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Fort Erie Race Track announced a six-day extension to the 1999 thoroughbred season. Instead of closing on Oct. 26, the track will conduct live racing on Oct. 30 and 31 plus Nov. 1, 2, 6 and 7.

North Carolina basketball assistant Phil Ford was arrested and charged with drunken driving in Durham, N.C. North Carolina athletic department officials said Ford would take a medical leave and receive an evaluation.

Alek Radojevic, the 12th pick in the NBA draft, signed a three-year deal with Toronto.

Miami (Ohio) University lost its top receiver, Sly Johnson, to a knee injury as the team prepares to play No. 17 Marshall on Saturday.

The NCAA's executive committee affirmed a recommendation made last month by a research panel to limit the exit speed of balls hit by metal bats to 97 mph in NCAA games for at least three years, starting in January.

Ante Razov scored on a header in the first half and Dema Kovalenko added an insurance goal in the second to lead the Chicago Fire to a 2-0 victory over Joe Public of Trinidad and Tobago in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. In the other game, Alajuela of Costa Rica defeated tournament favorite Toluca of Mexico, 1-0.

Talks between CART and IRL to unify Indy Car racing evidently have been torched because Tony George said the IRL "doesn't need to compromise. We don't have to change. We won't change."
FOOTBALL ON TV
Thursday
Maryland at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN
Saturday
Purdue at Michigan, noon, ESPN; Iowa at Michigan St., noon, Empire; Illinois at Indiana, noon, ESPN 2; Navy at West Virginia, noon, Ch. 67; East Carolina at Army, noon, MSG; North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State, noon, Ch. 58; Oklahoma at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 2; Alabama at Florida, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 4; Wisconsin at Ohio St., 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7; Virginia Tech at Virginia, 6 p.m., ESPN 2; Auburn at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m., ESPN; Air Force at San Diego State, 9 p.m., ESPN 2.
Sunday
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m., Ch. 4; Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m., Ch. 29; New York Jets at Denver, 4 p.m., Ch. 4; Oakland at Seattle, 8:20 p.m., ESPN.
MONDAY
Buffalo at Miami, 9 p.m., Ch. 7.
ON AIR
Television
BASEBALL: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles, 7 p.m., MSG; Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros, 8 p.m., ESPN; Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 11 p.m., ESPN.

SOCCER: UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona vs. Arsenal FC, 2:30 p.m., ESPN 2.
Radio
BASEBALL: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m., 1240; Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7:05 p.m., 710; Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals, 8:05 p.m., 1330.

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