Sports in Brief | NCAA approves moving back the 3-point line

Posted: May 26, 2007

The NCAA yesterday approved moving the men's three-point line back one foot in 2008 - from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches.

The decision by the playing rules oversight panel marks the first major alteration to the three-point shot since its adoption in 1986-87, and comes after a decade of debate.

The new men's rule is for all three college divisions.

The three-point line will remain unchanged in women's basketball.

The move to 12-game schedules in college football has revived a proposal that would extend player eligibility to five years.

The NCAA football issues committee has requested that the proposal be discussed at the spring meetings of Division I football-playing conferences.

Any formal proposal would have to go through several NCAA committees before a membership vote.

Rutgers twice defeated Louisville in the Big East baseball tournament, playing its way into today's 1 p.m. final against Connecticut.

The Scarlet Knights took the first game, 12-10, then rode the arm of Sean Spicer, who pitched a complete-game five-hitter, to a 3-1 win in the afternoon.

Connecticut beat South Florida, 2-0, last night.

Elsewhere: Brandon Rush, who led Kansas in scoring last year, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play his junior season at the school.


Top-seeded Maria Sharapova was upset by Aravane Rezai, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Istanbul Cup in Turkey.

The 20-year-old Frenchwoman, who is ranked 62d, will meet Russian Elena Dementieva in today's final of the clay-court tuneup ahead of the French Open. Dementieva beat Alona Bondarenko, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Amelie Mauresmo will face Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final of the Strasbourg International in France.

The top-seeded Frenchwoman defeated Marion Bartoli, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3, to reach her third final of the season. Medina Garrigues advanced when second-seeded Jelena Jankovic withdrew before their semifinal with a stomach illness.

Gael Monfils of France will play Juan Monaco of Argentina in the Hypo Group International final in Poertschach, Austria.

Monfils upset fourth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 7-5, and Monaco defeated Luis Horna of Peru, 6-4, 6-4.


A false-imprisonment charge against Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall stemming from a domestic dispute was dismissed in Castle Rock, Colo.

Florida A&M University basketball coach Mike Gillespie Sr. was in jail after being arrested on a misdemeanor stalking charge in Tallahassee, Fla.

The report said police have investigated Gillespie several times since March 2005 on stalking complaints and warned the 56-year-old to stop his behavior.

"Our position is it didn't happen," Gillespie's attorney, Tim Jansen, said. "My client wasn't given an opportunity to even come and tell his side of the story."

A jury found Tennessee cornerback Marsalous Johnson not guilty of assault, after an off-duty sheriff's deputy said Johnson waved a gun at him while driving on the interstate in Putnam County, Tenn.

Hall of Fame boxer Michael Carbajal was arrested Thursday in Phoenix for allegedly threatening a police officer, authorities said.

The 39-year-old Carbajal was booked into jail on suspicion of threatening and intimidating a police officer and a liquor violation, police said. He was later released on bond.


Jockey Andrew Lakeman was in critical condition after a spill at Belmont Park on Long Island.

He was placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to North Shore Hospital.

Los Angeles Galaxy defender Chris Albright, a 28-year-old Philadelphia native, had surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, an injury that will cause him to miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America.

He is expected to be sidelined for at least four months.

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