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New football players (19) report to USF

By Times wires and staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 4, 2002

Nineteen newcomers reported Saturday to South Florida, including nine freshmen who signed in February and invited walkons.

Leading the way were record-setting quarterback Evan Kraky of Jermyn (Pa.) Lakeland, linebacker Stephen Nicholas of Jacksonville Lee and 295-pound defensive tackle Ramon McCullough of Daytona Beach Mainland.

Kraky, who is Pennsylvania's all-time leader with 7,683 passing yards and 93 touchdowns, Lee and McCullough were heavily recruited by major-conference schools.

"It's an impressive looking group of guys," coach Jim Leavitt said. "They really look good. Obviously we can't do much on the practice field with only 19 guys, but the group looks like it's ready to go."

The newcomers are scheduled to practice twice on Monday and Tuesday. The full squad will gather for media day at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium. Full-squad practices begin Thursday.

Among the freshman signees who reported: Clearwater defensive lineman Broward Holsey, brother of former USF star Roy Manns; quarterback Jean Julmiste and linebacker Devon Davis of Miramar; and Belle Glade Glades Central center John Miller.

Invited walkons include Palm Harbor University two-way lineman Mike Lube and Plant running back Devin Kennedy.

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MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FSU senior left guard Milford Brown, a starter and one of the nation's top linemen, might unknowingly have exhausted his eligibility last season. Brown attended Alabama State in 1997, but learned during his first week he would have to sit out. He stayed a year as a part-time student and in 1999 went to East Mississippi, playing two years. A student-athlete may play four years, beginning when he starts classes. He is awaiting an NCAA ruling. Senior Todd Williams moved from right guard to Brown's spot. Senior O.J. Jackson moved from nose guard to tight end and sophomore Dominic Robinson from cornerback to receiver. Starting receivers Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan returned after missing last season with knee injuries. Walkon receiver Greg Moore partially tore his right Achilles' tendon. ... Ohio State fullback Branden Joe, charged with drunken driving, was suspended for three weeks of preseason camp and the opening game.

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SOCCER: MLS and ABC cut the final 15 minutes of the first half of the All-Star Game so the halftime show could be televised. The MLS All-Stars beat the U.S. national team 3-2 in Washington after lightning caused an almost one-hour delay. D.C.'s Marco Etcheverry was MVP. World Cup star Landon Donovan and his agent met with officials of German club Bayer Leverkusen, which owns Donovan's contract, to work out an arrangement allowing him to remain with San Jose beyond this season. ... Carolina and Philadelphia earned WUSA playoff berths.

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OLYMPICS: IOC president Jacques Rogge said changing the figure skating medals from the Salt Lake City Games "is definitely not impossible" if the U.S. case against reputed Russian mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov proves he fixed judging. Tokhtakhounov's lawyer said a preliminary hearing to validate his arrest under separate Italian charges would be held Tuesday in Venice.

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HORSES: Swedish import Victory Tilly set a world trotting record in 1 minute, 50.4 seconds, winning the $500,000 Nat Ray Final at Meadowlands. She was .2 faster than Pine Chip's 1994 time-trial mark and .4 faster than Varenne's 2001 mark at the Breeders Crown Trot. Chip Chip Hooray won the $1-million Hambletonian. Long shot Windylane Hanover won the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks in a record 1:53, .4 faster than Must Be Victory's 1997 mark. ... Left Bank won the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Springs.

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TENNIS: Andy Roddick and Guillermo Canas advanced to the Tennis Masters final in Toronto. ... No. 6 seed Jelena Dokic, who defeated No. 2 Jennifer Capriati Friday night, beat Anna Kournikova, advancing to the Acura Classic final in Carlsbad, Calif. ... Three-time Wimbledon champ Boris Becker reached an early settlement on his tax evasion case, Germany's Der Spiegel reported. He will pay the back taxes, plus penalties of $6.6-million.

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NHL: The Islanders signed defenseman Brandon Smith. Pittsburgh signed Matt Murley, one of its top draft picks three years ago. Matt Cullen agreed to a two-year contract with Anaheim.

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SWIMMING: Ian Thorpe's quest for seven golds at the Commonwealth Games ended as he finished second to world champion Matt Welsh in the 100-meter backstroke at Manchester, England. ... Germany's Franziska van Almsick set the world record in the 200 freestyle in Berlin in 1:56.64 at the European Championships, topping her 1994 Rome mark of 1:56.78.

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BOXING: NABF super-middleweight champ Antwun Echols stopped Richard Grant :59 into the third round in Phoenix, earning a bout with IBF 168-pound champ Sven Ottke of Germany.

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OBITUARY: Russell Rebholz, a former basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, died Thursday in Milwaukee. He was 93.

-- PETE YOUNG, BRIAN LANDMAN JASON SCHNEIDER, TIMES WIRES

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