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North Carolina coach earns historic women's soccer win

After being doused by players for his 400th victory in 1997, North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance, above, figured he might get it again for his 500th.

Dorrance was right, but still wasn't prepared when three players dumped a water bucket over his back after he reached the milestone Thursday night.

"I had a suspicion that might happen and like a fool I didn't wear my rain gear," Dorrance said following North Carolina's 3-0 victory over visiting Clemson. "That's a lack of coaching experience. The timing was great because I was absolutely shocked and I am standing here freezing to absolute death."

Dorrance became just the third soccer coach in NCAA Division I to win 500 games and the first women's coach to reach the mark. He is 500-22-11 in 23 years.

Under Dorrance, North Carolina has won 16 of 19 national championships since the NCAA began sanctioning women's soccer in 1982. The Tar Heels won nine straight titles from 1986-94 and four of the last five, including last year.

The Tar Heels have not lost more than three games in a season under Dorrance since finishing 21-5 in 1980 and have lost two in a row once since 1982. With the victory over Clemson, the Tar Heels improved to 13-0 this season and have won 21 straight.

"Obviously, because of the success we've had here I'm forced to address different streaks, but we never really planned on all this," Dorrance said. "It wasn't some sort of master plan. We just worked hard.

Jordan takes another step, scores 24 in loss to Pistons

Michael Jordan scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds in 32 minutes, but his Washington Wizards lost, 114-88, to the Detroit Pistons in a preseason game before a sellout crowd of 11,639 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse scored a game-high 36 points.

Jordan was 7 of 20 from the field and 9 of 12 from the free-throw line in his third exhibition game since returning from a three-year layoff. He played three more minutes than he did in his first two games combined, despite spraining his left foot Saturday at Miami.

"It felt good for me to go those extra minutes," Jordan said. "Those extra minutes and the four preseason games we're going to play in five nights next week will be another test."

In other NBA news, the Memphis Grizzlies agreed to a contract extension with guard Jason Williams, preventing him from becoming a free agent after the season.

The Grizzlies obtained Williams in June in a four-player trade that sent point guard Mike Bibby to the Sacramento Kings.

Syracuse denies appeal by suspended frosh guard

Syracuse University has denied the appeal of freshman guard Billy Edelin, who was suspended indefinitely last month for allegedly sexually assaulting two female students.

Edelin, of Silver Spring, Md., was Syracuse's top basketball recruit and was expected to be the Orangemen's starting point guard this season. The 6-foot-4 Edelin averaged 21.2 points, 8.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds while leading powerful Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., to a 33-0 record.

Edelin must leave Syracuse immediately. The suspension is for a minimum of one year, after which he can petition to return to the university. He was suspended Sept. 21 by a university judicial review board after allegations surfaced about the alleged sexual misconduct in August during a summer school session.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had no comment about Edelin's suspension but Edelin's parents told the Syracuse Post-Standard that they supported their son.

"We feel strongly that this is a misrepresentation of his character," Vera Edelin told the newspaper in Friday's editions.

William Edelin said it was unlikely his son would seek a transfer to another school. Even if he transfers, Edelin would have to sit out one year under NCAA rules.

Johnson finishes third at Three Rivers Open

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga finished third and earned $3,000 at the $50,000 PWBA Three Rivers Open in Pittsburgh.

Johnson lost her semifinal match to Tammy Turner, 194-178. Turner then lost to Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles in the championship game, 206-191. Feldman won $9,000.

Johnson entered Thursday's final round seeded second.

No. 19 Washington State crushes Montana State

John Tippins scored four touchdowns -- two rushing and two receiving -- as No. 19 Washington State shook off a slow start to beat Montana State, 53-28, in college football to improve to 7-0.

Tippins, making his first start in place of injured backs Dave Minnich and Allen Thompson, scored on runs of 1 and 14 yards and caught scoring passes of 41 and 21 yards from Jason Gesser. Tippins had 24 carries for 100 yards and caught five passes for 94 yards.

Gesser threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another score, completing 22 of 35 passes for 374 yards.

The game against a Division I-AA foe was Washington State's replacement for its Sept. 15 game against Colorado that was canceled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Around & About

The Buffalo Bandits signed forward Ryan Powell to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Powell was Buffalo's first pick (second overall) in the 2000 National Lacrosse League entry draft, out of Syracuse. In 13 games with the Bandits last year, Powell scored 17 goals and had 18 assists for 35 points.

Mike DiStefano scored on a direct kick to give Hilbert a 1-0 men's soccer victory over Medaille. Marc Gaylor had seven saves to earn his first shutout. Hilbert (3-10) will meet Keuka in a first-round North Eastern Athletic Conference playoff game today at 2 p.m. at Cazenovia.

In women's soccer, Danielle Mazzu scored twice for Medaille in a 7-0 blanking of D'Youville. The NEAC semifinals were to be held this afternoon at Hilbert with the finals Saturday at 1. Medaille and Hilbert are both in the tournament.

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