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Oklahoma Football Forfeits Wins From '05

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Oklahoma must erase its wins from the 2005 season and will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, the NCAA said yesterday.

The penalties stem from a case involving two players, including the Sooners' starting quarterback, who were kicked off the team last August for being paid for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership. The NCAA said Oklahoma was guilty of a "failure to monitor" the employment of the players.

Oklahoma President David Boren said the university will appeal the NCAA's "failure to monitor" finding and the ruling that Oklahoma must erase the wins from the 2005 season. Oklahoma has 15 days to notify the NCAA in writing of any such appeal.

The Sooners went 8-4 and beat Oregon in the Holiday Bowl to end the 2005 season. Records from that season involving quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn must be erased, the NCAA said, and Coach Bob Stoops's career record will be amended to reflect the erased wins, dropping it from 86-19 in eight seasons to 78-27.

Oklahoma also will have two years of probation added to an earlier penalty, extending the Sooners' probation to May 23, 2010. . . .

Oregon defensive end Dexter Manley II, the son of the former Washington Redskins star, is leaving the Ducks.

Manley played in 11 of 13 games in his only season at Oregon after transferring from Santa Monica College before the start of the 2006 season. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound reserve has one season of college eligibility left.

· SOCCER: Chile's soccer federation suspended six players -- including captain Jorge Valdivia-- from the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for going on a drunken rampage at the Copa America in Venezuela.

In addition to being suspended from the national team for 20 matches, Valdivia, Jorge Vargas, Pablo Contreras, Reinaldo Navia, Rodrigo Tello and Alvaro Ormeño were fined their $7,200 bonus for helping Chile reach the quarterfinals of the South American championship.

The group, led by Valdivia, allegedly destroyed furniture in their hotel lobby and insulted other hotel guests.

· LACROSSE: Former Duke lacrosse player Collin Finnerty, cleared of false rape charges after being sidelined from the sport for more than a year, will transfer to Loyola of Maryland and play for the Greyhounds next season.

"Now that I have made my college decision, my life is my own again," Finnerty said.

· TENNIS: Serena Williams is pulling out of the United States' Fed Cup semifinal against Russia at Stowe, Vt., this weekend because she injured herself at Wimbledon.

The eight-time Grand Slam singles champion will be replaced by Meilen Tu, who flew to Vermont yesterday to join the rest of the squad, a person at the U.S. Tennis Association told the Associated Press.

Williams strained her left calf and hurt her left wrist and thumb during her fourth-round victory at Wimbledon.

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Duke center Brian Zoubek will be sidelined for at least eight weeks after surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot. The 7-foot-1 sophomore was injured during a pickup game Monday. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Zoubek should be fine when practice opens in the fall.

· HIGH SCHOOLS: Basketball players Kevin Love, who will attend UCLA, and Connecticut recruit Maya Moore were honored as national high school athletes of the year.

Love averaged 33.6 points, helping Lake Oswego (Ore.) High to its third consecutive state title game appearance. His father, Stan, played for the Washington Bullets.

Moore led Collins Hill High in Suwanee, Ga., to its third consecutive Georgia Class 5A state championship.

-- From News Services


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