Sanders makes Hall of Fame ballot
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Past Heisman Trophy winners Barry Sanders and Andre Ware are among 83 candidates under consideration for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Ballots for the Class of 2003 were released Thursday. They include 77 players and six coaches.
Sanders, who had a brief but dominant stint at Oklahoma State, and Ware, a record-setting quarterback at Houston, won Heisman Trophies in 1988 and '89 respectively.
Also on the ballot are former Southern California running Anthony Davis, California quarterback Joe Kapp, Syracuse wide receiver Art Monk, Florida State defensive lineman Ron Simmons, and North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor. The list of coaches includes Pat Dye and Darryl Rogers.
Ballots are distributed to more than 11,000 members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The results will be announced in late March and induction will take place on Dec. 9 in New York City.
To be eligible for consideration, a player must have been a first team All-American, played at least 10 years ago, and retired from professional football. Coaches must be out of the game at least 10 years, coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games, and won at least 60 percent of their games.
Phillips to make history Thursday night
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Teresa Phillips will become the first woman to coach a men's basketball team Thursday night at Clarksville, Tenn.
That is where Austin Peay will host Tennessee State in an Ohio Valley Conference contest.
Phillips, the Athletic Director at TSU and the school's former women's coach, decided to guide the men after she suspended interim coach Hosea Lewis following Monday night's game with Eastern Kentucky in which 19 players were ejected following a benches-clearing brawl.
"Monday night's altercation is certainly not indicative of the outstanding athletic spirit of the OVC or Tennessee State University," Phillips said.
Senior guard Josh Cooperwood was suspended Wednesday by Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Ron English. Junior center Cedric Bryson was already set to serve a one-game suspension by virtue of his ejection from the EKU game for fighting.
"This is an extremely unfortunate incident, one we're not happy has taken place," English said. "But, as with everything else, you learn and you grow. We very much hope this is a learning experience for us. We know we don't want to go through this again."
Phillips told The Tennesseean that she thought English did a commendable job in a tough situation.
"Ron worked with both universities and game officials to have everyone feel comfortable with his renderings," she told the paper. "He did such a good job communicating his thoughts as he went along that by the time it came down, everybody was on the same page. This type of behavior has no place in athletics, and no place in the OVC. This conference is committed to ensuring that this type of event does not occur in the future."
Brad Kirtley, the Sports Information Director as Austin Peay, said it's the most attention the school has ever received.
"When we've had an interest, it's occurred around former athletes like (former hoops star) Bubba Wells when he went through his surgeries," Kirtley told the Clarksville (Tn.) Leaf-Chronicle. "We did a lot of interviews by phone and the L.A. Times did a long piece on him, and CBS and NBC came in and did pieces on him. But as far as one event receiving this type of attention at Austin Peay, this hasn't happened before."
Tennessee State is 0-11 in the MVC, 2-20 overall, and Austin Peay is 15-6 overall, 8-2 in conference play.
Mets sign Cone
NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- After a one-year hiatus from baseball, David Cone decided Thursday to attempt a comeback with one of his former teams, the New York Mets.
The 40-year-old righthander signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cone, who sat out last season after failing to receive what he deemed a suitable offer, was 9-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 25 starts with the Boston Red Sox in 2001. He won the American League Cy Young Award with Kansas City Royals in 1994, and tossed a perfect game with the New York Yankees in '98.
"David Cone's record and accomplishments speak for themselves," said Mets General Manager Steve Phillips. "We are interested to see if he can fit into our plans for the upcoming season."
Cone spent 1987-92 with the Mets, going 80-48. His best season with them was 1988, when he went 20-3 with a 2.22 ERA and led the team to its last National League East title. His .870 winning percentage was the sixth best ever for a pitcher with at least 20 wins, but he lost the Cy Young Award voting to Orel Hershiser, who led the Los Angeles Dodgers to victory over the Mets in the National League Championship Series.
