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Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 11:09 p.m.

Next year's BCS title game set for Jan. 4

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Next year's Bowl Championship Series title game will be the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4 in New Orleans.
    The game will be played on a Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST, following a pair of NFL wild-card games.
    The Rose Bowl will be played on New Year's Day at 4:30 p.m. EST, followed by the Orange Bowl at 8:30 p.m. The Fiesta Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, at 8 p.m. EST.
    There will be a day off before the title game because ABC will be showing the NFL playoffs in prime time on Jan. 3.
    ABC has the rights to all four BCS games.

    Dorsey pulls out of Hula Bowl

    HIGH SCHOOL
  • HONOLULU - Miami Hurricanes quarterback Ken Dorsey has decided not to play in the Hula Bowl.
    Dorsey initially accepted an invitation to the game but changed his mind after playing back-to-back weeks in the Fiesta Bowl and the East-West Shrine Classic, agent Leigh Steinberg said Thursday.
    "He's just taking time to heal up after playing in two successive games," Steinberg said.
    Aside from some normal bumps and bruises, Dorsey's health is fine, Steinberg said. Dorsey is projected to be a second-day pick in the NFL Draft in April.

    Bronson baseball clinic postponed

    COLLEGE BASKETBALL
  • A baseball clinic scheduled for Saturday at Bronson High School has been postponed because of the expected cold weather, Bronson coach Paul Guren said Thursday.
    The clinic will be rescheduled for a later date, the coach said.

    Texas' Conradt joins Summitt in 800 club

    SOFTBALL
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Eventually, Texas coach Jody Conradt will retire, even though she says that won't happen any time soon.
    But when she does, Conradt hopes people will remember the things that were even more important to her than a few losses and a whole lot of wins.
    Things like the sacrifices she and others made in promoting women's college basketball and making sure female athletes could get scholarships.
    Conradt became just the second women's coach to reach 800 career victories Wednesday night when the 17th-ranked Longhorns beat No. 7 Texas Tech 69-58.
    Conradt joined Tennessee's Pat Summitt (802) as the only women's coaches in the 800-victory club. Summitt got in Jan. 14 with a win over DePaul.
    The 61-year-old Conradt is 800-262 in 34 seasons, with one national championship.

    Olympian to take part in Micanopy clinic

    NFL
  • Lake Area Babe Ruth will hold the 2nd Micanopy Fastpitch Softball Clinic March 3, featuring Dot Richardson, the two-time Olympic Gold medalist.
    The registration deadline is Feb. 9. Cost is $40. Call 352-413-5296 for more information.

    Players union wants change in overtime rule

  • SAN DIEGO - NFL players are backing a change in the rules that would allow both teams to get the ball in overtime.
    Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said Thursday that the union will recommend the change to the league's competition committee. If this group approves a new rule, owners would vote on it at their meeting in Phoenix in March.
    To pass, 24 of the 32 teams would have to OK it.
    "If you look at the games this year, you see how much closer they're getting," Upshaw said. "It only stands to reason that if you get into overtime, you should have a fair chance to win."
    There were a record 25 overtimes in the NFL in the regular season, four more than the previous high set in 1991. In the playoffs, Tennessee beat Pittsburgh 34-31 in overtime, winning the coin toss and kicking a field goal without the Steelers ever getting the ball.
    Nine regular-season games, or 36 percent, also were won by the team that got the ball first and scored without the other team getting possession. In one game, Detroit coach Marty Mornhinweg elected to take the wind after the Lions won the toss and Chicago kicked the winning field goal on its first possession.
    Since overtime was instituted in 1974, 28 percent of the teams getting the ball first have scored on their first possession.
    The higher percentage combined with the higher number of overtime games has led to increased demand for a change in the rules. The union is the first major group to come out for the change.
    Upshaw said the union is not in favor of the college rule, which gives each team the ball at the opponent's 25-yard line at least once. If the score remains tied after one overtime the same process is used until someone wins.
    Recently, Ohio State needed two overtimes to beat Miami in the Fiesta Bowl to win the college national championship.
    "I'd like to see the ball kicked off," Upshaw said. "There are some details we would want to work out, like onside kicks and things like that. But we think it's important to give each team a fair chance."
    Upshaw also said at the union's annual news conference that its diversity committee is working with the league to get more minorities into front offices.
    "We're getting a lot more minority coaches from the playing ranks because that's Xs and Os and players know that," he said. "But it's harder to get players with skills that would translate to the front office."
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