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EX-FAMU COACH GETS PROBATION IN STALKING

Published Sep. 5, 2007

Former Florida A&M basketball coach Mike Gillespie pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of stalking a former girlfriend, and was sentenced to a year of probation.

The court also ordered Gillespie, who is married, to permanently stay away from his accuser. He will receive counseling twice monthly and pay court costs. Defense attorney Tim Jansen said Gillespie began the counseling the day after his arrest in May.

Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins told Gillespie that any violation of the sanctions could result in jail time.

Police had said they first warned Gillespie in 2005 and again four months ago to stay away from Kathie Scott, who first tried to end their relationship more than two years ago. He was arrested after driving by her workplace the morning after the latest warning.

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OBITUARY: Former Clemson player Clarke Bynum, who once helped thwart a plane hijacking, died Monday after a long battle with cancer, the school said. He was 45. Mr. Bynum, an ACC All-Academic selection, subdued a man who attacked a pilot in the cockpit of a British Airways jet in December 2000. The man sent the plane into two nosedives. But Mr. Bynum and other passengers burst into the cockpit and restrained him until the flight with 398 people on board landed. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn, and four children.

CHARGES IN PORTER CASE: Former Villanova star Howard Porter was trying to trade money and crack cocaine for sex with a prostitute when he was beaten to death, according to second-degree murder charges filed against Rashad Arthur Raleigh, 29, of St. Paul, Minn. Porter, 58, died May 26. The prostitute told police that four masked men beat Porter "real bad, God real bad."

BOSTON COLLEGE: Coach Al Skinner received an extension through the 2012-13 season. He is 196-120 in 10 seasons at BC, including 164 wins and six NCAA Tournament berths since the 2000-01 season.

DUQUESNE: Stuard Baldonado, one of five players wounded in an on-campus shooting Sept. 17, was indefinitely suspended, four days after he was arrested on a drug conspiracy charge.Baldonado was arrested Friday in Pittsburgh and charged with criminal conspiracy involving the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance, according to online records of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. A hearing in the case was scheduled for today.

MEMPHIS: Players Shawn Taggart and Jeff Robinson pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and inciting a riot related to a scuffle.

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IOWA: Coach Kirk Ferentz said offensive lineman Alex Kanellis' career is over because of headaches that have plagued him since he had a concussion last spring.

Nebraska: Coach Bill Callahan received a five-year contract for $1.75-million a year, to run through Jan. 31, 2012. Callahan's old contract ran through 2008. Callahan, 51, is 23-15 in four seasons.

North Carolina: Starting linebacker Chase Rice will have surgery on his left ankle, ending his season. Freshman Bruce Carter will start in Rice's place Saturday at East Carolina.

Notre Dame: Freshman Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State. "I think he gives us the best chance of winning," coach Charlie Weis said. Clausen was rated by many as the top high school recruit last year.

ACC HONORS: Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan was named the league's offensive back of the week after completing 32 of 52 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns in a win against Wake Forest. Teammate Dejuan Tribble was top defensive back; Georgia Tech's Andrew Gardner was top offensive lineman; Georgia Tech kicker Travis Bell was top specialist; Clemson's Philip Merling was top defensive lineman and North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates was top rookie.

GAME TOSSED OUT: An Aug. 23 game between Northwest Missouri State and Arkansas Tech will be tossed out without consequence to either team after being called in the first quarter because of lightning.

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Florida: vs. Troy, 6 p.m.Saturday, pay per view

FSU: vs. UAB, 5 p.m.Saturday, ESPNU

USF: at Auburn, 9 p.m.Saturday, ESPN2

Miami: at Oklahoma, noon Saturday, Ch. 28

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Up next

Florida: vs. Troy, 6 p.m.Saturday, pay per view

FSU: vs. UAB, 5 p.m.Saturday, ESPNU

USF: at Auburn, 9 p.m.Saturday, ESPN2

Miami: at Oklahoma, noon Saturday, Ch. 28

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