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Big West to suspend its football consortium

IRVINE, Calif. - The Big West Conference will suspend its football consortium following the 1995 season.

"With the changing landscape of conference affiliations that is occurring in 1996, it was felt by all members of the (football) consortium that it would be wise at this time to suspend activity," Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell said Friday in a statement.

Two current full members of the Big West, UNLV and San Jose State, are leaving to join the Western Athletic Conference in 1996.

The Big West will add Boise State, Idaho, North Texas, and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 1996-97. All but Cal Poly will compete for the Big West football championship beginning that year.

Farrell said the move will allow the football-only members of the consortium - Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois and Southwestern Louisiana - to pursue other options for their programs.

2 replacements called up to majors

Two former replacement players were called up to the majors Friday, making them the first strikebreakers to suit up alongside regular players who were on strike for 232 days.

Outfielder Ron Mahay was called up by Boston and pitcher Ron Rightnowar joined the Milwaukee Brewers.

"I'll talk to the guys," said Rightnowar. "(But) I think out of respect for them I'll give them their space and let them get to know me. I'll just focus on baseball."