When sophomore midfielder Danny O'Rourke went down in warm-ups prior to the IU men's soccer game with Northwestern on Oct. 13 it was the first serious injury a Hoosier had suffered this season. IU responded by winning five of their six games without O'Rourke, a starting defensive-minded midfielder, and went on to clinch the regular season Big Ten Championship.\nHeading into this weekend's Big Ten Championships at University Park, Penn., O'Rourke is slated to be back in the Hoosiers lineup and will be playing with a face mask to protect him from further injuring the four bones he fractured in his face. O'Rourke broke the bones when he collided with senior teammate Phil Presser as both players went after a ball in warm-ups.\nAfter the Northwestern match, IU coach Jerry Yeagley was worried about O'Rourke's injury and the effect it would have on the Hoosiers.\n"(Danny) might be one of the players we really can't lose," Yeagley said. "He covers so much ground and is absolutely crucial to our team. We build around his play on the field and run so much through him."\nSitting out may have hurt O'Rourke more personally than the pressure the Hoosiers had playing without him. IU used junior Drew Shinabarger and freshman Jordan Chirico in O'Rourke's absence. O'Rourke, a native of Columbus, Ohio, started all 22 games he played in as a freshman, as he only missed IU's regular season match with Rutgers. He also started all 12 games prior to the injury this season.\nO'Rourke said watching his teammates play from the sidelines while recovering from injury was often hard to watch as he could not help out.\n"It was painful to watch my teammates out there playing without me, I just want to be out there 100 percent," O'Rourke said. "(Shinabarger) and Jordan did a very nice job filling in. With me back we don't have to make as many subs and we can keep the game going. I kind of play where I don't have to be subbed and I have a little extra aggressiveness."\nO'Rourke started practicing with the Hoosiers again after their match with IUPUI on Nov. 3; since he has been working his way back into game form and becoming accustomed with his teammates again.\nSenior midfielder Ryan Mack said O'Rourke is important as the Hoosiers prepare to make their post-season run.\n"It is really big for him to be back," Mack said. "We played the whole beginning of the season with him and learned how he played, we all had a good feeling in the midfield. When he was out of there it was a little bit different. Now that he is back I think we will be back to normal, it is an added bonus for us."\nAs O'Rourke returns to the Hoosier midfield, both his and Yeagley's primary concern with the use of his facemask is the impairment it creates on his vision.\n"I'll be happy when the mask is off," Yeagley said. "When he looks down or peripherally sometimes there are vision problems, it effects him slightly in his touch. He does better every day adjusting to it. (Tuesday) he was back to his old dynamic and explosive play"
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CLEVELAND -- The Dallas Mavericks are still perfect.\nDirk Nowitzki scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas remained the NBA's only unbeaten team, improving to 8-0 with a 103-99 victory Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.\nJumaine Jones had 23 points for the Cavs, who dropped their fifth straight since their home opener when they stunned the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.\nNowitzki made two free throws with 4:14 left to put Dallas ahead 89-87.\nDavis, who was kept out of the starting lineup while being disciplined by coach John Lucas, then hit a runner in the lane to tie it, and made a steal on Dallas' next possession.\nAs he approached the basket, the 6-foot-7 Davis took off in the middle of the lane and soared over the 6-foot-3 Nash's head before slamming the ball in to give the Cavs a 91-89 lead.\nAfter a basket by Williams, Nash hit a runner in the lane to put the Mavericks up 93-91 with 2:31 to play.his two free throws made it 101-96 with nine seconds to go.
The IU men's basketball team penned its first recruit Wednesday. \nJessan Gray-Ashley, 6-foot, 10-inch, 205-pound forward from Davenport, Iowa, signed a national letter of intent to play for the Hoosiers. He had considered Creighton, Alabama State and Indiana State.\nGray-Ashley averaged seven points and six rebounds per game for Davenport Central High School during his junior year. He earned an all-league honorable mention award during his junior season as well.\n"He was a great fit for us," IU coach Mike Davis said. "When he was available, I was real surprised because he's 6-10, he can shoot the basketball (and) he's really skilled."\nOver this past summer, Gray-Ashley gained 45 pounds and grew two inches. He spent the summer playing for the Martin Brothers AAU team that participated in the AAU National Tournament.\nDavis compared Gray-Ashley to senior forward Jeff Newton Wednesday, saying that the biggest difference between the two is Gray-Ashley's shooting ability.\n"He's just like Jeff Newton was, except he can shoot the basketball," Davis said. "The only thing about Jeff coming in here was his work habits. He didn't really work hard, but this kid can shoot it. He has a touch."\nDavis said this incoming class will have just two recruits because of the returning players. He expects to sign a second recruit in the spring, and said that it would be a high school player that is either 6-9 or 6-10.\n"We'll get one other guy in this class that can really shoot," Davis said. "We don't need four guys in this class. I need two guys in this class that can play"
IU ended a three game losing streak this weekend in Chicago with a pair of wins over Robert Morris College, a division I team. The sweep makes IU 6-0-0 all-time against the Eagles.\nIU won Friday with goals from freshman forward Pete Johnson and graduate forward Tom Orr. Sophomore defenseman Jamie Dillon added an empty net goal to give IU a win.\nThe Hoosiers came back Saturday night and squeaked out a 5-4 victory. Orr and Dillion had goals Saturday along with junior forward David Dassel and a pair from junior forward Rhys Anderson. The Hoosiers scored the last two goals of the game on the powerplay and went 3 for 14 on the weekend.
