Bob Huggins is getting a second chance.
Embarrassed by Huggins's arrest on a drunken driving charge, Cincinnati put its basketball coach on indefinite, paid suspension yesterday so he can get his life in order.
Athletic Director Bob Goin declined to fix a length to the suspension, and held out the possibility Huggins could be back for next season, which would be his 16th at Cincinnati.
"I'm not going to say it's 60 days, 90 days, one year," Goin said. "When I feel comfortable that he's ready to resume his responsibilities, then I'll make that recommendation."
For the second time in less than 24 hours, Huggins appeared at a news conference and, with teary eyes and a halting voice, accepted responsibility. He said he would do whatever the university asks so he can return as soon as possible.
Huggins declined to take questions because his case is pending in court in suburban Fairfax, Ohio, where he was arrested Tuesday night. The arrest report said Huggins failed a sobriety test and had vomit on the inside of his car.
Goin equated Huggins's suspension to a sabbatical that will give him time to examine his life. Huggins had a massive heart attack while recruiting 21 months ago and his mother died from cancer last year, but he has not taken time off from coaching. . . .
Duke defensive lineman Micah Harris was killed in a single-car accident in Virginia on Friday. Harris, 21, was traveling north on Interstate 85 when his car ran off the road, struck several trees in the median and burst into flames about two miles north of Warfield, Va.
* BOXING: Lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was convicted of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with two women inside a Las Vegas nightclub.
Mayweather received a suspended jail sentence of one year and was ordered to undergo counseling, and pay a $1,000 fine or serve 100 hours of community service. . . .
Former WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission over his loss to Oscar De La Hoya.
Judges Dave Moretti, Paul Smith and Mike Glienna each favored De La Hoya, 115-113, in last week's fight. De La Hoya needed the win to preserve a Sept. 18 middleweight title bout with Bernard Hopkins.
* BASKETBALL: North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell was among six people inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
The other inductees were North Dakota State Coach Amy Ruley, Oregon Coach Bev Smith, former USA Basketball executive director Bill Wall, retired Kansas coach Marian Washington and eight-time AAU all-American Lurlyne Greer Rogers.
* ROWING: Harvard's top-ranked crew won the Harvard-Yale Regatta in New London, Conn., for the fifth year in a row.
The Crimson won the 139th running of the nation's oldest intercollegiate athletic event by 24.7 seconds. Harvard completed the four-mile race on the Thames River in 18 minutes 42.1 seconds, missing the upstream record it set in 1995 by 0.02 second.
* TENNIS: Andy Roddick reached the final of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament in London with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 victory over Lleyton Hewitt.
The top-seeded Roddick will play Sebastien Grosjean for the title in a repeat of last year's final. Earlier, Grosjean defeated South Korean qualifier Hyung Taik Lee, 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. . . .
French Open champion Gaston Gaudio pulled out of Wimbledon because of a foot injury.
* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong remained fourth overall after the sixth stage of the Dauphine Libere cycling race, a tuneup before he attempts to win his sixth straight Tour de France. Michael Rasmussen of Denmark won the 89-mile stage from Gap to Grenoble, France, in 4:44:44. . . . Germany's Jan Ullrich won a five-man sprint to win the 106-mile first stage of the Tour de Suisse in 4:07:56.
* FOOTBALL: Wide receiver Richard Alston threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Chas Gessner on a trick play, helping the Berlin Thunder beat the Frankfurt Galaxy, 30-24, to win a wild World Bowl XII in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
* RUNNING: Deena Kastor outdistanced herself from a top-notch field after just a mile of the New York Mini 10K road race and cruised to victory in 31:44.
-- From News Services