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2 SPORTS • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008 IDAHO STATESMAN • IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM LOCAL BSU golf coach Kevin Burton wins Rocky Mountain PGA Boise State men’s golf coach Kevin Burton won the Rocky Mountain PGA Professional Section Championship on Tuesday in Billings, Mont. Burton finished with a two-day total of 141, two shots ahead of Adam Martens of Meridian and John Wallace of Nampa. Those three qual- ified for the 42nd Professional National Cham- pionship, which will be played in June 2009 in Pueblo, N.M. Burton and Martens will also compete in this year’s Albertson’s Boise Open. Three YMCA swimmers win races at masters national tourney Boise YMCA members Travis Everett, Jeff Erwin and Kristi Lee won races at the World Championships for Masters Swimming Long Course Nationals earlier this month. Everett won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in the 30-34 age group. He is a former Boise YMCA swim team member and global ambas- sador for the Special Olympics. Lee won the women’s 1,500 freestyle in the 30-34 age group. She is the coach of the Cen- tennial High School swim team. Erwin won the men’s 1,500 freestyle with a world-record age-group time of 16 minutes, 39.60 seconds in the 40–44 age group. Erwin was a multiple YMCA national champion as an age-group swimmer, an All-American at Cal-Berkeley and finished fourth in the Good- will Games in 1982. IDAHO COLLEGES College of Idaho volleyball, cross country teams ranked in polls The College of Idaho women’s volleyball team was ranked No. 9 in the national NAIA poll released Tuesday. Also, the Coyotes’ women’s cross country team was ranked No. 11 in the preseason poll. It is the highest ranking the team has received. COLLEGE BASKETBALL Davidson leads the field in NIT Season Tip-Off NEW YORK — Stephen Curry will lead Davidson against James Madison in the open- ing round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Wildcats are one of seven teams from last season’s NCAA Tournament in the field of 16, which was announced Tuesday by the NIT Selection Committee. Purdue and Oklahoma both reached the second round of the NCAA last season while Cornell, Arizona, Mississippi Valley State and Georgia all lost first-round games. Tar Heels’ Ty Lawson pleads guilty to underage drinking HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — North Carolina basketball player Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving. The 20-year-old Lawson appeared in court Tuesday after completing community service and other terms of his plea agreement. Prose- cutors agreed to drop charges of violating a noise ordinance and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Lawson said he had learned his lesson and promised it wouldn’t happen again. Lawson was arrested in June during a traffic stop in Chapel Hill after registering a 0.03 blood-alcohol level. Although the legal limit for driving in North Carolina is 0.08, Lawson was arrested because he was under 21, the le- gal age for consuming alcohol. Indiana basketball coach Crean signs 10-year contract BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — New Indiana bas- ketball coach Tom Crean has signed a 10-year deal worth $23.6 million. School officials said Tuesday that the deal includes a base salary of $600,000 a year, with additional payments for promotional work. He will receive $1.4 million this season from out- side income, a total that will increase slightly each year of the contract. TENNIS Mauresmo struggles to victory at Pilot Pen NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Amelie Mauresmo continued her slow struggle back to form with a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in a first-round match Tuesday at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament. “Overall it was a good fight,” Mauresmo said. “It is always good to go out of these kinds of matches with a win. I am happy physically because I am fine coming out of this match.” IN THE BLEACHERS ON THE AIR If Gibbs’ teams are cheating, good luck finding any honesty in NASCAR world ORLANDO, Fla. John Edwards always wanted to bepresident. Well, I have the perfectjob for him. President of NASCAR. Edwards is currently America’s most famous cheater. Why not put him in charge of America’s most crooked sport? I’d like to say I’m joking, but I’ve giv- en up on NASCAR after what happened over the weekend. Joe Gibbs was caught cheating. Gibbs himself wasn’t caught, but in- spectors discovered magnets under the gas pedals of two of his team’s Nation- wide Series cars. They were put there to mask how much horsepower the en- gines were generating. I won’t bore you with the technical ramifications, mainly because I don’t understand them. But what it comes down to is Gibbs, the most respected, honest, God-fearing figure in NASCAR, looks like Edwards did when he was cornered by the National Enquirer after visiting his ex-mistress. (To be fair, at least Gibbs didn’t deny the entire affair, dismiss it as tabloid