Olympia Scott-Richardson and Erin Buescher.
"Tangela Smith solidifies our front court and gives us another serious scoring and rebounding threat," Sting General Manager-Coach Trudi Lacey said.
In seven seasons in the WNBA, Smith has averaged 11.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
COLLEGE LACROSSE:Kirah Miles had 14 saves and Delia Cox and Acacia Walker each added three goals as the Maryland women's team defeated Richmond, 14-6, on the road.
"We were able to take Richmond out of what they wanted to do, especially early in the game," said Maryland Coach Cindy Timchal, whose team is 2-1 this season.
WINTER SPORTS:Cindy Klassen of Canada ended Anni Friesinger's streak of three straight 1,500-meter titles at the world championships with a victory in the German's home town of Inzell.
Klassen was timed in 1 minute 58.49 seconds. She was followed by Friesinger in 1:58.73 and Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States in 1:59.44. . . .
Switzerland's Daniela Meuli beat Americans Michelle Gorgone and Rosey Fletcher in the women's World Cup snowboarding parallel giant slalom in Wilmington, N.Y.
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