Thirty-six Florida State players won't be going to the Dec. 31 Music City Bowl against Kentucky because of an academic cheating scandal, violations of team rules, injuries or other reasons.

Linebacker

Dekoda Watson

; cornerback

Patrick Robinson

, who had six interceptions; and three top defensive tackles were among the players sidelined either as a result of the ongoing investigation into an academic cheating scandal at the school or some other violation of team rules.

Quarterback

Xavier Lee

, who started three games for the Seminoles, was among the offensive players staying home.

Doping

Marion Jones

used several different performance-enhancing drugs over a substantial period of time, according to a detailed doping calendar that was part of several pages of court documents released Friday in White Plains, N.Y.

After long denying she ever had used performance-enhancing drugs, Jones admitted in October that she had taken the designer steroid "the clear" from September 2000 to July 2001. "The clear" has been linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the lab at the center of the steroids scandal in professional sports.

The International Olympic Committee formally stripped her of five Olympic medals on Dec. 12 and banned the American from attending next year's Beijing Olympics in any capacity.

Tennis

The ATP suspended Italians

Potito Starace

, ranked 31st, and

Daniele Bracciali

, ranked 258th, yesterday for making bets - some as little as $7 - on tennis matches involving other players.

Starace was suspended for six weeks and fined $30,000, while Bracciali was banned for three months and fined $20,000. Both suspensions take effect Jan. 1.

Winter sports

American

Lindsey Vonn

moved from fourth place to the top of the World Cup overall standings with 474 points by winning her second consecutive race, a super-combi in St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria. She leads

Nicole Hosp

of Austria by 55 points.

Teammate

Julia Mancuso

was third for the second straight race.

Austrian

Thomas Morgenstern

became the first ski jumper to open a World Cup season with six straight victories, taking a large-hill event in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Noteworthy

The

Barry Bonds

saga involving his bid to become the all-time home-run king and his federal indictments as part of the steroids investigation was voted the Associated Press sports story of the year.

The AP Male Athlete of the Year award went to New England Patriots quarterback

Tom Brady

over tennis star

Roger Federer

, while golfer

Lorena Ochoa

easily repeated the women's honor over tennis star

Justine Henin

.

The Bonds saga received 1,352 points and 100 of the 146 first-place votes from sports editors and broadcasters.

Michael Vick's

pleading guilty to a federal charge he ran a dogfighting ring was second with 1,154 points; former NBA referee

Tim Donaghy

of West Chester, who pleaded guilty to two federal charges he bet on games he officiated and made calls affecting the point spread in those games, was third with 836.

Tommy Byrne

, 87, who fulfilled a boyhood dream by pitching for the New York Yankees and won a game during the 1955 World Series, died Thursday of congestive heart failure in Wake Forest, N.C., where he had served two terms as mayor.