Ross retires as coach at Army; Brock hired

Posted: January 30, 2007

Bobby Ross retired yesterday as Army's football coach, without a victory over Navy in his three seasons with the Black Knights.

The 70-year-old former NFL coach, who had a 9-25 record at Army, will be succeeded by offensive line coach Stan Brock, 48, who played for Ross on the 1995 San Diego Chargers team that reached the Super Bowl.

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Charges will not be filed against former California tailback Marshawn Lynch despite an Oakland woman's accusations that he choked, slapped and sexually assaulted her, Alameda County prosecutors said, citing a lack of evidence.

The 20-year-old Lynch has left Cal to enter the NFL draft, where he is expected to be selected in the first round.

Citing environmental and seismic concerns, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Millera blocked construction of a $125 million sports center at the University of California in Oakland that would mean felling an old oak grove.

A sixth Guilford College football player was charged in Greensboro, N.C., with assaulting a Palestinian student, court officials said.

Micah Rushing, 21, was released on a promise to appear, the Guilford County Magistrate's Office said.

The charges stem from accusations by three Palestinian students who said they were beaten by several members of the school's football team, taunted with racial slurs, and called "terrorists" just after midnight Jan. 20, according to court documents.

Elsewhere. Lawrence Moten, the all-time leading scorer in Syracuse and Big East basketball history (1991-95), is back working with the men's team and finishing the requirements for his degree . . . Duke forward David McClure is doubtful for the 10th-ranked Blue Devils' game against Virginia on Thursday because of a hyperextended left knee.

Tennis

Venus Williams will play in the Fed Cup against Belgium, U.S. captain Zina Garrison said. Williams missed the Australian Open with a left wrist injury.

The first round will be April 21-22 in Delray Beach, Fla.

Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the second round of the Zagreb Open in Croatia, beating Florent Serra of France, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Soccer

Real Madrid and AC Milan are $1.3 million apart on a deal that would send three-time world player of the year Ronaldo to the Italian team.

Real Madrid is asking $10.3 million and AC Milan is offering $9 million. Under FIFA's transfer rules, the deal for the 30-year-old forward must be completed by tomorrow.

Ronald Waterreus, a backup goalkeeper with the Dutch national team, has signed with the New York Red Bulls in the MLS.

Noteworthy

The perjury trial of Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou set for yesterday in Athens was postponed until late September.

Kenteris and Thanou face misdemeanor charges of perjury over an alleged motorcycle accident on Aug. 12, 2004, which they are suspected of staging to avoid a doping test on the eve of the Athens Olympics.

Czech ski jumper Jan Mazoch is walking again, and doctors in Krakow, Poland, gave him a "realistic chance" of returning to his sport after suffering critical injuries in a crash.

The 21-year-old Mazoch suffered brain injuries during a World Cup meet Jan. 20 in Zakopane. He was kept in a medically induced coma for several days to control brain swelling.

Italian skier Davide Simoncelli fell during training in Val di Fassa Milan and damaged a ligament in his right knee.

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