Winthrop season tickets go on sale Monday

Season tickets for the 2007-08 Winthrop men's basketball home games will go on sale beginning Monday in the Winthrop Coliseum ticket office. Tickets may also be ordered by mail using the ticket order form that can be found on

All previous season ticket holders have until Sept. 1 to purchase the same seats they had last year. After Sept. 1, previous season ticket holders will not be guaranteed their same seats. An event is being planned for mid-September to sell all remaining season tickets.

Prices for season ticket renewals are $99 each while tickets for new season ticket holders are priced at $105 each. Packages are also available for Young Alumni (those receiving undergraduate degrees from Winthrop within the last five years), Winthrop Faculty/Staff, and the popular Family Pack.

Young Alumni and Faculty/Staff season tickets will cost $82 each. The Family Pack, which includes four season tickets and 12 items from the concession stand, is priced at $325. Additional Family Pack tickets can be purchased for $75 each.

• PRO FOOFTBALL -- After 16 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it was strictly business, insisting that after "significant investment" it was time to close NFL Europa and concentrate internationally on regular-season games outside the United States.

"A foundation of American football fans in key European markets has been created and the time is right to shift our strategy," Goodell said in a statement. "The next phase of our international growth is to focus on initiatives with global impact, including taking advantage of developing technologies that make the NFL more accessible on a global scale and ensuring the success of our new international series of regular-season games."

The league reportedly was losing about $30 million a season. Five of the league's six teams were in Germany, with the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

• WRESTLING -- Investigators had not yet discovered the bodies of pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son when someone altered Benoit's Wikipedia entry to mention his wife's death, authorities said.

An anonymous user with the same IP address as the person who made the edits confessed early Friday on an online discussion page attached to the Web site, saying the changes were based on rumors and speculation, not hard evidence.

The authenticity of the posting could not immediately be confirmed.

"I just can't believe what I wrote was actually the case, I've remained stunned and saddened over it," the user wrote.

• ROWING -- A new women's rowing coach was named to replace longtime program leader Susan Lueck, who was fired abruptly in April.

Richard Ruggieri, 41, becomes only the second head coach in the women's rowing program history, which began in 1998.

Lueck, hired to start the rowing team, was fired April 6, the dismissal revealed in a terse, short announcement by the school.

The firing came a day before a competition and two weeks before the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, which the university hosted on nearby Lake Hartwell.

• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- Auburn trustees unanimously approved construction of a $92.5 million basketball arena, the state's largest one-time expenditure for an athletic building.

The new complex will have 9,600 seats, two practice courts, a weight room, premium and courtside seating and 12 suites with outdoor areas that will also open on football Saturdays. The university will accept construction bids next spring, and the arena is expected to be ready for the 2010-11 season.-