The World Boxing Council has opened an investigation of

Shane Mosley

following recent reports that Mosley testified under oath to taking performance-enhancing drugs in the lead-up to his 2003 title fight against

Oscar De La Hoya,

the New York

Daily News

reported yesterday.

Nearly 3 months after winning the WBC junior middleweight title with his victory over De La Hoya, Mosley told a grand jury he used steroids and EPO as part of his training regimen for the fight.

Mosley insists he didn't know the drugs he took were banned or illegal.

"It was a real surprise to read that Mosley has confessed that he did take those medicines, those drugs that are totally prohibited by the WBC," said the Council's president, Jose Sulaiman. "The WBC rules state that we must have a hearing. This is a matter of serious concern to us."

Sulaiman has ordered the WBC's legal counsel to gather evidence on Mosley to present to the Council's 29-member board of governors. The board has the authority to vote on sanctions and can issue disqualifications or severe fines, even after the conclusion of a fight.

Mosley, a four-time world champion, is scheduled to meet current WBA welterweight titleholder Antonio Margarito on Jan. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

College Football

* Buffalo coach Turner Gill is staying put for at least one more season and won't consider interviewing for any other jobs after receiving a contract extension and pay raise. Gill was a candidate for openings at Auburn and Syracuse.

* University of Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer has resigned.

* University of Minnesota linebacker recruit Sam Maresh has been cleared to play, 6 months after surgery to replace his aortic valve.

* Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray will have surgery to repair a hamstring injury and miss the BCS national championship game against Florida. Murray, the team's second-leading rusher with 1,002 yards, will be replaced by Mossis Madu.

* Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams pleaded not guilty to shoplifting shirts at a Dayton-area mall.

Philly File

* West Chester receiver Mike Washington (Frankford High) and offensive lineman Kennis Jones (Bartram) have been selected to participate in the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl, an all-star game featuring NCAA Division II senior football players on Jan. 9 on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Sport Stops

* Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark is rejoining the U.S. Snowboarding halfpipe team. Clark, who won the halfpipe gold as an 18-year-old during the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, was a member of the national team from 2000 to '03. She has competed as an independent the last 5 years.

* The Women's Professional Soccer League will open its first season when the Washington Freedom plays the Los Angeles Sol on March 29 at Carson, Calif. Philadelphia's franchise will begin play in 2010. *