Sports Shorts

Coe set to take over as British Olympic head

London Olympics organizing chief Sebastian Coe is set to take over as chairman of the British Olympic Association after his only opponent for the job pulled out yesterday. In a statement, the BOA said British hockey head Richard Leman had stepped aside, leaving Coe poised to succeed Colin Moynihan at the association's next National Olympic Committee meeting on November 7. Twice Olympic 1,500-meter champion, Coe, 56, confirmed last month he had been asked to run for the position. "Recognizing the unique circumstance in which we find ourselves in having the person who led the organization and delivery of what is widely regarded as the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in history standing for election as our next chair, I have decided to put my full support behind Seb Coe and his candidacy," Leman said in the BOA statement. (Reuters )

Eagles fire defensive coordinator Castillo

The Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with secondary coach Todd Bowles. The Eagles made the move yesterday with the team stuck at 3-3 after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit. Coach Andy Reid made the surprising switch before last season of making Castillo the defensive coordinator after 13 seasons of coaching offensive linemen. Castillo has been under the microscope in Philadelphia, with nearly every move he's made being scrutinized intensely. Reid says six games into the season, "average isn't good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it." Castillo joined the Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant under coach Ray Rhodes. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 1997, and then offensive line coach in 1998. The Eagles have a bye this week. (AP )

Cricket great Martin Crowe has cancer

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe, 50, has been diagnosed with lymphoma, it was reported yesterday. Newspapers reported a statement from his manager, Louise Henderson, who said: "Understandably the family have a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks. The diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different." Crowe played his first test match at 19, going on to appear in 77 tests and 143 one-day internationals before retiring with a crippling knee injury in 1996 at 33. His 17 test centuries remains a New Zealand record. Crowe is married to a former Miss Universe, New Zealander Lorraine Downes. (DPA )