Marshall football coach Bob Pruett will not be reprimanded for calling the Ohio State football team "a bunch of Mandingos," a comment some thought could be offensive to blacks.

"I profusely apologize if I offended anyone," Pruett said yesterday. "That's the last thing in the world I wanted to do. As I understand the term, I was trying to be complimentary."

Pruett said he used the term to mean "superior ability, superior strength, boldness and courage."

Charles Farrell, director of Rainbow Sports, a division of Jesse L. Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH coalition, said Pruett's remarks could be offensive to some because the Mandingos of West Africa were used as slaves.

Farrell said he was satisfied with Pruett's apology. . . .

Suspended Virginia Tech tailback Mike Imoh (Robinson) accepted the same agreement as quarterback Marcus Vick and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a night of drinking with underage girls.

Imoh, 20, avoided jail by doing so. He was fined $100 and ordered to complete 24 hours of community service. . . .

One Bethune-Cookman football player was killed and another was injured in a car accident as they returned to campus from a visit to Tallahassee. Kovensky Pierre, an 18-year-old freshman offensive lineman, was pronounced dead at the scene after he lost control of his car and slammed into a tractor trailer.

Willie Jackson, 19, was in the passenger seat. He was taken to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., and was listed in serious condition. . . .

Aaron Richardson, a freshman and football player at Bowling Green, died at a hospital after becoming ill during the first 10 minutes of practice.

* SOCCER: Real Madrid, the record nine-time European soccer champion, was beaten, 3-0, by Bayer Leverkusen in its Champions League opener, while Manchester United rallied from two goals behind to draw at Lyon.

Roma's match at home against Dynamo Kiev was abandoned at halftime after referee Anders Frisk was struck by an object thrown from the crowd. The Ukrainian team was leading 1-0.

Manchester United trailed 2-0 before Ruud van Nistelrooy scored during the 56th and 61st minutes.

Liverpool, England's most successful team with four European titles, won, 2-0, against Monaco.

* COLLEGES: Sandy Barbour, 44, was named the first female athletic director at Cal.

* AUTO RACING: The Indianapolis 500 will return to four days of qualifying next year, but with a new format of bumping on each day.

Three days of qualifications have been scheduled for the past several years.

* COURTS: A judge has waived the arraignment for Atlanta's Dany Heatley, who has been charged with vehicular homicide and five other counts in a 2003 wreck that killed a teammate.

-- From News Services