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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 18, 2001


Suspended coach sues Pop Warner

A suspended coach is suing Pop Warner football, which accused him of running up the score in its national championship game.

Gator Rebhan, 34, recently filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. The volunteer coach contends the group didn't give him a fair hearing before suspending him indefinitely this year.

Rebhan's team of 13- and 14-year-old players, the Sundevils, beat the Marshall Heights Bisons from Washington 56-6 in December in the organization's Midget Division Super Bowl. The game was played in Orlando and was nationally televised on ESPN2.

It was the Sundevils' second straight national title, and Rebhan said the suspension is aimed at keeping the team from winning a third. But Pop Warner national officials said Rebhan broke league rules that require a coach to rein in his team when it has a lopsided lead.

BOXING: Mike Tyson will fight David Izon on June 2 in Washington, the Associated Press reported. The 10-round bout in the MCI Center will be announced shortly. ... Johnny Tapia, a former junior bantamweight and bantamweight champion, has signed with promoter Don King two years after their first contract ended because of a violation.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: North Texas named Johnny Jones to replace Vic Trilli as coach, the school said. Jones, 40, was an assistant at the University of Alabama this past season. ... Emeka Okafor, considered among the nation's top unsigned players, told Houston television station KRIV he has eliminated Texas Tech. ... Adam Chiles, a 6-feet-1 guard from Ballard High in Louisville, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Kentucky.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: More than three months after his right shoulder was repaired by surgery, Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch said he will resume throwing at the end of the month. ... Former Utah player Sean Patrick O'Keefe was sentenced to a year in jail for beating a teenager on the head with a baseball bat at a party last fall.

COLLEGES: South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee has been given a one-year extension, a move that will keep him at the school through the end of April 2003. ... Freshman Jessica van der Linden threw her third no-hitter of the season and went 4-for-4 and host FSU beat Florida A&M 12-0 in five innings. Miami women's track coach Amy Deem announced the signing of Chinela Davis of North Rockland, N.Y., and Marilyn Ruiz of Fort Lauderdale to national letters of intent to attend next fall. ... Florida divers Sarah Close, a sophomore from Clearwater, and freshman Nicole Bolt of Orlando will compete at the U.S. National Indoor Diving Championships in Midland, Texas today through Sunday.

GOODWILL GAMES: The Australian Sports Drug Agency will conduct random drug testing this year from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.

HORSE RACING: Playboy Enterprises Inc. said its Playboy.com Web site will offer an online site with Penn National Gaming Inc. to allow gamblers to wager on races from 30 tracks. Terms of the agreement for PlayboyRacingUSA.com, including the split of betting revenue between Penn National and Playboy, weren't disclosed.

OLYMPICS: Juan Antonio Samaranch accepted the names of candidates seeking his job. The five trying to succeed the outgoing IOC president are: Anita DeFrantz of the United States, Kim Un-yong of South Korea, Dick Pound of Canada, Jacques Rogge of Belgium and Pal Schmitt of Hungary. ... Organizers of Osaka, Japan's bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics estimate would cost $1.994-billion and break even, according to the group's official bid book.

SOCCER: New York-New Jersey MetroStars defender Daniel Hernandez will miss 6-8 weeks after fracturing his right kneecap. ... Morgan Stanley bank has approached Fiorentina owner Vittorio Cecchi Gori about buying the Florence team, the city's sports commissioner said.

TENNIS: Marat Safin lost 6-3, 6-1 to Arnaud Di Pasquale in the first round of the Masters Series Monte Carlo. Second-seeded Gustavo Kuerten outlasted Younes El Aynaoui 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the second round. ... Aniko Kapros, Hungary's most promising female player, upset Kristie Boogert 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Budapest Grand Prix.

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