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NFL might scrap its All-Star showcase altogether

NEW YORK – Have NFL fans seen the last of the Pro Bowl?

The game could be suspended next year, two people familiar with discussions said Thursday.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, expressed concerns about the quality of play after January’s game, and the league has been holding talks with the players’ union about the future of the all-star game. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were not being publicized.

Responding to an ESPN report that Goodell is “strongly considering” suspending the game in 2013, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: “No determination has been made yet.”

College Football

BCS takes a big step toward a college football playoff

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – College football is on the verge of finally having a playoff, its own version of the final four.

For the first time, all the power brokers who run the highest level of the sport are comfortable with the idea of deciding a championship the way it’s done in just about every other sport.

They want to limit it to four teams. That’s for sure. Now they just have to figure out how to pick the teams, where and when to play the games and what to do with the bowls. The new format would go into effect after for the 2014 season.

As for the current Bowl Championship Series, it’s on life support.

Now it’s up to each conference to determine which option it likes best. The commissioners will get back together in June and try to come up with a final version, and eventually the university presidents will have to sign off on it. That probably would come in July.

College Basketball

CSU endures more turnover among the coaching ranks

FORT COLLINS – Colorado State head coach Kristen Holt resigned after four seasons in charge of the women’s program.

Assistant coach Dick Lien will fill in on an interim basis while athletic director Jack Graham and the school conduct a search for Holt’s replacement.

This will be the third new coach Graham has had to hire since taking over December 2011 at Colorado State. He hired football coach Jim McElwain in December and just recently brought in Larry Eustachy to take over in men’s basketball after Tim Miles left for Nebraska.

Holt was 50-71 (25-37 Mountain West) at CSU.


Rapids sign Brazilian forward and soccer veteran Edu

COMMERCE CITY – The Colorado Rapids signed forward Edu from Brazil’s Vitoria.

A veteran of Brazil’s 2000 Olympic team, the 33-year-old is most known for a nine-year stretch in Spain with Celta Vigo and Real Betis. Luis Eduardo Schmidt made his pro debut with Brazil’s Sao Paulo in 1997.


Scarponi will wear Contador’s tainted pink Giro d’Italia kit

ROME – Giro d’Italia organizers are planning to present Michele Scarponi with the pink jersey as last year’s champion after Alberto Contador was stripped of the honor for doping.

Giro general director Michele Acquarone told The Associated Press that the presentation will be held next Thursday in Denmark, two days before this year’s race kicks off with three stages in the Scandinavian country.

In February, Contador received a two-year ban that was backdated, annulling his 2011 Giro win, among other races.

Frenchman wins Stage 3; Wiggins retains overall lead

MOUTIER, Switzerland – Jonathan Hivert of France was strongest on an uphill finish in Thursday’s third stage of the Tour de Romandie, and Bradley Wiggins of Britain – Wednesday’s stage winner – retained the overall lead in the seven-stage race.

Associated Press