SMU FIRES COACH: SMU coach Phil Bennett was fired Sunday, a day after the Mustangs lost 29-23 at Tulsa and were eliminated from bowl contention. Bennett, who is 18-48 in six seasons, will finish out the season, athletic director Steve Orsini said. The Mustangs are 1-7 with four games remaining.

ILL. ST. DISMISS PAIR: Two Illinois State football players were charged with stealing a classmate's wallet and were dismissed from the team. Cameron Cyril Thompkins, 18, of Sanford, Fla., and Micha Gordon, 19, of Peoria, were removed from the squad Thursday because of "violations of team rules," athletic department spokesman Todd Kober said. The alleged theft happened in late September near the campus, police said Sunday.


MARATHON WINNER: At Arlington, Va., Kristen Henehan, a three-time All-American in track at Georgetown, won the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, while Ethiopia's Tamrat Ayalew took the men's title in the event that featured more than 22,000 runners. Henehan finished the course among the monuments in the nation's capital in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 9 seconds, edging ahead of Lisa Thomas in the final mile to win the women's division by 27 seconds.


RASH WINS TITLE: Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., won the U.S. Bowling Congress Masters title Sunday by defeating Steve Jaros 269-245 in the final in Milwaukee. Rash got a break on a crossover strike in the third frame and struck out after leaving a 6-pin in the fifth. He has won titles in each of his first four TV appearances, tying Hugh Miller as the only bowlers to accomplish that feat.


2 SHARKS INJURED: The San Jose Sharks placed forward Ryane Clowe and defenseman Rob Davison on injured reserve Sunday. The Sharks recalled forwards Devin Setoguchi and Lukas Kaspar from their AHL affiliate in Worcester to take their place.


8 U.S. BOXERS LEFT: U.S. light heavyweight Christopher Downs dropped out Sunday as the first week of competition in the World Boxing Championships concluded, leaving the U.S. team with eight qualifiers for the round of 16 out of a possible 11. The 33-year-old fighter from Knoxville, Tenn., fell behind England's Tony Jeffries in the second round and couldn't make up the difference in a 19-8 decision.

After a rest day Monday, the championships will resume Tuesday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with the round of 16. The quarterfinals will be Thursday, the semifinals on Friday and the championship round on Saturday.

Light flyweight Luis Yanez, a high school senior from Duncanville, Texas, and welterweight Demetrius Andrade of Providence, R.I., both advanced in the tournament. Both fighters are one victory away from qualifying for the Beijing Olympics.

Bull riding

CANTER HOLDS ON: North Carolina cowboy Brian Canter won the third round of the PBR World Finals on Sunday in Las Vegas with a 89.5-point ride on Deuces Wild, while season points leader Justin McBride was bucked off for the third straight time. McBride, thrown by Brass Monkey in 7.2 seconds, tops the standings with 11,505.25 points and earnings of $687,175.65. J.B. Mauney was second at 10,253.25 and $456,481.75, followed by Brazil's Guilherme Marchi at 9,940.50 and $294,107.24. The eight-round competition will shift Thursday to the Thomas & Mack Center from Mandalay Bay for the fourth round.