Cone, 40, is 193-123 with a 3.44 ERA in 445 games with the Royals, Mets, Toronto, the Yankees, and Red Sox.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Cone said. "I'm ready to do whatever (Manager) Art Howe wants me to do. I had a lot of good years at Shea Stadium with the Mets and I'm ready to try to help this club anyway I can."
The five-time All-Star was a member of the 1992 World Champion Blue Jays and also won four titles with the Yankees, including 2000, when they beat the Mets in five games. He made a key relief appearance in Game Four and retired Mets slugger Mike Piazza.
Cone was 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 23 starts with the Royals in 1994, and retired all 27 batters he faced on July 18, 1988 against the Montreal Expos. He ranks 17th on the all-time strikeouts list with 2,655.
Els continues to sizzle at Perth
Els played his first eight holes in seven-under-par. He was mortal over the final 10 holes, but his eight-under 64 was one shot better than David Lynn of England.
"You can't ask for much better than that, to start with a round of 64 and to play the way I played this morning," said Els, who has won four of the five tournaments he entered worldwide this season. "I am very pleased. I had a dream start to my round to birdie my first three holes."
Starting on the back nine, Els followed his birdie streak with a par, then went birdie-eagle-birdie to reach seven-under.
"That was nice," he said. "I was in the groove, I hit some really good putts, and played a beautiful first nine."
After consecutive pars, Els began the front nine with another birdie.
"And I must admit, I started to think some silly stuff there," he said. "It was just for a split second and I came down to earth on 11 and made a bogey. But I played really well coming in, and all in all, it was a good day."
Els also bogeyed No. 4 between birdies at the third and seventh holes, but he showed no signs of rust after a vacation in Bali following his victory at the Heineken Classic.
Lynn, 29, collected seven birdies without a bogey at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club for sole possession of second place.
Terry Price of Australia is alone in third after a 66 that featured six birdies on his first seven holes.
England's Paul Casey, coming off a win at the ANZ Championship in Sydney, managed a 71, and already is seven strokes off the pace.
Stars place two on IR
Turco, who is unbeaten in a franchise record-tying 14 consecutive decisions, sprained his ankle in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He failed to come out of the locker room after the second period, and Ron Tugnutt came in to make just six saves for the victory.
Turco, 27, is in his first season as the No. 1 goalie after spending two seasons as a backup for Ed Belfour. He is 25-9-10 with a league-best 1.77 goals-against average, and also is second to Detroit's Manny Legace with a .931 save percentage.
The winning goaltender in the All-Star Game shootout, Turco is 10
4 in his last 14 decisions to equal the record Don Beaupre set with the Minnesota North Stars during the 1985-86 season.
Turco is listed as week-to-week as is Morrow, who has a chest contusion.
Morrow also was injured in Tuesday's game. He has 16 goals and 18 assists with a plus-22 rating in 55 games.
The Stars, who lead the Western Conference with 79 points, (33-11-12-1), are seven points ahead of St. Louis and Vancouver for the top spot in the West. They host Anaheim on Friday.
To replace Turco and Morrow, the Stars recalled goalie Corey Hirsch and center Steve Ott from Utah of the American Hockey League.
Hirsch was 11-11-2 with a 2.72 GAA and .971 at Utah, and Ott had nine goals and 11 assists.
Hirsch, 30, has not played in the NHL since the 2000-01 season, when he appeared in one game with the Washington Capitals. He is 34-44-14 with a 3.14 GAA in 106 career games.
NHL suspends Andre Roy
TORONTO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League announced Thursday that Tampa Bay right wing Andre Roy has drawn an automatic suspension, without pay, for three games for abusing an official in Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders.
The incident occurred at 4:02 of the second period, when Roy fought rookie Eric Godard and received a game miscounduct. Roy shoved Lyle Seitz as the linesman was attempting to break up the fight.
Roy is eligible to return Feb. 19 against the Atlanta Thrashers.