Miami fired defensive line coach Greg Mark yesterday, a surprising development for a football team with the nation's top-ranked defense.

Mark's responsibilities will now fall to defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, Hurricanes Coach Larry Coker said in a terse release sent out by school officials.

"This is a private, in-house matter and I will have no further comment," Coker said. "We will now move forward with our preparations for the Georgia Tech game on Saturday."

A message left at Mark's home was not immediately returned.

The Hurricanes (5-1, 2-1 ACC) are yielding 227.1 yards per game, the lowest in the nation. Teams are scoring an average of 10 points against Miami, good for second-fewest nationally behind Virginia Tech. And Miami's pass defense efficiency rating is 75.38, also the nation's best by a wide margin. . . .

Alabama backup quarterback John Parker Wilson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Wilson was arrested early Sunday and posted bond, Northport, Ala., Police Lt. Kerry Card said.

* HOCKEY: Philadelphia Flyers right wing Turner Stevenson will have surgery on his right hip and is expected to be sidelined two to three months. Stevenson has torn cartilage and his operation is scheduled for today. . . .

Senators wing Martin Havlat was suspended five games by the NHL for kicking Boston defenseman Hall Gill during the second period of Ottawa's 5-1 victory over the Bruins on Saturday.

Colin Campbell, the NHL director of hockey operations, cited a two-month period during the 2003-04 season when Havlat was disciplined three times in two months, including a two-game suspension for kicking. . . .

The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goaltender Adam Berkhoel to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

* OBITUARY: Al Widmar, the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays for 10 seasons, died Saturday of colon cancer. Widmar died in Tulsa the team said. He was 80.

Widmar became the team's pitching coach in 1979. Six years later, he guided a rotation that featured Dave Stieb, Doyle Alexander, Jim Clancy and Jimmy Key as the Blue Jays won their first division title. . . .

Charles Yates, a former British Amateur champion who learned golf from Bobby Jones and played in the first Masters, died yesterday at his home. He was 92.

Yates, a member at Augusta National Golf Club since 1940, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Yates played 11 times in the Masters, including the inaugural tournament in 1934.

-- From News Services

Manager Bobby Valentine and his Chiba Lotte Marines celebrate their win over the Softbank Hawks yesterday, clinching a berth in the Japan Series.