Sports in Brief | UNC coach Davis undergoing chemo

Posted: March 21, 2007

University of North Carolina football coach Butch Davis started chemotherapy treatments after a cancerous growth was removed from his mouth.

Davis, 55, had the growth removed from his gums by his dentist and pathology tests revealed it to be non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a statement from the school released yesterday.

Further tests found no evidence that the cancer has spread to other areas of Davis' body.

The growth was discovered four weeks ago during a routine dental checkup, the school said.

Rowan guard Thomas Baker was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III all-American first team in a vote of the division's coaches.

Baker, a senior from Millville High in Cumberland County, led the New Jersey Athletic Conference in scoring and was seventh in the country with 23.8 points per game. He was chosen the NJAC player of the year by conference coaches.

Baker will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Former Louisville running back Michael Bush, who missed most of last season with a broken leg, underwent surgery to help his bone heal, a university spokesman said. Bush, who entered the forthcoming NFL draft as a junior, had a new rod inserted and was expected to be released from a Louisville hospital today.

Elsewhere: Morrisville State and Brockport University, both located in New York state, will join the New Jersey Athletic Conference as affiliate members in football in 2008, the league announced. . . . Bluffton University will play baseball this season after a bus crash in Atlanta killed five team members, and will wear all-black uniforms to honor the victims. . . . The Big South Conference added Stony Brook of New York as a football-only member for 2008, giving the league seven schools, enough for an eventual automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Swimming

Laura Wilkinson nailed her final dive of the evening to squeak into the 10-meter semifinals after she botched three straight attempts in the World Swimming and Diving Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Having survived her close call, Wilkinson returned to the platform today and easily qualified for the evening final. She was fifth in the semis.

Also, the U.S. women's water-polo team improved to 2-0 with a 13-5 rout of Kazakhstan.

Larisa Ilchenko picked up her second gold in the brutal sport of open water swimming, winning the 10-kilometer race in jellyfish-infested waters off St. Kilda Beach. Everyone emerged from the water with ugly, red welts covering their bodies.

Soccer

Toronto FC acquired three-time MLS all-star midfielder Richard Mulrooney from FC Dallas for a 2008 first-round draft pick. Mulrooney, 30, played in 14 games with the U.S. national team.

New England Revolution forward Pat Noonan will have surgery in Germany to repair a sports hernia. Noonan is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks.

Lacrosse

U.S. Indoor Lacrosse announced the team's 33-man roster for the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Notables on the roster include forwards Ryan Boyle of the Barrage and Dan Marohl of the Wings along with transition player Jon Christmas and defenseman Shawn Nadelen, both of the Wings.

Noteworthy

Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Committee, said Tuesday that race officials will continue to look into a witness' account that musher Ramy Brooks hit his dogs with his fists, kicked some and struck some with a ski pole in a rant that lasted more than 15 minutes.

Race officials are trying to verify the account reported by Maude Paniptchuk, an elementary school teacher in Golovin, Alaska. If her account proves true, Brooks could be permanently banned from the race, Hooley said.

Brooks, 38, a popular Native American musher from Healy, was the 12th musher to cross the finish line in Nome. He vehemently denied Paniptchuk's account, Hooley said.

Brooks had notified race officials that one of his dogs, Kate, a 3-year-old female, died between White Mountain and Safety, just 22 miles from the finish.

He was told to bring the dog to Nome. The necropsy was inconclusive.

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