Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 30, 2003 at 10:38 p.m.

Alabama facilities get $100 million makeover

  • TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama's athletic department is in a state of upheaval this summer, but it's because of construction, not sudden coaching changes.

  • The parking lot outside the football complex is crowded with gravel and heavy machinery, and staffers lost Internet access for several days because a fiber-optic cable had been cut.

    ``It's causing some difficulties in the short term,'' Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore said. ``We've had to move some offices and so forth. But it is a matter of a little inconvenience now in exchange for a huge benefit when it all is done.''

    The athletic department is in the early stages of a planned $100 million in improvements that include a new weight room, upgrading Coleman Coliseum, new tennis and soccer complexes and a 10,000-seat expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

    Moore said upgrading the facilities was one of his top priorities when he became athletic director in 1999.

    ``It was clearly something we needed,'' he told The Tuscaloosa News in a story Sunday. ``It wasn't just a case of building something unnecessary because someone else had it. In a lot of areas, we were standing still. There were a number of reasons for that, but we needed to get moving again.''

    LSU, FSU among 16 hosts for 2004 NCAA tourney

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA on Monday announced first- and second-round sites for the 2004 women's Division I basketball tournament.

    Games will be played on March 20 and 22, or on March 21 and 23, with the dates at each site to be released later.

    The 16 sites are: The Pit, Albuquerque, N.M.; James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa; Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas; Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.; Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.; McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tenn.; St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio; Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.; Bridgeport Arena, Fairfield, Conn.; Williams Arena, Minneapolis; Adams Center, Missoula, Mont.; The Liacouras Center, Philadelphia; The Thunderdome, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Joyce Center, South Bend, Ind.; Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, Fla.; and Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.

    Regional sites, which were previously announced, will be the Hartford (Conn.) Civic Center; Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Va.; Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla.; and Bank of America Arena, Seattle.

    The 2004 Final Four will be April 4 and April 6 at New Orleans Arena.

    Rangers trade Leetch to Edmonton Oilers

  • NEW YORK - The New York Rangers traded the rights to free agent Brian Leetch to the Edmonton Oilers after being unable to sign the defenseman before the Monday midnight deadline. But it could be a temporary trade.

    The Oilers sent backup goaltender Jussi Markkanen and a fourth-round draft pick to New York.

    Leetch has been a cornerstone of the Rangers' defense since joining the team after the 1988 Olympics. He can still re-sign with New York starting today.

    Donovan heads U.S. roster for Gold Cup

  • CHICAGO - Forwards Landon Donovan, Clint Mathis and Brian McBride head the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region

    Goalkeepers Kasey Keller and Tim Howard also were on the 25-man roster announced Monday, along with captain Claudio Reyna, who is recuperating from surgery Nov. 18 for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. U.S. coach Bruce Arena said the midfielder probably won't play in the Gold Cup, which begins July 12.

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