The Washington Mystics announced yesterday that Pat Summitt will not return as the team's player personnel consultant.

Summitt, the Tennessee women's basketball coach, joined the Mystics in 2002.

"Management wanted to go into a different direction," Summitt said in a statement released by the team. "Linda [Hargrove] is general manager. I enjoyed my years with the organization and wish the Mystics the very best." . . .

UTEP leading scorer Jason Williams apologized following his indefinite suspension for punching a teammate and breaking his jaw during practice.

"I'm here to apologize first and foremost to Stefon [Jackson] for the position I put him in," Williams said.

Williams, a senior forward who averages 15.4 points a game for UTEP (4-1), also apologized to his coaches, the university and fans.

Coach Doc Sadler announced the suspension Wednesday, a day after Williams punched the freshman during a "very competitive practice." Williams said he agrees with Sadler's suspension.

* GOLF: U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had to dig deep after dropping four shots over his last four holes for an even-par 72 in the Target World Challenge.

Campbell hit a 5-iron into the hazard on the 18th hole and made double bogey, but those trying to chase him also stumbled down the stretch at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., leaving him three ahead of Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was appointed the interim replacement for ousted Colorado coach Gary Barnett and will lead the team against Clemson in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 27.

Barnett resigned Thursday at the request of Athletic Director Mike Bohn.

Hankwitz, 57, is in his second stint with the Buffaloes. Barnett appointed him defensive coordinator before last season. Hankwitz also coached with Colorado from 1985 through '94. . . . Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach Brian VanGorder, 46, was hired as the head coach at Georgia Southern.

* HOCKEY: Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne, the NHL goals leader with 23, is expected to be sidelined two weeks because of a groin tear. An MRI exam revealed the tear yesterday. . . .

Kyle Wanvig of the Minnesota Wild was suspended for one game by the NHL and Coach Jacques Lemaire was fined $10,000 one day after the forward drew an instigator penalty in the final minutes of win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Under the league's new instigator rule, any player starting a fight in the final five minutes of regulation or in overtime is subject to a suspension, with his coach subject to a fine.

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Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt had been with the Mystics as a consultant since 2002. "Management wanted to go in a different direction," she said.