The coach of the Brunswick Cobras baseball team had to endure more than watching his team lose every game last season. Rodney Carroll also had to put up with a lawsuit that accused him of being a lousy coach.

Charles Settles, whose son, Kevin, played on the 16-and-under team, sued Carroll for $2,000. Settles said the team played so poorly that his son missed out on a seven-day trip to Florida to compete in a tournament.

But Medina (Ohio) Municipal Court Magistrate Charles Lawrie disagreed and dismissed the case in Small Claims Court last week.

"What youth players should know is this: In life, as in sports, you will try and you will sometimes fail," Lawrie said in his ruling. "The fact your team lost does not mean it was your coach's fault."


Landry to Stay in Hospital

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry will remain at Baylor University Medical Center for several more weeks following "very encouraging" chemotherapy treatment, according to an informational hotline his family established.

Landry, 75, returned to the hospital Jan. 3 for further treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia, also known as AML, a cancer that impairs the production of blood cells.


Mexico Tops Iran in Oakland

In Iran's first soccer game in the United States, Mexico beat the Iranians, 2-1, in an exhibition game that drew an enthusiastic crowd of 34,289 to the Oakland Coliseum in California.

Support for the Iranians was in abundance as thousands of flags were proudly displayed and the crowd kept up a continuous chant. Mexican flags were also waved with pride, and those fans had more to cheer about as Mexico scored in the third minute and never trailed. . . .

Lazio of Rome celebrated its centennial by taking over the Italian League lead, beating Bologna, 3-1. Juventus, a point behind, tied, 1-1, with Parma. . . .

In England's Football Association Cup, Leeds United beat Division One Manchester City, 5-2. In other FA Cup games, Fulham ousted Wimbledon, 3-0; Tranmere beat Sunderland, 1-0; and Arsenal was held to a scoreless tie by Leicester.


Silva Wins Disney Marathon

Jose Silva of Brazil sprinted past countryman and two-time defending champion Santiago de Araujo in the 23rd mile to win the 2000 Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Running in her first marathon, Jennifer Uwins, of Stafford, Va., won the women's race in 2:54:51.

Warren Plumb, 56, of Canada, collapsed after just one mile and could not be resuscitated.


Brown Drops Decision

Former world welterweight champion Simon Brown, who lives in Mount Airy, Md., lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Omar Sheika of Paterson, N.J., on Saturday night in Albuquerque.

Brown fell to 47-12 after the super middleweight loss.

In the main event, Johnny Tapia won his fourth title by beating Jorge Eliecer Julio for the WBO bantamweight title.


Beach Event Canceled

A men's international beach volleyball event was canceled Saturday after an Australian athlete stepped on a used syringe that had been dumped on the beach in Melbourne. The event was canceled after 12 syringes were uncovered in and around the playing surface.