HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan Wednesday to turn the much-criticized system for deciding a national champ into a four-team playoff, starting in the 2010 season.
The BCS format will remain the same until at least the 2014 season.
"After a very thorough, very good discussion among the group, we have decided that because we feel at this time the BCS is in an unprecedented state of health, we feel it's never been healthier during its first decade, we have made a decision to move forward in the next cycle with the current format," Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said. ...
The NCAA has approved applications for 34 football bowl games for 2008, including 32 existing bowls and new games in Washington, D.C., and St. Petersburg, Fla. ...
A judge has thrown out the $5 million verdict an Alabama football fan won in his lawsuit accusing the NCAA of slander. Ray Keller claimed the NCAA slandered and libeled him when it announced penalties against Alabama in 2002 by referring to him and others as "rogue boosters," "parasites" and "pariahs." The NCAA said it never publicly identified Keller, and it portrayed him as a rabid fan who lost all perspective on the game.
Manchester United is the most valuable team in world soccer for a second consecutive season, according to Forbes magazine. The Premier League club is worth $1.8 billion, a $347 million increase (24 percent) from last year's valuation, Forbes said. Taking into account revenue growth, profitability and debt levels, Real Madrid remained second at $1.285 billion and Arsenal third at $1.2 billion. ...
Chelsea advanced to the European Champions League final for the first time, with Frank Lampard returning from the death of his mother to score the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick in a 3-2 overtime victory over Liverpool. The Blues won the home-and-home series on 4-3 aggregate and extended their home unbeaten streak to 82 games. They meet Manchester United at Moscow on May 21 in the first all-English final in the competition's 52-year history.
The Washington Kastles will join World TeamTennis this summer, playing home matches in a 2,020-seat temporary stadium. Serena Williams is to play in four of the Kastles' 14 regular-season matches.
Former Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier will drive for the Hemelgarn Johnson race team in a bid for his 16th start at the speedway. Lazier, who won the 1996 Indy 500 with car owner Ron Hemelgarn, hasn't driven in the IRL since he finished 19th at Indianapolis last year.
The city of Omaha and the NCAA have agreed in principle to a new contract that keeps the College World Series in Omaha past 2010. There was no word on the contract's length.
Oscar De La Hoya's farewell tour is beginning at home. He fights Saturday night against light-hitting Steve Forbes in Carson's Home Depot Center in what is to be the first of three fights before he calls it a well-done career by the end of the year. It's an appetizer for bigger things later this year against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., and possibly Miguel Cotto. De La Hoya hand-picked Forbes to give him a fight, and he's a prohibitive 17-1 favorite to beat the former 130-pound champion. The fight will be televised by HBO.
Lynda Barnes won the United States Bowling Congress Queens for the second time, finishing with three strikes for a 215-195 victory over Amy Stolz at Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. Barnes won $30,000, Stolz $18,000.