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Rutgers offensive lineman Trohn Carswell has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Carswell was one of eight free agents signed by the Panthers yesterday.
Carswell broke into the Scarlet Knights' starting lineup at left tackle midway through his junior season, and was a starter throughout his senior year.
Rutgers' Carswell signs with Carolina Panthers

Immaculata High School's Mike Ziarnowski, one of the state's top linebackers, has made a nonbinding commitment to play football at Rutgers in 2004, his high school coach, Pierce Fraunheim, said last night.
Immaculata's Ziarnowski gives Rutgers football commitment

The phones have been ringing off the hook for Rutgers football seniors lately. Relatively speaking that is.
For a team that won just one game this past fall, the three Scarlet Knights who will attend NFL mini-camps this weekend is a good sign of the product the Rutgers program will be producing in the future.
Barr gets invite to Redskins camp

Women's Basketball

Rutgers University sophomore Cappie Pondexter has been named to the All-America Second Team, the group announced Monday. The 5-foot-9 guard led Rutgers with 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game during her rookie campaign for the Scarlet Knights. An honorable-mention Associated Press All-American as well as the 2003 Big East Rookie of the Year, Pondexter was also the first rookie in conference history to earn a spot on the All-First Team.
Pondexter tabbed second-team All-American

Men's Basketball

Byron Joynes, a 6-foot-9, 300-pound center from Oak Hill, Va., Academy has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Rutgers, coach Gary Waters announced yesterday.
Rutgers adds 6-9 center to basketball class

Sure, 300 sounds like a lot of pounds, Gary Waters conceded. But with Byron Joynes, the Rutgers' coach said, there are a lot more relevant numbers.
Like 81, Joynes' height in inches (or 6-feet-9). Or 370, the amount Joynes can bench-press. Or better yet, 25, the number of pounds Joynes is going to lose this summer at Rutgers.
RU adds big guy, a really big guy

After signing a trio of guards for the next season, head coach Gary Waters' next order of business would focus his attention on an aspect of his team that did not have much success last season: inside presence. And Waters did just that just as 6-foot 9-inch 300 pound center, Byron Joynes, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Scarlet Knights men's basketball team for the 2003-04 campaign.
Rated as the No. 21 center in the country by, Joynes hails from prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, where he averaged 15minutes per game to go along with his 7.6 points per game. Helping his team to a stellar 31-4 record, Joynes shot 58 percent from the field, while his 5.1 rebounds and two blocks per game average assisted Oak Hill on the defensive end.
Baltimore big man inks NLI with Waters


Freshman left-hander Matt Pustay pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run relief as Rutgers rallied for a 10-5 win and three-game series sweep of Virginia Tech in Big East baseball action yesterday.
Rutgers trailed 4-2 but scored three times in the third and, when the Hokies cut the gap to 7-5 with a run in the seventh, added three insurance runs, highlighted by back-to-back solo home runs from Jeff Frazier and Vinny Esposito.
With the win, Rutgers' ninth straight overall and eighth straight in conference play, the Scarlet Knights improve to 21-14 overall and 13-3 in Big East play and trail league leade4r Notre Dame by a half-game. Virginia Tech is now 27-15, 10-7 in the Big East.
Pustay saves Rutgers win

Knights in the Pros

Quarterback Ray Lucas was released Monday by the Miami Dolphins, a move that had been expected after he struggled filling in for injured starter Jay Fiedler last season.
Dolphins cut ex-Jet QB Lucas

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Efforts to transform the Syracuse University football team's defense this spring were focused as much on the inside as the outside.
No therapy sessions were ordered, but the Orangemen had to address their psyches and their confidence, which were demoralized in 2002.
SU defense gets feisty in practice



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It took all of 10 minutes into his visit at the Saints' facility for first-round pick Johnathan Sullivan to begin his NFL baptism. The New Orleans Saints' top pick had been on the ground just long enough to understand the Saints were not going to wait long to get their money's worth.
"It is so good to see you, we're really excited about having you here, Johnathan," defensive coordinator Rick Venturi said, pouncing as his newest starting defensive tackle entered his office. "While I have you up here and before you go meet the rest of the guys, I want to go through some film of our last game and explain our system a little bit. I want you to see what you'll be doing out there."
Saints' top picks hustled, bustled in New Orleans

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