Wyoming student charged with homicide in crash
The lone survivor of a wreck that killed eight University of Wyoming runners was charged today with vehicular homicide and being drunk at the time of the crash.
Clinton Haskins, a member of the university's rodeo team, was charged with eight counts of aggravated homicide by vehicle. The complaint also charged Haskins was drunk but provided no specifics.
The mood on campus, already subdued because of the terrorist attacks, was somber. Coaches were given the day off, and athletes were given the option of attending class.
"Kids everywhere have had difficulty understanding this national tragedy, and now you pack this on top of it," athletics director Lee Moon said Monday.
On fraternity row, the Sigma Phi Epsilon house displayed a large banner over its entrance reading, "We Love You Shane," in memory of victim Shane Shatto, 19, of Douglas.
Shatto and seven teammates were killed when their sport utility vehicle collided head on with a pickup truck that apparently swerved into their lane at 1:30 a.m. Sunday south of Laramie.
The runners were headed for Laramie after spending Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.
Olympic group helping to raise relief money
Olympic organizers in Salt Lake City unveiled a "We Stand United" pin Monday to raise money for terrorism relief efforts.
"We're going to make as many pins as we can sell, and we already have orders for 20,000," Salt Lake Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney said.
The $5 pins will raise money for The September 11th Fund, established by the United Way and New York Community Trust. They will be available for general sale Thursday and can be ordered from SLOC's Web site.
College football season gets an extension
The college football season was extended a week when the Southeastern Conference on Monday moved its championship game to Dec. 8.
The 2001 regular season was supposed to end Dec. 1 with six major college games -- the SEC and Big 12 title games and four others, including Army-Navy.
All that changed after the 58 Division I-A games scheduled last weekend were called off due to last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
The SEC title game will still be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, with the starting time to be determined. Five high school games were scheduled at the Dome on Dec. 8, but they were postponed to Dec. 15.
The Big 12, following a conference call with its members Monday, said it will wait until today to decide whether to move its game to Dec. 8. The Mid-American Conference title game is still set for Nov. 30.
"As of today, we're still shooting for Dec. 1," Big 12 spokesman Bo Carter said Monday.
Three SEC games postponed Saturday were rescheduled for Dec. 1 -- No. 8 Tennessee at No. 2 Florida, Auburn at No. 15 LSU and Vanderbilt at Mississippi. Member schools are responsible for rescheduling their nonconference games.
Florida State's football team is suffering through an awful year.
Eric Powell, a backup defensive end, remains stable after being shot in the back around 1:45 Sunday morning. Powell, 21, underwent surgery early Sunday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center to repair damage to his liver and to his diaphragm. He also received a bruised lung and several broken ribs. Upgraded to serious from critical condition on Monday morning, Powell remained in intensive care throughout the day, said hospital spokesman Joe Brown.
Florida State players learned about the incident on Sunday largely through word of mouth. It came as shocking news to the Seminoles, who have seen a multitude of hardships this year, including the death of teammate Devaughn Darling in February following an off-season conditioning drill.
Defensive end Alonzo Jackson said, "It's like a pile-on thing. It's one thing. Then it's the next, then it's the next and then it's the next. We're just stunned."
Women's tournament gets more TV time
Starting in 2003, the NCAA women's basketball tournament will follow a Saturday-Monday and Sunday-Tuesday format to allow telecasts of all 63 games by ESPN or ESPN2.
The change was approved by the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet during its recent meeting in Philadelphia. The tournament currently has a Friday-Sunday and Saturday-Monday format.
"We wanted to create some better television windows and promotional opportunities for the women's championship," Scott Rodgers, the Division I women's championship assistant director, said Monday.
The 2003 women's Final Four will be played Sunday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 8, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Agassi falls in first; women withdraw
Andre Agassi lost to the world's 166th-ranked player, Irakli Labadze of Georgia, in the first round of the Heineken Open in Shanghai, his fifth opening-round loss of the season.
The 20-year-old Labadze beat the second-ranked Agassi, 7-6 (7-4).
While Agassi played in China, the top four U.S. women scheduled to compete in Tokyo decided to withdraw after last week's attacks on the U.S.
Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams, Monica Seles and Amy Frazier decided not to play in this week's Princess Cup tournament.
Jordan's comeback gets a brief go-ahead
He's back! He's back!
Oops, well, he's almost back.
For 90 minutes Monday, Michael Jordan was listed as an active player for the Washington Wizards on the team's Web site. Apparently, someone pressed a button a little too soon.
"Just a clerical error," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. "Our Internet department was making preparations in case he comes back."
Jordan had all but confirmed he would announce a comeback at a news conference as early as this week. Because of the terrorist attacks, he is more likely to announce his decision in a more low-key manner, such as a faxed news release, in the next two weeks.
Wizards spokesman Matt Williams said he was inundated with phone calls after Jordan was included on the Web page, tucked alphabetically between Popeye Jones and Christian Laettner.
Jordan's name was taken off the active roster late in the afternoon by the NBA, which controls the rosters on the Web site.
CFL back in action, returns with tribute
Players from the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts stood together before Monday night's Canadian Football League game in Montreal and sang "O Canada" and "America the Beautiful" in memory of the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.
The Alouettes beat Toronto, 24-18, in the game originally scheduled for Sunday. It was postponed along with the league's other weekend games.
"It was difficult to come out here and play, but it's something we had to do," said Montreal running back Mike Pringle who had 97 yards on 15 carries. "At some point, we have to get back to some sort of normalcy. It was therapeutic. For three hours, we didn't think about what happened in the States."