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College football

DB TESTED POSITIVE: Southern California defensive back Brandon Ting, whose father reportedly testified in the Barry Bonds case, tested positive for steroids before his surprise decision to leave the team last week, the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday.

The newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said Trojans coach Pete Carroll declined to comment about the allegation.

NCAA rules bar athletes who test positive for banned drugs from playing. Ting's father, Arthur Ting, is an orthopedic surgeon in the San Francisco area who has operated on several professional athletes, including Bonds. The San Francisco Chronicle reported last month that Ting testified in the perjury investigation of Bonds — who had denied knowingly taking steroids — and turned over his medical records on the player.

2 OU PLAYERS DISMISSED: Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar will not play for the Sooners this season following an investigation by the team, according to a television report. Oklahoma confirmed two players had been permanently dismissed by the team but did not identify them. The school said the players violated NCAA rules by working at a private business and taking "payment over an extended period of time in excess of time actually worked."

Oklahoma City station KWTV reported that Bomar, who set an Oklahoma freshman record with 2,018 passing yards after becoming the starter in the second game last season, was one of the two players. Oklahoma City television station KOCO reported that Bomar's roommate, offensive lineman J.D. Quinn, was the second player.

AFA KICKER SUSPENDED: Air Force suspended sophomore place-kicker Ryan Harrison indefinitely Wednesday for an unspecified violation of school standards. Harrison, who played in two games last season, was expected to challenge for a starting position as both the place kicker and punter this season. He can practice with the team but will not be allowed in any games.


LAWYER CRITICIZES UCI: The attorney for cyclist Floyd Landis took issue with the International Cycling Union for leaking the results of the Tour de France winner's positive "A" sample drug test, saying it breached the organization's own rules.

Results of the second or "B" sample are set to be released on Saturday, and until they are completed, "it should be strongly noted that there is not even a formal doping charge that has been filed against Mr. Landis," attorney Howard Jacobs said.

Jacobs said he was "troubled by the actions of the UCI and how they have spoken out about this case, which is in direct contravention of the UCI's own rules and the World Anti-Doping Code."

College basketball

O'BRIEN AWARDED MILLIONS: Even though former basketball coach Jim O'Brien broke NCAA rules by giving money to a recruit, a judge ruled Wednesday that Ohio State must pay O'Brien $2.2 million plus interest because it failed to follow the terms of his contract.

"It is clear that this seemingly unfair result arises from the extremely favorable provisions of the contract," Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph T. Clark wrote in his decision.

O'Brien, fired in June of 2004, had asked for at least $3.6 million. Ohio State said it didn't owe him any money because he gave $6,000 to recruit Aleksandar Radojevic, lied about it and tried to cover it up.