U.S. and international soccer officials are puzzled over acting governor Richard J. Codey's outrage that "The Star-Spangled Banner" was not played before a match between England and Colombia.
Codey attended Tuesday's match at Giants Stadium and became annoyed when the U.S. national anthem was not played along with the anthems of the countries in the match -- even though that is the normal protocol.
He said he immediately asked game organizers why it wasn't played and was told, "Governor, we're really very sorry. The British people don't want to hear it," The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reported in yesterday's newspapers.
"When you have two countries you host so they can play each other, and have the anthems of both countries played but decide not to play the anthem of the host country, well that's about as absurd as it gets," Codey said yesterday.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Former Maryland basketball greats Len Elmore and Tom McMillen, along with DeMatha graduate Adrian Dantley, were inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame last night at a ceremony in Bethesda.
Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams will be one of three Maryland alums inducted into the school's Alumni Association Hall of Fame tomorrow. Williams, a 1968 graduate, will be joined by Renaldo Nehemiah, a 1981 graduate and former track and field star, and Tom Norris, a 1967 graduate and two-time all-ACC wrestling champion.
* PRO BASKETBALL: San Antonio got its first victory as reserve rookie center Katie Feenstra scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half, leading the Silver Stars to a 69-62 WNBA victory over the visiting Charlotte Sting. . . .
Janell Burse scored 21 points and Lauren Jackson added 12 and 14 rebounds, leading the Seattle Storm to a 78-67 victory over the Mercury in Phoenix.
* PRO FOOTBALL: Seattle released wide receiver Koren Robinson and cornerback Bobby Taylor. Robinson is a former first-round draft choice who had a series of off-the-field troubles. Last season, he served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and was benched for two games by Coach Mike Holmgren for violating team rules in separate incidents. Holmgren gave Robinson another chance, but he was arrested last month and charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. Taylor spent one season in Seattle after being signed as a free agent following a highly successful tenure in Philadelphia. . . . The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Johnnie Morton, who was asked not to participate in the team's spring practices after refusing for the second straight season to take a pay cut.
* HOCKEY: New York Rangers star Jaromir Jagr had surgery on his left pinkie, which was broken last month during the world championship in Austria. He underwent a 45-minute operation Wednesday in a Prague hospital, Marian Jelinek, Jagr's personal coach, said. Jagr recently signed a one-year contract to play for Russia's Avangard Omsk, but only if the NHL lockout continues.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports