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Catholic Is Investigating Lacrosse Party

James Blake returns the ball during his 6-3, 6-3 win over Andy Murray at the Hamburg Masters. Blake faces Mario Ancic in the round of 16.
James Blake returns the ball during his 6-3, 6-3 win over Andy Murray at the Hamburg Masters. Blake faces Mario Ancic in the round of 16. (By Fabian Bimmer -- Associated Press)
Thursday, May 18, 2006

Catholic University began an investigation into its women's lacrosse program yesterday after a Web site posted photos of an alleged off-campus freshman initiation party involving a male stripper, the school said in a statement. Reached in his office, Athletic Director Michael Allen declined to comment beyond the statement, which said that "underage drinking, hazing and other inappropriate activity -- all purported to have taken place -- are completely contrary to the mission and values" of the school.

Allen and the Rev. David M. O'Connell , the university's president, will meet with the school's coaches to discuss such issues, and will also meet with the school's athletes next fall, the statement said.

Northwestern University suspended its women's soccer program this week after the same Web site, http://www.BadJocks.com , posted suggestive photos allegedly taken at a team party.

· PRO FOOTBALL: The New Orleans Saints have set a franchise record for season ticket sales, four months before making their post-Hurricane Katrina return to the Superdome.

The Saints, who spent last season in San Antonio after Katrina flooded the city and severely damaged the Superdome, have sold 54,969 season tickets, surpassing the previous record of 53,728 set in August 2003. . . .

Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren signed a contract extension to keep him with Seattle through the 2008 season. Terms of Holmgren's deal weren't disclosed, but team president Tim Ruskell said the new deal is "in effect, a three-year deal." . . .

Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot and tackle Bryant McKinnie will go on trial on charges stemming from the boat-party sex scandal. Smoot's trial is scheduled to begin May 30, and McKinnie's is slated for July 7. Both players are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, indecent conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior. . . .

The Baltimore Ravens signed former Oakland Raiders linebacker Tim Johnson to a one-year contract worth $585,000.

· COLLEGE BASEBALL: The 2009 ACC baseball tournament will be played at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox and about 4 1/2 miles from the ACC's newest member, Boston College.


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