For misdemeanor possession of marijuana, high school basketball star O.J. Mayo.
The 19-year-old was in a car that was pulled over last Friday night in
Huntington, W.Va. Police found a small amount of marijuana in the car, and when
no one claimed ownership, all four males in the car were cited. Mayo, who
transferred to Huntington High for his senior year after a troubled stint at
Cincinnati's North College Hill, was not taken into custody but will have to
appear in court.
As women's basketball coach at LSU, Pokey Chatman (right) . On March 7 the
37-year-old former LSU star, who led the team to two Final Fours after taking
over as coach midway through the 2003--04 season, announced that she was
leaving after the NCAA tournament to "pursue other opportunities." But
the following day allegations emerged that she had had a sexual relationship
with a former player, and Chatman said she was leaving her $400,000-a-year job
immediately, due to "speculation and rumors." On Monday it was reported
that assistant coach Carla Berry had blown the whistle on Chatman in February
and that Chatman was not allowed to be alone with her players after that. The
Lady Tigers will be coached by assistant Bob Starkey in the tournament, where
they are a No. 3 seed.
By the Knicks, the contract of Isiah Thomas, the team's president and coach.
Thomas, who has run the team since 2003, took over as coach last summer after
Larry Brown was fired following one year on the job. It was widely speculated
that Thomas had one season to turn around a team that was 23--59 last year. The
Knicks are currently 29--34 and in the hunt for a playoff spot. In a statement,
owner James L. Dolan said, "While we clearly remain in a rebuilding process
and have significant work ahead of us to become an elite team in the NBA, I
feel strongly that this is a much better team, with a very bright
After a 14-season career in which he hit 315 home runs, Jeromy Burnitz, 37.
Unable to crack the lineup regularly with the Mets and the Indians, Burnitz got
his big break in 1996, when Cleveland traded him to the Brewers for Kevin
Seitzer. Over the next five seasons Burnitz averaged 33 homers and 102 RBIs,
and he made the All Star team in '99.