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Florida to field lacrosse team in 2010

By ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times Staff Writer
Published June 15, 2006

GAINESVILLE - Florida will add women's lacrosse in 2010, athletic officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Officials cited the growth of the sport and continuing efforts to expand women's programs.

In Florida, 43 high schools field lacrosse teams, and NCAA teams have grown 83 percent over the past 10 years. In 2004-05, 2,035 women participated in Division I-A lacrosse, third behind golf and rowing.

The Gators will become the second SEC team to sponsor women's lacrosse, joining Vanderbilt, which began playing in 1996. Because the league doesn't sponsor a championship, UF likely will play as an independent or in an established league for lacrosse only.

Basketball TV CONTRACT:

The Big East and CBS Sports agreed to a multiyear extension to broadcast games through 2012-13. An average of 14 games will be shown beginning in 2007-08.

KNIGHT REBUFFED:

Bob Knight's insurance company was ruled not liable for damages resulting from the coach's 1999 confrontation with Ron Felling, a former assistant at Indiana.

CHARLESTON:

Coach Tom Herrion is negotiating a buyout that would end his four years with the Southern Conference school.

Other sports BASEBALL:

Mississippi coach Mike Bianco received a one-year extension through the 2010 season. He was considered a top candidate for the coaching opening at LSU.

FOOTBALL:

Former Kentucky assistant coach Claude Bassett, who resigned amid recruiting violations, has appealed a judge's dismissal of his lawsuit, which alleged fraud and civil conspiracy.

TRACK:

Tennessee hurdler Aries Merritt, the reigning NCAA champion, announced he would leave school a year early to turn pro.

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