BUCS assistant, UT vols have mutual interest
The Tennessee Vols, who last year hired Monte Kiffin away from the Bucs to become defensive coordinator, have talked to Bucs linebackers coach Joe Barry about becoming defensive coordinator for new coach Derek Dooley. Barry says he is interested in "a good opportunity.'' 3C
NASCAR loosens rules on drivers
Amid complaints that races had become watered down, NASCAR chairman Brian France met with teams and drivers during the offseason on how to re-energize the sport. The result: NASCAR will "mix it up a little bit differently" by relaxing rules and encouraging drivers to show more aggression and emotion. "There's an age old saying that in NASCAR, 'If you ain't rubbing, you ain't racing,' " president Mike Helton said. When the season opens next month at Daytona International Speedway, restrictions on bump-drafting will end and horsepower will increase by the largest restrictor plate since 1989. 2C
Gators hold on at Arkansas 71-66
Erving Walker scored 27 and Alex Tyus, above, was part of a strong rebounding night as Florida (13-5, 2-2 SEC) took control with a 9-0 run in the second half, then held off Arkansas. UF had 12 second-chance points. 4C
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Slumping Iverson an All-Star starter
Fans voted 76ers guard Allen Iverson, having his worst season (19 games, 14.8 points), to start in the Feb. 14 NBA All-Star Game for the East. To prevent complete league embarrassment, disgruntled Rocket Tracy McGrady (six games played and currently inactive) was finally surpassed by the Suns' Steve Nash as a West starter. Other East starters: Cavs' LeBron James (leading vote-getter with a record third year of at least 2.5 million; voting 8C), Magic's Dwight Howard, Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Heat's Dwyane Wade. Other West starters: Spurs' Tim Duncan, Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Suns' Amare Stoudemire and Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony.
LeBron scores 37 as Cavs topple Kobe, Lakers. 4C
"You have yet to apologize to all the pitchers you faced while juiced. You may have shortened pitchers' careers because of the advantage you forced over them while juiced.''
Ferguson Jenkins, Hall of Fame pitcher, calling for Mark McGwire to apologize to every pitcher he homered against while on steroids
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