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Sports In Brief - September 6, 2007

CHAPEL HILL -- Dean Smith still remembers a practice years ago when the Roy Williams-coached junior varsity team at North Carolina frustrated Smith's varsity squad with its stingy defense.

It was just one of countless moments when the Hall of Famer came to realize that his pupil had what it took to be a great coach. And now that Williams -- leading the program that Smith coached for 36 years -- is joining him in the Hall of Fame this week, Smith is getting the chance to savor each one all over again.

"Here's my Tiger (Woods) for basketball," Smith said Wednesday. "He really has the total package as a college coach."

Williams continues to list Smith as one of the most influential people in his life. He turned to Smith when he was twice offered the North Carolina job -- turning it down in 2000 before accepting it in '03 -- and has always been quick to credit Smith for the tutelage that has helped him reach five Final Fours and win the 2005 NCAA championship.

• PRO WRESTLING -- Pro wrestler Chris Benoit suffered brain damage from his years in the ring that could help explain why he killed his wife, son and himself, a doctor who studied Benoit's brain said.

The analysis by doctors affiliated with the Sports Legacy Institute suggests that repeated concussions could have contributed to the killings at Benoit's suburban Atlanta home.

An Emory University neurologist not involved in the testing agreed that multiple concussions can cause long-term brain injuries, but she stressed that "what types of symptoms that causes is still very unclear."

Steroid use also has lingered as a theory behind the killings, since anabolic steroids were found in Chris Benoit's home and tests conducted by authorities showed Benoit had roughly 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he died.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Wake Forest and BB&T Corp. announced a 10-year agreement Wednesday to rename the school's football stadium "BB&T Field at Wake Forest University" beginning next season.

The 31,500-seat stadium has been known as Groves Stadium since it opened in 1968. A brief renaming ceremony will take place during the Demon Deacons' home opener against No. 16 Nebraska Saturday.

• NHL -- Pierre Turgeon ended his 19-year NHL career, retiring after groin and calf injuries limited him to 17 games last season with Colorado.

The 38-year-old center, once captain in Montreal, was an unrestricted free agent. He had 515 goals and 1,327 points in 1,294 career games.

• WINTHROP ATHLETICS -- Winthrop forward Daniel Revivo was selected Big South Conference Choice Hotels men's soccer player of the week.

Revivo, a junior from Richmond Hill, Ontario, recorded four goals in the Eagles' 5-0 win over USC Upstate Sept. 1. The hat trick marked the third of his career. On Sept. 3 vs. Binghamton, Revivo nearly tied the match, but his header from six yards out sailed just over the crossbar as the Eagles fell 1-0. He was named the RU Classic offensive MVP.

Junior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann was named the Big South Choice Hotels volleyball player of the week.

Sitzmann started the weekend by capturing 21 kills against Towson, a career-high. She tallied 12 kills against Charlotte and 16 against Illinois-Chicago.

Siztmann posted 49 kills and a 4.08 kills per game mark while hitting .432. She also added four service aces in a three-match span.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Rich Rebholz scored his first hole in one March 2 at the Rock Hill Country Club, hitting a 7-iron on the 185-yard, par-3 second hole.

He was playing with Kevin Tindal, Roland Myers, Terry Durling and David Tate.

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