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Sports briefs, April 24, 2007

April 24th, 2007 12:48 am by Staff Report









Davies returns to No. 1 ranking


Mickelson to start working with Harmon


UK names Mitchell women's coach


Report: Another positive test for Landis


Coaches ask NCAA to delay texting ban


UNC's Wright declares for NBA draft


NYC council overrides veto on bat ban


NEW YORK - Metal bats will be banned from high school baseball in the nation's largest school system starting this September after the City Council on Monday overrode a mayoral veto of the bill. The measure outlawed metal bats under the theory that they produce balls with greater velocity and raise the risk of injury because of less reaction time. Opponents, including Little League Baseball and equipment suppliers, say there is no evidence metal bats are more dangerous. Youth leagues and lawmakers are proposing similar bans in other areas, including New Jersey, where a 12-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest and suffered serious injuries after a batted ball struck him in the chest. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the bat ban this month, saying the issue should be left up to those who run the youth leagues, not the government. But the City Council overwhelmingly knocked down the veto by a vote of 41-4.


Davies returns to No. 1 ranking

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JOHNSON CITY - For the second time this season, East Tennessee State senior Rhys Davies climbed to the top individual spot in Golfweek's collegiate golf rankings. Fellow Bucs Gareth Shaw and Seamus Power joined Davies in the top 50 at 45 and 46, respectively. Davies earned the ranking by virtue of his record against the NCAA's top golfers and by helping the Bucs to their first Atlantic Sun tournament victory.


Mickelson to start working with Harmon

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Phil Mickelson is changing coaches, saying Monday he will start working with Butch Harmon with hopes of sorting out driver issues that cost him a chance to win the U.S. Open last year at Winged Foot. Mickelson had worked most of his career with Rick Smith, whom he credited for helping him win 30 times on the PGA Tour and three majors. But he has continued to struggle with his long game, particularly the driver, and it was exposed two weeks ago at the Masters when Mickelson finished out of the top 10 for the first time since 1998.


UK names Mitchell women's coach

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Matthew Mitchell was introduced Monday as the first male coach in the 36-year history of women's basketball at Kentucky. Mitchell signed a five-year contract worth $250,000 annually, plus incentives, to leave Morehead State and replace Mickie DeMoss, whom he assisted at Kentucky for two years. DeMoss resigned after four years at Kentucky. An assistant at Tennessee for 18 years, she was 71-56 at Kentucky.


Report: Another positive test for Landis

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PARIS - Follow-up tests on backup urine samples by Tour de France champion Floyd Landis found traces of synthetic testosterone, the French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported Monday. The tests on seven "B" samples clearly showed traces of the banned substance, the paper said on its Web site. Landis had insisted the follow-up tests weren't necessary because the primary "A" samples tested negative for banned substances during the Tour. The cyclist and his lawyers would not confirm the newspaper report Monday, saying they had not been given access to the complete test results. Still, Landis lashed out at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which called for the tests, accusing the agency or the French lab of leaking the most recent results and saying there had been a "deliberate falsification of results" in his case.


Coaches ask NCAA to delay texting ban

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INDIANAPOLIS - Some college football coaches think the NCAA should find a middle ground on a proposed text messaging ban. Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Monday he had sent a letter appealing to the NCAA's board of directors to consider a more moderate approach rather than adopting the management council's proposal to eliminate all forms of electronic communication between coaches and recruits. If the board passes the measure Thursday, it would take effect in August. Teaff's solution is to allow text messages during certain parts of the year, much like NCAA rules regulate other interaction.


UNC's Wright declares for NBA draft

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina freshman Brandan Wright plans to enter the NBA draft in June. The 6-foot-9 forward said during a news conference Monday he doesn't intend to sign with an agent yet - a move that would keep open the possibility of a return to school next year. But coach Roy Williams said Wright was almost certain to remain in the draft. He ranked second on the team at 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, joining All-American Tyler Hansbrough on a dominating front line.


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