Carter Follows Jamison in Declaring for the NBA

From Staff and Wire Reports

Swingman Vince Carter, the North Carolina junior who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in shooting last season, said Thursday he will join classmate and national player of the year Antawn Jamison in making himself eligible for the June 24 draft.

Jamison made his decision public Monday.

"The team had a great time and we're all very close and we played well together on the floor but sometimes you have to be selfish and say, 'What's good for Vince?"' said Carter, a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 15.6 points and was named a second-team All-American.


Scott Hoch shot a six-under-par 66 to gain a share of the lead with newcomer Franklin Langham after the opening round of the Houston Open at The Woodlands, Texas.

Pat Hurst made eight birdies, all from inside 10 feet, and finished with a seven-under 65 at Daytona Beach, Fla., for a share of the lead with Dawn Coe-Jones after the first round of the LPGA Titleholders Championship.

Nick Faldo, coming off his worst round on the PGA Tour, shot a 72 in the Macau Open and was three strokes back after the first round. Eric Rustand of the United States, Taiwan's Lu Wen-teh, Satoshi Oide of Japan and Sweden's Bjorn Flygare led at two-under 69.


Completing a match delayed by rain Wednesday and again on Thursday afternoon, top-seeded Pete Sampras battled through on wet, soggy clay to defeat Italian Davide Sanguinetti, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, and advance to the quarterfinals at the $315,000 AT&T; Challenge in Duluth. Ga.

Sampras will face 104th-ranked Ramon Delgado of Paraguay today.

Slava Dosedel upset top-seeded Czech compatriot Petr Korda, 6-3, 6-2, at the Czech Open in Prague, thwarting Korda's hopes of displacing Sampras as world No. 1.

Jennifer Capriati beat Seda Noorlander, 6-3, 6-2, and advanced to a quarterfinal showdown against Martina Hingis at the German Grand Prix women's tournament in Hamburg.

The right wrist injury that had sidelined Mary Joe Fernandez for five months forced her to abandon her comeback in Bol, Croatia, when she retired in the first set of her second-round match against Sandra Cecchini of Italy in the Bol Ladies Open.


A urine sample submitted by Irish Olympic champion swimmer Michelle Smith contained deadly levels of alcohol, the head of the International Olympic Committee medical commission said in Sydney, Australia.

"The alcohol level was so high that you could not survive with that concentration," said Prince Alexandre de Merode, chairman of the medical commission. "That is strange--that normally indicates manipulation."


A Connecticut woman who has named Washington Wizard stars Chris Webber and Juwan Howard in a sexual assault complaint testified for more than an hour before a grand jury in Rockville, Md.

Atlanta Falcon linebacker Cornelius Bennett surrendered in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin serving a 60-day sexual abuse sentence.


General Manager Rich McKay, an architect of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' resurgence, signed a five-year contract extension.

Joe Castiglione, 40, athletic director at Missouri, was hired for the same job at Oklahoma, replacing Steve Owens, who resigned in March.

As San Diego leaders lobby for a franchise, Major League Soccer officials said they will use turnout at the 1999 All-Star game at Qualcomm Stadium as a gauge of interest in the area.

Todd Yeagley's unassisted goal gave the Columbus Crew (5-2) a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Mutiny in a MLS game at Tampa.

New England Blizzard Coach K.C. Jones, 65, underwent successful angioplasty surgery in Hartford, Conn., two days after complaining of chest pains.

The first college football bowl game doubleheader will be played Christmas Day at Aloha Stadium after the NCAA certified the Aloha Bowl Christmas Football Classic. It will be joined by the inaugural Mele Kalikimaka Classic.

The games will feature two teams from the Pacific-10 Conference, one from the Western Athletic Conference and an at-large team.

The Bowl in Tucson agreed in principle on a new matchup pairing the fifth selection from the Big 12 Conference against the second or third Big East team, or Notre Dame.

Primo Nebiolo, the head of track and field's governing body, was turned down in his request by the Sydney organizing committee for 16,000 free tickets to his sport's events at the 2000 Olympics. Nebiolo said he did not want to profit from free tickets, just use them for the sport's hierarchy.

Colombia's Mauricio Pastrana (18-0, 15 knockouts) successfully defended his International Boxing Federation junior flyweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Indonesia's Anis Roga (20-4-2) at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Freddie Mitchell caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cade McNown and scored another on a 40-yard pass play from Drew Bennett, and Jermaine Lewis scored on a 28-yard run in a 72-play scrimmage that ended UCLA's spring practice.

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