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BIG TEN CHIEF: WE'LL GO D-III IF players get PAid

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany believes the Big Ten would abandon Division I if forced to pay players, cbssports.com reported Tuesday. Responding to an antitrust suit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and other former college athletes seeking a share of TV revenue, Delany wrote in a declaration filed in court last week that he envisions his league dropping back to a Division III nonscholarship model if the court sides with the plaintiffs. "It's not that we want to go Division III or go to need-based aid," Delany added to Sports Illustrated. "It's simply that in the plaintiff's hypothetical — and if a court decided that Title IX is out and players must be paid — I don't think we'd participate in that. I think we'd choose another option."

FLORIDA: Freshman LB Alex Anzalone had surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to be out about four months, coach Will Muschamp said. Anzalone, who suffered the injury in a practice drill, is expected to return for fall camp. Anzalone is one of eight early enrollees who may have competed for playing time in spring drills.

SOCCER

Key England defender out

England's problems in central defense became more acute when Gary Cahill was ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday because of a knee injury. The Chelsea defender may not be available for next Tuesday's crucial match against Group H leader Montenegro, either.

HOST DEFENDED: Sepp Blatter, president of the sport's governing body, believes 2014 World Cup host Brazil will have the stadiums and infrastructure ready despite construction delays. Only two of six stadiums are ready for the Confederations Cup in June.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: Flavia Pennetta won her first-round match 6-4, 6-1 over Johanna Larsson at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne.

WINTER SPORTS: Braves vice president and former Olympic speed skater Mike Plant was appointed president of the U.S. Speedskating board, taking a lead role in the troubled organization with the Winter Olympics less than a year away.

Antonya English, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:32pm]

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