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College football games will have whole new look

The rah-rah party animals who fill college football's enormous stadiums are in for big changes.

Coolers and picnic baskets, even coats and blankets, will be searched or banned altogether, turning quick trips through turnstiles into long waits at security checkpoints for crowds as large as the more than 100,000 expected at Michigan.

"We're trying to make people understand that things are going to be a little different," Mississippi State associate athletic director Duncan McKenzie said.

Fans attending the Bulldogs' game when major college football resumes Thursday will be the first to notice the difference. Everyone else will find out later in the week.

Items such as video cameras, cans or glass bottles, coolers, umbrellas, noisemakers and purses will hold fans up.

In Ann Arbor, Mich., planes won't be allowed to fly over the Wolverines' stadium Saturday.

All of last week's Division I-A football games were postponed or canceled because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"We have the good fortune at Ohio State to bring some more emotion and to serve as an energy source for our country," said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, whose Buckeyes play UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

Bleachers declared unsafe at Houston's stadium

Temporary seating at the University of Houston's football stadium is unsafe and will be dismantled, school officials announced, leaving about 4,000 Texas fans without seats for Saturday's game.

The move angered University of Texas officials, who said they had been repeatedly assured by Houston officials that the seats were safe.

"I am in shock. I am appalled," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said.

He said former Houston athletic director Chet Gladchuck assured him a month ago that university and state engineers had examined the temporary bleachers and they were fine.

Robertson Stadium holds about 32,000. Houston had added 4,150 temporary seats to meet Texas' request for 10,000 tickets.

Zanardi will have another operation

Alex Zanardi's condition was unchanged Tuesday, but the star driver faces another operation from the crash that forced the amputation of both legs.

"Basically he's the same as yesterday -- he's still stable," Dr. Gert Schroeter said in Berlin.

Doctors have said Zanardi's life is no longer immediately threatened, although he remains in an "induced coma." The biggest danger remains delayed kidney or heart failure, a reaction to the heavy loss of tissue and muscle.

Zanardi is to have a third operation today to check for fragments and infection.

U.S. teams pulled from world competition

Concerns over the security of U.S. athletes scheduled to compete overseas after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington have led the national governing bodies of figure skating, speedskating and field hockey to pull delegations out of international events.

In addition, USA Track and Field, aware its athletes might train or vacation overseas even though the outdoor track season has ended, issued an advisory cautioning athletes against wearing U.S. national team logos or clothing "carrying logos of designers or companies typically identified as U.S. companies."

It also advised athletes to travel only if necessary, to contact the U.S. Embassy when they arrive at their destination, and to keep a low profile in public.

The U.S. Figure Skating Assn. on Tuesday withdrew U.S. entrants from all remaining Junior Grand Prix events. A Junior Grand Prix competition scheduled to start Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., was previously postponed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The U.S. women's national field hockey team canceled a trip to Amiens/Abbeville, France, for a World Cup qualifying tournament that started Monday. The international field hockey federation will allow the U.S. women to qualify for the 2002 World Cup by playing a best-of-three series against the seventh-place team from the qualifying tournament.

Chapman leads Niagara to golf championship

A one-over-par round of 71 by medalist Brad Chapman led Niagara to a two shot-victory (297-299) over St. Bonaventure in the Little Three Invitational at the Niagara Falls Country Club. Canisius was third at 316. George Thomas led St. Bona with a 73.

Elsewhere in local college play:

Sophomore Nicole Olszewski (Lancaster) scored two goals and three assists to lead the University at Buffalo over visiting Akron, 6-1, in a Mid-American Conference women's soccer game. Paula Sinclair, Brenna McJury, Andrea Sullivan and Annie Malayny (Villa Maria) also scored for UB, which improved to 3-3, 2-0. Akron dropped to 2-3, 0-1.

In women's volleyball, Buffalo State's school-record 11-match win streak was snapped by a 3-0 loss to visiting Penn State-Behrend, all by 30-25 scores. Monica Polka (Lew-Port) led the Bengals (11-2) with 13 kills and nine digs. . . . Erin Holahan's 35 assists and eight kills led Daemen to a 30-23, 30-23, 30-24 victory at Oswego State. . . . Sarah Muccigrasso posted six service aces and 60 assists in Fredonia State's win at St. John Fisher, 26-30, 32-30, 30-27, 30-18. . . . Andrea Belis (Kenmore West) led Medaille with nine kills in beating Lake Erie (Ohio), 30-14, 30-20, 30-16.

Around and about

The postponed unification fight between BF/WBC middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (39-2-1, 28 KOs) and WBA champ Felix Trinidad (40-0, 33 KOs) has been tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 29. That date became available when another event at Madison Square Garden was postponed.

Clinton Haskins, a member of the University of Wyoming rodeo team, was charged with eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in the wake of a car crash in which two-thirds of the school's cross-country team was wiped out. The complaint charged Haskins was drunk, but provided no specifics.

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