Temple coach

Dawn Staley

was named the head coach of the 2007 U.S. women's basketball team for the Pan American Games.

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Staley is an assistant for USA Basketball's women's senior national team.

"I'm pretty excited about this," Staley said. "I've done a lot with USA Basketball, and to be in the position to be a head coach on any USA team is quite an honor."

Staley, a 1988 graduate of Dobbins High, has been involved in USA Basketball since 1989 as a player, coach and committee member.

"I'm going to treat this as if it's the Olympics - that's the way you approach anything with USA Basketball," she said. "It's an honor that not a lot of coaches get, especially being just a year out from playing."

Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross and Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard University were named assistants to Staley.Final approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee is pending. The Pan Am Games are scheduled for July 20-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jolette Law, the associate head coach at Rutgers, will become the women's basketball coach at Illinois, the Associated Press reported. Law will replace Theresa Grentz (a former head coach at St. Joseph's and Rutgers), who left the Illini on April 17 after 12 years.

Temple (18-21) was eliminated from the Atlantic Ten softball tournament in Amherst, Mass., with a pair of losses. The Owls were held to three hits in an 8-0 loss to top-seeded Massachusetts (35-12-1), then fell, 8-2, to Charlotte in their second game.

Rutgers-Camden lost to Christopher Newport, 10-3, in the first round of the NCAA Division III softball tournament in Fayetteville, N.C. The Raptors remained alive in the double-elimination tournament.

NCAA president Myles Brand doesn't think e-mail surveys are an effective way to gauge female interest in sports as a method of compliance with Title IX.

Brand addressed the issue during a conference call on the eve of a Title IX briefing on athletic-interest surveys by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington.

The briefing will focus on the Department of Education's "Additional Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy" in 2005 that allowed schools to treat a lack of response to an e-mail survey as a lack of interest in sports.


Floyd Landis

said the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's lead attorney approached his lawyer offering "the shortest suspension they'd ever given an athlete" if Landis provided information that implicated

Lance Armstrong

for doping.

Landis said he made the Armstrong allegations public not because he planned to use it as evidence when testimony begins Monday in his arbitration hearing, but to show the lengths USADA will go to in prosecuting athletes.

The 2006 Tour de France champion said during a teleconference from Los Angeles that USADA general counsel Travis Tygart approached his attorney, Howard Jacobs, with a deal shortly after learning of Landis' positive doping test during the Tour last summer.

He said Jacobs characterized the conversation as one in which USADA would offer a deal if Landis passed on information about seven-time Tour champion Armstrong "or information about someone more important than me."


Filippo Volandri

, a wild-card entrant, beat top-ranked

Roger Federer

, 6-2, 6-4, in the third round of the Rome Masters, extending Federer's title drought to four tournaments.

Two-time defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal extended his clay-court win streak to 74 matches with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 15th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny.

Elsewhere: Fourth-seeded Martina Hingis couldn't overcome a hip injury, losing, 6-4, 6-0, to fellow Swiss Patty Schnyder in the third round of the German Open in Berlin.


A jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan found former Olympian

Steve Riddick

guilty of conspiracy, bank fraud and money-laundering in a scheme with others to steal money from banks by cashing counterfeit checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A gold medalist in a relay race at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and the man who later trained Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery and Olympic champion Marion Jones could face several years in prison when sentenced Oct. 12.

The United States lost in the world hockey championships in Moscow when Dallas Stars winger Jere Lehtinen scored the lone goal in a penalty shoot-out to give Finland a 5-4 victory and a berth in the semifinals.

Canada will face Sweden today. Finland will play Russia tomorrow.

Gino Pariani, 79, who played for the United States on the 1950 World Cup team that upset England, 1-0, died Wednesday night in St. Louis.