The IU men's swimming and diving team remains undefeated with a 4-0 record after pulling out an upset over the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats Saturday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Hoosiers clinched their 158-140 victory by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. IU did not win many events in the meet, but picked up enough points in the outside lanes for a victory. \n"It was a hard fought win against one of the better teams in the Big Ten, so we are real happy with it," men's swimming head coach Ray Looze said in a statement.\n"The final relay swam well enough to win, and helped us to capture the victory overall," he said. "We are focused on the end of the season, so it is nice to beat one of the top 20 teams in the nation when we aren't even receiving any votes."\nThe Hoosiers and the Wildcats remained neck-and-neck, trading leads for the first portion of the meet. But after the top sprinting force of juniors Claes Andersson, Dale Ramsy, Mike Payne and sophomore Nicolas Burgess swept the first four spots of the 50-yard freestyle event, the Hoosiers took the lead and never looked back. The team of Andersson, Ramsy, Payne and Burgess also swam a winning time of 1:23.33 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, which sealed the win for the Hoosiers. \nSenior captain Dave Schulze led his team to victory by winning two individual events and participated in a winning relay team. Schulze barely edged out his opponent in the 100-yard breaststroke by .01 seconds with a time of 57.39. He swam a winning time of 2:03.87 in the 200-yard breast, and was joined by teammates junior Matt Leach, sophomore Murph Halasz and junior Dale Ramsy to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.19. Halasz also won the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:02.09.\nThe diving team helped the Hoosiers beat the Wildcats by taking both first and second place in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions. Junior All-American Marc Carlton won both events with a score of 327.30 on the one-meter and a score of 300.08 on the three-meter. Freshman Brian Mariano placed second on the one-meter scoring 294.75 points, and senior Adam Hazes scored 294.40 points to place second on the 3-meter.
As the clock struck midnight on the IU field hockey team's season Friday, a casual observer would look at the Hoosiers 6-13 overall record as unimpressive. But in only its third year, coach Amy Robertson's team has shown vast improvement over her two previous clubs.\nThe team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament Friday after being defeated 3-0 by Michigan State Friday in the first round.\nSecond seeded Michigan State (19-2, 6-1 Big Ten) did not waste anytime lighting up the scoreboard as the Spartans scored twice within the first two minutes of the game. First, senior Cynthia Martin found senior Julia Adams waiting at the corner of the cage, and Adams beat senior goalkeeper Molly Pulkrabek to give MSU a quick 1-0 lead.\nOne minute later, sophomore Judi van Haeringen passed to fellow sophomore Jessica Miller off of a penalty corner, and Miller sent one past Pulkrabek to extend the Spartan lead to 2-0. MSU completely dominated the Hoosiers in the first half by out-shooting IU 22-3 and having 13 penalty corners compared to the Hoosiers' two.\nThe Spartans completed their domination by adding an insurance goal with six minutes left in the first half. On their 11th penalty corner of the game, Adams passed to senior Jenny Sanders, who stopped the ball with her stick. Sophomore Annebet Beerman charged and fired to give the Spartans a commanding three-goal halftime lead.\nRobertson said she credits MSU's first half effort and her team's lack of composure in the first half as their downfall.\n"In the first half we would come up with possession and panic a little bit and just hit the ball, which catered to their tempo," Robertson said in a statement.\nThe seventh seeded Hoosiers came out with increased gusto in the second half, but to no avail as MSU's defense suffocated IU's attack. The Hoosiers couldn't find a crack in the Spartans defense as they were shutout for the second time this season against the Spartans. \n"In the second half we decided that we were going to take better care of the ball," Robertson said. "By using up more of the clock and possessing the ball better we were able to gain some control, which gave us some attacking opportunities."\nOne bright spot for the Hoosier's was the play of freshman back Morgan Albini. Albini shifted from defensive back to goalie on the fly to make two defensive saves and keep the contest close.\n"Morgan was at the right place at the right time, playing her role on this team," Robertson said. "She played tough today."\nThe Spartans will advance to Saturday's second round to take on the winner of the Northwestern-Penn State game. The Hoosiers hang up the sticks after drastically improving their record from 1-16 in 2001 to 6-13 in 2002 with one of those wins over Ohio State being the Hoosiers' first Big Ten win.
Michael McNeely's 16-month stint as IU athletic director is officially over.\nPresident Myles Brand accepted McNeely's resignation today ending his short tenure as athletic director. McNeely left Assembly Hall after a meeting with Brand Wednesday and was not at work Thursday (story).\nFriday, he resigned.\n"I wish Michael the very best in his future endeavors and thank him for his efforts while at IU," Brand said in a release. "He was committed to the success of IU's student-athletes and intercollegiate sports programs."\nBrand named IU Vice President for Administration and Chief Administrative Officer Terry Clapacs interim athletic director while a nationwide search is conducted for a full-time replacement.\nAccording to the release, Brand said matters within the athletics department have not worked out to the parties' mutual satisfaction.\nIU will pay McNeely the remainder of his five-year contract, which is around $800,000.
Michael McNeely, the man who orchestrated the complete overhaul of the IU sports brand, is leaving IU after just 16 months on the job, sources in the athletic department said Thursday evening.\nIU Spokesman Bill Stephan told the IDS late Thursday that the University has taken no action with McNeely.\n"If the question is 'Has he been fired," the answer is 'no,'" Stephan said. "If you have coaches saying that, it's incorrect."\nSources said McNeely was not at the office Thursday.\nMcNeely told the board of trustees in September that his department is facing a deficit of about $1 million, citing greater student-athlete scholarship costs, post-season competition costs and rising sports program costs. It's the department's first ever deficit.\nBut an Indianapolis Star article last week documented serious internal athletic problems. The Star article said the department was $3 million in debt over the same period.\nMcNeely said the numbers are the same, simply interepted in a different way.