Friday, March 19, 2004 | 10:58 a.m.
Baylor University is being sued by seven women in a university rowing club who contend the school discriminates against female students.
They say Baylor's failure to recognize their club as a varsity sport violates Title IX, which bans gender discrimination in academics and athletics at schools receiving federal money.
"Female students have historically been and continue to be underrepresented" in Baylor's sports programs, attorneys Samuel J. Schiller and Ray Yasser said in the petition filed in U.S. District Court.
Complaints include a lack of boats and oars for the rowing team, an unpaid student coach and no scholarships, locker room or university-provided uniforms. Baylor denies the claims of discrimination.
Charles Beckenhauer, Baylor's associate general counsel, said he had not fully reviewed the accusations.
Baylor has male and female rowing clubs with about 70 participants.
TCU coach in trouble
Jeff Mittie, coach of the Texas Christian University women's team, was awaiting word today on whether he would be allowed to participate in the team's NCAA first-round tournament game Saturday at Philadelphia after his arrest early Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving. TCU (24-6) is the sixth seed in the East Region and scheduled to play Temple.
Lady Rebels blanked
No. 23 Arizona State handed UNLV its second consecutive loss in the Kia Classic, 6-0. The Sun Devils (28-13) started fast with Phelan Wright's two-run homer in the first. UNLV (16-16) slipped to 0-2 in pool play, which was to resume today for the Lady Rebels against fourth-ranked Florida State.
Agassi in semifinals
Andre Agassi beat Guillermo Coria 6-4, 7-5 and Roger Federer beat Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-1 to set up their semifinal match Saturday in the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, Calif. Justine Henin-Hardenne reached the women's semifinals by avenging her only loss of the year with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
DeVaney holds lead
Mike DeVaney of Escondido, Calif., knocked down 1,316 pins in the final six games of qualifying for a 6,845 total and a 267-pin lead over Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., in the PBA world championship at Taylor, Mich. The top 32 bowlers advanced to match play, which was to begin this morning.
Cowboys seek repeat
Defending champion Oklahoma State took the first step toward a repeat in the NCAA wrestling tournament Thursday, grabbing the first-day lead and advancing seven wrestlers to the quarterfinals in St. Louis.
Juniors get coach
Chris Waddell, 18, the Northwestern State player who died during a workout March 1, had a heart attack because of a pre-exisiting condition, the coroner in Natchitoches, La., ruled.
Honors for Kwan
Michelle Kwan, who will try for a record sixth world championship in ladies singles beginning Monday in Germany, was named USOC Sportswoman of the Year for 2003.
UNLV wins in 11
Eric Nielsen drove in five runs, including the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and UNLV won 12-9 at BYU in the first of a three-game series.
Juniors get coach
North Dakota coach Dean Blais was named to coach the U.S. team at the world junior championship in January in Finland.