Man pleads not guilty to murder in death of ex-Colt

A man who spent six years in prison for shooting a former Baltimore Colts player pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge after the victim died of a kidney infection 27 years after being paralyzed by a bullet in the spine. Victor Gomez, 44, who is serving 41 years to 85 years in prison for sexual assaults, was arraigned by video hookup to the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court in the death May 28 of Michael Woods, 54, at his home in Richmond Heights. The case involves the longest period between a crime and indictment in Cleveland, according to the prosecutor's office. Woods, who lost the use of his arms and legs when he was shot in 1982, testified from a wheelchair at the defendant's initial trial in the shooting. Gomez was convicted of attempted aggravated murder. The judge scheduled a pretrial hearing Tuesday on the murder charge. The prosecutor's office cannot comment on the case until it has been resolved, spokesman Ryan Miday said. The defense attorney, John Pyle, said he had just gotten involved in the case and could not comment beyond his plans to research the double jeopardy issue - whether Gomez is being charged twice for the same crime.


Maryland hires Joffe as women's tennis coach

Howard Joffe, the reigning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, was hired as coach of the Maryland women's tennis program. Joffe spent the past two seasons as the Miami (Ohio) coach. This past season, he led the RedHawks to the MAC tournament title and their first NCAA tournament appearance. Before his stint at Miami (Ohio), Joffe spent five seasons (2002-2007) as the assistant women's tennis coach at Southern California.

Salisbury: : The women's track and field team was honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as a 2009 Division III women's All-Academic team. The Sea Gulls were one of 100 Division III programs to be honored by the USTFCCCA. The Sea Gulls finished second at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on April 18. The women's program took All-CAC honors in 15 events, and freshman Jennifer Houghton was named CAC Co-Rookie of the Year. To be nominated for All-Academic recognition, a team must carry a minimum 3.1 cumulative GPA.

Hood: : The women's track and field team was named a 2009 USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Hood placed 32nd in the nation with a 3.414 cumulative GPA. ... Men's and women's track and field coach Brent Ayer announced the addition of thrower Nalla Tejera to the 2010 women's roster.

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Md. team FCA wins under-15 boys lacrosse national title

Kasey Kapianos scored the game-winner in overtime as Maryland's FCA captured the inaugural US Lacrosse under-15 boys national championship, beating For Love of the Game (Long Island, N.Y.), 10-9. The event featured 32 teams from around the country. For Love of the Game trailed 9-4 with 7:57 remaining but then scored five straight goals to tie it at 9 on Brian Ward's goal with 1:47 left in regulation. FCA won the faceoff in overtime but turned it over. For Love of the Game hit the pipe on a shot, but FCA gained possession and netted the winner on Kapianos' goal. Patrick Kelly led FCA with three goals and two assists, and Stephen Kelly added two goals. Thomas McBride made eight first-half saves while allowing three goals for FCA. For Love of the Game was led by Robert Savage, who had three goals. Nick Fisher scored three goals and added an assist as Maryland's Next Level bounced back from its only loss of the tournament to beat NESLL (Massachusetts), 8-5, in the third-place game.

Soccer: : Crystal Palace Baltimore shut out Harrisburg, 2-0, at UMBC Stadium. Dan Lader scored twice for Crystal Palace.

- From Sun staff and news services

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