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Sports in brief: Board sends playoff proposal to committee

TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2008

The NCAA Division I board of directors decided to have a task force study the issue of a major college football playoff before making any moves.

University of Georgia president Michael Adams presented his proposal for an eight-team playoff to the board Monday during the NCAA convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The board decided instead to let a task force that is supposed to study issues over commercial use of student likenesses’ expand its review to include the playoff issue.

The task force hasn’t been named, and there’s no timeline for a report.

Adams proposed a playoff for the Football Bowl Subdivision using the four BCS games.

“Also at the convention, NCAA Division II delegates approved a pilot program allowing Canadian schools to apply for membership as soon as June 1, which could lead to Canadians competing in some Division I sports.

“Athletic officials from Boise State and Brigham Young say they have agreed to square off four times over four years.

The Broncos and Cougars announced the home-and-home series slated to begin in 2012.

“Mario Manningham confirmed he will skip his senior season at Michigan to enter the NFL draft. Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton and Virginia Tech CB Victor Harris also announced that they will forgo their senior years to enter the draft


Former Mets star dies

Don Cardwell, who pitched a no-hitter and helped the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series, died in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 72.

Cardwell pitched for five major league teams from 1957-70. He finished 102-138 with a 3.92 ERA and 1,211 strikeouts. He threw 17 shutouts, earned seven saves – and hit 15 home runs. The right-hander was 8-10 with a 3.01 ERA for the Miracle Mets in ‘69.

“Johnny Podres, who pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955, died Sunday in Glen Falls, N.Y., at the age of 75.

The left-hander was picked for four All-Star games and was the first Most Valuable Player in World Series history. He became a hero to every baseball fan in Brooklyn when the Dodgers ended decades of frustration by beating the Yankees to win the World Series.

“Scott Rolen was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Glaus in a swap of All-Star third basemen that was finalized after both players passed physicals.

“The Braves completed a trade for center fielder Mark Kotsay, dealing reliever Joey Devine and a minor league pitcher to the Oakland Athletics.

The deal was finalized after Kotsay, who played only 56 games last year, was examined by Braves doctors. He had back surgery last spring, missed the first two months of the season and returned to the disabled list with back spasms in August.

“Mike Cameron and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized a $7 million, one-year contract.

A three-time Gold Glove winner, Cameron hit .242 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs last season for the San Diego Padres.

“An Ohio University pitcher and a former baseball player were charged with taking bets on professional sports, and two other players were suspended from the team for placing bets.

Authorities said the betting involved only professional sports. Andrew Shisila, 22, of Mentor, and Brent Decoster, 22, of Westlake, face misdemeanor gambling charges.


Pistorius ineligible

Track and field’s governing body ruled that South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is ineligible to compete this summer in Beijing – or any other sanctioned able-bodied competitions – because his “Cheetah” racing blades are “technical aids” that give him a clear advantage.

Pistorius’ manager, Peet Van Zyl, called the IAAF ruling a “huge blow.”

“All seven applicants – Baku, Azerbaijan; Chicago; Doha, Qatar; Madrid, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Tokyo – submitted bid files to the IOC by deadline for the 2016 Olympics.

“Sprinter Justin Gatlin has retained Maurice Smith, the attorney in charge of cyclist Floyd Landis’ defense for his upcoming attempt to have a four-year doping ban reduced further.

“California forward Theo Robertson decided to redshirt his junior season after his surgically repaired hip took longer to heal than expected, giving him two more years of eligibility.


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