Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Feeley to start for Eagles again

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley is 4-0 as a starter and will have another chance to stay perfect against the New York Giants on Saturday.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Feeley will start again because Koy Detmer is not ready to play yet. Feeley has led the NFC East-champion Eagles to four consecutive wins since taking over for Detmer.

Detmer has been sidelined since dislocating his elbow in a win over the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 25. McNabb went down with a broken right ankle Nov. 17.

Petrino replaces Smith as Lousville coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Auburn offensive coordinator Bob Petrino was hired as Louisville's coach Monday, replacing his former boss who moved on to Michigan State.

Petrino follows John L. Smith, who left the Cardinals last week after five seasons, including a school-record 11 wins in 2001.

''We're going to play an exciting brand of football and hopefully put some lights up on that scoreboard,'' Petrino said.

Jury finds Oracle's radar illegal

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- No penalty was imposed on Oracle of San Francisco on Tuesday, even though a jury ruled the syndicate broke America's Cup rules by using a sophisticated radar system during races.

Instead of a penalty, the Cup jury invited other challengers and defender Team New Zealand to approve the use of radar and other devices in upcoming races.

Oracle finished off a sweep of OneWorld Challenge of Seattle on Monday to advance to the challenger final against Alinghi of Switzerland.

The jury's decision was a response to nine formal questions from OneWorld and other challengers about the use of radar by Oracle. While determining that the use of any instruments capable of transmitting and receiving signals during a race is expressly forbidden, jury chairman Bryan Willis said the jury had not determined what Oracle's radar was used for or capable of because it wasn't asked to.

OneWorld did not protest Oracle's use of the radar system, which was housed in a teardrop shaped dome on the rear of its race yacht, USA-76. By choosing to ask questions of the jury, OneWorld relinquished the chance to seek a penalty against Oracle.

While Oracle is the first America's Cup syndicate known to have developed an on-board radar system, the use of laser range finders -- which allow one yacht to determine the speed and bearing of another -- is commonplace.

The jury said that while the challengers and defender might choose to approve the use of radar, using it to receive information about factors such as wind speed and direction from outside sources would still be banned.

It also found, in response to a query from OneWorld, that it would be illegal for another team to transmit jamming signals from its race yacht or support boats to disrupt a radar beam.

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