Freshman all smiles after Spartans bounce Hoosiers
Zach Randolph had a bounce in his step and a smile on his face during pregame warmups. The Michigan State freshman also had a reason to be happy after the game in East Lansing against Indiana.
He scored 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 5 Michigan State beat the Hoosiers, 66-57, Tuesday night and tied a Big Ten record with 108 wins in a four-year period.
The Spartans (21-3, 10-3) extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 43 games and beat Indiana (16-11, 7-6) for the eighth consecutive time in the Breslin Center.
The Marion, Ind., native finished second to Indiana's Jared Jeffries for the state's Mr. Basketball award last year, but he beat Jeffries' Bloomington North High School team for the state championship.
In addition to those motivating factors, Randolph wanted to play well after missing a free throw in the final minute and watching Kirk Haston hit a game-winning three-pointer over him in a 59-58 loss at Indiana on Jan. 7 that snapped the Spartans' 23-game winning streak.
"Zach was really pumped up to play this game," said Michigan State freshman guard Marcus Taylor.
In other games:
Juan Dixon was 11-of-12 from the field and matched his season-high with 30 points as Maryland (17-9, 8-6 ACC) beat North Carolina State (12-13, 4-9) in Cole Field House for the 12th straight year.
Courtney Wallace scored 19 points and Jamal Hunter added 12 as Duquesne (9-18, 2-11) took a 60-55 win over La Salle (10-14, 4-9) in the Atlantic 10.
Titans' George facing surgery for torn tendon
Eddie George will have surgery to reattach a tendon in his right big toe, forcing the Tennessee Titans' All-Pro running back to miss the team's offseason minicamps.
Following the surgery, George will wear a boot cast and won't be allowed to put weight on his right foot without the cast for at least three months.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
Mark Chmura was in New York to meet with Commissioner Paul Tagliabue about whether the former Green Bay Packers player will be disciplined after his acquittal on sexual assault charges.
Sporting News ranks Stanford No. 1 in athletics
Stanford University's athletic program was ranked No. 1 by the Sporting News in a survey of schools participating in both Division I football and men's basketball.
The paper graded 115 schools. Stanford was first in graduation and sixth in fairness, reflecting gender equity. Michigan State was second overall, North Carolina third, Notre Dame fourth and Purdue fifth.
Karolyis keeping it all in the family
Martha Karolyi is picking up where her husband left off.
Karolyi was named national coordinator of the U.S. women's gymnastics team, replacing her husband, Bela, who stepped down after the Sydney Olympics.
She will keep the position through the 2004 Summer Games.
"Martha's a great choice for a lot of reasons," said Bob Colarossi, president of USA Gymnastics.
Martha Karolyi will be responsible for establishing an overall training program, the same job held by her husband.
Awards pouring in for champion Gladiators
Twelve members of the Buffalo Gladiators were named to the New York Amateur Football League all-star team, including the league's offensive most valuable player, quarterback John Augustine Jr. Others named on offense were fullback Ken Canzoneri, running back Elroy Birmingham, receiver Dennis Martin, center Kelly Barker, guard Taras Kulyk and tackle Brian Mathews. Defensive all-stars are tackle Pete Gittere, linebacker Kenny Brown and end Richard Harvey. Kicker Scott Showalter and kick returner John Melancon were named as specialists.
The Gladiators (14-1) won the NYAFL championship for the third time in the last four seasons and reached the National Football Alliance championship game. The coaching staff, led by head coach John Augustine Sr., has been selected to lead the NYAFL All-Stars against a team of Empire Football League All-Stars in a benefit game to take place in June.
Around & About
Figure skater Todd Eldredge, who suffered a bone bruise in his left ankle Feb. 7 at the Four Continents Championships, should be fully recovered for next month's world championships in Vancouver. Eldredge, a five-time U.S. gold medalist, finished second at last month's nationals.
Parents of U.S. Olympians could be left out in the cold during the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. U.S. Olympic Committee officials say they can no longer afford to buy expensive ceremony tickets for parents of American athletes. The perk may disappear when the USOC executive board approves a four-year budget Friday.
University at Buffalo wrestler Josh States had his 17-match win streak ended and was denied his 100th career victory in the Bulls' 21-19 win over Cornell. The Big Red's Randy Stout pinned States (25-4) at 5:25 in the 184-pound match. Heavyweight John Eschenfelder pinned Buck McLamb to improve to 17-3 for the Bulls, who finished the regular season 11-6. . . . In men's basketball, Mike Sims had 27 points in Hilbert's 81-75 win over D'Youville. . . . Tricia Peter poured in five three-pointers in a 21-point effort to lead D'Youville past Hilbert, 67-46, in women's basketball. . . . In women's hockey, Niagara's Tania Pinelli has been named ECAC goaltender of the week. She went 1-0-1 over the weekend in two games against Princeton.