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CBS, Big Ten agree
to four-year cage pact

CBS Sports and the Big Ten Conference have agreed on an exclusive four-year contract to broadcast conference basketball beginning in 1991-92.

It was announced the agreement ensures anywhere from 10 to 20 total annual appearances by Big Ten teams. ABC's exclusive network rights to televise the conference's games expires after next season.

CBS recently renewed its agreement with the Big East Conference. It also will serve as the primary network carrier of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games in 1990-91, and holds exclusive rights to the entire NCAA Tournament.

Meanwhile, no matter how many teams are in the Big Ten, the conference will retain its name for the rest of the year -- and possibly forever.

"The Big Ten always has stood for more than 10 institutions," Commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune. "There's a tradition and a sense of values."

The conference, which officially accepted Penn State as a member June 4, has received several suggestions from "alumni, lawyers, doctors and just fans" about a new name.

Arizona St. outfielder
named Player of Year

Arizona State center fielder Mike Kelly has been named The Sporting News' college baseball player of the year, the ninth Arizona State player to be selected for the award. A sophomore, he hit .376 with 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 20 stolen bases this season.

Chal Port of The Citadel was selected the college baseball coach of the year. His team posted a school-record 46 victories and earned the school's first College World Series berth in Port's 26-year tenure.

McKinney stays unbeaten
after eight-round decision

Kennedy McKinney, the 1988 Olympic bantamweight gold medalist, remained unbeaten by gaining a unanimous eight-round decision over Jorge Rodriguez of Bell, Calif., in a featherweight bout in Reseda, Calif.

McKinney, 126 3/4 pounds, landed a few solid punches in each round, keeping him ahead of the 129-pound Rodriguez.

McKinney, of Las Vegas, won his fifth straight fight since coming back after an eight-month layoff due to a drug problem. His record moved to 10-0-1 with six wins by knockout.

Meanwhile, former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor, barred from boxing in at least four states because of eye problems, is armed with a new diagnosis and trying to get a license to fight in New York.

Pryor is basing his appeal on an exam by Dr. Robert Osher, a prominent Cincinnati ophthalmologist who has said Pryor's eye is fit enough for the boxer to enter the ring.

"This opens a whole new development for us," said Don Ellis, Pryor's business manager. "Dr. Osher said Aaron's vision (in his left eye) was 2040 corrected and 20200 uncorrected. I called Randy Gordon (New York boxing commissioner) and his secretary faxed me the vision requirements to get a license in New York.

"Guess what they are? 2040 corrected and 20200 uncorrected. We're going to reapply in New York as soon as we can get all the principles assembled to testify."

On Jan. 26, 1989, the New York State Boxing Commission canceled a fight between Pryor and Rick Kaiser and suspended Pryor's license after the commission's doctors discovered a severe cataract in Pryor's left eye. Pryor had surgery to remove the cataract on Jan. 31.

Pryor has not petitioned New York since his suspension, but has been turned down by Nevada, New Jersey and California, which does not license boxers who have had detached retinas.

Seattle's WHL owner
may bid for NHL franchise

Bill Yuill, owner of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, says there's a 50-50 chance he will bid for a National Hockey League franchise for the city.

"I would have to say it's not a done deal," Yuill said. "It's a pretty tough call. It's very expensive."

Expanson teams will cost $50 million.

"We got the package from the NHL and we got further clarification, and now we're analyzing those," Yuill said.

Around & About

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