Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman was suspended by the NFL without pay for three games and fined an additional two games' pay yesterday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Pittman was indicted last June in Arizona on two counts of aggravated assault for intentionally ramming his sport-utility vehicle into a car carrying his wife, 2-year-old son and the couple's baby-sitter.
"Three games is a lot, but it could've been a lot worse," Pittman said, adding that his wife, teammates and coaches are standing behind him. "But it is a sense of relief because all year long it's been in the back of my mind." . . .
Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey had surgery on his right foot in Charlotte that will cause him to miss the start of the New York Giants' training camp. The team didn't give a timetable for his recovery but said he would be ready for the start of the season.
* COLLEGES: Bryan Triplett had four hits, and Nick Gardiner and Brendan Winn drove in three runs each as South Carolina eliminated Miami from the College World Series with a 15-11 victory in Omaha.
Winn, Steven Tolleson and Steve Pearce each homered and the Gamecocks scored the most runs against Miami since Florida got 15 in last year's NCAA regionals. Winn scored five times to tie a CWS record.
Miami was the second team knocked out of the CWS yesterday. Georgia eliminated Arizona with a 3-1 victory earlier. . . .
Miami football recruit Willie Williams pleaded no contest to charges that he hugged a woman without her permission and set off hotel fire extinguishers while on a recruiting trip at the University of Florida. Williams pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery in the hugging case and was placed on probation for a year, State Attorney Bill Cervone said.
Williams received a year of probation and was ordered to pay damages to the hotel in the fire extinguisher case.
Cervone said the linebacker has already paid about $1,500.
* MEMORABILIA: The bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium more than 80 years ago will be put up for auction in October in New York. It is expected to be sold for a seven-figure sum.
The only two other pieces of sports memorabilia to eclipse $1 million have been the Honus Wagner T-206 card and Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball. The sale possibly could exceed the original cost to build Yankee Stadium -- $2.5 million.
-- From News Services