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The road to BCS change winds back to Chicago

CHICAGO – The guys in charge of changing the BCS are headed back to Chicago, hoping to make more progress at a meeting today than they did the last time they were there.

Last week’s gathering of conference commissioners did little to advance the goal of reformatting the way college football crowns a champion.

It did produce reports of a standoff, with the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 on one side and the Big Ten and Pac-12 on the other. Fans started to worry the four-team playoff which once seemed inevitable after April meetings in Florida had fallen into jeopardy.

Talk of a “plus-one” format, which would not create national semifinals but instead pick the championship game participants after the major bowls are played, seemingly had crept back into the conversation.

But football fans can relax. There is no reason to panic.

Chances still are very good SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and their fellow conference leaders get this thing worked out.

“There will be something for everybody, but there won’t be everything for anybody,” BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said after the last get-together in Chicago.

In a perfect world, today’s meeting will produce a fairly detailed plan to be presented to the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee when it meets June 26 in Washington.


Coyotes’ referendum a go, giving lease agreement legs

PHOENIX – Voters in Glendale can go ahead with a referendum on a lease agreement between the city and the prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes after a judge invalidated one section of the ordinance.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink on Tuesday asked attorneys for the city and conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute to rewrite a section of the ordinance to show it was not passed as an emergency measure.

Residents now have 30 days from the June 8 Glendale City Council vote to gather signatures for a public referendum on the agreement.

Fink said he will issue a ruling on Goldwater’s attempt to invalidate the entire ordinance soon.

Glendale’s City Council voted 4-2 in favor of the $325-million lease agreement with potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison.


FIFA hands down life-time bans to four internationals

ZURICH – FIFA imposed global bans from soccer on 13 players and coaches found guilty of match-fixing in South Korea and Croatia.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee ordered binding verdicts to extend national suspensions.

Former South Korea international Kim Dong-hyun was banned for life, and Choi Sung-kuk got a five-year ban. The South Korean investigation involved fixed matches in the K-League and League Cup.

In Croatia, coach Vinko Saka, former NK Medimurje players Mario Darmopil and goalkeeper Danijel Madaric were banned for life. They helped fix top division matches in the 2009-10 season.

The FIFA bans prohibit playing or working in world soccer.

Horse Racing

Future Hall of Fame jockey released from the hospital

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Jockey’s Guild said John Velazquez is out of the hospital after breaking his right collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs. A news release said Velazquez was released from a Louisville hospital Tuesday and was planning to return to his home in New York.

Velazquez was injured Saturday after his mount, Mr. Producer, broke down. The jockey was thrown forward and kicked while on the ground by a trailing horse. Mr. Producer was euthanized.

Velazquez, who rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, will enter the racing Hall of Fame in August.

Associated Press