NCAA Clearinghouse Declares Marylands Kim Eligible
The NCAA Clearinghouse declared Maryland freshman Jin Soo Kim eligible for the 2008-09 season yesterday, three days after initially ruling Kim could not compete this year.
After receiving further documentation from Maryland regarding online correspondence courses Kim took during the fourth quarter of his final year of high school -- he graduated in three years -- the NCAA reversed the decision it had made on Friday to declare Kim ineligible.
Kim, a 6-foot-7 forward, had surgery on his shoulder in the spring. For insurance purposes he underwent the surgery in his native South Korea and withdrew from classes at South Kent School in Connecticut. The correspondence courses Kim took to complete his high school coursework had come under question by the NCAA, but those questions appear to have been answered sufficiently. Kim will begin practicing with the Terrapins tomorrow.
· PRO BASKETBALL: The Washington Mystics have scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Thursday to announce the organization's new head coach. Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb and recently hired general manager Angela Tay lor will be on hand to introduce the Mystics' 11th coach in the team's 12-year history.
Team and league sources have confirmed that both Detroit Shock assistants, Cheryl Reeve and Rick Mahorn, have interviewed for the position along with 2008 U.S. women's Olympic coach Anne Donovan. Mahorn, who has ties to the Washington area from his days with the NBA's Bullets, and Donovan are seen as front-runners for the job.
· BASEBALL: The Nationals and Cubs swapped minor league pitchers, with Washington getting right-hander Matt Avery and Chicago acquiring left-hander Ryan Buchter.
Avery (Landon School) was a college teammate of Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman at Virginia.
· RUNNING: A second runner has died after completing the New York City Marathon.
A marathon spokesman says the man died several hours after Sunday's race but did provide details. A call to the city medical examiner's office was not immediately returned.
An autopsy was being conducted yesterday on the other runner who died. Carlos Jose Gomes, 58, of Brazil had complained of feeling ill after crossing the finish line and died at a hospital.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports