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Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 11:56 p.m.

4 Florida cities in ACC title game running

  • GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference began reviewing proposals Wednesday from seven cities to host the league's first football championship game in 2005.

    A sub-committee of the league's athletics directors met with conference officials to review proposals from Charlotte; Baltimore; Miami; Jacksonville; Orlando; Tampa; and Washington, D.C., the league said in a release.

    The league's championship game would take place once the ACC has expanded to 12 teams. Miami and Virginia Tech join the league Thursday, while Boston College is slated to become the 12th member next year.

    The league is expected to announce a decision by early fall.

    AUBURN: Ed Richardson's overhaul of Auburn's athletic department isn't over yet - even with three new head coaches and a pending change at the top.

    The university's interim president promised further changes to the administrative hierarchy in the coming weeks.

    ''I'm trying to build a core team where people are fully employed, they're in the right spot and they're doing what they're supposed to do,'' Richardson said Tuesday after introducing Florida's former hitting coach Tom Slater as the Tigers' new baseball coach .

    He also said he hopes to finish reorganizing his administrative staff in the next few weeks. The changes go beyond personnel moves.

  • SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: After more than 80 years, Southeast Missouri State University will no longer use Indians as a nickname.

    After a brief phasing out of the Indians, Southeast's teams will be known as the Redhawks.

    Woods: Relationship with Harmon is 'much better'

  • LEMONT, Ill. - Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon have patched up their differences.

    Woods said Wednesday that he called his former swing coach recently to talk about criticisms Harmon had made. During the U.S. Open, Harmon said Woods might be in a ''bit of denial'' over the state of his game.

    The two split after Harmon modeled the swing that won seven of 11 majors in one stretch. Woods is now 0-for-8 in the majors, not winning since the 2002 U.S. Open, and has three victories on the PGA Tour in the last year.

    Woods seemed to be particularly upset that Harmon had made his criticisms in public, without going to his former pupil first. But Woods said everything has been straightened out.

    ''We talked about it for a while,'' he said. ''And things are certainly much better than they were before.''

  • Shaq's wife stumps for move to Dallas

  • Shaq playing for the Mavs? It could happen ... if his wife has any say in it.

    Shaquille O'Neal's wife, Shaunie, has told the entertainment magazine show "Extra" that a trade to Dallas Mavericks would be agreeable to her.

    "Right now, I'd love to go to Dallas," she said during an interview that will air tonight. "Love to go! ... Hint, hint, so (Mavericks owner) Mark (Cuban), if you're listening ... ."

    Cuban, a billionaire owner with a penchant for making big deals, said cost would not be an issue in a potential trade for O'Neal.

    "I'm willing to accept the salary," Cuban said.

  • Former Eagles golfer in U.S. championship

  • Former Oak Hall golfer Tyler Rucarean shot 73-72 and qualified for his third United States Junior Amateur Championship.

    Rucarean chipped in for birdie on the second playoff hole in near darkness and a steady downpour in Gulfport, MS.

    The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be played at Olympic Club (host of the 1998 U.S. Open) in San Francisco, California on July 19 -- 24.

  • Judge denies change of venue for Danton

  • EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - A federal judge denied a request by Blues player Mike Danton to move his murder conspiracy trial away from the St. Louis area.

    U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl ruled Tuesday that extensive media coverage of the case hasn't been harmful enough to merit a change of venue.

    But Stiehl will allow potential jurors to be questioned about how pretrial publicity has affected their views of Danton and co-defendant Katie Wolfmeyer.

    Danton has been jailed since his arrest April 16 in San Jose, Calif., a day after the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Blues from the playoffs. He is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his agent, David Frost.

  • Ralf Schumacher faces long break after crash

  • STUTTGART, Germany - Ralf Schumacher will miss up to 12 weeks after tests showed he fractured two vertebrae in a spectacular crash at the U.S. Grand Prix.

    The Williams BMW driver got the news Wednesday, his 29th birthday.

    ''What a blow, I was really shocked,'' Schumacher said. ''To be honest, I wasn't expecting my birthday to be like this.''

    Schumacher, the younger brother of world champion Michael Schumacher, has to rest for eight and 12 weeks. If all goes well, he could return for the season's final two races in Japan on Oct. 10 and in Brazil two weeks later.

    Tests showed that Schumacher sustained the fractures and a severe concussion after crashing June 20 at Indianapolis.

    Schumacher spun while going 198 mph and hit the wall backward on a punctured tire, caused by debris left on the track from an earlier crash. He was pinned in the wreckage of his car for three minutes before the safety crew pulled him out.

  • Armstrong ranked 7th in international rankings

  • AIGLE, Switzerland - Lance Armstrong is ranked seventh in the international cycling rankings heading into the start of the Tour de France this weekend.

    Armstrong, going for his record sixth straight Tour victory, was well behind Italian sprint star Alessandro Petacchi, who topped the rankings released Wednesday.

    The 30-year-old Fassa Bortolo rider took over from countryman Paolo Bettini in the International Cycling Union listing, with 2,137 points. Petacchi set a postwar record last month with nine stage victories in the Giro d'Italia in a year.

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