SEC WANTS CFA GONE: In a decision that could hasten the end of the College Football Association, the Southeastern Conference said the CFA has outlived its usefulness and wants it to disband.
The Atlantic Coast Conference already has recommended ending the CFA, and the SEC vote could be the final blow. The SEC intends to present the matter at the CFA's meeting this weekend in Dallas.
The CFA was created to give top football schools a stronger voice in the NCAA. It also put together a television package, but has gotten out of that business as conferences began to sign their own TV contracts.
L.T. ORDERED TO PAY: Retired All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor must pay $2,010 a month in child support for his illegitimate son, a state appeals court ruled in Trenton, N.J.
The ruling, handed down Thursday, was the latest in a series of legal difficulties for the former New York Giants star, who retired after the 1993 season. Taylor was arrested earlier this month in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for allegedly trying to buy crack cocaine. Two weeks ago, he was issued three summonses by state police after he left the scene of a car crash in Saddle Brook, N.J.
The payments the appeals court ordered Taylor to make stem from a paternity suit filed in 1991 by Wendy Robinson of Jersey City claiming Taylor fathered a son by her in 1990.
TORCH CARRY: Dan Gable, who can still more than hold his own in the University of Iowa wrestling room, wasn't even breathing hard after carrying the Olympic torch IN Iowa City, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes coach ran the last half-mile to Hancher Auditorium, where at least 5,000 people cheered Thursday night as he carried the flame to a stage and joined local dignitaries. The torch spent the night in Cedar Rapids and was to head north into Minnesota today.
Gable starred in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, not allowing a point as he captured a gold medal for the United States.
"I was kind of a horse with blinders, and that's why when I went to the Munich Games, I came back with the gold medal," he said. "At one time, they wouldn't have needed all these runners because I think I could have brought this flame from Olympia myself all the way here."
AD CAMPAIGN: Olympic organizers are striking back at ambush marketers with an ad campaign of their own.
The theme of the ads unveiled Thursday will be, "How do you feel about cheating in the Olympic Games?" The ads are a response to companies that make unauthorized use of the Olympic name and symbols.
With corporate sponsors paying up to $40 million for rights to use the Olympic emblems, organizers are under pressure to prevent consumers from thinking that any unauthorized business has ties to the Olympics.
"We hope this last group of ads never run, because they are designed to deal with a situation we are trying very hard to avoid," said Darby Coker, a spokesman for the Atlanta Olympic marketing office.
The Olympic ads include the telephone number and address of the executive responsible for the unauthorized ad.
NEWEST SWEDE: Lyudmila Narozhilenko-Engquist, a former 100-meter hurdles champion who competed for the Soviet Union, has been granted Swedish citizenship and will run for Sweden in the Atlanta Games.
"I heard the news on the radio and I was surprised," Narozhilenko-Engquist said. "I didn't expect a decision so soon. I figured it would be very difficult to get a `yes' so fast."
SENIOR MATCH PLAY: Four golfers advanced to the semifinals of the Utah Golf Association Senior Match Play Championship at Rose Park Golf Course Thursday.
Defending champion Arlen Peacock, Jack Noble, Ken Cromwell and Jack Kennally all won quarterfinal matches. The winners of Friday's semis will play in Saturday's finals.
In the net division, Phil Salazar, Vince Rotta, Jim Lombard and Jim Stewart advanced to the semifinals.
NO LAWSUIT: Kristine Quance, disqualified for an obscure violation during the Olympic trials, will not sue for the chance to compete in the 400-meter individual medley in the Atlanta Games.
Quance qualified for the U.S. team in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley, but was disqualified in a 400 IM preliminary race for allegedly using an illegal stroke on a turn.
ZAMPEDRI HEALING: Surgery planned for Alessandro Zampedri was called off by his doctor to give the Italian driver time to heal from injuries sustained Sunday in a crash at the end of the Indianapolis 500.
Zampedri, 26, is still scheduled for another trip to the operating room on Saturday. He has had three operations on his legs and feet.
PACE CAR: A 1997 Camaro Z28 will be the pace car for the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 3.
The Camaro will pace the stock cars in the third NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials said Thursday. A modified Chevrolet pickup truck was the official pace "car" last year.
DRAPER SURGERY: Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper, smashed into the boards by Colorado's Claude Lemiuex in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, was to have his fractured jaw surgically repaired today.
FIFA DECISION: Soccer's international governing body changed its rules today to allow two nations to co-host the 2002 World Cup finals, according to reports in Japan and Korea.
The move would allow soccer's most prestigious event to be held at sites in both those countries.
Japanese TV and national news agency Kyodo and Korean TV stations and national news agency Yonhap all reported the rules change decision was made in Zurich, one day before FIFA was to select the site for the World Cup finals.
FIFA was expected to make an announcement later today on the rule change, but the media reports quoted FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner of Trinidad Tobago, and other officials of the organization as saying that an agreement had been reached.
The next step is to decide whether the rule change comes too late for consideration in the decision for 2002.