\n"We have a current negative fund balance in parts of the main office," McNeely said. "We have a trend of declining ticket sales in football, which is one of our largest sources of support, the cost of athletic programs is going up and scholarships have also gone up."\nMcNeely proposed at that meeting an operating plan that covers the implementation of a five-year operating budget plan, a five-year capital improvement budget plan and an intermediate term restoration plan. McNeely proposed a number of preliminary revenue sources that are already going into effect.\nAmong them, the department began an aggressive telemarketing plan to sell football tickets, signed a team apparel contract that will raise approximately $300,000 to $400,000, and initiated a new catering and concessions program that will raise approximately $500,000 to $600,000.\nMcNeely said in a summary of his plans the new revenue initiatives are "to enhance revenue support, to streamline costs of operations and to ensure our goals of national competitiveness of our sports programs."\nMcNeely, who replaced Clarence Doninger July 1, 2002 and was scheduled to make $256,250 this academic year. \nMcNeely's departure leaves the University searching for a full-time University president, athletics director and an IU-Purdue University at Indianapolis chancellor. The University has already postponed the search for a Bloomington provost.\nIn his brief stint at IU, McNeely transformed the way the department works, creating a universal logo and a athletics-wide apparell contract with Nike. \nMcNeely told the IDS the changes were an effort to define IU spirit and unify the University and the athletics teams.\n"We have consistency in the way that we represent ourselves. It doesn't mean that there is radical change. In fact, the reality is that some changes will be ever-so-subtle people wouldn't even notice a difference," McNeely said. "What we are talking about here -- and the big picture -- is Indiana representing themselves consistently. The way we look in terms of our colors and the logo that we use, that's really what the question is.\n"It's not about a radical change at all."\nMcNeely also took the interim label of men's basketball coach Mike Davis, signing him to a lucrative long term deal.\nIn his tenure, he also dismissed three coaches, signaling a committment to winning.\n"There are not sufficient factors to indicate that the current direction of these programs will yield higher levels of competitive success," said McNeely in firing the softball, women's soccer and men's swimming coaches in May.\nWhen IU selected Michael McNeely as its new athletics director, it got what a University vice president described as a "football guy."\nMcNeely has spent the last two years as the vice president and chief operating officer for the NFL's San Diego Chargers. He's also had stints with two college athletic departments and was director of operations for the NCAA.\nMcNeely spent five years coaching at the University of Colorado, helping build a football tradition. And the 47 year old said he spent his childhood in Kansas building football and baseball fields. \nAfter being named IU's new athletics director July 1, 2001, McNeely got the opportunity to help boost IU's struggling football program and 23 other sports on the Bloomington campus. \n"Frankly, we liked the idea that he had a strong background in football," Terry Clapacs, vice president for administration, told the IDS for a story published last March.\nCheck www.idsnews.com for updates and Friday's Indiana Daily Student for complete coverage.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Dusty Baker is leaving the San Francisco Giants less than two weeks after leading them to the World Series.\nGeneral manager Brian Sabean made the announcement Wednesday, the day Baker's contract expired.\n"It has become increasingly apparent that Dusty's interest in exploring opportunities elsewhere is paramount in his mind," Sabean said. "There remained non-compensation issues that he seemed reluctant to embrace."\nSabean said he recommended to owner Peter Magowan that negotiations end.\nA three-time NL Manager of the Year, Baker has had differences with Magowan, mainly on who deserves the most credit for the franchise's recent success.\nBaker becomes the first manager in nearly three decades to leave a team right after guiding it to the World Series. Dick Williams led Oakland to the 1973 championship and then retired -- he was hired by the California Angels during the 1974 season.\nThe Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners are likely to express interest in Baker.\nSabean said he will have a short list of candidates immediately.\nAt 53, Baker just completed his 10th year with the Giants. He led San Francisco to its first World Series since 1989 before losing in seven games to the Anaheim Angels.\nBut Baker apparently felt slighted because Magowan always pointed out everybody else's contributions when asked what he thought of Baker's role in the team's success.\nBaker also became angry when Magowan said in spring training that this was the best team the Giants had fielded in his 10 years of ownership. Baker thought that put too much pressure on the players.\nBeginning Thursday, he is free to talk to other teams, and has expressed interest in the Cubs' vacancy. The Cubs were waiting until after Baker's contract had expired -- officially at midnight Wednesday -- before contacting him.\nCubs general manager Jim Hendry hasn't interviewed anyone to replace the fired Bruce Kimm, and is in Arizona for the team's organizational meetings.\nThe Mariners identified four finalists for their job Tuesday and Baker was not on the list. But general manager Pat Gillick has said he has a "mystery candidate" to replace Lou Piniella, who left for Tampa Bay.\nBaker said during the playoffs that he did not intend to "break the bank" -- meaning the $6 million a year Joe Torre got from the Yankees -- "but I want to be near the bank" on a new contract.\nBaker has expressed his frustration that the Giants waited so long to discuss the possibility of him coming back -- making him feel unwanted.\nIn spring training, Magowan said he would wait until after the season to address new contracts with Baker and Sabean.\nSabean agreed to a multiyear deal Oct. 31, and Baker left the next day for a weekend trip to Indiana with his father.\nWhile Magowan wouldn't say after the World Series whether he wanted Baker back, the owner did congratulate Baker on a fine year.\nBaker has become one of the most respected managers in the game, and a fan favorite.\n"I don't really know the ins and outs of the political environment in San Francisco," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "I'm sure it's going to come down to that, to some extent. I don't think there's anybody that can dispute Dusty's talent. He takes whatever the talent is and maximizes it. There's no argument he's one of the premier managers in baseball."\nSt. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday after winning the NL Manager of the Year award, "I hope Dusty returns there"
