BCS finds replacement for AP poll

By wire services
Published July 12, 2005

NEW YORK - The Bowl Championship Series has a new poll, which will begin a month into the college football season and include former coaches and players, plus media members.

The Harris Interactive College Football Poll will rank the top 25 teams weekly starting Sept.25. The first BCS standings will be released Oct.17. The BCS has said it would like to see the elimination of preseason polls, which some believe give touted teams an unfair head start.

The Associated Press pulled its poll from the BCS after last season.

COACH BACKS OUT: Citing "unresolvable" scholarship issues, Gene Stephenson decided to remain at Wichita State hours after he was introduced as baseball coach at Oklahoma.

FSU: Florida State and Nevada signed a one-year deal to play football in 2008. The Seminoles will host the game.

USF: Jo-Ann Nester , director of athletics at the University of San Diego, was named associate director of athletics for academics at South Florida.


Artest vows to stay calm

Ron Artest arrived at the Pacers' rookie and free-agent camp pledging to be a smarter. The star forward spoke to the Indianapolis media for the first time since a Nov.19 fight in Detroit resulted in a nearly seasonlong suspension. Artest said he wants to cut down on technical fouls and remain in control.

CAVS: Free-agent center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will re-sign to a five-year deal worth up to $60-million.

WNBA: Joe Bryant , father of Lakers star Kobe Bryant , was hired as a Los Angeles assistant coach.


Feud escalates

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe says British Prime Minister Tony Blair and London bid leader Sebastian Coe "crossed the line" by criticizing other cities that were vying for the 2012 Games.

GAMES TO GO ON: The London Games will go ahead despite security concerns after last week's terror attacks, IOC president Jacques Rogge said.


Graf returns, briefly

Steffi Graf , a 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, is interrupting her retirement today to play with the Houston Wranglers of the World Team Tennis Pro League. Houston hosts the Sacramento Capitals, led by Anna Kournikova .

MODENA INTERNATIONAL: Yan Zi upset fourth-seeded Marta Domachowska 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first round in Italy.


McMichael arrested again

For the second time in 13 months, Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael has been arrested and faces simple battery and criminal trespass charges. McMichael, 26, of Weston was arrested early Saturday in Columbia County, Ga., after witnesses told police he gave wife Cawanna a bloody nose.

EX-COACH HAS BYPASS: Former Oilers and Saints coach Bum Phillips was in intensive care in Houston after triple bypass surgery Friday. His doctors expect him to make a full recovery.


CYCLING: Australian Mark French had a two-year ban for doping offenses overturned when the Court of Arbitration for Sport found no scientific proof he took a banned equine growth hormone.

SOCCER: England's David Beckham and Michael Owen and Brazil's Ronaldo headline the Real Madrid roster on its U.S. tour, starting Saturday in Chicago.

TRACK: Americans Bernard Williams and Monzavious Edwards tied for the win in the 100 meters at the Zagreb Grand Prix in Croatia.