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Louisville to wait on Crum decision

Louisville will wait until the end of the men's basketball season before making a decision on coach Denny Crum, whose Cardinals are 10-15 this season.

"We have learned that ESPN and local media have broadcast that U of L will be terminating coach Crum's contract. This information is not true," Louisville President John Shumaker said in a letter to the school's Board of Trustees. "As I have stated publicly, the university has complete confidence in (athletic director) Tom Jurich's decision not to make employment decisions affecting head coaches during their teams' seasonal play. Nothing has changed Tom's position or mine in support of Tom."

Crum's contract runs through the end of the 2002-2003 season. It contains a termination clause that requires the university to pay Crum $2 million if his employment ends before June 30 and $1.5 million if it ends after that.


UNLV has lost an appeal of a ban on postseason play for the men's basketball team. The Runnin' Rebels will end the season March 3 against Wyoming.

Chris Wiedemann scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Columbia (9-13, 4-5 Ivy League) beat Princeton, 59-42, to end a 15-game losing streak against the Tigers (11-9, 6-2). Craig Austin (St. Francis) scored 13 for Columbia.

Dwayne Archbold scored 19 points as Siena (17-9, 10-5) took a 65-46 win over Fairfield (10-14, 6-8) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Geoff Owens dunked a lob pass from Dave Klatsky with three seconds left to give Penn (8-14, 5-2 Ivy League) a 59-57 victory over Cornell (6-15, 2-6).

Hingis, Venus advance to semifinals

Top-seeded and world No. 1 Martina Hingis breezed into the semifinals of the Qatar Open in Doha with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Joannette Kruger of South Africa.

Hingis' opponent will be Barbara Schett of Austria.

In Nice, France, Venus Williams reached the semifinals of the $565,000 Terazura Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory over fellow American Meilen Tu.

The top-seeded Williams will play unseeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria.

Couch sitting atop Tar Heel Open

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Jason Couch was 6-2 with an average pinfall of 230 to take a 73-pin lead after the second round of match play in the PBA Tour's Tar Heel Open.

Couch, an eight-time tour winner, had a 32-game total of 7,600 and 13-3 match-play record. Parker Bohn III was second, followed Mike Aulby (7,517), Eric Forkel (7,491) and Ricky Ward (7,455).

The top 16 bowlers advanced to the final two rounds of match play. The finals are Sunday.

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