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Teammates say they saw Wheeler use supplements

By BRIAN LANDMAN, TIMES WIRES
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 13, 2003

CHICAGO -- Two teammates of Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler say they saw Wheeler take dietary supplements before he died during a 2001 conditioning drill.

According to court documents the university filed Tuesday, the affidavits of Marvin Ward and Torri Stuckey bolster Northwestern's argument that supplements containing the stimulant ephedrine caused Wheeler's death.

"One of the issues in contention was did Rashidi Wheeler actually take those supplements on that day," university spokesman Alan Cubbage said. "These sworn statements obviously buttress our contention that he did."

Wheeler collapsed and died during the Aug. 3 drills. Bronchial asthma was listed as the cause of death, although toxicology reports showed he had ephedrine in his system when he collapsed. The Cook County medical examiner said that had nothing to do with his death.

FLORIDA STATE: Wide receiver/defensive back Dominic Robinson visited USC's football practice Tuesday and is considering transferring to the school, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Robinson has not requested a release from his scholarship, FSU officials said.

After coming to FSU as a highly-touted cornerback with the nickname "Prime Time II," Robinson moved to receiver last season. He had nine catches for 143 yards and, entering the spring practice, is listed No. 1 on the depth chart at flanker.

Robinson could not be reached for comment.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: The NCAA is investigating the football program for possible rules violations during the past five seasons. ... Signee Quinton Culberson will not face a charge he assaulted a law enforcement officer during a shoving match outside a crowded championship basketball game. The charge was reduced to disorderly conduct.

CINCINNATI: Quarterback Gino Guidugli was charged with assault after being accused of punching an opponent during an intramural basketball game.

TENNIS: Davenport in semifinals

Lindsay Davenport advanced to the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., when fifth-seeded Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from their match because of a throat infection. Davenport next plays second-seeded Jennifer Capriati, who defeated 18-year-old Vera Zvonareva of Russia 7-5, 6-2. Andy Roddick dominated with his booming serves and defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3 in the second round on the men's side. Among others advancing were Tampa's James Blake, who beat Juan Ignacio Chela, and top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt, who defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

HORSES: Krone has broken back

Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone plans to return to riding despite breaking her back in a spill at Santa Anita. Krone was injured when she was unseated by Sublet at the start of Saturday's fifth race. Krone was discharged Monday from Arcadia (Calif.) Methodist Hospital and doctors expect a complete recovery.

CYCLING: Cyclist dies of injuries

A cyclist who once finished fourth in the Tour de France died of head injuries a day after he removed his helmet during the Paris-Nice race and tumbled from his bike. Andrei Kivilev, 29, of Kazakhstan fractured his skull and went into a coma after his fall. Kivilev died at the Bellevue hospital in Saint-Etienne in southern France, where he lived and trained, Cofidis team spokeswoman Valerie Sartoris said.

ET CETERA

IDITAROD: Norway's Robert Sorlie fought off a challenge from musher Ramy Brooks, retaking the lead. Sorlie was the first musher into the checkpoint in White Mountain, Alaska, where teams are required to take an eight-hour layover before the 99-mile run to Nome. Sorlie arrived at 7:45 a.m., and Brooks arrived at 9:16.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Florida State junior right-hander Marc LaMacchia, a former East Lake High star, will need Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season. LaMacchia appeared in two games, allowing only one hit and no earned runs in 82/3 innings with 11 strikeouts.

COLLEGES: Patrick Nero, Miami's senior associate athletic director, was hired as athletic director at Maine.

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