Oregon running back Onterrio Smith and tight end George Wrighster plan to enter the NFL draft instead of playing their senior years for the Ducks.
Smith entered his junior season as a Heisman Trophy hopeful and finished the seventh-leading rusher in Oregon history with 2,199 yards for his three-year career.
A knee injury that eventually required surgery kept Smith out of three games last season, but he still ran for 1,141 yards on 244 carries with 12 touchdowns.
Wrighster set a school record with 41 receptions last season, the most by an Oregon tight end. He was the second-leading receiver for the Ducks with 568 yards and six touchdowns.
"I felt I have a lot of things to show as far as talent, and I felt it was time for me to make that next step," Wrighster said. . . .
Chris Brown will skip his senior year at Colorado to enter the draft after a season in which he was the third-leading rusher in Division I-A. Brown ran for 1,744 yards and 18 touchdowns despite missing two games with a bruised sternum. . . .
Notre Dame center Jeff Faine will forgo his senior year to enter the draft. Faine, a three-year starter for the Irish, said he made the decision after petitioning the NFL draft advisory board to see where he might be drafted. He received notice Monday that he likely would be a second-round pick. . . .
Kansas State linebacker Terry Pierce said will pass up his senior season to enter the draft. Pierce is only the third player during Coach Bill Snyder's 14-year tenure to leave early for the draft. . . .
Suspended Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker will be given a chance at reinstatement. New coach John L. Smith said Smoker must do certain things if he is to return for his senior season, but he did not say what they were. Smoker was suspended in midseason and later revealed he was battling substance abuse.
Athens Visit for Rogge
IOC President Jacques Rogge will be in Athens next week to unveil the torch for the 2004 Olympics and review preparations for the Olympic Games.
Rogge will take a helicopter tour of venues under construction and discuss transportation and accommodation problems.
Silver Stars in Texas
The new WNBA franchise in San Antonio will be known as the Silver Stars.
Officials with the NBA's Spurs, who own the women's franchise, said the name combines the Spurs' silver team color with the Lone Star, long a symbol of Texas.
The Spurs were granted a WNBA franchise in November after securing more than 6,000 season ticket deposits. . . .
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was arrested after a woman accused him of assaulting her. He posted $25,000 bail and was released from jail, Newport Beach (Calif.) police Sgt. Steve Shulman said.
Rodman, who has a history of run-ins with the law, was accused of domestic violence and battery. Police said the case will be presented to the district attorney's office, which will decide whether to press charges.
Tapia Faces Drug Charge
Featherweight boxer Johnny Tapia faces a felony drug charge after a police standoff in which he and a relative who was wanted on weapons charges refused to leave a home near Bullhead City, Ariz., police said.
Tapia, 35, was charged by summons with felony possession of drug paraphernalia but wasn't arrested, said Jarrod Lyman, spokesman for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.
Acting on a tip from another police agency, deputies tried to persuade Tapia's relative, Raymond Whiting, to leave the home in the unincorporated community of Golden Valley, Lyman said.
Whiting, whose relation to the boxer wasn't clear, was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on aggravated assault and weapons charges somewhere in New Mexico, Lyman said.
White Not Arrested
A Dec. 13 story reported that former University of Florida basketball player James White had been arrested for an incident involving a paintball gun. A criminal complaint was filed with the university police against White, but no arrests were made and charges were later dropped.