U.S. Olympic Committee President Marty Mankamyer wishes she had known Lloyd Ward was a member of Augusta National Golf Club before approving him as chief executive officer last year.
She said his membership to a club that excludes women could have changed several USOC votes, particularly those of female members.
Mankamyer said members of the USOC's executive committee were not aware Ward was a member of the club when they approved him as CEO last October.
"I would have liked to have known or at least had the option of knowing," Mankamyer said yesterday. "I know enough about Augusta that I certainly would have had some questions, but we simply did not know. I most definitely would have liked the opportunity to have known."
USOC spokesman Mike Wilson said Ward would not comment on the issue yet.
Mankamyer was one of 22 executive committee members who voted in favor of Ward.
Ex-Agent Pleads Guilty
A former sports agent accused of mishandling the assets of Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis and other professional athletes pleaded guilty to bank fraud.
Marion Darnell Jones, the 40-year-old former president of Summit Management, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia, S.C., to one count of defrauding a bank of $248,000.
The indictment said Jones and Summit vice president James Brown wrongly projected 1997 earnings at more than $5 million. Their projection was "grossly inflated," Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Ruschky said.
Ruschky said Jones and Brown squandered their clients' money by living extravagant lifestyles, and by spending their earnings on nightclubs and drugs.
Davis has said he lost more than $100,000.
UTEP Coach Resigns
Texas-El Paso basketball coach Jason Rabedeaux resigned, saying he lost the drive to coach. Rabedeaux coached the team for three seasons, replacing Hall of Famer Don Haskins in 1999.
Rabedeaux led the Miners to a 23-9 record last season, their best record in nine years. Rabedeaux's first UTEP team in 1999-2000 went 13-15. . . .
Britton Banowsky was named the new commissioner of Conference USA. Banowsky, 42, agreed to a multiyear deal and will start Dec. 1, said James Woodward, chairman of the league's board of directors. . . .
Fresno State guard Ashley Knowlton is out for the upcoming college basketball season after tearing ligaments in his left knee during practice Sunday.
Wagner Still Hospitalized
Cleveland rookie guard Dajuan Wagner will remain hospitalized with a bladder infection and will have more tests in what is another setback for the club's first-round draft pick. The Cavaliers initially expected Wagner to be released yesterday. Instead, Wagner will not accompany the Cavs to the West Coast for their final three preseason games. . . .
Detroit Pistons forward Don Reid is out for the season with a right Achilles' tendon injury. Reid, a Georgetown alumnus, was injured Sunday against the Miami Heat. He has career averages of 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in eight seasons with Detroit, Washington and Orlando. . . .
The Orlando Miracle will move to a different city next season as part of the WNBA's restructuring plan. San Antonio has applied for a WNBA franchise in 2003 and is nearing its goal of 6,000 season ticket deposits. The WNBA is also talking with people in other cities who are interested in acquiring a team.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Randy Robitaille will be out at least a week with a broken bone in his foot. Robitaille was injured in a game vs. Tampa Bay on Saturday. . . . St. Louis Blues defenseman and captain Chris Pronger underwent a third surgery on his left wrist, sidelining the former NHL MVP indefinitely.