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Tired Ohio State AD to step down in June

Andy Geiger will resign as athletic director at Ohio State on June 30, citing burnout after almost two years of NCAA investigations. He denied being forced out.

"I find my work is no longer fun and I no longer look forward with enthusiasm to each day," Geiger said. "I'm just tired. Just bone-weary. Not the tired that a good night of sleep fixes. "Burnout,' I guess, is what they call it in the industry."

Football player Maurice Clarett has accused coach Jim Tressel of setting him up with cars, said boosters provided him with no-show jobs and Ohio State professors gave breaks to players.

And last month, the school imposed a one-year postseason ban on its men's basketball team over an alleged $6,000 payment to a recruit by former coach Jim O'Brien.


Proposal rejected

Coach Bruce Arena's proposal to push back the deadline in the U.S. federation's labor dispute to March 1 was disavowed by management, which also asked the union to accept binding arbitration by Monday. The players likely will reject that.

The USSF is threatening to use untested players Feb. 9 at Trinidad and Tobago in the opener of the final round of World Cup qualifying unless an agreement is reached by Feb. 1.

UNDER-18 TEAM: USF's Rodrigo Hidalgo was selected to play for the United States in a tournament in Mexico Sunday-Tuesday.


Federer rolls

Roger Federer beat Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-4 in less than hour to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha. Federer broke Rusedski once in each set for his 19th consecutive victory since the Athens Olympics. Federer next plays Feliciano Lopez, who beat Uros Vico 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).


U.S. skier hurt

American skier Bryon Friedman broke his right leg in two places in a downhill training crash in Chamonix, France. He had surgery to fix the tibia and fibula and likely is out for the season.

SKIING: Wendy Wagner won her fourth national title, beating Alison Crocker by 1.5 seconds in the 5K in the U.S. championships in Midway, Utah. She finished in 16:32.2. Germany's Karin Camenisch was the overall winner in 16:15.8. Justin Freeman won the 10K in 28:33.7, 1.6 faster than James Southam. Overall, Russia's Ivan Babikov won in 27:55.7.

LUGE: Silke Kraushaar broke the track record to win a World Cup event in Koenigsee, Germany. Her combined time was 1:35.340, 0.218 faster than Barbara Niedernhuber, and her second run set a record of 47.610. Olympic champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch won the men's doubles in 1:34.534, 0.696 faster than German countrymen AndrDe Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich.


HORSES: Breeders' Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper is a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the top older male and top sprinter. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones was joined by Belmont winner Birdstone and Kitten's Joy as finalists for top 3-year-old male.

AUTOS: Justin Larson, 16, of Safety Harbor will compete in the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout this weekend in Monterey, Calif. The circuit is sponsored by the Indy Racing League.

Compiled from Times wires