The successor to longtime Syracuse basketball coach

Jim Boeheim

will be assistant

Mike Hopkins,

ESPN.com reported yesterday, citing multiple sources.

Hopkins is a former Syracuse player and just finished his 12th season as an assistant.

There is no timetable for Hopkins to replace Boeheim, but Hopkins and the university finally have reached an agreement to put a succession plan in writing, ESPN.com reported.

Boeheim, 62, just finished his 31st season at Syracuse. He is 750-264 overall, coaching Syracuse to 25 NCAA Tournament berths and three Final Fours (1987, 1996 and 2003, when the Orange won the national title).

Boeheim made the Syracuse team as a walk-on and was a senior co-captain in 1966.

In other college news:

* The Mid-Continent Conference announced it is changing its name to The Summit League.

Olympics

* Jean Saubert, who won two skiing medals for the United States at the 1964 Olympics, has died. She was 65. She died of breast cancer Monday in Montana. Saubert was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1962 through 1966. She shared a silver medal in the giant slalom and won a bronze in the slalom at the Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. She was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1976.

* Four Austrian athletes, two cross-country skiers and two biathletes, banned for life from the Olympics for doping, are appealing their punishments.

Tennis

* Serena Williams overcame a slow start and beat Michaella Krajicek, 6-4, 6-1, in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome. Two more top-10 players withdrew with injuries: No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova and No. 8 Ana Ivanovic.

* Andy Murray retired with a right wrist injury while leading Filippo Volandri, 5-1, in the first round at the Hamburg Masters in Germany.

Golf

* Tiger Woods said he had Lasik laser eye surgery the day after the Masters. It was the second time Woods underwent the surgery; previously he had it done in October 1999. "My vision started slipping," Woods said. "I was getting headaches from squinting all the time."

Sport Stops

* The U.S. Soccer Federation called a news conference for today to announce that interim coach Bob Bradley is becoming the permanent coach, a USSF official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of a directive the matter not be discussed with reporters.

* The Italian cycling federation suspended Ivan Basso, and the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor accused Basso of reneging on his promise to provide information about the Operation Puerto doping scandal. The cycling federation suspended Basso and another Italian rider, Michele Scarponi, a day after the Olympic committee recommended such action. Prosecutor Ettore Torri said Basso, a former Giro d'Italia champion, hasn't cooperated as fully as expected, even though he acknowledged involvement in the Spanish blood-doping investigation. Torri said Basso became less cooperative because of pressure from sponsors and team officials.

* Marvin Barnes was arrested in Providence, R.I., early yesterday and charged with cocaine possession, the latest legal problem for the former basketball star who has been battling drug addiction for years. Police said they found a bag of cocaine inside an SUV that the 54-year-old Barnes was driving. Barnes, who led Providence to the Final Four in 1973, was drafted in the first round by the 76ers in 1974. He instead signed with St. Louis of the old American Basketball Association. He later played for Detroit, Buffalo, Boston and the San Diego Clippers in the NBA. *