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G. Washington Extends McKeown's Contract Through 2014

Joe McKeown is 414-147 in 18 seasons at George Washington, with 14 NCAA tournament appearances, and is the winningest coach in Atlantic 10 history.
Joe McKeown is 414-147 in 18 seasons at George Washington, with 14 NCAA tournament appearances, and is the winningest coach in Atlantic 10 history. (By Preston Keres -- The Washington Post)
Wednesday, August 8, 2007

George Washington women's basketball coach Joe McKeown's contract was extended yesterday through June 2014.

McKeown is 414-147 in 18 seasons at GW, with 14 NCAA tournament appearances. Last season, the team went 28-4, reached the NCAA region semifinals and finished ranked 14th in the Associated Press poll.

He has won more games than any other women's basketball coach in Atlantic 10 Conference history. . . .

Billy Taylor, who led Lehigh to the NCAA tournament in 2004, was hired by Ball State to replace Ronny Thompson, who resigned last month amid accusations that he broke NCAA rules and his claims that he faced a hostile racial environment.

Taylor will face rebuilding a program that finished 9-22 in Thompson's only season as head coach and faces numerous questions from the NCAA, including an allegation that school officials fired the women's volleyball coach for reporting suspected infractions by Thompson and his staff.

· HORSE RACING: A federal appeals court ruled that a filly can't be named Sally Hemings after Thomas Jefferson's most famous slave and reputed lover.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that the Jockey Club can legally bar horse owner Garrett Redmond from naming his 4-year-old horse after Hemings.

Judge Alice Batchelder, writing for the three-judge panel, said Redmond has other options that may be approved by the Jockey Club, which forbids horse owners from using names of famous or notorious people without special permission.

"To be sure, the First Amendment protects horse owners' rights to free speech, and we do not foreclose Mr. Redmond indiscriminately from asserting that right, but the right to free speech is not absolute in all contexts," Batchelder wrote.

· COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The defense rested after calling only three witnesses in the trial of a former Northern Colorado backup punter accused of trying to kill the starter in Greeley, Colo.


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