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Broken foot won't stop
Elliott from racing

Bill Elliott will race in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 with a broken left foot. It's up to his crew to figure out how to keep him comfortable through the longest race of the season.

Elliott broke his foot Saturday in a six-car accident during NASCAR's all-star race when drivers were scrambling on the final lap of the second segment to advance to the final round.

He went to Indianapolis on Tuesday to meet with Dr. Terry Trammell, chief orthopedic consultant for the Champ car series, to get fitted for a carbon fiber foot protector and brace to use when he races.

"I've driven with an injury before, but with what we've worked out I think everything will be fine," Elliott said.

Elliott, 47, broke three bones on the top of his left foot, which operates the clutch and brake.

NFL passes resolution
to put a team in L.A.

The NFL owners passed a resolution that could put a franchise in Los Angeles as early as 2006.

The resolution, which passed, 30-1-1, on the first day of the league's spring meetings at the Philadelphia Marriott, would have at least one team, either by expansion or relocation, based in either Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl, or Carson, a suburb roughly 10 miles from Los Angeles proper.

This would put the NFL back into the second-largest television market in the nation, a situation the league has coveted since 1994, when both the Rams and the Raiders left town.

The Oakland Raiders, because owner Al Davis still contends that he has rights to the Los Angeles market, voted against the resolution, and Indianapolis abstained.

The NFL will spend up to $10 million looking into the viability of a stadium in Carson.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue also said the league is just as interested in the development of a state-of-the-art stadium in Pasadena, site of the Rose Bowl. But the NFL has made no financial commitment to investigating any projects there.

John Moag, the Baltimore investment banker hired by the Rose Bowl Operating Co. to lead its bid, said he presented Pasadena's offer to Tagliabue in a morning meeting.

In another development, Tagliabue said that South Florida was "at the 97 percent or higher point of what has to be accomplished" for Pro Player Stadium in Miami to host the Super Bowl in February 2007. Final approval should come at a meeting Sept. 17.~ Miami ponders future
as meetings wrap up

The Big East meetings ended Tuesday much like they began: with Miami mulling a decision that will shape the future of the conference and college athletics, and everyone else waiting for the answer.

Miami athletic director Paul Dee said he heard some "new ideas" during the four-day meetings, which focused primarily on the Atlantic Coast Conference's attempt to lure the Hurricanes, Syracuse and Boston College away from the Big East. Now Dee will take those ideas back to university president Donna Shalala for consultation and consideration.

"This has become much more complicated," Dee said. "It's not black and white. . . . We came here with an open mind, to listen and we've done a lot of discussion. It's been productive."

Dee said there was no timetable for making a decision.

With television revenue one of Miami's biggest concerns, the Big East brought a television consultant to the final day of meetings.

Canisius, St. Bonaventure
add basketball coaches

Former University of Charleston (W.Va.) head men's basketball coach Jayson Gee has signed on to be an assistant at St. Bonaventure. He is the first hire by new Bonnies head coach Anthony Solomon.

Gee, 37, compiled a 160-55 record in seven seasons at Charleston, including six 20-win seasons.

In other Big 4 basketball news, Michael Wernicki joined Mike MacDonald's staff at Canisius. Wernicki replaces Tyrone Thomas, who left after one season.

Wernicki spent the last six seasons as an assistant at Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa. Among the players he recruited for the Division I Lakers was Demond Stewart, who transferred to Niagara after his sophomore year.

Carpenter receives
all-league honors

Buffalo Destroyers defensive specialist Dwaine Carpenter was named second team All-Arena by the Arena Football League.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Carpenter anchored the league's second ranked defense. He finished third in the AFL with 26 passes defended, tied for fifth with eight interceptions and sixth with 84 tackles.

Jim Kubiak, a St. Francis graduate and former Destroyers quarterback, was also named to the second team. Kubiak led the Dallas Desperados to their first Central Division title while setting AFL records with 4,763 passing yards, 388 completions and tying another league mark with a 69.7 completion percentage.

In other AFL news: Jay Gruden, who went 10-0 as a starter, will return to the Orlando Predators as their starting quarterback next season. Gruden also worked last season for his brother Jon Gruden as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

O'Brien gets nod
to compete in NCAAs

University of Rochester sophomore Kate O'Brien (Kenmore West) has been chosen to compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at St. Lawrence University in Canton.

O'Brien will run the 800 meters during trials Friday at 5:45. The finals are Saturday at 3:20. She earned a berth in the NCAAs with a school-record time of 2 minutes, 14.77 seconds at the ECAC Championships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology last weekend.

Around & about

In a letter to the NCAA, Georgia blamed former assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. for the academic fraud scandal that rocked the program. Amy Chisolm, the university's compliance director, accused Harrick Jr. of lying about his teaching credentials and asking two former players to lie about their participation in a physical education course.

The Kitchener Rangers scored four straight goals, one by Sabres draft pick Derek Roy, to beat the Hull Olympiques, 4-1, and qualify for Saturday's Memorial Cup semifinals.

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