The NCAA will announce Notre Dame's first major rules infraction in school history today, ending a two-year investigation into the relationship between football players and a booster who lavished them with gifts, money and trips, an NCAA source said.
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the penalties decided by the Committee on Infractions would not be harsh. The NCAA scheduled a teleconference for today to announce the decision.
The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the discipline likely would include probation and the loss of a small number of scholarships. The paper also reported that the current coaching staff, including head coach Bob Davie, was not implicated.
Today's announcement could end one of the most embarrassing periods in Notre Dame's storied history. Last summer, the university waded through an age discrimination lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Joe Moore, and the university has been dealing with allegations about booster Kimberly Dunbar's relationship with the football program since it began its investigation in February 1998.
School officials received the NCAA's report yesterday but would not say if they will appeal the decision, a move that could prolong the process for months.
According to court documents, Dunbar embezzled more than $1.2 million from her employer, Dominiack Mechanical Inc., between 1991 and 1998 while working as a bookkeeper and spent a portion of the money on Fighting Irish players.
In court documents, she testified that she gave a player $5,000 to pay off a sports agent who threatened to reveal his contact, paid for a weekend jaunt to Las Vegas with Derrick Mayes and paid for the families of several players to travel to games, among other things.
Dunbar was released from prison in October after serving a little more than a year for pleading guilty to embezzlement charges.
Women's Tour Ends
Mexico's Laurie Hill scored with 1 minute 45 seconds remaining to lead the World All-Stars past the U.S. women's team, 6-5, Wednesday night in Portland, Ore., in the final stop of a 12-city exhibition tour.
Mia Hamm scored two goals for the United States, which will take a break for the holidays before returning in January to begin preparing for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
The exhibition was the last organized game for Tony DiCicco as U.S. coach. He announced last month he was stepping down at the end of the year to spend more time with his family. . . .
Iran's men's soccer team will play an exhibition game against Mexico in Oakland, Calif., on Jan. 9, one week before the Iranians play the United States at the Rose Bowl. . . .
Jamey Rootes will resign as Columbus Crew president and general manager after Jan. 1 to take a position with the new NFL team in Houston, the MLS team said yesterday.
Davis: Sampras, Agassi
Newly appointed U.S. Davis Cup captain John McEnroe said he selected Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Todd Martin and Alex O'Brien as members of the team.
McEnroe will lead the team in the first round against Zimbabwe Feb. 4-6, 2000. Sampras and Agassi are slated for singles duty with Martin and O'Brien expected to draw doubles duty, but Martin, ranked in the top 10, could play singles if necessary.
Winter SportsKostelic's Season EndsJanica Kostelic, the 17-year-old Croatian skiing sensation, was sidelined for the rest of the season after she tore a ligament in her right knee during a training run in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The surprise leader in the overall women's World Cup fell as she was preparing for the downhill. She was taken by rescue sled to a hospital. The Gut Klinik said she was hospitalized there with a serious knee injury.
Race organizers issued a statement saying that Adrian Urfer, the chief physician at the clinic, diagnosed "a complex knee injury."
Kostelic tore the anterior cruciate ligament and may have damaged the posterior one as well, the statement said. Kostelic will undergo an MRI exam today to determine the extent of the injury. . . .
Overcoming heavy snow and strong winds, Uschi Disl of Germany won a 15K women's biathlon World Cup event in Pokljuka, Slovenia.
Disl missed two targets, but despite the two penalty minutes was still 49.4 seconds ahead of runner-up Svetlana Ichmouratova of Russia, who missed three targets.
Michelin in Formula One
Tire manufacturer Michelin announced it will return to Formula One in 2001 after a 17-year absence, teaming with the Williams-BMW team, and Team Toyota two years later.
Michelin shared in three drivers' and two constructors' world championships between 1978 and 1984. In 2001, it will be back to challenge Bridgestone, which became the sole tire supplier in 1999 after Goodyear dropped out.
CAPTION: Pete Sampras, left, and Andre Agassi will join Todd Martin and Alex O'Brien as teammates on the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team announced by John McEnroe.