Defensive lineman Chris Earhart, a rising sophomore at Montgomery-Rockville, has unofficially committed to play football for Maryland, Montgomery-Rockville Coach Phil Martin said yesterday.

Earhart, who is 6 feet 4 and weighs 300 pounds, is a 1993 graduate of Brentsville High in Nokesville. After graduating, he worked on his father's dairy farm before deciding to attend college, Martin said.

WATTS WAITING: The former Kentucky football player who pleaded guilty in a drunken car crash that killed a teammate and another man will be released from jail July 19.

Jason Watts was granted probation from a 10-year sentence and will be on probation five years. During his probation he must attend an alcohol abuse program and do 50 hours a year of community service.

Prosecutor Eddy Montgomery said the early release devalues the seriousness of Watts's crime.

Watts is jailed at the Pulaski County Detention Center in Somerset (Ky.), where he has been since pleading guilty to two counts of reckless homicide on March 31.

DEFENSE FIRST: If the U.S. World University Games team wants to bring home the gold medal next month, it's going to have to step up its defense, the squad's coach said.

"We don't have time to become a well-oiled machine on offense," Coach Oliver Purnell said. "We have to improve our team defense. That's our ticket."

On Sunday, the team won 94-93 over a collection of former Ohio college players at the University of Dayton Arena.

Cincinnati forward Kenyon Martin scored the winning basket with five seconds left and finished with 17 points.

Ohio State point guard Scoonie Penn had a team-high nine assists and finished with six points.

TRANSFER: North Carolina State leading scorer Adam Harrington will leave the basketball program and transfer to Auburn. A highly regarded high school player out of Bernardston, Mass., Harrington scored a team-high 11.6 points a game last season and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference freshman team honors.