The Dallas Cowboys yesterday released Greg Ellis, ending the linebacker's career after 11 seasons and the eighth-most sacks in club history.

The Cowboys bypassed Randy Moss to take Ellis with the eighth overall pick in the 1998 draft. He had 77 sacks and 634 tackles over 162 games and led the team in sacks six times.

Elsewhere: Four traffic tickets that former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress received in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were dismissed by a judge. . . . Nate Clements, the 49ers' $80 million cornerback, missed organized team activities Monday and yesterday because he has pneumonia. . . . Denver's Brandon Marshall won't face NFL disciplinary action over a March 1 arrest in Atlanta that stemmed from a fight with his new fiancee and in which the charges were dropped. . . . Clarence Esser, 84, a backup end on the 1947 Chicago Cardinals team that beat the Eagles for the NFL championship, died Monday of cancer in Orlando, Fla.


Villanova today will name Chris Walker, a point guard on the Wildcats' teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s, an assistant basketball coach, two sources said.

Walker, who led the Cats in assists for three consecutive seasons, spent the last two years as an assistant at New Mexico. He was an assistant on Steve Lappas' staff for one season (2000-01) at Villanova and for three seasons at Massachusetts.

He will replace Patrick Chambers, who accepted the head job at Boston University.

Memphis said an internal investigation turned up no proof that a former men's basketball player cheated on his SAT exam. The report, released under a public-records request, details Memphis' internal probe into accusations that a former player allowed a stand-in to take his SAT.

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions responded to Florida State's appeal of sanctions from an academic cheating scandal, but kept its answer secret and gave the school 15 days to respond.

Elsewhere: Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis said he will transfer to an undetermined college. . . . Washington (51-12) won the NCAA softball world series with a 3-2 win over Florida (63-5) and a two-game sweep of the finals.

Auto racing

NASCAR moved to federal court Jeremy Mayfield's challenge of his indefinite suspension for failing a drug test, a move that could keep the driver out of his car another week.

Although the National Stock Car Racing Commission denied an appeal by Carl Long and his crew chief who were seeking to shorten the penalties for having an oversize engine at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month.


Anthony Campanile of Blue Heron Pines shot a 3-under-par 69 and took a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the 108th New Jersey State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Fairmont Country Club in Chatham.

Jay Blumenfeld of Mountain Ridge and Bill McGuinness of Tavistock were a shot behind. Defending champ Tom Gramigna of Tavistock shot a 79.

Mexico has reversed course and will participate in the Copa Libertadores and Copa America tournaments.

Mexico had cut ties with its South American counterparts earlier this month because clubs from Uruguay and Brazil refused to play matches in Mexico after the swine flu outbreak.

Elsewhere: The Manitoba Moose tied the Calder Cup finals at one game apiece with a 3-1 win at Hershey.