Toomey steps down at King
Goestenkors: Decision in ‘a few days'
Maradona treated for alcohol abuse
Cavs' top WR lost for season
Cross Gillispie off Razorbacks' list
Cavaliers, Magic to play in China
BRISTOL, Tenn. - After 22 highly successful seasons as head coach of the King College women's volleyball program Susie Toomey has announced she will be stepping down. Toomey compiled a record of 749-229 without ever recording a losing season. Her teams won 10 Appalachian Athletic Conference championships with three NAIA national tournament appearances. Toomey will continue to serve King as Associate Athletic Director, Senior Women's Administrator and Chair of the Physical Education Department.
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said Thursday that she will take a few days to consider whether to stay with the Blue Devils or leave for Texas. "I think it is in my best interest to talk with the Duke administration, family and staff before making a decision," she said in a statement released by the university. "I have spent 15 wonderful years at Duke, love the university and what it stands for." Her statement came the same day about 200 Duke fans held an on-campus rally to show support for Goestenkors, who has built a powerhouse at Duke over the last 15 seasons - including four trips to the Final Four. A seven-time Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, the 44-year-old Goestenkors has been considered the top candidate for the Texas job since Jody Conradt announced her resignation March 12 after when the Longhorns missed the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine soccer hero Diego Maradona remained sedated in a clinic Thursday for treatment of alcoholism and excessive eating and smoking. A day after Maradona was taken by ambulance to the Guemes Sanatorium, clinic director Hector Pezzella said the 47-year-old former star was under sedation to avoid problems with withdrawal from alcohol. He said Maradona's life was not in danger and that he remained in stable condition and was improving. "Alcoholism in Senor Maradona or in any other patient is not something to be taken lightly. One has to treat it," Pezzella declared at the door of the clinic, his words carried live on Argentine television. Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup championship and went on to become one of soccer's greatest players. Off the field, Maradona has battled cocaine addiction and obesity.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For the third time in five seasons, Virginia will go into the season with its top returning wide receiver on the shelf with an injury. Junior Kevin Ogletree, who seemed primed to assume a starring role in the Cavaliers passing game, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during practice. "He tried to make a cut, and it just gave out on him," Virginia coach Al Groh said in a conference call Wednesday. Ogletree will have surgery, then begin a rehabilitation process that could last a year. Ogletree, who caught 52 passes last season and was honorable mention all-ACC, is eligible to redshirt this year, and could have two more seasons when he returns.
LITTLE ROCK - An Arkansas official said Thursday the school is no longer pursuing Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie - and that A&M athletic director Bill Byrne told Arkansas that Gillispie intends to remain with the Aggies. Gillispie was a prominent candidate for the Arkansas job, which opened when Stan Heath was fired Monday. The Houston Chronicle, citing unidentified officials close to the Texas A&M system, reported Wednesday that Gillispie had reached an oral agreement on a new contract with Byrne. A person close to Arkansas' search spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the process, said the Razorbacks are ready to focus on other candidates. "We've moved on," he said.
SHANGHAI, China - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to China. The Cavaliers will play preseason games against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 17 and Oct. 20, the NBA announced at a news conference on Thursday. The first game will be played in Shanghai and the second will be in the former Portuguese territory of Macau. Sandwiched between those games, the Magic will face the Chinese national team on Oct. 18, also in Macau.
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