By PETE YOUNG, TIMES WIRES
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 4, 2003
TAMPA -- Though South Florida is keeping mum and has asked Nicholls State to do the same, the Bulls likely will host the Colonels on Sept. 6.
NSU athletic director Rob Bernardi said last week he was negotiating to play this fall at Raymond James Stadium. Then NSU sports information director Bobby Galinsky said the schools had reached a tentative agreement.
Monday, Bernardi would neither confirm nor deny a deal.
"I've made an appointment with our president to talk about the football schedule on Wednesday," Bernardi said. "We have one game holding us up before we release the schedule, and it's not South Florida; it's a (tentative) game with Tennessee-Martin."
The Division I-AA Colonels went 7-4 last season and ranked as high as No. 17. NSU and USF both played at North Texas, with NSU losing 23-0 and USF winning 24-17. Both hosted Florida Atlantic, with NSU winning 33-22 and USF 51-10. I-A schools Troy State, Kansas State and Marshall have contacted USF about games. USF has available dates on Sept. 13 and 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6.
BASEBALL: Host Eckerd swept St. Mary's 5-0 and 11-1. Tritons Jason Wishin (one hit, seven strikeouts) and Eric Canestrari (three hits, one run, seven strikeouts) threw complete games.
SOFTBALL: USF's Holly Groves of Seminole was named C-USA hitter of the week. She was 9-for-15 (.600 avg.) with two RBIs and three runs in helping the Bulls go 4-0, including a three-game sweep of East Carolina.
TENNIS: Agassi's 12-0 run snapped
Defending champion Andre Agassi was upset in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., by wild card Thomas Enqvist 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-1. The loss snapped Agassi's 12-0 start this year after winning the Australian Open and in San Jose. It was his best start since winning his first 15 in 1995. Enqvist, 5-4 in his career against Agassi, snapped that run also.
GOLF: Lefty, Singh drop Doral
Phil Mickelson withdrew from this week's Ford Championship at Doral because his wife is close to having their third child. Vijay Singh withdrew because of a rib injury, the third among the world's top four to pull out of the PGA Tour event in Miami. No. 2 Ernie Els decided to play the Dubai Desert Classic. Mickelson is No. 3 and Singh No. 4.
OLYMPICS: IOC gets tough on doping
Sports or countries that fail to comply with global drug rules should be excluded from the Olympics, IOC president Jacques Rogge said. He also said countries not complying should be barred from hosting or bidding for the games. Rogge wants sports bodies and governments to adopt the World Anti-Doping Agency's uniform code, with sanctions applied across all sports and countries.
IDITAROD: Sixty-four dog teams pushed off on the frozen Chena River in Fairbanks, launching the race along a new route because of Alaska's unusually warm winter. It is the first time the 1,100-mile race to Nome has started so far north and with a revised route that extends the trail 70 miles. Defending champ Martin Buser was the first to arrive at the Nenana checkpoint, staying less than a minute before heading to Manley, about 100 miles away.
PREPS: LeBron James' lawyer decided a legal fight was the only way the basketball star could get his eligibility restored. Attorney Fred Nance said after James was ruled ineligible in January by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for accepting two free retro jerseys, he knew appealing to the agency would be unproductive. OHSAA lawyer Steven Craig contended James' appeal should be thrown out because the 18-year-old did not exhaust his appeal options within the OHSAA.
WRESTLING: Iran's national team is considering a boycott of the world freestyle championships in New York because of a U.S. Defense Department decision to fingerprint all participants. The team also asked FILA to move the venue for the Sept. 12-14 event.