College footballRB Walters, two other Southern Cal...


College football

RB Walters, two other Southern Cal starters suspended

Three starters for No. 5 Southern Cal -- star running back Shawn Walters, linebacker Erick Herrin and defensive end Israel Ifeanyi -- were suspended for at least tomorrow's game against Arizona State while the school investigates allegations they received money from an agent.

"One of the dangers we have in college athletics are people who do favors for athletes," USC athletic director Mike Garrett said. "We do all we can to educate our athletes to the dangers of agents and boosters. We're trying to get all the facts and make a correct decision for all concerned."

Walters, a junior, was USC's leading rusher in each of the past two seasons and is now the 14th leading rusher in school history.

USC receiver Keyshawn Johnson has been under investigation by the NCAA and Pac-10 for nearly two months for allegedly accepting a loan from a sports agent.

San Diego State tops Nevada: Billy Blanton passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns in leading San Diego State to a 30-27 victory over visiting Nevada. Mike Maxwell of Nevada completed 36 of a career-high 61 passes for 401 yards, but was picked off a career-high five times.

College basketball

Fresno investigation clears Tarkanian

Jerry Tarkanian and his basketball staff did not conduct improper summer workouts, Fresno State's interim athletic director Ben Quillian said after an in-house investigation.

The investigation was made in the wake of rumors that coaches had organized practices or watched pickup games during the off-season, which would have been a violation of NCAA rules.


Ailing Ballesteros to take 5 months off

Seve Ballesteros, 38, two-time winner of the Masters and three-time winner of the British Open, is taking a five-month break from golf, hoping the pause will help cure back troubles and improve his sagging game.

Rasley shares lead: Dave Rasley, the Maryland State Amateur champion, and two Virginia standouts, Tim Vigotsky and Scott Inman, each shot a 2-under-par 68 to share the first-round lead in the annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Columbia Country Club. Rasley, from Bethesda and Lakewood CC, had five birdies, four on the back nine, where he shared low honors with Vigotsky at 32.

Et cetera

Florida State, Nike agree on $6 million deal

Florida State announced it has reached a five-year, $6 million agreement with Nike to provide athletic attire.

Under terms of the contract, Nike will pay $225,000 annually as part of football coach Bobby Bowden's contract. Basketball coach Pat Kennedy will receive $150,000 and baseball coach Mike Martin $15,000 from Nike.

Vandy AD leaving: Vanderbilt athletic director Paul Hoolahan announced he is resigning after six years on the job, effective Dec. 31.

Transfer change supported: The NCAA Presidents Commission has agreed to support a requirement that men's basketball and football players who transfer from two-year colleges sit out one year before playing at Division I schools.

Becker advances: BeckerTop seed Boris Becker beat France's Yannick Noah, 6-4, 7-5, for a place in the quarterfinals of the $1 million Swiss Open tennis tournament in Basel. American Jim Courier and Swede Stefan Edberg also won.

Davenport upset: Third-seeded Lindsay Davenport of the United States fell to little-known Joanette Kruger of South Africa, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, at the WTA tournament in Leipzig, Germany.

Rangers sign Robitaille: Left wing Luc Robitaille, a first-team NHL All-Star five times, has signed a six-year, $20 million contract with the New York Rangers, days before he was expected to go to arbitration.

The quiz

Staying power

Name the three players besides Cal Ripken who have played for the same team during his entire consecutive-games streak.

(Answer, 8D)

Quiz answer

0 Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker and Ozzie Smith.

Darryl weighs in

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