Sports in Brief | Irish's Weis says case of Hand is nearing end

Posted: August 21, 2007

Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis said the case of defensive lineman Derrell Hand, who was arrested last month on a misdemeanor charge of propositioning a prostitute, was nearing a resolution.

Hand, a former West Catholic star, was suspended indefinitely from the team. Weis had said Hand would have to let his case go through the judicial and university systems before Weis could take any action. Hand entered into a pretrial diversion program on Thursday and is scheduled to learn his fate from the school in the next couple of days, Weis said.

Weis also said yesterday that freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen's citation for transporting alcohol as a minor was a simple case of ignorance of the law. Weis said he himself did not know it was illegal for someone who is underage - Clausen is 19 - to drive someone who is of legal drinking age to a liquor store to buy alcohol.

Clausen, one of the top recruits in the country, was cited by Indiana State Excise Police on June 23 outside a liquor store about 10 on a Saturday night near campus, along with a 23-year-old who had bought two bottles of vodka, a bottle of whiskey, and a case of beer.

Clausen remained outside the store in a vehicle along with another Notre Dame freshman, who was not cited. Clausen entered into a memorandum of understanding last month with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, in which the citation against him will be dismissed if he isn't charged with a criminal act in the next year and he pays a $170 fee.

The Villanova women's soccer team is listed 20th nationally and fifth regionally in Soccer Buzz magazine. Penn State is 12th nationally.

Iowa's leading receiver, Dominique Douglas, and reserve receiver Anthony Bowan, both sophomores from Detroit, were suspended from the team after being arrested for unauthorized use of a credit card.

Basketball

Seattle SuperSonics rookie Kevin Durant was one of two players cut as the United States got down to the 12-player limit for the Olympic qualifying tournament that begins tomorrow in Las Vegas. Sonics teammate Nick Collison also was dropped. The U.S. team opens the FIBA Americas tournament against Venezuela.

Golf

Cole Willcox of Berwyn was tied at 90th at 7 over and William McGuinness of Woodbury was tied at 114th at 9 over after the U.S. Amateur's first round of stroke play at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Tennis

Three-time defending champion Roger Federer was seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open for the fourth consecutive year, and Justine Henin topped the women's seedings. Other top men's seeds include No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the three-time French Open champion, and No. 5 Andy Roddick, who won the 2003 U.S. Open and lost to Federer in last year's final.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova is seeded No. 2, followed by No. 3 Jelena Jankovic and No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion. Serena (No. 8) and Venus Williams (No. 12) were the only American women seeded.

Baseball

Garret Crable tossed a 6-0 hitter as Boyertown beat Morgantown, W. Va., 7-0, to win the Mid-Atlantic regional at West Lawn, Pa., and advance to the American Legion World Series, which starts Friday in Bartlesville, Okla.

Steve Bealer was 3 for 4 and Cody Culp had two hits for the winners.

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