Look who's No. 2 in the new Bowl Championship Series standings.\nOhio State, helped by a big quality win over Washington State earlier this year and Miami's drop in The Associated Press poll, has overtaken the Hurricanes in the standings released Monday.\nThe Buckeyes jumped three spots and nudged past defending champion Miami, which stayed unbeaten while posting its school-record 30th straight win Saturday, 42-17 over Rutgers.\nBut the Hurricanes had to rally in the fourth quarter, and that cost them. Oklahoma remained No. 1 while Ohio State moved into second with 5.57 points, 0.44 ahead of Miami.\nThe top two teams in the final BCS standings released Dec. 8 will play in the national title game at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 3.\n"We are proud of what our young men have done to date," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. "But we know if we don't play our best road game of the year at Purdue, we won't be No. 2 next week."\nOhio State has a 6.17 composite total, compared to Miami's 6.01. But the Buckeyes got a 0.6 deduction for a 25-7 victory over Washington State on Sept. 14. Miami has no bonus-point deductions.\nThe quality win deductions were added last year after Miami failed to make the national championship game over Florida State following the 2000 season despite beating the Seminoles earlier in the year.\nThe Hurricanes' struggles against lowly Rutgers dropped them to No. 2 in the AP media poll. A component of the BCS standings includes the average of the AP media and coaches poll. Miami is No. 1 in the coaches poll, giving it a 1.5 poll average.\nIf Miami had stayed No. 1 in both polls, its poll average would have been 1 -- putting the Hurricanes 0.06 points ahead of the Buckeyes.\n"I can't be overly concerned about what the pollsters do," Miami coach Larry Coker said Monday about the AP media poll. "First of all it will be easy to rate us if we don't play better. The thing we have to do is make sure we get it corrected and win the games. If we do that, the polls will take care of themselves.\n"I know that sounds like a broken record, but I really believe it's true."\nMiami (8-0) trailed 17-14 entering the fourth quarter at Rutgers. Oklahoma (8-0), meanwhile, dominated then-No. 13 Colorado 27-11, and that was enough to change the poll.\nThe Hurricanes lost 27 first-place votes to Oklahoma and had their record run of 21 consecutive polls at No. 1 snapped.\n"Nobody wants us in the national championship game," Miami tailback Willis McGahee said. "The minute we lose we'll probably fall down to No. 10. I don't know why there are so many haters."\nThe BCS formula uses the AP media and coaches' polls, computer polls, strength of schedule, won-loss record and a bonus-point system.\nOklahoma has 2.04 points -- 1.5 for poll average, 1 for computer-rank average, 0.24 for strength of schedule, zero for losses and a 0.7 deduction for a victory over Texas.\nOhio State has 5.57 points -- 3 for poll average, 2.33 for computer-rank average, 0.84 for strength of schedule and a 0.6 deduction for the victory over Washington State.\nMiami has 6.01 points -- 1.5 for poll average, 2.67 for computer-rank average, 1.84 for schedule rank and no bonus-point deduction.\nTexas is fourth at 10.03 followed by Washington State (13.05) and Georgia (15.03). Notre Dame dropped four spots to No. 7 with 15.33 points after losing to Boston College.\nIn the next few weeks, the Hurricanes have a chance of passing the Buckeyes. Their strength of schedule will go up with games at Tennessee (5-3) this week, then No. 22 Pittsburgh (7-2), Syracuse (3-6) and No. 8 Virginia Tech (8-1).\nBig wins in any of those games could put them back at No. 1 in the AP poll as well.\nOhio State, meanwhile, has games remaining at Illinois (3-6) and against No. 13 Michigan (7-2).\nOklahoma looks like it is in the driver's seat, with games remaining against Texas A&M (5-4), Baylor (3-6), Texas Tech (6-4) and Oklahoma State (4-4). But then the Sooners have to play in the Big 12 championship game.
The competition was fierce and the score close as the No. 13 ranked Hoosiers competed against the No. 14 ranked Fight Irish at Notre Dame on Friday. The final score was 154-146; IU. The entire 16 event meet came down to the last event, the 400 yard freestyle relay. The Hoosiers were trailing the Irish by one point upon entering this event. Freshman Nina Thurston, senior Anne Williams, and sophomore Tammy Kostner swam the first three legs of the relay. When junior Meghan Medendorp took the blocks to begin the last leg of the relay the Hoosiers were 1.11 seconds behind. IU touched out the Irish by 68 hundredths of a second claiming their victory.\nMedendorp also anchored the 400 yard medley relay that finished second to Notre Dame to open the meet. The freestyler rounded out her day by finishing second in the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 23.98 seconds to Notre Dame's Danielle Hulick and winning the 100 yard freestyle in 51.85.\nJunior Sarah Fiden came through fir her team with a double win the 1000 and 500 freestyles in times of 9:59.65 and 4:56.96 respectively. Fiden's 1000 time was a new season best for her. \nFiden was supported by classmate Brooke Tafflinger who finished third. Tafflinger went on to win the 200 year breaststroke in 2:19.77 and take second place in the 400 yard individual medley.\nAnother double win for the Hoosiers came from senior Sara Hildebrand who won both the 1 and 3 meter diving events. Her teammates Cassie Cardinell and Lori Matthys took third and fourth respectively. \nAnother IU win was provided by senior Tina Gretlund in the 200 yard butterfly, who swam at 2:02.06. Senior Kristy Martin came in third in the event by two hundredths of a second.\nNotre Dame was not the only team to be taken down by the power of the IU women's swim team this weekend. The Fighting Illini of Champaign, Illinois succumbed to a 178-117 defeat as well.\nJunior Sara Fiden was Indiana's only double winner of the day in the 1000 and 500 freestyles. Fiden won the 1000 for the third straight meet in a row in a time of 10:06.06. Teammate freshman Doherty Colgin took second and junior Erin Gorlesky took third.\nThe 100 was not the only event the Hoosiers swept Saturday. Senior Kristy Martin, sophomore Erin Smith, and junior Jillian Lathrop earned the top three positions in the 200 yard butterfly in 2:04.82, 2:08.79, and 2:09.39 respectively. Smith took first in the 100 butterfly later in the day.\nThe IU divers went to work in the Illini sweeping both diving events. Cassie Cardinell claimed first on the one meter diving with a score of 315.10. She was followed by teammates Hildebrand and Matthys. Hildebrand and Cardinell switched positions in the three meter diving event.\nAfter taking second in the 50 yard freestyle Medendorp won the 100 freestyle in 52.56. Senior Colleen McCracken aided the Hoosiers by winning the 200 yard backstroke in 2:06.00. \nThe 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore Tammy Kostner, senior Anne Williams, and juniors Jillian Lathrop and Meghan Medendorp finished out the day by winning in a time if 1:37.48. \nThe two wins this weekend have raised the Hoosiers record to 3-0 over all and a 1-0 big ten record so far.
