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Le Gougne can't afford to appeal suspension

French skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne is dropping an appeal of her three-year suspension in the Winter Olympics pairs' scandal, saying she cannot afford it.

Le Gougne and French federation chief Didier Gailhaguet were suspended in April by the International Skating Union until 2005 for their role in the judging controversy at the Salt Lake City Games. They were barred from the 2006 Games.

The ISU said it had ample evidence Gailhaguet pressured Le Gougne into voting for the Russians over the Canadians. Both received gold medals.

Le Gougne filed an appeal June 25, claiming the ISU denied her due process and failed to produce evidence against her.

Her lawyer, Erik Christiansen, said the French federation decided June 29 it could not fund her appeal, and the ISU turned down a July 3 request for financial assistance without explanation.

He said Le Gougne will write a book about her experiences with the ISU and Olympics.

COLLEGES: Arkansas defensive back Kenny Hamlin pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. He was fined and given a 10-day jail sentence that he can fulfill through a work-release program. Julius Jones, Notre Dame's leading rusher the past two seasons, will not play this season. No reason was given. Also, the rape trial of former football player Donald Dykes has been delayed until Nov. 12. Dykes and former Irish players Justin Smith, an ex-Lakewood player, and Lorenzo Crawford are charged with raping a 20-year-old student. Maurice Collins, 18, of Houston collapsed and died Tuesday during a tryout for the Abraham Baldwin (Tifton, Ga.) basketball team. He likely had a cardiac problem. Eckerd hired Hartwick's Gregory A. Moss-Brown as men's soccer coach. Miami sophomore Dan Andrews finished second in the 400-meter dash at the IPC World Championships in Lille, France. Central Florida junior linebacker Antoine Poe of Lakeland broke his left ankle and likely will miss the season. Jeremy Bloom, an Olympic skier who wants to play football for Colorado, sued the NCAA saying it unfairly restricted his ability to continue skiing professionally because it will not let him endorse products. Baylor football recruit Willie Andrews was sentenced to 30 days in a Longview, Texas, jail and had his probation (misdemeanor criminal mischief) extended after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm signed Carolina kicker Pete Elezovic to replace injured Mike Black. Elezovic was kicker of the year with Albany in 1996. Black is scheduled for surgery Aug. 2 to repair an anterior cruciate ligament and possible meniscus tear.

NHL: Five groups are interested in buying the Sabres and keeping them in Buffalo, commissioner Gary Bettman said a day after the team's outgoing owner, John Rigas of Adelphia Communications, was arrested on fraud charges. Also, defenseman James Patrick re-signed. Forward Patrik Stefan, the No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft, agreed to a two-year contract with Atlanta. Pittsburgh center Martin Straka, who cracked a vertebra in his lower back Monday while exercising in the Czech Republic, will wear a brace six weeks, then be re-evaluated. Michigan forward Michael Cammalleri agreed to a multiyear contract with the Kings and will forgo his senior year.

TENNIS: Jan-Michael Gambill and Gustavo Kuerten advanced to the Mercedes-Benz Cup quarterfinals in Los Angeles. Anna Kournikova beat unseeded Wynne Prakusya in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Calif. French Open champion Albert Costa advanced in the Generali Open at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

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OBITUARY: Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley, a star lineman on LSU's football team in the 1930s and coach from 1948-54, died Wednesday in Baton Rouge. He was 87.