Coaches, athletic directors and school presidents have broken race barriers in college sports, yet a big one persists: No minority has been commissioner of the nation's top 11 football-playing conferences.
Richard Lapchick, head of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, released a report Wednesday rebuking college football on race in several areas.
Lapchick supported a call this month to expand diversity among coaches. Just eight of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A) programs had minority head coaches, according to his report, well behind other college and pro sports. Lapchick suggests a college version of the NFL's Rooney Rule, requiring that at least one minority candidate be interviewed for a coaching vacancy.
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At a time when some leagues are contracting or even disappearing, the Major Indoor Soccer League -- which includes a franchise in Stockton -- is growing. MISL began its season with nine franchises, up from six a year ago. The new teams are in Newark, N.J., at the new Prudential Center that also houses the NHL's Devils; Orlando, Fla.; and Monterrey, Mexico. ...
Argentina returned to No. 1 in the FIFA men's world rankings, with World Cup champ Italy dropping two places to third and Brazil moving up one spot to second. The United States remains 18th. Mexico dropped two spots to 15th.
The ambulance crew who picked up a dying runner during the Chicago Marathon apparently got lost on the way to a hospital, authorities said.
Chad Schieber collapsed while running the Oct. 7 race and was in full cardiac arrest. An autopsy blamed his death on a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse, though heart experts say the condition is rarely dangerous. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford could not say how long it took to take Schieber, a 35-year-old police officer from Midland, Mich., to the hospital or whether it would've helped Schieber if he had arrived sooner.
McLaren will pay more than half of its record $100 million fine to auto racing's world governing body in December. FIA, which fined the Formula One team in September for possessing confidential documents belonging to rival Ferrari, said Wednesday the "sum in excess of $50 million" would be used to promote safety in the sport around the world. ... An appeals committee overturned the $10,000 fine levied against a crew chief for Kyle Busch following a Busch Series race. Michael Bumgarner was fined after Busch's win at Kansas Speedway last month because NASCAR said the intake manifold on the Chevrolet didn't conform to its standards. Hendrick Motorsports argued that the part had been used over the past three seasons and never failed inspection.
Top-seeded Andy Roddick was upset by Fabrice Santoro in the first round of the Lyon (France) Grand Prix. Santoro hit three aces in the last game to complete a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 victory over the American.
Middleweight Shawn Estrada and light featherweight Raynell Williams won in the preliminary round of the World Boxing Championships in Chicago.
Stanford running back Jason Evans will miss the rest of the season with an injured left knee. Evans tore his ACL in last Saturday's 21-20 victory at Arizona, when he rushed for a career-high 78 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Evans was playing in place of injured starter Anthony Kimble, who isn't expected to be available for Stanford (3-4, 2-3 Pac-10) Saturday at Oregon State due to a shoulder injury.