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b-cu'S williams is top i-aa passer

Bethune-Cookman QB Quentin Williams, a former Jefferson High standout, was the Division I-AA leader in passing efficiency rating this past season, it was announced Tuesday.

His rating of 187.2 was a Wildcats record since they moved to Division I-AA in 1980. Williams recently signed with Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League.

MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The SEC is asking for a rule banning practices during spring break, seeking a "timely review.'' Coach Jim Harbaugh plans to have Michigan practice in Florida over spring break, which starts Feb. 27. … Duke QB Thomas Sirk ruptured his left Achilles tendon during conditioning session and has surgery scheduled today.

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U.S. women open qualifying tonight

The United States starts its pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal in women's Olympic soccer over the next two weeks at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Texas. The Americans face Costa Rica tonight in Frisco, Texas, then play Mexico and Puerto Rico in Group A. Group B includes Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Semifinal winners will represent the North and Central America and Caribbean region at this year's Olympics.

PUSHBACK AGAINST RACISM: Souleymane Sylla, a commuter who was prevented by Chelsea fans from boarding a metro train last year because he is black, accepted an invitation from Paris Saint-Germain to attend its next Champions League game against Chelsea. The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating the incident, which occurred before Chelsea played PSG. After twice pushing Sylla away, the fans chanted "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it."

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olympics: Paris ramped up its bid for the 2024 Olympics, securing about $8.9 million in four sponsorship deals and presenting its Eiffel Tower-shaped logo in a ceremony on the Champs Elysees.

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