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U.S. squad chooses Ramirez

Fourth-year freestyle swimmer Austin Ramirez was named yesterday as one of the 14 individuals who will compete on Team USA in the Bank of America U.S. Olympic Cup.

The meet will take place on the UC-San Diego campus this weekend, where the United States squad will compete against teams from France and Great Britain.

International competition is nothing new to Ramirez, who tasted glory in the Pan American Games, where he won the silver medal in the 400 freestyle.

Last spring in the ACC Championships, Ramirez won both the 500 and 1,650 free events. He also earned a nod to the All-American Honorable Mention list.

Closed door

Apparently, members of the North Carolina football team are taking steps to make sure they don't suffer another rough start to their season.

After Saturday's 20-17 loss to Virginia, players held a closed-door meeting, according to the Associated Press.

"We all know what it takes [to win] now," offensive lineman Ryan Carfley told the AP. "We all went through last season and none of us want that to happen again. We sat and talked and set up a lot of things we want to happen. We haven't forgotten about last year."

Ryan named keynote speaker

Women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the 1999 Nike / WBCA Coaching Clinics.

In addition to the Oct. 23 clinic in Philadelphia, Nike will host clinics in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. Each of these clinics will have a collegiate basketball coach as their keynote speaker.

The clinics give women coaches the opportunity to learn more about their profession. Some of the tips highlighted are developing defensive skills, speed, agility and quickness training and developing a practice plan.

Leyland's leaving

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Leyland put the issue of his retirement to rest, confirming an Associated Press report Tuesday that this will be his last season managing. He said he has no intentions of managing any other team.

Leyland is most famous for winning a World Series with the Florida Marlins. He also won three straight NL East Division titles with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After taking over the helm at Colorado, the Rockies' record has not been spectacular: They are now 62-78 after Tuesday's loss to Montreal.

Miller Park opening delayed

Milwaukee fans may have to wait until April 2001 before Miller Park will be open to the public. A construction accident that caused the deaths of three workers has delayed the opening. The accident occurred July 14 when a crane collapsed and tons of steel fell on the stadium.

There has been no final decision on when the stadium will be completed. The last home game at County Stadium, the Brewers' current home, was scheduled to be Oct. 3, Milwaukee's last home date of the 1999 season. If the opening of Miller Park is delayed, County Stadium will continue to house the Brewers until construction is complete.


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