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Ex-Baylor player ruled unfit for murder trial

By wire services
Published October 30, 2004

A McLennan County, Texas, district judge signed an order Thursday declaring former Baylor men's basketball player Carlton Dotson incompetent to stand trial in the death of former teammate Patrick Dennehy.

Dotson will be sent to the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon for 120 days. His stay could be extended 60 days if the facility's director asks District Judge George Allen for more time.

Dotson, 22, is accused of killing Dennehy, who was 21 and Dotson's roommate. Dennehy's remains were found July 25, 2003, more than a month after he disappeared, near gravel pits a few miles east of Waco.

WOMEN'S GOLF: USF shot a first-round 294 and trails leader Tennessee by three at the Landmark Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. Four of the five Bulls golfers are in the top 20. ... Florida is tied for third at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge in Sandestin. The Gators shot 294 and trail Virginia and Auburn by two. Miami is 10th at 302.

MEN'S SOCCER: Rodrigo Hidalgo scored twice in less than three minutes to lead USF to a 2-0 win over host Fairleigh Dickinson.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: KeLeigh Hudson scored the winner in the 105th minute to give Florida a 2-1 victory over host South Carolina. ... USF dropped its match to host East Carolina 2-1.

SWIMMING: The Florida State men lead Maryland, host Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech after the first day. The Seminoles women are ahead of the Yellow Jackets and Hokies but trail the Terrapins. ... The host Florida men are 3-0 in dual meets after beating Minnesota 153-147.

TENNIS: FSU's four singles players and two doubles teams advanced at the Lady Seminole Classic.

VOLLEYBALL: Eckerd beat Saint Leo 30-25, 25-30, 30-27, 30-20.

FIGURE SKATING: Former champ arrested

Former U.S. champion Christopher Bowman was arrested after a friend accused him of pointing a loaded gun at her when he was drunk, Lake Orion, Mich., police said. Bowman, 37, was arraigned Thursday on counts of assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated and released on a $10,000 bond. He faces up to four years in prison.

SKATE CANADA: Former world champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China won the pairs title in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They finished with 190.2 points after a first-place 123.72 score in the free skate. Earlier, Cynthia Phaneuf of Canada won the women's short program with 57.76 points.

TENNIS: Safin loses match, cool

Marat Safin lost his temper and his quarterfinal at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, getting surprised by seventh-seeded Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-1 after protesting a line call. The top-seeded Safin wasted two break points at 4-all in the first set. At deuce, chair umpire Carlos Bernardos was unable to rule on a shot by Llodra and ordered the point replayed. Safin started arguing, insisting that the ball was out. The point was replayed, and Llodra held serve to lead 5-4.

OTHER TOURNAMENTS: Top-seeded Andre Agassi beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to reach his first semifinals at the Stockholm Open in Sweden. ... Jiri Novak toppled second-seeded Tim Henman 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors at Basel. ... Alicia Molik came back to beat French teen Tatiana Golovin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the SEAT Open quarterfinals in Luxembourg, moving closer to winning her second WTA Tour title in two weeks. ... Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo eliminated defending champion Ai Sugiyama 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Scott Harrison stopped Samuel Kebede in less than a minute to retain his WBO featherweight crown and break a Scottish record for world title victories. Harrison has won six world title fights in two stints as champion, breaking the record of five he shared with former WBC lightweight champion Jim Watt.

DOPING: A hearing in the cases of U.S. sprinters Tim Montgomery and Chryste Gaines that had been set for next week was postponed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said. A new date has not been set.

SOFTBALL: Chinese Taipei earned the No.1 seed after round-robin play at the World University Championship in Plant City.

[Last modified October 30, 2004, 01:58:19]


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