National rushing leader out for season
ATLANTA, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Georgia Tech tailback Tony Hollings, who was the leading major college rusher in the nation, has sustained a torn ligament in his right knee and will be out for the season, Tech head coach Chan Gailey announced Monday.
Hollings, who injured his knee in Saturday's 28-19 victory over Brigham Young, underwent an MRI Monday afternoon, which revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He will undergo surgery in approximately two weeks.
"Any time you lose a back the caliber of Tony Hollings, it certainly affects your team," said Tech head coach Chan Gailey. "We're all disappointed for Tony because he had basically come out of nowhere to become the leading rusher in the nation."
Hollings, a 5-11, 211-pound junior from Jeffersonville, Ga., is currently leading the nation in rushing (158.2 yards per game) while ranking second in scoring (16.5 points per game). He rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns against BYU and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Back of the Week.
With Hollings out and backups Sidney Ford and Gordon Clinkscale also nursing injuries, Georgia Tech (3-1 overall, 0-1 ACC) is likely to start true freshman Ajenavi Eziemefe at tailback in Saturday's game at North Carolina. Eziemefe, 6-1 and 225 pounds, saw his first action of the season against BYU and rushed nine times for 25 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Fusco brothers, Woog, Riley elected
EVELETH, Minn., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Hobey Baker Award-winning brothers Mark and Scott Fusco, former University of Minnesota coach Doug Woog and former Dartmouth star Joe Riley on Monday were elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mark Fusco in 1983 became the first defenseman to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. He still holds several scoring records at Harvard, including career goals (44) and points (135) and single-season points (46 in 1982-83). A three-time First Team All-American, he was Ivy League Player of the Year in 1983 and twice led Harvard to the NCAA Tournament.
Scott Fusco won the Hobey Baker Award in 1986 and is the only two-time ECAC Player of the Year. A two-time Olympian, he twice led the Crimson to the NCAA championship game and remains the leading scorer in school history with 107 goals and 133 assists in 123 games. The younger Fusco compiled a 29-game points streak during the 1984-85 season, finishing with 81 points in just 32 contests for the second most prolific total in school history.
Woog coached Minnesota from 1985-99, averaging nearly 28 wins per season and capturing four regular-season and three WCHA tournament championships. He guided the Golden Gophers to six appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four and compiled a 389-178-40 record. A former All-American and team captain at Minnesota, Woog resigned as coach in 1999 to accept a post as assistant athletic director.
Riley played freshman hockey at the University of Illinois before transferring to Dartmouth, where he spent two seasons from 1947-49. As a senior, he set a single-season goal-scoring record that still stands. Riley played for the U.S. at the 1948 Olympics, won All-America honors the following year and took Dartmouth to back-to-back NCAA championship games. The Big Green have not been back since. Riley died in 1976 at the age of 52.
Colorado quarterback out for season
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Colorado quarterback Craig Ochs, who suffered his third concussion in the past year on Sept. 7, will not play again this season and withdrew from school.
Ochs, injured in a game against San Diego State, underwent extensive tests over the past few weeks that came back normal. But he was advised by medical personnel that a "period of non-football contact" was the best course to follow. As a result, Ochs will apply for a medical redshirt. He gave up his scholarship and will re-evaluate his options before considering a return to football.
A junior, Ochs suffered his first concussion in 2001 against Kansas and another later in the season against Texas A&M. He played in eight games during a 10-3 season that included a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
Hantuchova, Myskina advance
LEIPZIG, Germany, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Daniela Hantuchova and Anastasia Myskina recovered from slow starts Monday to advance to the second round of the $585,000 indoor Sparkassen Cup International.
Fifth-seeded Hantuchova rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik. The 19-year-old Slovakian is having a breakout season, winning her first tournament at Indian Wells, beating Martina Hingis in the final, and reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Myskina, 21, overcame Nathalie Dechy of France, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. The Russian won her second career title and first Tier II crown two weeks ago in Brazil, moving her ranking up to a career-high No. 12. She has been a finalist at two other events this season and reached the semifinals at New Haven last month.
In the only other main draw singles match Monday, Italy's Rita Grande ousted 1996 runner-up Iva Majoli, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Grande snapped a three-match losing streak, winning for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals at Los Angeles the second week of August.