trash or say his friend got the magnets pregnant.) If Gibbs’ team can’t tell right from wrong, there is no hope for the rest of NASCAR. And there’s even less reason for non-racing fans to think NASCAR isn’t just a bunch of latter-day moon- shiners. When you never know if the compe- tition is honest, how can you take the sport seriously? If a pro golfer is caught cheating, he might as well quit the tour and join a leper colony. Baseball has plenty of rule-breaking and gamesmanship, but entire careers (see: Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens) can be washed away by cheating allegations. The NFL’s Spygate almost triggered a congressional investigation. Olympians suffer international disgrace if their medals turn out to be tainted. So yes, racing fans, there is plenty of cheating out there. (And yes, Edwards fans, there are plenty of other cheating politicians out there.) It’s just that there’s an element of shame with other sports. With NASCAR, cheating is excused as part of the culture. That was all right when Junior John- son was being chased by the revenuers, but NASCAR went big time years ago. The people in charge aren’t dumb. They know every time there’s a cheat- ing headline, a lot of potential con- sumers roll their eyes and snicker. NASCAR talked up a get-tough poli- cy in 2006 when Jimmie Johnson was caught with an illegal device on his rear window during Daytona 500 qualifying. That made such an impression that four crew chiefs were suspended for cheat- ing before the 2007 Daytona 500. Carl Edwards won in Las Vegas this year, only to have his car fail the post- race inspection. His crew chief was sus- pended six races and fined $100,000, but the results stood. If the Olympics had the same policy, Ben Johnson would still have his gold medal. NASCAR should start suspending entire teams and not just crew chiefs. That wouldn’t go over too well with sponsors, who pay millions to have their motorized billboards go around and around every weekend. But will all the deterrence in the world really matter if people don’t think they’re really doing anything wrong? That’s what’s disappointing about Gibbs-gate. Through decades in the NFL and NASCAR, Gibbs has earned the reputation as one of the most hon- orable figures in sports. I don’t believe he had a clue what his underlings were doing. I just hoped Gibbs might have rubbed off on them. They have been around Gibbs, but it seems they’ve been around NASCAR longer. That means they never stopped to think that it’s not right to get an unfair advantage over the rest of the field. Which makes Edwards a natural choice to be in charge. It seems there really are two Americas. One where people don’t cheat be- cause it’s shameful. And one where the only shame is getting caught. David Whitley is a columnist for The Orlando Sentinel (Fla.). BOTTOM LINE WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING CAROLYN KASTER / AP WILD WIN FOR WASHINGTON Jason Todd, from Mill Creek, Washington, leaps up to stomp on home plate to score the winning run in the seventh inning off a hit by teammate Alex Jondal against Jeffersonville, Ind., during their Lit- tle League World Series game Tuesday in South Williamsport, Pa. Washington won 3-2. TUESDAY’S OTHER SCORES, SPORTS 5 Two-minutedrill DAILY PLANNER WHAT TO DO AND WATCH SportsInsider FRIDAY Women’s college soccer: Northwest Nazarene at Boise State, 5 p.m. Drag racing: High School & Alumni Series, Firebird Raceway, 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY Oval racing: Meridian Speedway, 5 p.m. Drag Racing: Fun Ford & Gold Cup, Fire- bird Raceway, 5 p.m. SUNDAY Women’s college soccer: Eastern Wash- ington at Boise State, 1 p.m. SCENE & HEARD LIGHTER SIDE OF SPORTS CO-PAY NOT INCLUDED Purchasers of the Madden ’09 video game — which features Brett Favre in his old Packers uniform on the jacket — will be allowed to download updated covers, including: Æ For now, Favre in the uniform of his new team, the Jets. ÆAndlater,oncetheMaddencurse kicks in, your choice of Favre with an armsling,crutchesorneckbrace. Dwight Perry, Seattle Times YOU LACK DISCIPLINE Georgia has already had eight play- ers arrested in 2008. And now you knowwhytheBulldogsarethepresea- sonNo.1teaminthecountry.AsGeor- giacoachMarkRicht’smentor,Bobby Bowden, once said when asked if dis- cipline was the most important com- ponentofasuccessful team. “If it was,” Bobby said, “Army and Navy would be playing for the na- tional championship every year.” Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel BE LIKE MIKE It’s been a fabulous Olympics for the entire American swimming pro- gram, whose men’s and women’s teams in Beijing include not only Michael Phelps, but also several oth- er people whose names I can’t recall. Greg Cote, Miami Herald ONE BIG ‘A’ SAMPLE With all these swimming world records, someone better give a drug test to the pool. CONTACT US Sports Editor • Mike Prater (208) 377-6421 Fax: (208) 373-6505 DAVID WHITLEY Commentary FOUTS RETURNS TO CBS AS AN ANALYST CBS re-signed a veteran quarterbackTuesday. Dan Fouts, a CBS analyst from 1988 to 1993 after a Hall of Fame NFL quarterbacking ca- reer, will be an analyst on some CBS NFL games with a variety of play-by-play announcers, in- cluding Don Criqui, Bill Macatee and Dick Enberg.Fouts also will work some CBS Southeastern Conference games. USA Today HAWKS POUND OUT 24 HITS IN 16-9 WIN The Boise Hawks defeated the Vancouver Canadians 16-9 Tues- day in Vancouver, B.C. Boise’s 16 runs tied a North- west League season high, and its 24 hits established a league high this season. It was the third time this season that the Hawks have had 20 or more hits. Hawks third baseman Josh Vitters went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs as he ex- tended his hitting streak to 25 games, the longest in short- season baseball this year. AndrewCashnerearnedhisfirst winasaproashewent2 2⁄3 innings withoutallowinganearnedrun. BOISE HAWKS REPORT READ MORE AT IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM/HAWKS Next up Wednesday:at Spokane, 7:30 p.m. Thursday: at Spokane, 7:30 p.m. Next home game: vs. Yakima, Aug. 26 Info Tickets: 322-5000 or Memorial Stadium box office Radio: KTIK (1350 AM) Online: MOTOR SPORTS NOTEBOOK NASCAR tracks to swap dates in ’09 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ladies and gentlemen, re- arrange your calendars! Three NASCAR tracks will swap dates on the 2009 Sprint Cupschedule releasedTuesday. Atlanta Motor Speedway will move its fallracefromOctober to Labor Day weekend, with Auto ClubSpeedway inFontana,Calif., giving up that date to move into the Chase for the championship and Talladega Superspeedway movingitssecondracenearerthe endof theseason. Atlanta will run a Cup race at night for the first time on Sept. 6. The second race at Auto Club Speedway will be run Oct. 11, in Talladega’s former slot, while the Alabama track will hold its sec- ond race of the season Nov. 1, on thedateformerlyheldbyAtlanta. All three tracks also have Cup races in thefirsthalfof thesched- ule. Therealsowillbeanadditional off-weekfortheCupteamsbefore the Labor Day weekend event, giving them a break before a 12- weekstretch thatwillend thesea- son.The2008scheduleendswith 16consecutiveweeksofracing. Otherwise, the 36-race Cup schedule for next year will re- main thesameas thisseason. “The2009schedulereflectsre- aligned dates that are good op- portunities foreveryoneinvolved in our sport — fans, sponsors, tracks and teams,” NASCAR president Mike Helton said. He said requests from Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta initiated thechanges in theCupschedule. FULL SCHEDULE, SPORTS 5 PENALTIES FOR GIBBS’ TEAMS DELAYED NASCAR will wait another day before issuing penalties against Joe Gibbs Racing’s Na- tionwide Series teams, who were caught trying to cheat during a postrace test last weekend. The teams of Gibbs’ No. 18 and No. 20 Toyotas deliberately attempted to mask the true horsepower in their engines af- ter Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway. Inspectors found magnets under the gas pedals of both cars when they were sent to the chassis dyno for examination. NASCAR traditionally hands out penalties from the previous week’s races on Tuesday, but NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the decision was put off until Wednesday. HORNISH GETS NEW CREW CHIEF MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Travis Geisler replaced Chris Carrier as crew chief for rookie Sam Hornish Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Tuesday. Geisler, a 27-year-old me- chanical engineering graduate from Vanderbilt, has been the race engineer for Ryan New- man’s No. 12 Dodge. He played a key part in that team’s Daytona 500 victory in February. Hornish, a three-time Indy- Car Series champion and the 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner, is trying to make the transition to stock cars. Hornish is 33rd in the season points.WEDNESDAY’S EVENTS TIME TV RADIO OLYMPICS Softball 3a.m. MSNBC Beachvolleyball,waterpolo 4:30a.m. USA Volleyball 5a.m. MSNBC Men’sbasketball,waterpolo 6a.m. USA Beachvolleyball,gymnastics 7a.m. TELEMUNDO Wrestling,handball, fieldhockey, table tennis 8a.m. MSNBC Volleyball,diving 10a.m. 7 Baseball Noon MSNBC Boxing:51kgand75kgquarterfinalbouts 3p.m. CNBC Gymnastics,synchronizedswimming 5p.m. OXY Gymnastics, track,BMX,beachvolleyball 7p.m. 7 Track 10p.m. CNBC Dailyrecap 11p.m. TELEMUNDO Volleyball,diving, track 11:30p.m. 7 Openwaterswimming, table tennis,canoeing midnight USA Track 1a.m. TELEMUNDO Waterpolo,basketball,soccer 3a.m. MSNBC GOLF U.S.AmateurChampionship 11a.m. TGC MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SeattleatChicagoWhite Sox noon WGN,FSNNW L.A.AngelsatTampaBay 5p.m. ESPN2 LITTLE LEAGUE WorldSeries: internationalsemifinal 2p.m. ESPN WorldSeries:U.S. semifinal 6p.m. ESPN SPORTS SHOWS IdahoSportsTalkwithCavesandPrater 3p.m. KTIK MOTORSPORTS CraftsmanTruck:O’Reilly200 6p.m. SPEED NORTHWEST LEAGUE BASEBALL HawkTalkpregameshow 6:30p.m. KTIK BoiseHawksatSpokane 7:30p.m. KTIK SOCCER National teams:U.S. vs.Guatemala 8p.m. ESPN2

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