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Published Jul. 31, 2007


TAMPA - Junior Carlton Hill, back at USF after a season of junior college football, will play free safety for the Bulls this fall.

Hill had been listed as a quarterback but said Friday that he's decided to play defense after talking with defensive coordinator Wally Burnham. He does not plan on redshirting, as had once been the plan for this fall.

"I'm excited about being a part of this defense," said Hill, who played receiver and quarterback at USF in 2005 and at Pearl River Community College in the fall. "I know how dominating they've always been, and this was my decision."

MORE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma and Notre Dame plan to play a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013.

BASKETBALL: Former UNLV guard Mark Wade has been charged with embezzling more than $15,000 in his former job as an assistant coach at UC Riverside.


Fighter dies due to gunshot wounds sustained at bar

Former heavyweight boxer James Oyebola died, four days after he was shot in the head following a dispute about smoking at a bar, police said. He was 47.

Doctors turned off life support after determining he was brain dead.

The Nigerian-born boxer won a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and retired in 1996.

Police said Oyebola was shot just after midnight Sunday by patrons at a club in west London, where he worked as a bouncer. No arrests have been made.


Officials consider cycling's future in the games

Some Olympic officials are questioning if cycling is in danger of tarnishing the games.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge rejected the idea of banishing the sport. Others on the 115-member committee are growing impatient with doping headlines cycling is generating.

The AP reached 12 IOC members in Europe and Africa. A small number said cycling's Olympic status could be at risk; others were strongly in support of keeping the sport. But IOC member Dick Pound warned that could change if the sport's drug woes persist.

BASKETBALL: Greg Oden is leaning toward skipping U.S. training camp next month, possibly ending his chances of playing in the 2008 Olympics. Oden had a tonsillectomy July 14 and was forced to miss minicamp last weekend in Las Vegas. He has an invitation to join the team when it reconvenes Aug. 15.


SOCCER: Costa Rican forward Paulo Wanchope signed with MLS's Chicago Fire and should be available to play Aug. 4.

TENNIS: Carlos Moya defeated David Ferrer 7-5, 6-4 in the Croatia Open quarterfinals. ... Juan Monaco upset top-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Austrian Open.

TRACK: Federal prosecutors said media leaks did not compromise the deliberations of the grand jury that indicted elite coach Trevor Graham on perjury charges. Graham's lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing widely published reports by the Associated Press saying Graham "was expected to be indicted" were grounds for dismissal.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.