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'HUSKERS CAN A.D.: Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson was fired Monday, two days after the football team suffered its worst home loss in nearly a half-century.

Pederson, along with coach Bill Callahan, has been heavily criticized after a series of one-sided losses this season. The most recent was a 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday with former Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne and his 1997 national title team in attendance.

Over the past two weeks, the once-mighty Huskers (4-3) have lost by a combined margin of 86-20, dropping a 41-6 decision at Missouri. Nebraska now stands at 4-3.


PEREIRO GETS JERSEY: Oscar Pereiro finally got his hands on the winner's yellow jersey from the 2006 Tour de France on Monday.

"Finally, we have a winner and it's Oscar," Tour director Christian Prudhomme said at the handover ceremony at the Spain's Sports Ministry. "Oscar, you have won the Tour out on the road."

The Spaniard moved up from second to first after the disqualification of Floyd Landis for a doping violation.


NEW RIVIERA SPONSOR: The PGA Tour event in Los Angeles has a new title sponsor for the first time in nearly two decades, with Chicago-based Northern Trust signing a five-year deal and giving the tournament a new name.

The Northern Trust Open will be played Feb. 14-17 at Riviera Country Club.

Nissan had been the title sponsor since 1989 and had a contract through 2010. But the company last year moved its U.S. headquarters from southern California to Nashville, Tenn., and wanted out of its contract if a replacement could be found.

WIE LOSES AGENT: The losses for Michelle Wie keep piling up even though her LPGA Tour season is over. The latest came Monday when her agent resigned after less than a year on the job.

Greg Nared, a former Nike business manager whom the William Morris Agency hired a year ago to manage Wie, resigned as vice president of golf. His announcement came one day after Wie finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship.


U.S. ADDITIONS: New England forward Taylor Twellman and Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan were added to the U.S. roster Monday for this week's exhibition game against Switzerland.

Twellman has 15 goals in 25 MLS games this season and has one goal in nine games this year with the national team. Guzan has made just two international appearances.


SERENA QUALIFIES: Serena Williams has qualified for next month's season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid.

Williams arrived at the Zurich Open on Monday to find she was the fifth player to qualify, along with Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic.