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Title IX opinion expected

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 25, 2003

WASHINGTON -- At least two members of the commission reviewing Title IX plan to present a minority report to Education Secretary Rod Paige because they fear the majority opinion could damage women's sports.

Title IX, the antidiscrimination law credited with opening sports to millions of women, is under fire from those who say its enforcement has led to cuts in men's sports. Paige set up a commission to suggest how to clarify and strengthen the law, but commission member Julie Foudy said the report is slanted and incomplete.

"A lot of the recommendations, we don't even know what the impact would be," said Foudy, captain of the U.S. national women's soccer team. "To recommend things to the secretary that could impact millions of young girls is just something I can't do."

Critics object to the report's tone and to some of its recommended changes about how schools could comply with the law.

The commission's co-chairman, Stanford University athletic director Ted Leland, tried to negotiate a compromise with Foudy and Donna de Varona, the other member protesting the report. But the changes in the final draft, which is set to go to Paige Wednesday, were not enough, Foudy said.

The minority report could strengthen the cause of those who fear any changes will hurt women, said Rita Simon, a commission member and sociologist at American University. Or, she said, it could overshadow ideas, unanimous or by majority, that could improve fairness to all athletes.

One disputed recommendation, for example, would give colleges more leeway to use surveys in determining if women have an interest in playing sports. Simon said the idea could spark sports interest among women and help schools respond to it. But Foudy said surveys would be used to "freeze discrimination in place" and cut access for women.

AMERICA'S CUP: Racing postponed again

Race 4 of the America's Cup was postponed a fifth time because of strong wind in Auckland, New Zealand. Alinghi of Switzerland, which leads 3-0 in the best-of-nine series, and Team New Zealand have not raced in a week. Organizers discussed whether to race today, but with strong wind forecasted, decided to keep it as a scheduled day off. The longest America's Cup final was the 18-day contest in 1899 between defender Columbia, which won, and Shamrock. Monday was the 11th day of the current Cup.

COLLEGES: Players honored

Florida State softball pitcher Casey Hunter was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week, posting a .62 ERA. South Florida's Devin Ivany was named Conference USA hitter of the week, batting .688 in four games. For the USF women, Courtney Lewellen (.481 average) of Seminole was named top hitter and Leigh Ann Ellis (1.48 ERA) top pitcher. For Tampa, shortstop Gene Reynolds (.429) and pitcher Eric Beattie (complete game), both of Brandon, took Sunshine State honors.

FOOTBALL: Missouri defensive lineman Nick Tarpoff was charged with felony possession of an illegal weapon and suspended indefinitely from the team less than a week after saying he was shot by an intruder before admitting he shot himself in the arm. Tarpoff, who struggled with injuries last season, played nine games and had 21 tackles.

ET CETERA

RUNNING: Britain's Paula Radcliffe set the women's world record for 10 kilometers Sunday at a road race in Puerto Rico. Her 30:21 topped Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui's June mark of 30:28.6.

PREP BASKETBALL: LeBron James had his No. 3 jersey retired during a postgame ceremony after Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's (Ohio) 90-43 win over Firestone.

SOCCER: Edixon Perea had a first-half hat trick, leading Colombia 6-3 over the United States in an under-20 men's match at Fort Lauderdale. Knox Cameron scored twice for the Americans. ... Alexander Aas scored in the 25th minute as Norway's Odd Grenland beat MLS champion Los Angeles 1-0 in the La Manga Cup at Cartagena, Spain. The Galaxy plays in Friday's third-place game against Norway's Viking Stavanger.

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