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published December 4, 2002

Texas A&M gets Nebraska's AD

Nebraska athletic director Bill Byrne will leave the school to take the same position at Texas A&M, he said Tuesday night.

"I thought I could try my hand one more time at building a program," said Byrne, who came from Oregon in 1992. "It's going to be extremely hard to leave, but I look forward to the challenges."

Among Byrne's first duties with the Aggies will be hiring a football coach to replace R.C. Slocum, who was fired Monday. Byrne, 57, replaces Wally Groff.

Harvey Perlman, chancellor of Nebraska's Lincoln campus, said a search for Byrne's replacement would begin immediately.

MORE COLLEGES: Cincinnati extended the deal of athletics director Bob Goin for an additional two years. The extension runs through June30, 2005 for Goin, the former Florida State AD. ... A federal commission studying Title IX, the law that requires gender equity in high school and university sports, plans to discuss recommendations today. The Commission on Opportunity in Athletics is trying to determine whether the 1972 law discriminates against men. A lawsuit filed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, pending in U.S. District Court in Washington, makes that argument.

SOCCER: Real Madrid beat Olimpia of Paraguay 2-0 on goals by Ronaldo and Jose Maria "Guti" Gutierrez to win the Toyota Cup in Yokohama, Japan. In winning the game between European and South American champions, Real Madrid earned the unofficial title of world club champion. ... Joe-Max Moore's work visa in England expired, and the 31-year-old American forward can no longer play for Everton of the Premier League. Moore hasn't appeared in any games this season. ... Zbigniew Boniek resigned as Poland's national coach after five months.

BOXING: In a news conference to promote his March1 in Las Vegas against WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, light heavyweight champ Roy Jones Jr. defended himself against criticism that he has been unwilling to take risks. "The critics say, 'Roy won't fight. Roy won't do this. Roy won't be there.' But then, who is this?" he said, jutting out his jaw and pointing to his chest. ... Former heavyweight champ Trevor Berbick was jailed in Miami awaiting his second deportation. Berbick was ordered deported in 1997 after serving 15 months of a four-year sentence for rape, theft and misdemeanor assault in Florida.

WRESTLING: Greco-Roman wrestler Tipton Peterson was suspended for two years after testing positive for steroids.

TENNIS: The International Tennis Federation honored Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams as the year's world champions. The champions are decided by a panel of ITF judges.

AUTOS: The Arrows team, trying to avoid bankruptcy after 25 years in Formula One, will appeal its exclusion from the 2003 lineup.

HORSES: Allamerican Native was listed as favorite for Saturday's $520,000 Governor's Cup race for 2-year-pacers at the Meadowlands.

SURFING: Andy Irons won the 2002 Association of Surfing Professionals world championship despite being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Cup in Honolulu. Irons' closest competitor in the tour rankings, Luke Egan, also lost in the quarterfinals.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm signed quarterback John Kaleo, receiver/defensive back Alvin Ashley and defensive specialist Brent Browner and reworked the contracts of linemen Rod Williams and Ernest Certain. Kaleo, a nine-year Arena League veteran who missed most of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, will compete with Shane Stafford for the starting job in training camp, coach Tim Marcum said.

TRACK: Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones, were named winners of the Jesse Owens Awards, given annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track and field athletes.

ETC.: Purveyors of hidden camera videos of naked athletes, mostly wrestlers, were ordered by a Chicago court to pay $500-million in damages to 46 athletes from Northwestern, Illinois and other universities who were plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit. ... The Netherlands beat the U.S. team 5-2 to advance to the semifinals of the women's field hockey World Cup in Perth, Australia.

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