© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2003
NEW YORK -- NBC's coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics carried the network to 13 Sports Emmys -- its most ever -- at Monday night's awards ceremony.
One year after it received no awards, NBC won 11 for its coverage of the Salt Lake City Games, plus one for its NBA coverage and one for a special, America's Heroes: The Bravest vs. the Finest, about a football game between New York firefighters and police officers honoring colleagues killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks.
ESPN and ESPN2 teamed for 10 awards, including two for the investigative series Outside the Lines, two for the Compleat Angler and two for SportsCenter.
HBO won six awards, including selection of Bob Costas as top studio host and Cris Collinsworth as best studio analyst. Fox won four, including two for play-by-play announcer (Joe Buck) and event analyst (Tim McCarver).
The lifetime achievement award went to the late Roone Arledge, ABC's groundbreaking executive.
Toledo will eliminate men's swimming and men's indoor and outdoor track and field this year because of budget shortfalls. The move, involving 59 athletes, will save $478,000 and put the athletic department in compliance with Title IX, the federal law that mandates equal opportunity for female athletes at schools that receive federal money. The National Women's Law Center in June released a study that said Toledo slighted its female athletes by $155,235 during 2000-01. The school will still have 16 varsity sports, the minimum number for NCAA Division I standing.
VOLLEYBALL: Stephanie Radecki, assistant coach the past three years at Augustana College, a Division II school in Sioux Falls, S.D., is the new coach at Saint Leo. She replaces Bill Lent, who was not rehired. ... South Florida signed two high school players on the first day of the spring signing period: Johari Williams, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter from Hamilton, Ontario, and Daniela Bertran, a 5-10 outside hitter from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
BASEBALL: South Florida junior right-hander Travis Rios was named Conference USA co-pitcher of the week after a complete-game one-hitter in a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati. He had eight strikeouts and one walk in raising his record to 6-1. Houston's Brian Henderson shared the honor.
GOLF: Charlotte posted a 285 total to lead after the first round of the Conference USA tournament at Lake Jovita near Dade City. South Florida was fifth at 290.
FOOTBALL: Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer announced the dismissal of Montrell Jones from the team for unspecified rules violations. The backup wide receiver caught 22 passes for 306 yards during a troubled sophomore season. He was arrested for marijuana possession before the season began, and later was suspended for the Rutgers game.
SWIMMING: Auburn's Maggie Bowen was named Southeastern Conference women's swimmer of the year for the third straight year, and Auburn's David Marsh and Kim Brackin were named coaches of the year.
Belarus' president has demanded that his country's athletes bring home 25 medals from the 2004 Olympics in Athens. "The goal is clear, and we have every chance to achieve it," Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Sports Minister Yuri Sivakov. "I'm asking you to impose iron discipline in sports." Sivakov, a former interior minister who has been accused of ordering killings of Lukashenko's political opponents, pledged to carry out the order. Belarus won 17 medals at the 2000 Sydney Games.
LEWIS ARRESTED: Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, 41, was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor driving under the influence after a one-car accident on Interstate 110 in south Los Angeles. He wasn't injured, but police said he failed field sobriety tests and a later breath test that showed his blood-alcohol level was .08 percent, the standard at which a driver is considered intoxicated in California. Lewis was released to a friend.
TENNIS: Second-seeded Andy Roddick got off to an impressive start in his quest for a third straight U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships title by ousting Jeff Morrison 6-3, 6-1 in 51 minutes at Houston. Third-seeded James Blake of Tampa overcame Alexander Waske 6-4, 6-4.
SURFING: The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia, was postponed because of unfavorable conditions and may be moved to a new location today. Among competitors waiting to complete third-round heats were Shea and Cory Lopez of Indian Rocks Beach.