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USF will play three nationally televised Friday night games this season as its American Athletic Conference schedule was announced Tuesday. Game times and TV are to be determined.

Conference highlights include the AAC opener, at home against UConn on Friday, Sept. 19 (ESPN or ESPN2). The other Friday games are at Cincinnati on Oct. 24 (ESPN or ESPN2) and at home against UCF on Nov. 28. The Bulls have two other home conference games, vs. East Carolina on Oct. 11 and Houston on Nov. 1. Other conference games: a first-ever trip to Tulsa on Oct. 18, a first-ever trip to SMU on Nov. 15 and at Memphis on Nov. 22. USF will not play Temple, for the second straight season, or Tulane in the eight-game conference schedule. The AAC expands from 10 to 11 teams for the 2014 season with the additions of East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa and the departures of Rutgers to the Big Ten and Louisville to the ACC. The conference will grow to 12 teams in 2015, adding Navy.

AUTO RACING

Engine cooling units replacing slower laps

NASCAR banned cool-down laps and will allow teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road. Cool-down laps became a safety concern as drivers drove at slow speeds while others were speeding past during qualifying.

SOCCER

Bayern Munich, Atletico advance to quarterfinals

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored in the 55th minute, and host Bayern Munich tied Arsenal 1-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on 3-1 aggregate. Diego Costa scored twice to lead Atletico Madrid over visiting AC Milan 4-1 for a 5-1 aggregate win.

ENGLAND: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was banned seven matches for head-butting an opposing player. Pardew was fined $168,000 by Newcastle following his incident with Hull's David Meyler on March 1. … American Stuart Holden, playing for Bolton, will be out six to nine months after an operation to repair ligaments in his right knee. … U.S. investment firm Baron Capital bought nearly a quarter of public traded shares in Manchester United. The Malcolm Glazer family, which also owns the Bucs, controls 90 percent of Manchester United's shares.

IDITAROD

Sudden storm aids Seavey's comeback

Dallas Seavey rallied from third place to win his second Iditarod at Nome, Alaska. Seavey edged Aliy Zirkle by 2 minutes, 22 seconds as she was caught in a snow storm. Front-runner Jeff King was blown off course in the storm and withdrew from the race.

et cetera

BOXING: Bernard Hopkins, 49, will attempt to become the oldest fighter to unify world titles when the IBF light heavyweight champion opposes WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 at Washington D.C.

PARALYMPICS: Russia defeated the United States 2-1 in sledge ice hockey in the Winter Games at Sochi, Russia. Tampa's Declan Farmer is a member of the American team that will play Canada in Thursday's semifinals.

GOLF: San Diego's city council will vote Monday on hosting the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2021. This year's U.S. Open is at Pinehurst, N.C.

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. John Isner of Tampa defeated Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3 to reach the fourth round.

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Sports in brief 03/11/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:03am]
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