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GEORGIA AD EVANS APOLOGIZES FOR DUI ARREST

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ATLANTA - Georgia athletic director Damon Evans apologized Thursday after he was arrested for drunken driving, saying he "failed miserably" in being a leader and representing the school well. A state trooper pulled him over late Wednesday for driving erratically. Evans, 40, smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test, police said. He was charged with DUI and failure to maintain a lane.

Also in the car was Courtney Fuhrmann, 28. She was charged with disorderly conduct after police said she repeatedly ignored warnings to stay inside the 2009 BMW while the trooper conducted the sobriety test. She refused to comment to the Associated Press.

Evans, a married father of two, was arrested the day before his new five-year contract began. School president Michael Adams said he wouldn't decide on a punishment until what happened was reviewed by university staff.

USC: Running backs coach Todd McNair apparently is no longer with the team. The school said his contract expired Wednesday but made no additional comment. McNair was given special penalties last month for what the NCAA said was his role in the scandal surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush. The school got a two-year bowl ban and severe scholarship restrictions. McNair was prohibited from contacting recruits.

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Horses: Horse of the year Rachel Alexandra will next race July 24 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey in the Lady's Secret Stakes.

Olympics: A Dutch sports commission said it has proof that speed skater Gretha Smit or her coach offered a Polish skater money for her starting spot in the 5,000-meter race at the 2006 Olympics. The Polish skater turned down the offer, it said. Smit has denied involvement, and her coach, Ingrid Paul, denied any attempt at bribery. The commission said sanctions will be announced in a few months.

Rowing: Harvard defeated Georgetown by five lengths in the Prince Albert Cup for student coxed fours at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames in England. Yale lost to England's Newcastle University.

Softball:Katie Cochran singled in two runs in a four-run first as the United States beat Japan 4-0 to clinch a spot in the final of the world championships in Caracas, Venezuela. The United States will try to make it seven consecutive world titles today against Japan, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, or Canada. Canada beat China 1-0 to make today's bronze-medal game with Japan. The winner of that game plays the United States for the championship.

Times wires

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