Despite posting the nation's only undefeated regular season record, the Navy women's soccer team was passed over for a berth in the 64-team NCAA tournament field announced yesterday. The Midshipmen yielded six goals over a 16-0-4 regular season before falling to American in overtime, 2-1, in a Patriot League semifinal Friday.
"Our team is good enough," Navy Coach Carin Gabarra said. "We did all the things right. We played well, we won everything and we're happy with our season. We didn't have a really big significant win and that would be the major difference."
American and Maryland will face each other in the first round on Friday night in College Park. Princeton and No. 13 Penn State fill out the bracket. Virginia will head to Morgantown, W. Va. to face Dayton, which eliminated Maryland last year. . . .
Former East German coach Bernd Stange signed a four-year deal, with an exit clause in case of war, to train Iraq's national team. . . .
U.S captain Claudio Reyna will have surgery on a ruptured ligament in his left knee next week and will be sidelined for six months.
Great Week for Terps
Three Maryland players -- Steve Suter, Todd Wike and Randy Starks -- were named ACC players of the week yesterday following the Terps' 24-21 win over North Carolina State.
A standout offensive back, Suter scored on a 64-yard run, had two catches for 44 yards, ran for 35 yards on four punt returns and 26 yards on a kickoff return.
Linemen Wike and Starks (nine tackles) were cited for their work on offense and defense, respectively. . . .
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal, who came off the bench and led the Aggies to a 30-26 upset of previously top-ranked and unbeaten Oklahoma, will start against Missouri. . . .
Mississippi tailback Robert Williams and receiver Trey Fryfogle have been kicked off the team for violating unspecified team rules.
Family Comes First
Billy Beane just wanted to explore what might have been a golden career opportunity. In the end, his choice was to stay put.
The Oakland Athletics' general manager withdrew from consideration for the same job with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night, ending a whirlwind weekend in which he was expected to leave. Beane said he didn't want to move far from his teenage daughter. . . .
Pitcher Andy Pettitte conditionally filed for free agency while he waits to learn if the New York Yankees exercise his $11.5 million option for 2003. . . .
San Francisco closer Robb Nen decided to stay with the Giants, exercising his $8.6 million option. . . .
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield agreed to a $13.02 million, three-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. . . .
Baseball's general managers will discuss an age requirement for bat boys today in response to a near accident involving 3-year-old Darren Baker, son of Giants then-manager Dusty Baker, during the World Series.
Meantime, Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry and Baker met in Arizona to discuss Chicago's managerial vacancy with Baker considered the favorite for the job.
Suspensions Handed Down
The NHL suspended New York Rangers forward Krzysztof Oliwa for five games and Coach Bryan Trottier for two for their roles in a fight at the end of a game against Columbus.
Boston Bruins defenseman Sean Brown was suspended for one game by the NHL for cross-checking Ottawa Senators forward Dennis Bonvie on Saturday.
Vote Might Be Pushed Back
The International Olympic Committee Program Commission has recommended that baseball, softball and modern pentathlon be dropped for the 2008 Games.
However, a vote on whether to drop the three sports could be postponed.
Surgery for Van Exel
Dallas guard Nick Van Exel had arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out three to six weeks. . . . The NBA suspended Portland's Bonzi Wells for one game for spitting on San Antonio's Danny Ferry.
Clijsters Beats S. Williams
No. 5 seed Kim Clijsters won $765,000 after defeating world No. 1 Serena Williams, 7-5, 6-3, in the final of the season-ending $3 million Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles.
America's Cup Postponed
Strong wind forced a postponement to the start of the quarterfinals of the America's Cup today in Auckland, New Zealand.