James may not play Sunday\nEdgerrin James could miss Sunday's game against Tennessee because of a partially torn right hamstring.\nThe Colts listed James as "doubtful" Wednesday, and coach Tony Dungy said James would not practice this week so he could rest. James watched practice from the sideline Wednesday afternoon.\n"It looks like it will be a while," Dungy said. "There's some damage, we've got to let it rest up."\nJames was injured in Sunday night's 26-21 loss at Washington but continued to play until late in the game when he pulled himself out.\nJames had an MRI done Monday, and Dungy said the results showed a partial tear of the muscle.\nShould James need seven days to recover, Dungy said he could return Sunday. If he needs longer, James will miss the game against the Titans, and the first part of next week.\nMan apologizes for Comiskey Park attack\nCHICAGO -- The man charged in the televised beating of Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa during a baseball game at Comiskey Park has apologized for the incident, a newspaper reported Friday.\n"I regret what happened. If I was in my right state of mind, this would never have occurred. I am so sorry for Mr. Gamboa. I disgraced Chicago and myself. I apologize with my heart," William Ligue Jr., 35, told the Daily Southtown after calling the newspaper from the Cook County Jail.\nThe Alsip man has been jailed since he and his son were arrested on Sept. 19 after Gamboa was attacked on the field mid-game.\nA Cook County grand jury indicted Ligue on Oct. 11 on three counts of aggravated battery and one count of mob action. He is being held on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court Friday for an arraignment.\nSorenstam, Pak upset in World Ladies Match Play\nNARITA, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak tumbled out of the World Ladies Match Play Championship on Thursday, losing first-round matches to lightly regarded Japanese opponents.\nSorenstam, the 2001 champion who has nine LPGA Tour victories this year, lost 2 and 1 to Chieko Amanuma, ranked last among the 16 Japan LPGA Tour players in the 32-woman field.\n"I just didn't make anything today," said Sorenstam, who had three bogeys and one birdie in 17 holes. "In match play, you've got to make birdies and I just didn't make them"
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This is definitely movie material -- and the stars are the never-say-die Anaheim Angels.\nThey came out of nowhere to reach their first World Series, rallying past every team in their way.\nTheir rookie pitcher wins Game 7.\nAnd the best hitter in the world watches from the losers' dugout, knowing he was once just six outs away from winning the only title he has ever wanted.\nJohn Lackey, Garret Anderson and the Angels made it all come true, beating Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants 4-1 -- Sunday night for the franchise's first championship in 42 years.\nPlus the most amazing thing the Angels didn't even need to rely on their Rally Monkey. Anaheim third baseman Troy Glaus was voted MVP after hitting .385 with three home runs and eight RBIs.\n"I can't believe it, man," Anderson said. "It's been a long year -- a testament to the guys who never gave up."\nStill, the highest-scoring Series in history came down to pitching, as it always seems to do in October. Behind Lackey and the bullpen, Anaheim had too much to win baseball's first all wild-card matchup.\nThe Angels became the eighth straight home team to win Game 7 of the World Series. History was on their side from the start and so was an omen -- a skywriting plane put a gigantic halo over Edison Field before the first pitch.\nA day after it blew a 5-0 lead in the seventh inning, San Francisco never got close to winning its first title. Bonds went 1-for-3 with a walk to close out one of the most dominant Series performances ever, yet it wasn't enough.\nWhen it ended, Bonds walked down the dugout and picked up his glove. He walked back, tapped his son on the back and walked down the runway as the Angels celebrated on the field.\nLackey wasn't even with the Angels, stuck in Triple-A, when they went 6-14 for the worst start in team history. But with both staffs worn down, the 24-year-old righty gave Anaheim exactly what it needed with five innings of one-run ball.\nAnderson, finally due to get the recognition he's always deserved, hit a three-run double off Livan Hernandez in the third for a 4-1 lead. The monkey mascot made a brief, early appearance on the video board to celebrate the moment, then sat back and let the sellout crowd of 44,598 bang their ThunderStix like crazy.\n"Well, I just wanted to get into a situation where I'd be able to hit my pitch, not do too much," Anderson said.\nBrendan Donnelly, Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival closed it for manager Mike Scioscia's bunch. Percival escaped a two-on, one-out jam for his third save of the Series.\n"Unbelievable for us, for our fans," Percival said. "This team has worked as hard as any team ever. We deserve it."\nAnd when it was over, Southern California, the land of celluloid stars, had just added a whole teamful of them while Hollywood luminaries Pierce Brosnan and John Travolta watched from the stands.\nBefore this year, the Angels were known mostly for heartbreak. Beloved owner Gene Autry never saw his team get this far before passing away, and it didn't look like these guys would do it, either, especially after finishing 41 games out of first place last season.\nSomehow, the Angels pulled it together. They led the majors in hitting, overwhelmed the New York Yankees and Minnesota in the AL playoffs and then knocked out Bonds and Co.\n"Somewhere, Gene Autry is smiling right now," commissioner Bud Selig said as he presented the trophy.\nOwned by The Walt Disney Co., the Angels are still for sale. Before then, though, they can certainly travel the three miles or so to Disneyland to enjoy this most improbable championship.\nBonds wound up 8-for-17 (.471) with four homers, a .700 on-base percentage and 1.294 slugging percentage.\nAnaheim and the Giants combined for a record 85 runs and 21 homers.\nThe game might have been the last for San Francisco manager Dusty Baker in the Bay. There are growing indications he'll soon leave, possibly to take over the Chicago Cubs or Seattle.\nTears streamed down the face of Darren Baker, the 3-year-old bat boy son of the Giants' manager, as he was carried from the dugout by his father.\nAnderson doubled in the third to make it 4-1, and Angels fans went wild. A little too much, maybe.\nDavid Eckstein made up for a rare baserunning mistake in the first by leading off the third with a single and Darin Erstad also singled. Tim Salmon came up and Hernandez cost himself, hitting the Angels star in the right hand.\nNo outs, bases loaded. The at-bat of a lifetime for Anderson, drafted by the California Angels in 1990 and out of the postseason until this year.\nUnsung despite a stellar career, Anderson got the hit that will put him in highlight reels for a long time, sending a line drive into the right-field corner that easily scored all three runners.\nAs Reggie Sanders tried to corral the ball along the low wall, an Anaheim fan got into the act, bopping the right fielder on the back with a pair of red ThunderStix. There was no interference called, properly, although two security guards were soon standing in the area when Hernandez, who lost for the second time in the Series, was pulled.\nHernandez seemed uncomfortable from the start, constantly pawing at the mound while trying to find his control. He looked nothing like the MVP of the 1997 World Series for Florida and instead resembled the pitcher who tied for the NL lead in losses this season, which he did with 16.\nA surprising lapse by Eckstein, who took off Anderson's liner to center field and was doubled off, enabled Hernandez to overcome two walks in the first.\nHernandez was not so lucky the next inning when he walked Scott Spiezio with two outs and Bengie Molina followed with a double that tied it at 1.\nMolina added another double, and the hits were his way of honoring his father who was faraway. Earlier Sunday, former amateur outfielder Benjamin Molina Santana was in Puerto Rico, where he was inducted into the island's hall of fame.\nThe Giants took a 1-0 lead in the second on singles by Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow and a sacrifice fly by Sanders.
