The coach of Quinnipiac University's volleyball team testified yesterday that the Connecticut school manipulated the rosters of its athletics to appear to be in compliance with Title IX requirements.

Robin Sparks testified in federal court in Bridgeport as part of a lawsuit she and several team members filed last month that accuses the school of failing to provide female students with equal opportunity to participate in varsity intercollegiate athletics.

They are asking U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill for an injunction that would prevent Quinnipiac from eliminating the program while the matter is in court.

Sparks said that Quinnipiac drops athletes from the rosters of some men's teams before their seasons begin and reinstitutes them days later to make its Title IX reports to the NCAA appear in compliance. She did not specify which teams were affected.

Athletic department spokesman Chuck Menke declined to comment.

In other college news:

* Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin is charged with indecent assault for allegedly slapping and groping the behind of a female student, but campus officials aren't commenting on the charges. A criminal complaint obtained by the Associated Press said that Baldwin, 19, is charged with indecent assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

* President Obama, who scrimmaged with the University of North Carolina basketball team during a campaign visit last year, welcomed the national champions to the White House. "I'm not sure whose luck rubbed off on who," Obama said.


* France's Richard Gasquet was suspended following a positive cocaine test and will miss the French Open.

* Serena Williams pulled out of the Madrid Open after aggravating an injury to her right knee during a first-round match against Francesca Schiavone. The second-seeded Williams retired after losing the first set, 6-4.


* Lance Armstrong's Astana team must straighten out its financial crisis by May 31 or risk being suspended. Astana receives most of its financial support from Kazakh state holding company Samruk-Kazyna, but the Central Asian nation's economy has been badly hit by the ongoing global financial crisis. The team has not paid its employees lately.

* Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde was banned from competing in Italy for 2 years because of his involvement in a blood-doping case. The ruling by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping tribunal does not apply outside Italy, but could keep the rider from this year's Tour de France because part of the route goes through Italy.

* Former world cycling champion Tom Boonen, of Belgium, drew a heavy fine from his Quick Step team on top of his indefinite suspension after testing positive for cocaine a second time. His actions could keep him from the Tour de France.

Philly File

* Philadelphia University baseball coach Mark Heineman has resigned to pursue other opportunities, the school announced. Heineman compiled a 64-104 record in four seasons as the head coach after two seasons as an assistant.

Sport Stops

* Olympic triple gold-medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt said he is ready to return to the track after his recent car crash and will run in England on Sunday.

* Derby Trial winner Hull won't race in the Preakness but will head for the June 6 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park instead. *