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Wed., Sept. 24, 1997

In a move unprecedented among college football’s competitive bowl organizers, the foundation behind the Fiesta Bowl acquired Tucson’s Copper Bowl.

Two games under one banner should mean greater appeal to advertisers and teams and some help for the struggling junior bowl. The Copper Bowl offered Utah and Wisconsin a total of just $2 million to play last Dec. 27, and still needed a $73,683 infusion from the Tucson City Council to pay its bills.

By contrast, the Fiesta paid a record $27.2 million to Nebraska and Florida to play in its Jan. 2, 1996, national championship game.

British fighter pilot Andy Green became the first person to drive a car over 700 mph, hitting 719.137 mph in a blazing run across the Black Rock Desert 125 miles north of Reno, but he still doesn’t own the land speed record because he was unable to make the second run required.

Southeast Missouri State’s men’s basketball program will be the subject of an “official inquiry” by the NCAA, the school said.

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