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published July 4, 2001


Bucs release former Clearwater WR Daniels

The Bucs on Tuesday released wide receiver Chris Daniels, who missed last season with a broken collarbone.

Daniels, who starred at Clearwater High and Purdue, signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2000. He went on injured reserve Aug. 17.

He was allocated to Barcelona of NFL Europe this off-season but injured his neck in training camp.

Daniels was an all-Pinellas County receiver in 1994 with 26 catches for 460 yards and five touchdowns. At Purdue he caught 121 passes for 1,236 yards and seven touchdown, all team highs, as a senior.

BOXING: Beethavean Scottland, who was comatose for six days after he was knocked out in a fight, died late Monday at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. Scottland, 26, had two surgeries at the hospital but never regained consciousness. The light heavyweight was knocked out in the waning seconds of a nationally televised 10-round fight against George Khalid Jones. He was initially able to answer questions but fell unconscious within minutes. ... Promoter Don King is offering $12.5-million to Lennox Lewis for a court-ordered rematch against Hasim Rahman, the WBC and IBF heavyweight champion.

GOLF: Two area players, Jason Overton of Palm Harbor and Tampa native Mallory Code, led after one round of the American Junior Golf Association event at Avila Golf and Country Club in Tampa. Overton shot 3-under-par 69 that included five birdies. Ty Callahan of Tampa was second at 71. In the girls event, Code had three birdies on her way to 70, three shots ahead of Jackie Beers of Midlothian, Va. The field includes players from 16 states, Bermuda and Japan. ... The United States and Japan tied 6-6 in the first round of their annual college championship at Numata, Japan.

COLLEGES: The state attorney will not pursue charges against Florida receiver Jabar Gaffney, who was accused of beating up a 15-year-old boy trying to steal his motor scooter. Bill Cervone's decision means Gaffney will almost certainly not face legal consequences for his actions on March22. In April, the UF police determined the case wasn't worth pursuing. ... South Carolina reported six secondary violations -- four in the football program -- to the NCAA from January to May. The NCAA and the Southeastern Conference agreed that the violations were secondary and did not impose further penalties.

SOCCER: Tiffeny Milbrett's 77th-minute goal gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Canada at Blaine, Minn., in an exhibition. Milbrett beat goalkeeper Nicci Wright with a rebound of her shot after Mia Hamm's free kick. The Americans snapped a four-game winless streak against Canada that included a 2-2 tie Saturday in Toronto. ... The Major League Soccer game between New England and San Jose, postponed Saturday because of violent thunderstorms, was rescheduled for Aug. 8. ... MLS named Miami forward Diego Serna, who had seven goals in four games, as player of the month. ... Defender Sol Campbell became England's highest-paid player when he left Tottenham and signed a four-year contract with Arsenal reported at more than $28-million.

OLYMPICS: German wrestler Alexander Leipold learns July17 whether he will regain the gold medal he lost because of a failed drug test. The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Geneva, Switzerland, will make the ruling. Leipold tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at the Sydney Games after he won the 1671/2-pound division. ... Organizers met sponsorship goals for the 2004 Athens Games with a $13.6-million deal with Hyundai Hellas, the Greek subsidiary of the South Korean car manufacturer. The national sponsorship program will cover 20 percent of Athens' organizational budget of $1.7-billion.

BOWLING: AMF Bowling Worldwide, a unit of AMF Bowling, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to try to resolve debt problems. AMF Bowling is not part of the filing, though it expects to file for bankruptcy soon, company spokesman Merrell Wreden said.

CYCLING: Veteran Colombian cyclist Hernan Buenahora won the 51st Tour of Colombia, which finished in Bogota late Monday.

TRACK AND FIELD: Michael Johnson plans to end his career in Japan, anchoring a medley relay in a Sept. 15 meet at Yokohama. The five-time Olympic champion will compete in the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, in August, then run the closing 400-meter relay leg.

AUTO RACING: The Yorkshire Trackrod Rally was the fifth consecutive round of the British rally championship abandoned because of foot-and-mouth disease, forcing organizers to cancel the entire championship for the first time in its 43 years.

- Compiled from Times wires.

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