The field hockey team will grace the turf at John Mellencamp Pavilion for the final time this season as they conclude their four game home-stand with weekend match-ups against the Iowa Hawkeyes and the St. Louis Billikens.\nThe Hoosiers are coming off a .500 weekend, in which they were shut-out by No. 2 Michigan 5-0. But they rallied back and showed signs of offensive life, out-shooting Div. III Lindenwood 32-2 and defeating them 3-0. \nThe Hoosiers now stand at 4-10 on the season, but coach Amy Robertson said she has been happy with her team's progress.\n"Looking at our record, I can't say this is where we thought we would be, but some things you can't control," Robertson said. "I would say as far as progress goes and how we have grown as a team in our third year, I was optimistic that this is where we would be."\nIU will look to continue its marked improvement this weekend, which kicks off with a game against No. 11 Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 8-5 and are ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a 1-2 conference record. Like many of the teams the Hoosiers have faced this year, Iowa brings a swarming offensive attack filled with experience. Junior forward Pattie Gillern is tied for third in the Big Ten for goals scored. \n"Iowa is another very good team which presents a challenge but also great opportunity for us to compete with a top-level team," Robertson said. "I think if we can match their intensity then I think we have a good chance to make some things happen."\nFreshman mid-fielder/back Morgan Albini has played in all 14 games for the Hoosiers thus far this season. She said the team is ready for Iowa's attack.\n"I think the key for our defense is unity," she said. "If we stay low, keep our sticks on the ground and play as a unit then we can stop (Iowa)."\nThe Hoosiers figure to match-up better with St. Louis, who they play Saturday. The Billikens have posted a 1-13 record and are mired in an 11-game losing streak, but are 2-0 all-time against the Hoosiers. SLU's leading scorer is freshman Carin Boone who has 10 points on five goals. \nSophomore forward Jamie Baldwin is ready for the weekend and said she thinks the team's offensive success will continue against Iowa and SLU.\n"We are really prepared for this weekend's games," she said. "I think we will be able to move the ball around really well, and that will create some good scoring opportunities for us."\nBaldwin said the team is especially eager to avenge their previous losses to both Iowa and St. Louis.\n"We lost to SLU in an overtime heartbreaker last year so everyone is ready for revenge," she said. "Iowa beat us last year too so we will be ready for both of them."\nThe Hoosiers look for their revenge starting at 3 p.m. Friday with their game against Iowa and play just 23 hours later at 2 p.m. against St. Louis.
I hope the IU football team has healed.\nPoor guys, they had to walk around campus with huge gaping holes in their feet as a result of shooting themselves multiple times in the foot in the loss to Iowa.\nTo recap the debacle that was a football game, IU should have and could have beaten Iowa on Saturday, and have nobody but themselves to blame.\nThe defense gave the Hoosiers a chance Saturday. After a characteristic slow start, the defense got their act together and gave the offense numerous chances to win the game.\nThe offense took those chances, and literally, threw them away.\nOn the Big Ten Web site this week, sophomore wide receiver Courtney Roby was cited as one of the top performers in the Big Ten for Saturday. Roby had 198 yards in 11 receptions. Nice numbers, but what happens between the 10-yard lines is irrelevant.\nSenior quarterback Gibran Hamdan was also listed on the page. He is the first quarterback IU has had throw more than 300 yards in back-to-back games since 1984. But it's baffling to think that Hamdan threw for 335 yards, and still IU had to settle for two field goals and a safety.\nAs Hamdan, Roby and the rest of the IU offense found out Saturday, it doesn't matter if you get almost 500 yards in a game if there are no points added to the scoreboard. In fact, they are meaningless if they are unproductive, and on Saturday, that's exactly what they were.\nIU head coach Gerry DiNardo said after the game Saturday that the Hoosiers probably could have played better. Uhhh, hello? What's with the "could have?" Just say your team blew the game and a chance to upset a ranked team for the second week in a row.\nHis other analysis? He also attributed the loss to growing pains. Seven games into the season, and the only thing he can come up with is growing pains? Maybe if it were the first game of the season. Or the first road game. Or even the first Big Ten game. But the excuses are stale, and they don't exist anymore.\nIU can be, and has shown signs that it is, a good football team. But its worst opponent is not on the opposite side of the field, it's themselves.\nLuckily for the Hoosiers, the rest of the Big Ten schedule is full of opportunities, and call me crazy, but IU has a strong chance of being in bowl contention come December.\nStop laughing and keep reading. \nLet's take a look at the teams that the Hoosiers still face.\n• Illinois: The Fighting Illini have self-imploded this year. Like IU knows all too well, the only statistic that matters is the win-loss percentage, and Illinois, while impressive on paper, is struggling big time. This is just what the Hoosiers need to face after Iowa. It'll be a good confidence booster to pick up a win on the road.\n• Northwestern: The Wildcats, or mildcats, have run out of wishes. Last year, Northwestern got mercy from above, but cruelty sets in when luck is no longer on their side. Just look at the Ohio State and Minnesota losses. Last year, the Wildcats could have pulled out a miraculous win. If IU does not wallop Northwestern, DiNardo should go back to Vanderbilt. Maybe they could beat the biggest "gimme" in the Big Ten.\n• Michigan State: The Spartans started the season ranked and had expectations of great things. But then Michigan State started to realize that people were actually respecting them, and they can't have any of that. So they've been on a downward spiral, and by the time they face IU, the descent into OverRated-Ville will be near complete.\n• Penn State: IU loses. Hands down. But hey, finishing the season 4-1 is still good! \n• Purdue: Poor Purdue. A mere three wins and plenty of heartbreaking losses. The Boilermakers better be prepared for another heartache following the IU game. Bottom line, this is just not Purdue's year.\nSo IU's bowl aspirations are not unachievable. Let's just stop the self-mutilation tendencies, okay guys?