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Morgan Gets Promoted at Iowa State

From Times Wire Services

Wayne Morgan was introduced as the basketball coach at Iowa State on Wednesday, succeeding Larry Eustachy and ending a tumultuous two weeks at the school.

Morgan, an assistant under Eustachy, called the hiring “the greatest thing in my life.”

Eustachy resigned last week after publication of photographs showing him partying at an apartment in Columbia, Mo., after Iowa State’s Jan. 21 loss.

Morgan takes over a team that finished 17-14. He came to Iowa State last summer after six years as coach at Long Beach State.

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Dereck Whittenburg, who led Wagner to its first NCAA tournament appearance last season, has been selected as the new men’s basketball coach at Fordham.

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UCLA center Ryan Hollins is one of the 51 players from the college and high school ranks to be selected for the 2003 USA Basketball National Team Trials.

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Tennis

Top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt rallied to outlast Arnaud Clement in the second round of the Hamburg Masters at Germany, while No. 2 Carlos Moya was upset by Rafael Nadal, a 16-year-old Spanish compatriot. Nadal, a left-handed qualifier, stunned the former No. 1 in the world, 7-5, 6-4.

Hewitt beat Clement, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (6), the second day in a row he struggled.

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Monica Seles quit during her second-round match at the Italian Open at Rome because of a left foot injury. She stopped in the second set against Russia’s Nadia Petrova but still hopes to play in the French Open, which starts May 26.

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Tripp Phillips upset Michael Chang, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals of the Forest Hills Tennis Classic at New York.... Top-seeded Anna Kournikova lost to rookie Bruna Colosio, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4, in the first round of the USTA Women’s Pro Tennis Championship at Charlottesville, Va.

Miscellany

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With their 90-day negotiating period with San Diego nearing an end, the Chargers agreed to extend the period by 90 days, until Aug. 31.

“The Chargers agreed to the City’s request because we want the Chargers and the Super Bowl to be part of the San Diego community for many years to come, and we want to give these negotiations every chance to succeed,” said Mark Fabiani, the team’s point man on stadium issues.

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Nine Georgia football players were declared ineligible by the NCAA for selling their 2002 Southeastern Conference championship rings.

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The group included senior receiver Michael Johnson and cornerbacks Kenny Bailey and Bruce Thornton, junior receiver Fred Gibson and four sophomores -- defensive tackle Darrius Swain, linebacker Tony Taylor, cornerback Tim Jennings and walk-on Trey Young. Freshman nose tackle Kedric Golston, who had already been cited by the university for selling his ring, also was declared ineligible.

The school will appeal the NCAA’s ruling.

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Whittier’s Ryder Bateman scored seven goals to lead the Poets to a 19-15 victory over Hampden-Sydney in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse tournament at Whittier. The Poets (13-0) will travel to Maryland to play top-ranked Salisbury in the semifinals Sunday.

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Authorities in Paris are analyzing medicine that customs agents found in a car belonging to Olympic champion Gabriela Szabo of Romania.

Szabo, who won the 5,000 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was not in the car.

Szabo’s trainer and husband, Zsolt Gyoengyoessy, said one drug seized was Actovegin, a substance made from extracts of calf’s blood.

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Athletes are banned from using the drug. Gyoengyoessy denied the drug was Szabo’s, saying it was for another Romanian athlete.

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Europe changed its Ryder Cup selection process to take the top five players from the world ranking and then five from the European tour money list. The 12-man team still will be filled out by two captain’s picks.

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The NCAA reprimanded Loyola Marymount men’s assistant soccer coach Matt Mennell for shoving Cal State Northridge Coach Terry Davila during the first round of the 2002 Division I men’s soccer championship.

The NCAA men’s soccer committee issued a public reprimand of Mennell and said he will be required to sit out the next tournament game in which he would be a participant.

Passings

Al Fleming, who holds the Arizona school record for most rebounds in a career, died of kidney cancer at Tucson. He was 49.

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