Andre Smith

, an all-American left tackle, has been suspended from the Sugar Bowl for violating team rules, possibly signaling an end to the Outland Trophy winner's college career.

Crimson Tide coach

Nick Saban

did not specify Smith's violation yesterday leading up to Friday night's game against No. 7 Utah (12-0).

The junior is expected to be one of the top players selected in the NFL draft if he opts to skip his final season at Alabama (12-1). Smith has been noncommittal about his plans, but Saban hinted that the player would not be back.

Smith has allowed only one sack this season and seven during his 38-game career.

Utah football coach

Kyle Whittingham

has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $6 million. He has won 36 games, including three bowls, in four years as Utah's head coach.

Notre Dame football coach

Charlie Weis,

52, underwent surgery to replace his right knee in South Bend, Ind.

North Carolina State's

Kay Yow

, 66, missed her second straight game, a 76-38 win over Jacksonville State. The Hall of Fame women's basketball coach has been battling breast cancer.


John Chavis

, formerly at Tennessee, has agreed to become LSU's new defensive coordinator, reported. . . .

Patrick Nix

was fired after two seasons as Miami's offensive coordinator.

Pro basketball

The NBA suspended Los Angeles Clippers swingman

Ricky Davis

for five games for violating terms of the league's drug program.

Davis' suspension will begin when he is eligible to play. The 29-year-old has not played since Nov. 22 because of a sore left knee.



Roger Clemens

Institute for Sports Medicine at Memorial Hermann in Houston will shed Clemens' name effective Thursday, the Texas health system announced. The former pitcher has been linked to steroid use.


Claude Lemieux

, 43, signed a contract with the San Jose Sharks after spending the last month with the Worcester Sharks, their top minor-league affiliate. The four-time Stanley Cup winner's new contract is a two-way deal, allowing him to play in San Jose or Worcester, Mass.

New York Rangers prospect

Alexei Cherepanov

, 19, took performance-enhancing drugs for several months before he died during a Russian league game on Oct. 13, investigators said.

Colorado Avalanche center

Paul Stastny

will have surgery today to repair his broken right forearm. He was hurt last week in a game against Phoenix. He is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.


Hambletonian winner


was voted 3-year-old colt trotter of the year in balloting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.