Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton was selected the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the Associated Press after compiling plenty of impressive statistics and contending for the Heisman Trophy. Hamilton also was the runaway winner as offensive player of the year in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. He had 49 points to 17 for the second-place finisher, Thomas Jones of Virginia.

* HOYAS LOSE: Georgetown's trip to the NCAA women's volleyball tournament ended with a 15-3, 10-15, 15-1, 15-6 first-round loss to No. 24 Arkansas at Long Beach (Calif.) State. Anna Kleinsorge led Georgetown with 14 kills and Yulia Vtyurina added 11.

* SOCCER: Ali Lovelace scored in the 74th minute as Notre Dame upset previously undefeated Santa Clara, 1-0, last night in San Jose in the second semifinal of the NCAA women's final four. Notre Dame (20-3-1) will meet North Carolina (23-2-0) for the championship on Sunday. The Tar Heels, who beat Penn State 2-0 in the other semifinal, will be vying for their 15th national title.

* UPDATES: Utah State fired Coach Dave Arslanian midway through his four-year contract Thursday, with Montana Coach Mick Dennehy the apparent successor. . . . Clemson offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez tops the field of possible successors for Spike Dykes at Texas Tech and could receive an offer next week, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.