World No. 1 Serena Williams comes to Leipzig after winning her seventh title of the year at the Princess Cup in Tokyo on Sunday. Williams - the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion - is the first top-ranked player to participate in this event since 1997. The last No. 1 to claim the title was in 1993 when Steffi Graf triumphed. Williams, along with second seed Jelena Dokic, third-seeded Justine Henin and No. 4 Kim Clijsters, received a first-round bye.
Woman saved by Edmonton players
EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A 24-year-old woman was saved by a group of players from the Edmonton Eskimos Sunday as she leaped from the fourth floor of a burning apartment building.
The players all live in the building. Police say they formed a chain with their arms to catch Teri McLeod to break her fall. It is likely the group's action saved her life.
"I tried to get out of the apartment but the hallway was black with smoke," MacLeod said. "It was getting hotter and hotter in the hallway so I went back into the apartment and went to the window. I decided to jump. They put their arms together to catch me. They broke my fall. I didn't have time to think about what I was doing. It was amazing. They had their hands out ready for me. I felt I was going to be safe, and I am."
A man also living in the building jumped as well and wasn't as lucky. He died from his injuries.
"I was up on the seventh floor when I heard a thump," said linebacker Sheldon Benoit. "I looked out the window and I could see some legs sticking out. When we got down there his head was all busted in."
"We're not heroes," said running back Ron Williams. "We didn't do anything no one else would have done. It was something tragic that happened. Even though you save a life, another was lost. It was just a catch."
Alabama loses star running back for season
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The college career of Alabama running back Ahmaad Galloway is over after he tore knee ligaments Saturday night in a 20-7 victory over Southern Mississippi.
Coach Dennis Franchione has confirmed that Galloway tore the ACL in his left knee and is lost for the season. The senior already has used his redshirt year and appeared in too many games this season to apply for a medical redshirt.
Galloway has been Alabama's leading rusher each of the last two seasons and had a team-high 257 yards after the first four games this year.
Shaud Williams, Santonio Beard and Ray Hudson are likely to get additional carries with Galloway sidelined. Williams ran for 135 yards against Southern Mississippi.
Alabama (3-1) also lost quarterback Tyler Watts, who left Saturday's game with a foot injury, but Franchione has not updated Watts' status.
The Crimson Tide plays at Arkansas this weekend.
Reds Catcher to have season-ending surgery
CINCINNATI, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Cincinnati Reds said Monday that catcher Jason LaRue will have season-ending surgery Tuesday morning to repair a hernia.
LaRue, 28, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, established career highs with a .249 batting average and 52 RBI.
He also tied his career best with 12 homers and had a 13-game hitting streak from Sept. 1-17. He was batting .327 this month.
Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the team's medical director, will perform the surgery at The Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
The Reds recalled catcher Corky Miller to take LaRue's place on the roster. Miller hit .250 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 37 games during an earlier stint with the Reds from April 11-July 14. Miller hit .231 with six homers and 21 RBI in 43 games at Triple-A Louisville of the International League.
Miami remains No. 1 in poll
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Tennessee slipped seven spots while Notre Dame moved into the top 10 of the latest coaches college football poll.
Florida (3-1) rolled to a 30-13 victory at Tennessee (2-1) on Saturday, dropping the Volunteers seven spots to No. 11. Florida, which was routed by Miami two weeks ago, moved up to ninth.
Notre Dame (4-0) continues its steady rise under first-year coach Tyrone Willingham, escalating two more places to No. 10 after a 21-17 win at Michigan State.
Penn State (3-0) also continued its climb, ascending three more spots to No. 12 after a 49-17 rout of Louisiana Tech. The Nittany Lions cracked the poll at No. 25 two weeks ago.
Defending national champion Miami (4-0) picked up one more first-place vote, giving the Hurricanes 59 of a possible 61 votes and 1,523 points overall in the nationwide poll The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to 26 games with a 38-6 victory over Boston College.
Texas (3-0) is No. 2, retaining its two first-place votes and receiving 1,436 points after a 41-11 win over Houston.
Idle Oklahoma (3-0) lost its first-place vote and remained third in the poll, followed by Florida State (4-0) and Virginia Tech (4-0), which beat Texas A&M, 13-3. The loss knocked A&M (2-1) out of the poll. Ohio State (4-0), Georgia (3-0), Oregon (4-0), Florida and Notre Dame round out the top 10.