Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2003

Neuheisel sues Washington, NCAA

SEATTLE Former Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel sued the university and the NCAA on Thursday, alleging he was wrongfully fired for participating in a college basketball gambling pool.

The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, alleges the school fired him in an effort to avoid an NCAA investigation.

Neuheisel's lawyers filed the suit as audio tapes were released of his questioning by NCAA investigators.

Neuheisel has claimed all along he was blindsided by the investigators, and the tapes certainly back up that contention.

The tapes, however, also support the university's position that Neuheisel initially lied about his involvement in a high-stakes NCAA basketball tournament gambling pool.

''I never placed a bet on anything,'' Neuheisel said early in the tapes, recorded June 4, when NCAA investigators first met with him.

Saugus, Mass., makes U.S. championship game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Tears in the dugout turned to a celebration on the field when Saugus, Mass., which blew an eight-run lead, scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and beat Richmond, Texas, 14-13 Thursday night in the U.S. semifinals of the Little League World Series.

Matthew Muldoon's RBI single tied the game in the seventh inning, and David Ferreira drove in the winning run with a two-out infield hit. Dario Pizzano began jumping in celebration as he crossed the plate, while Ferreira, who didn't immediately start running after hitting the ball, barely beat the throw to first to give Saugus the victory.

Saugus (4-0) will play Boynton Beach, Fla., in Saturday night's U.S. championship game. Saugus beat Boynton Beach 4-3 in pool play Monday night.

Chargers DT arrested in Alabama

SAN DIEGO Chargers defensive tackle Leonardo Carson was arrested Thursday in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., for investigation of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping.

Carson, on leave to attend his grandmother's funeral, was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail and later released on $57,500 bond, according to an officer there who gave only his last name, Bernard.

Carson is due to rejoin the Chargers on Friday in Houston, where they play an exhibition game against the Texans on Saturday night.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said Thursday night the team was still trying to find out what happened.

''It's like anything else, when you hear about it, you're disappointed, but then you want clarification,'' Smith said. ''You want to find out what's it all about. So right now, I can't comment on it.''

According to a report released by the Mobile Police Department, officers were flagged down by a woman Thursday afternoon regarding a possible kidnapping.

The woman told officers that Carson had forcibly entered an apartment, physically assaulted her and forced her into his vehicle, the report said.

After leaving the residence. Carson drove to a nearby shopping center where he had car trouble and the woman escaped, according to the report.

Carson was arrested a short time later.

Carson played in all 32 games the last two years, and was moved back into the starting lineup after Jamal Williams was recently sidelined with a strained lower back. Carson started the last four games of last season after Williams dislocated an ankle.

Carson was a fourth-round draft pick out of Auburn in 2000.

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