Fed up with loudmouthed coaches and parents, a girls soccer league has proclaimed a game day of silence in October where the only sounds should be those coming from the field.
The 200-team Northern Ohio Girls Soccer League is calling Oct. 3 "Silent Sunday" and is encouraging parents and others to be on their best behavior.
The idea comes in response to loutish behavior from parents in the stands and overzealous coaches, including some who verbally abused referees, league officials said.
In addition to problems with the coaches, the noise surrounding the field was becoming unbelievable, said Al Soper, the president of the league for girls ages 8-14.
"No wonder the kids were getting confused," he said.
Track and Field'Tired' Greene Wins 100 Maurice Greene, "totally tired" from his triple-gold performance at the world championships a week ago, won a relatively slow 100 meters in 10.16 seconds yesterday at the U.S.-Britain Challenge meet in Glasgow, Scotland.
The United States won the meet with 171 points to 143 for Britain, giving the Americans a 7-6 lead in the series.
OlympicsCastro Demands Probe President Fidel Castro said Cuba will continue to compete in the Pan Am Games and other international events even though he is suspicious of drug tests flunked by his country's athletes.
Castro is demanding an investigation of the tests.
"We are not breaking with any institution," Castro said toward the end of the second and last televised hearing on the drug issue, which continued into early yesterday.
Castro said Friday the International Olympic Committee should examine the drug tests administered at the Pan Am Games last month.
"We're very confident that everything done here was perfect but I still do commend a president who would jump in and go to bat for his athletes any way he could," said Mike Moore, the Games vice president of sport.
Castro also wants the commission to investigate disputed fights at last month's International Amateur Boxing Association Championships.
Webster on Probation NFL Hall of Fame center Mike Webster pleaded no contest to a charge of illegally obtaining the prescription drug Ritalin and was sentenced to five years probation without a verdict against him.
The 46-year-old Webster, who won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, must pay court costs and remain in a treatment program under the decision given Friday by Judge Joseph Walko in Beaver County (Pa.) Court.
SoccerEngland Bulls Ahead Alan Shearer scored three goals and Steve McManaman added two as England routed Luxembourg, 6-0, in one of 19 European Championship qualifiers yesterday.
Davor Suker scored just before the final whistle to give first-place Croatia (4-1-2) a 1-0 win over visiting Ireland (4-2). Oliver Bierhoff scored in the second and 17th minutes to give Germany a 2-1 win at Finland (2-4-1).
AVP Blocks Kiraly Karch Kiraly and three other top American players, his partner Adam Johnson and the team of Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, have been told by Association of Volleyball Professionals officials that they can't play in next weekend's Oldsmobile Alero Series, which is part of the inaugural U.S. Olympic Cup.
AVP officials, coming off bankruptcy proceedings last year, feel the Alero Series is a competing tour.
The U.S. Olympic Cup is a five-sport international competition scheduled next Thursday through Sunday in San Diego. Of the five sports, only beach volleyball has qualification ramifications for the Olympics, and even that is up for debate between the AVP and the national governing body, USA Volleyball.