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By VERA FILIPELLI, DEBI JONES, BRIAN LANDMAN, BRUCE LOWITT, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 3, 2001


Nevada senator: Gambling bill will not pass

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he has stopped worrying about a ban on college sports betting being passed by Congress this year.

"The bill won't pass out of Congress," Reid said. "We'll kill it. I am confident. ... It has lost support."

An NCAA spokeswoman said two dozen past and present coaches who lobbied Congress in support of the ban last week received positive feedback. But Jane Jankowski, the NCAA assistant director for public relations. declined to respond directly to Reid's assessment of the bill's chances.

The NCAA backs the bill that would outlaw wagering on college, high school and Olympic sports. Nevada is the only state that allows wagering on college sports.

COLLEGES: Florida State soccer coach Patrick Baker was named an assistant to the U.S. under-19 women's team as it prepares for a match against Mexico and a European tour. Baker led FSU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time last season and was runner-up for national coach of the year. ... Florida football recruit Jonathan Colon, an offensive lineman, has not met NCAA eligibility standards because the ACT challenged his score, which increased substantially from his previous try. Colon will retake the test. UF defensive back Deshawn Carter qualified and started classes.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Jameelah Trimble, a 6-foot-5 reserve center who averaged 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds as a sophomore at UF, transferred to South Florida. She will have two seasons of eligibility after sitting out 2001-02. "Jameelah gives us a legitimate force inside," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "She runs the floor, rebounds and is a great shot blocker." As a senior at Hialeah American High, Trimble averaged 15.9 points and 13.7 rebounds, blocked a school-record 218 shots and twice led the Patriots to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. ... Former Camden (N.J.) High star Dajuan Wagner, who signed with Memphis, was found guilty of simple assault and sentenced to a year probation for punching a classmate in a school hallway. The judge downgraded the charge from aggravated assault. ... Shawn Campbell, a former associate coach at Temple and Virginia, was named women's coach at Western Kentucky. ... Kentucky forward Jason Parker had reconstructive surgery to replace the ACL in his right knee and repair two small cartilage tears. He was injured in a pickup game.

OLYMPICS: The IOC gave vice president Kevan Gosper a "serious" rebuke after he broke election rules by publicly announcing his support for Dick Pound, one of the candidates for the organization's presidency.

SOCCER: Star forward George Weah said he was quitting Liberia's national team after a 2-1 defeat to Ghana in a World Cup qualifier Sunday, citing fan abuse. "I don't want to be part of the team anymore because fans insulted my mother," an emotional Weah said. "I brought this team from nowhere to somewhere and the result should not be that my mother is insulted." ... Miami midfielder Preki was named MLS player of the week for his goal and three assists in a 4-3 victory over Columbus on Saturday. ... AC Milan said it acquired Italian national team forward Filippo Inzaghi from Serie A rival Juventus. Defender Cristian Zenoni moved to Juventus as part of the agreement.

DERBY LANE: The St. Petersburg track concluded its 76th season of greyhound racing Saturday with a season record handle of $1,002,729. Stan's Boy Flyer ended the season as the win leader with 25 in 34 starts. It was the final season for the Mike Castellani kennel; Castellani is retiring after more than 40 years at the track.

HORSE RACING: The California Horse Racing Board issued a complaint against trainer Bill Spawr after his horse, Bafferta, tested positive for albuterol, a respiratory drug which is legal but not allowed in a horse's system on race day.

GOLF: The same bacteria that killed three young Edmonton residents last year is being blamed as the likely cause of Lewis Chitengwa's death. Chitengwa, 26, a rookie on the Canadian PGA Tour, died during the Edmonton Open. Meningococcus bacteria was blooming throughout his bloodstream, a condition known as meningococcemia, said Dr. Gerry Predy, the Capital Health Region's medical officer of health. It will be a couple of days before labs can tell if the bacteria is the same strain that prompted tens of thousands of people in the Edmonton area to be inoculated. ... Tiger Woods stayed atop the world rankings for a record 98th straight week, but No. 2 Phil Mickelson cut his lead by winning the Greater Hartford Open. Woods leads 30.49-13.38 with Ernie Els (9.54) third. Also, Woods announced he will play at the Buick Open, Aug. 9-12 at Grand Blanc, Mich.

CYCLING: The U.S. Postal Service team, led by two-time defending champ Lance Armstrong, includes three other Americans -- Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde -- for the Tour de France, which starts Saturday. Armstrong took the No. 1 spot in the world rankings for the first time after last week's Tour de Suisse win.

OBITUARY: David Wells, former athletic director and men's basketball coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) College, died of cancer at 49.

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