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Just in the nick of time, the San Francisco Giants solved the Kid.\nDavid Bell hit a tiebreaking single off rookie sensation Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth inning, and the Giants rallied past the Anaheim Angels 4-3 Wednesday night, tying the World Series at two games each.\nSomehow, the Giants slowed down Anaheim's persistent hitters. And then, the biggest surprise of all: They broke through against Mr. Unhittable and posted San Francisco's first Series win at home since 1962.\n"I was just trying to get a pitch over the plate I could hit hard," Bell said. "He has great stuff, and he's been doing a good job."\nRodriguez had blown away all 12 San Francisco hitters he faced in the Series until J.T. Snow singled to start the eighth. Snow moved up on Bengie Molina's passed ball, but stayed put when first baseman Scott Spiezio made a sensational, diving catch on Reggie Sanders' foul bunt.\nBut Bell became the latest son of a major leaguer to deliver in this Series, singling sharply past diving shortstop David Eckstein. Snow scored ahead of center fielder Darin Erstad's throw, and the celebration was on.\nRodriguez had been 5-0 this postseason. The 20-year-old with a wicked slider and crackling fastball absorbed his first major league loss.\nTim Worrell got the win, and Robb Nen closed for a save in a game the Giants trailed 3-0.\nIt was an October classic, and came on a fitting night. Pete Rose drew the biggest ovation during a pregame celebration marking baseball's most memorable moments.\nJason Schmidt will start for the Giants in Game 5 Thursday night against Jarrod Washburn. It'll be a rematch of the opener in which Schmidt outpitched the Anaheim ace.\nBell's father, Buddy, and grandfather, Gus, both played in the majors. Spiezio and Barry Bonds, of course, also had dads in the big leagues, and Snow's played in the NFL.\nPitching on his 24th birthday, Angels rookie John Lackey picked up a nice present, the souvenir ball from his first major league hit. More importantly for Anaheim, he avoided trouble on the mound, thanks mostly to Benito Santiago.\nTwice, Lackey intentionally walked Bonds to load the bases with one out. Both times, he got Santiago to hit grounders to Eckstein that the shortstop turned into inning-ending double plays.\nYet Santiago got sweet redemption with an RBI single that capped a three-run fifth that made it 3-all. And in a tasty twist for a Series dominated by long balls, the comeback started with two of the shortest hits yet.\nPitcher Kirk Rueter led off with a high chopper that he beat out for an infield single. Kenny Lofton followed with a bunt that slowly danced down the chalk line until third baseman Troy Glaus picked it up for another little single.\nRich Aurilia singled home the Giants' first run. Jeff Kent hit a sacrifice fly, and, after another intentional walk to Bonds, Santiago singled up the middle. The MVP of the NL championship series clapped his hands and pointed toward the San Francisco dugout after rounding first base.\nGlaus hit a two-run shot, tying Bonds' record of seven home runs in a postseason, to give the Angels a 3-0 lead in the third.\nA day earlier, fans taunted Glaus with shouts of "Welcome to Pac Bell!" after he flied out to the warning track, reminding him it gave up fewer homers than any other ballpark in the majors this season.\nBoth teams looked for every edge they could find.\nWanting an extra right-handed bat in the lineup, Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled ALCS MVP Adam Kennedy -- hitting .371 in the postseason -- and instead started Benji Gil at second base. The hunch paid off as Gil singled his first two times up.\nThe Giants brought out their own good-luck charm in 3 1/2-year-old Darren Baker. After missing Game 3 because of a sinus infection, the son of manager Dusty Baker was back as a bat boy. Not even as tall as some of the Louisville Sluggers he toted, the little boy wobbled out toward the plate during the Giants' rally in the fifth, and Kent had to corral him when a throw went wild.\nLackey was no lackey at the plate in his first major league at-bat -- then again, he hit .428 in leading Grayson County, Texas, to the 1999 Junior College World Series championship.\nWith runners on first and second and one out in the second, Lackey fouled off a bunt attempt. Undaunted with two strikes, he expertly took a low-and-away fastball the other way to right field for a single that loaded the bases.\nLackey disdained the usual jacket most pitchers wear on the bases while Rueter tossed the ball out of play. Eckstein's sacrifice fly made it 1-0, and Lackey was met by all the Angels at the top step of the dugout when the inning ended.\nA leadoff single by Tim Salmon set up Glaus' third homer of the Series, a shot to center over the leaping Lofton.
MIAMI -- Cris Carter came out of retirement and out of the broadcast booth Monday to join the Miami Dolphins, signing a one-year contract to bolster their injury-depleted receiving corps.\nThe 36-year-old Carter agreed to a one-year contract with $550,000 guaranteed and $700,000 in incentives.\n"I really missed playing," he said. "When the call came, I initially said no. Then I began think about it."\nFollowing a news conference to announce the signing, Carter reported for his first team meeting. He'll have two weeks to get ready for Miami's next game at Green Bay on Nov. 4.\nCarter retired in May and had been working on HBO's "Inside the NFL." Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss applauded his ex-teammate's return to the league.\n"I love it!" Moss said. "And I think a lot of football teams he's been making comments about will love it, too."\nCarter is the NFL's second all-time leading receiver with 1,093 catches for 13,833 yards and 129 touchdowns. The 15-year veteran had 73 catches for 871 yards and six touchdowns last season with Minnesota.\n"I think it's going to be a great addition to our team," Miami coach Dave Wannstedt said. "It's probably going to take him a couple of weeks to learn the offense and get in playing shape. How quick all that happens will determine how much he plays."\nThe Dolphins (5-2) lead the AFC East but are coming off a 23-10 loss Sunday to Buffalo. Miami's passing game has been staggered by the loss of quarterback Jay Fiedler and receivers Chris Chambers and Oronde Gadsden to injuries.\nChambers (concussion) is expected back for the Green Bay game, but Gadsden plans to have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, and he'll miss the rest of the season.\nGadsden decided to undergo the operation rather than play with injury when the Dolphins declined to give him the contract extension he sought. He was placed on injured reserve Monday.
