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Sports Briefs

Scott Agrees to Terms; Hearing Pushed Back

North Carolina men's basketball player Melvin Scott entered into a deferred sentencing agreement at his court hearing Monday morning.

The decision means Scott has a certain number of terms to abide by or perform by Dec. 9 -- the date of his next hearing. If these terms are met, Scott most likely will avoid severe punishment.

These terms include getting an alcohol and drug assessment as well as staying away from the victim, said Sabrina Bristo, legal assistant for the Orange County District Court in Hillsborough.

Scott is being charged with one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. The incident happened May 2 at Players club, located at 159 1/2 E. Franklin St., reports state.

By Scott's court date, the team already will have played at least a few regular season games. Misdemeanors by athletes are handled on a case-by-case basis by the player's coach and the athletic director. So far there has been no word on Scott's position with the team.

Scott, a freshman from Baltimore, appeared in every game for the Tar Heels last season, averaging 6.2 points per game.

UNC Finishes 4th in Sears Cup Competition

North Carolina finished fourth in the 2001-02 Division I Sears Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

The Tar Heels scored 1,065.5 points this year. Stanford won the Sears Cup for the eighth consecutive year with 1499 points. UNC is the only school other than Stanford to win the title since the award was created in 1993-94. UNC finished first in the award's inaugural season.

Points are awarded by virtue of a school's NCAA postseason finish in up to 10 men's and 10 women's sports.

UNC was followed by three other ACC schools in the top 30, including Clemson (26th), Virginia (27th) and Duke (30).

Field Hockey Players Seek World Cup Play

The U.S. women's field hockey national team, which includes five current or former North Carolina players, beat India 3-1 Tuesday to earn a spot in the sport's World Cup.

India and the United States tied 1-1 in each of the first two meetings of the three-game series, held at Cannock Hockey Club in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. Tracey Fuchs, the U.S. captain, tied the score on a penalty stroke in the first minute of the second half. Two minutes later, Kelli Gannon scored the winning goal from the field. With 19 minutes remaining in the game, Fuchs added another goal on a penalty corner

Tar Heel senior Carrie Lingo started the game for the U.S., as did former UNC players Kate Barber, Kristen McCann and Peggy Storrar. Also on the 18-player roster is Amy Tran, a rising senior at North Carolina who is Storrar's backup at goalkeeper.

The World Cup Qualifying Tournament was held in France last September, but the United States was unable to travel to the competition following the terrorist attacks. The FIH granted the United States the opportunity to qualify in a series against the tournament's seventh-place finisher, which turned out to be India. The U.S.-India series was scheduled for June 3-5 in New Delhi, India but was rescheduled and moved to a neutral site after a U.S. State Department warning.

The World Cup will be played Nov. 28-Dec. 8 in Perth, Australia. The U.S., which will make its sixth consecutive appearance in the field, is the No. 11 seed and will play in Pool B, along with the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, England, South Africa, Japan and Ireland.

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Redskins Honor 2 Former UNC Athletes

Former North Carolina standouts Charlie Justice and Chris Hanburger are among 67 players and three coaches named to the Washington Redskins All-Time Team.

Justice, an All-America halfback, played at UNC from 1946-49 and was a member of the Redskins in 1950 and from 1952-54. Hanburger was one of the Tar Heels' first great linebackers. He starred at UNC from 1962-64, leading the Tar Heels to the Gator Bowl and an ACC championship in 1963. Hanburger played with the Redskins from 1965-78. He played in Super Bowl XII against the Miami Dolphins.

The athletes will be honored at weekend festivities, including a charity gala Oct. 25 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.