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Awards Susko, Gehman lauded

Chase Susko and Jen Gehman were recently named ECAC Robbins Scholar Athletes of the Year at Misericordia.

Susko, a senior physical therapy major, has been named to the dean’s list nine times. In addition to maintaining a 3.84 GPA, he earned first-team all-PAC honors in cross country, helping the Cougars to their sixth consecutive conference championship.

Gehman, a four-year starter as a catcher on the softball team, maintains a 3.94 GPA in physical therapy. She also leads the team in batting average (.394), home runs (8) and RBI (31) in addition to being the Cougars’ all-time leader in home runs triples, total bases and slugging percentage.

Skiing Roffe to be inducted

Olympic skiing gold medalist Diann Roffe will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Ski and Winter Sports Museum Hall of Fame May 19 at Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll Valley.

Roffe, who won the giant slalom race in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994 is a well-known motivational speaker and a member of the National Ski Hall of Fame.

Six other inductees will be honored at the ceremony, including Bill Bendl, Gregg Confer, David Fowler, George Hannon, Pete Snyder and Eliot Woodbridge.

National

NBA Indy’s Carlisle fired

Rick Carlisle was fired Wednesday after four tumultuous years as coach of the Indiana Pacers, who failed to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Carlisle said he understood it was time for the Pacers to hear a “new voice.” Team president Larry Bird said Carlisle has an option to return to the team in another capacity. Carlisle was appointed vice president in October and has until June 15 to decide if he wants to keep that title.

The Pacers finished the season 35-47, their worst since 1988-89. Indiana was 29-24 shortly after the All-Star break, but lost its next 11 games to fall out of playoff contention. A loss to Detroit on April 3 clinched the Pacers’ first losing season since 1996-97.

Steroid Scandal BALCO doc suspended

The former medical director of the clinic involved in a sports doping scandal has been suspended from practicing medicine after investigators found he prescribed a stimulant to a sprinter without examining her.

Dr. Brian Halevie-Goldman, a psychiatrist who was medical director for the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative that provided steroids to top athletes, was suspended for 90 days by the state medical board.

Halevie-Goldman also was placed on five years’ probation and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for allegedly providing the drug modafinil to the athlete at the request of BALCO founder Victor Conte, who served four months in federal prison for dealing steroids.

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