Penders Resigns Under Cloud
George Washington men’s basketball Coach Tom Penders resigned, ending a week of scandal involving possible NCAA rules violations and charges against a player.
He said his resignation will be effective June 30.
George Washington vice president Robert Chernak confirmed this week that four players had used the telephone access code of Penders’ son, assistant coach Tommy Penders Jr., to make more than $1,400 worth of long-distance calls during the season. Chernak said the calls violated NCAA rules.
Also, news surfaced that junior forward Attila Cosby is facing nine new misdemeanor charges in connection with a felony rape charge that had been dismissed.
All-American Troy Murphy of Notre Dame said he had decided to turn pro, 10 days after saying he was keeping his options open by submitting his name to the NBA draft but not signing with an agent. . . . Guard Will Solomon, Clemson’s leading scorer the last two seasons, is skipping his final year to make himself available for the NBA draft. . . . Sophomore forward Mike Puzey has decided to leave Utah, although he hasn’t decided where he will transfer. . . . Danny Miller, a junior who played a key role for Maryland last season, is transferring to Notre Dame for his final season.
Martina Hingis won her 13th consecutive match in the Family Circle Cup, defeating Amelie Mauresmo, 7-5, 6-2, in the quarterfinals at Charleston, S.C.
Hingis, seeded first, joined second-seeded Jennifer Capriati in today’s semifinals. Capriati defeated unseeded Elena Likhovtseva, 7-5, 6-4.
Hingis was in command after a tight first set. With the score 5-5, she won eight of the next 10 games.
In one semifinal, Hingis will play third-seeded Conchita Martinez, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Amy Frazier.
Capriati will take on unseeded Marlene Weingartner, who defeated fourth-seeded Amanda Coetzer, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Morocco’s Hicham Arazi thwarted the comeback effort of eighth-seeded Tim Henman of Great Britain, winning, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-6 (2), in the quarterfinals of the Masters Series Monte Carlo at Monaco.
In other quarterfinal matches, second-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil defeated Dutchman Sjeng Schalken, 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4. Kuerten will face Guillermo Coria of Argentina, who defeated Alberto Martin, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
In the other quarterfinal, Sebastien Grosjean of France defeated Switzerland’s Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-3.
Lee Janzen shot a four-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Joe Durant after the second round of the Houston Open at The Woodlands, Texas. Janzen, the two-time U.S. Open winner, had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9, missing makable putts, but birdied three of his final four holes for a nine-under 135 total.
Australia’s Stewart Ginn, Spain’s Jose Maria Canizares and South Africa’s Hugh Baiocchi shot four-under 68s to share the first-round lead in the Las Vegas Senior Classic. . . . The second round of the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge at Lincoln, Calif., was rained out and the tournament will be shortened to 54 holes.
Taj Melson scored two goals as the San Diego Gulls defeated the Ice Dogs, 5-2, at San Diego to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five WCHL Southern Division finals.
After sweeping the first three spots in qualifying for the season-opening Daytona 500 in its return to NASCAR’s top stock car series after a 16-year absence, Dodge again grabbed the top three positions for the Talladega 500 in Alabama.
Stacy Compton, second at the Daytona 500, qualified first with a lap of 184.861 mph. Sterling Marlin was second at 184.576, and Daytona pole winner Bill Elliott’s Intrepid will start third in Sunday’s 43-car field after qualifying at 184.009.
Wisconsin put itself on three years probation for NCAA rules infractions uncovered during an investigation sparked by revelations that athletes received unadvertised discounts at a shoe store. The school also penalized itself $150,000 that it will pay the NCAA and stripped five scholarships over the next three years--four from football and one from men’s basketball.