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell was suspended by the New York Knicks on Monday for not following the team's instructions for rehabilitating his broken right hand.\nThe disciplinary move came on the same day that Sprewell's agent announced a $40 million lawsuit against the New York Post for its account of how he was injured.\nKnicks president Scott Layden announced the suspension, which will cost Sprewell $140,000 in lost salary.\n"We are very disappointed that we have to take these steps with Latrell, but his actions with regard to his rehabilitation have left us no choice."\nAlready banished from the team until he can make "a positive contribution," Sprewell will now be officially banned from Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night when the Knicks play the Utah Jazz.\nLayden said Sprewell had failed to begin supervised workouts last week and had removed the splint from his hand without consulting team doctors.\n"The team has no choice but to take this action at this time," Layden said.\nThe suspension will cost Sprewell 1/90th of his $12.6 million salary. He is under contract to the Knicks for two more seasons.\nSprewell's lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, seeks an additional $250,000 from the Post for the amount Sprewell was fined by the team for not reporting his injury promptly.\nSprewell has filed a formal appeal of that fine through the players' union. It was not immediately clear if he would also contest Monday's suspension.\nNamed in the suit was Post staff writer Marc Berman, who quoted two anonymous sources in an Oct. 4 story that said Sprewell was injured when he hit a wall while throwing a punch at a man whose girlfriend vomited aboard Sprewell's yacht.\n"Those accounts are false and contributed to a breakdown in relations with the team, and contributed to the size of the fine," said Gist, who claimed that Sprewell's injury occurred when the player fell on the yacht.\nBerman defended his story, saying it was accurate.\nGist said Sprewell was injured when he slipped and fell on his boat sometime after his birthday party on Sept. 8.\n"I'm saying Latrell fell on his boat," Gist said. "I don't know what he was doing _ steering or what. I know he was not fighting on the boat. It had nothing to do with a fight, and it had nothing to do with a party."\nGist said Sprewell reported the injury to the Knicks when he arrived at the team's training facility on Sept. 30. He said the team considered the injury minor but ordered X-rays as a precaution.\nThe X-rays revealed a displaced fracture of the pinkie bone below the knuckle, and Sprewell had surgery and a pin inserted.\nGist denied Knicks' claims that Sprewell withheld notification of the injury from the team.\n"In fact, they did know," the attorney said. "They told Latrell not to talk to the press. They suppressed communication. There was an attempt to sweep it under the rug."\nSprewell did not attend the news conference, instead driving to suburban Greenburgh after the Knicks summoned him to their practice facility. Gist said he had received several calls late Sunday night from Layden.\n"He was vehemently opposed to the cast being off," Gist said. "He wanted Latrell in first thing this morning to have (trainer) Mike Saunders replace the splint."\nGist said the splint had been uncomfortable, and since the pin is scheduled to be removed on Tuesday, Sprewell decided to remove the cast over the weekend.\n"It is essential that Latrell follow the rehabilitation program developed for him by our medical and training staffs, so his injury heals and he gets back in playing shape as soon as possible, and to date he has not done that," Layden said. "On several occasions during the past week, Latrell has defied team instructions and the terms of his contract with regard to his rehabilitation.\n"He failed to begin supervised workouts last week as he was instructed to do, and more recently removed the splint from his hand without consulting with the team doctors," Layden said.\nSprewell was New York's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 19.4 points. His absence has left the Knicks without two of their best players, as Antonio McDyess went down with a season-ending knee injury in the team's third exhibition game.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Just mention Pacific Bell Park and what's the first image that comes to mind? Barry Bonds plopping balls into the water, of course.\nFunny thing about that picture: It's out of focus.\nBelieve it or not, there were fewer home runs hit at Pac Bell this year than any ballpark in the majors. And that's fine with the Giants as the World Series shifts to San Francisco for Game 3 Tuesday night.\nThe Anaheim Angels and Giants already have combined to hit 11 homers, by far a record for the first two games of any World Series. After Tim Salmon connected twice Sunday night and sent the Giants to an 11-10 loss that left them with a split at Edison Field, they were eager to return home.\n"For all the fans who like to see teams scoring runs and stuff, yeah, it was a great ballgame to watch," shortstop Rich Aurilia said. "It's not the typical type of game you want to be involved in. We'd rather see a lower-scoring game."\nRight after Hall of Famer Willie Mays throws out the first pitch, the rules change as Pac Bell hosts its first Series game. No more designated hitter in the NL park, and the Giants like that a lot as the emphasis goes from longballs to small ball.\nMinus DH Brad Fullmer, the Angels could be at a big disadvantage _ the same scenario AL teams face each other when they go on the road in the World Series.\nSan Francisco figures to enjoy an edge on the mound and at the plate when Livan Hernandez pitches against Ramon Ortiz in Game 3.\nBonds hit 19 of his 46 regular-season homers at Pac Bell, and added a splash shot into McCovey Cove against St. Louis in the NLCS.\nBonds homered in the first two games against Anaheim. He and Troy Glaus, who connected twice for Anaheim, have matched a record shared by several others with six home runs in a post-season.\nBoosted by Bonds, Glaus and Salmon, the teams easily set a mark for most homers in the first two games of a Series. There previously had been seven, but nothing close to the current 11.
Miami is No. 1 just about everywhere but where it counts most -- in the Bowl Championship Series standings.\nThe Hurricanes, No. 1 since the preseason in the AP media and coaches' polls, were second behind Oklahoma in the first BCS standings released Monday. And look who's third -- Notre Dame!\nThanks to friendly computer ratings and a schedule rated toughest in the nation, the Fighting Irish are in position to make a run at the national championship.\nThe BCS standings are used to determine which teams play in a national title game. The teams that finish 1-2 in the final BCS standings on Dec. 8 will play for the title in Tempe, Ariz., at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.\nNotre Dame may be No. 6 in the AP poll, but the Fighting Irish were ranked first by four of the seven computers used by the BCS. Only the top six rankings are used in the BCS calculations.\nThe best the Hurricanes could do in the computers was one second-place ranking. Miami's strength of schedule was rated 27th, but it will get stronger with upcoming games against Tennessee and Virginia Tech.\nThe Hokies were fourth, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Washington State, Michigan, LSU and Texas. The first six teams are undefeated.\nFor the second straight year, Oklahoma starts out in first place. The Sooners, 6-0 after a 49-3 win over Iowa State, had 3.92 points -- 2 for poll average, 1.50 for computer-rank average, 0.52 for strength-of-schedule, zero for losses and a one-tenth of a point bonus deduction for a victory over Texas.