Sports digest 11/5/01

Monday, November 5, 2001

Allen fired as Kansas coach

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Terry Allen, the only coach in Kansas history to keep his job after four straight losing seasons, could not make it through a fifth.

Vowing to raise the lowly Jayhawks to the top of the Big 12, athletic director Al Bohl announced Sunday that Allen had been dismissed, effective immediately. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Tom Hayes will be in charge the final three games but has no guarantee beyond that.

Allen, 20-33 at Kansas and increasingly unpopular with alumni, urged everyone to get behind the new coach.

"I'm sorry we were not successful," Allen said, sitting alongside wife Lynn while Bohl and Hayes waited to come to the front of the room and speak. "We did our best and didn't fulfill what we needed to do. Success in this league is very difficult."

A 51-7 loss Saturday night to No. 2 Nebraska dropped the Jayhawks to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12.

Highly successful while going 75-26 in eight seasons as coach at Division I-AA Northern Iowa, the 44-year-old Allen was not able to get the Jayhawks headed in the right direction in the highly competitive Big 12.

Swallows, Minter nab OVC honors

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech's Grant Swallows and Eastern Kentucky's Chris Minter have been honored as the Ohio Valley Conference players of the week.

Swallows, who was named for the second straight week, set a school single-game record by passing for 412 yards to lead the Golden Eagles to a 35-27 victory over Jacksonville State Saturday. Swallows was 24-of-37 for 412 yards, with three touchdown passes.

Minter had seven tackles, including two solos, to help Eastern Kentucky beat Southeast Missouri 42-24. He also had two tackles for loss and a sack.

Glenn sues NFL, claims disability

NEW YORK -- New England wide receiver Terry Glenn has sued the NFL, claiming a disability makes it difficult for him to adhere to certain rules in the league's substance abuse policy.

The NFL said it is aware of the complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Buffalo last week, but the league would not comment.

As first reported on the "NFL Today" on CBS and CBS, Glenn filed the complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but it did not specify what disability Glenn suffers.

Glenn claims he should not have been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violation of the substance abuse policy.

Davenport injury gives Williams title

MUNICH, Germany -- Lindsay Davenport's joy at ending the year at No. 1 was short-lived.

A day after clinching the top ranking, she pulled out of the Sanex Championships final with a bruised right knee, giving the title to Serena Williams.

Davenport tried to practice Sunday, hours before the final, but stopped because of the pain. Her withdrawal ended a 15-match winning streak in which she won titles in three straight weeks.

In capturing the $3 million tournament -- the WTA's year-ending event and the biggest behind the Grand Slams -- Willaims gained her third title of the year and 10th of her career.

Grosjean wins Paris Masters

PARIS -- Sebastien Grosjean enjoyed the biggest victory of his career Sunday, beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov for the Paris Masters title and earning a spot in the season-ending Masters Cup.

Grosjean won 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4 and threw his arms in the air when Kafelnikov sent a forehand smash into the net to end the match.

This was Grosjean's first title in the Masters Series -- second in importance to the Grand Slams -- and his second career title. He earned $434,000.

-- From wire reports

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