The NCAA Division I men's soccer championships won't be returning to the University of South Florida, the site of the final four the past two years. Jim Dyer, chairman of the men's soccer committee, said Wednesday his committee preferred Davidson (N.C.) College for the 1992 and 1993 tournament. The Division I championships committee and the NCAA executive committee still must approve the move. "We feel this would be a more exciting event in a smaller setting," Dyer said. "We feel that perhaps there's too many things available to the consumer in the Tampa market to attract the attendance we're looking for." The 1991 tournament drew 2,037 fans for the semifinals and 4,092 for the final between Virginia and Santa Clara.
WALK OF FAME: Nominations are being accepted for inductees into the Tampa Bay Walk of Fame in St. Petersburg. Nomination forms can be obtained at the St. Petersburg Times main office, area Chamber of Commerce buildings as well as local sporting good stores. Entries must be received by March 12. On March 31, a committee will select five inductees. They will plaques with their names added to the Walk of Fame, located outside the Florida Suncoast Dome during a ceremony April 29.
FOOTBALL: The NCAA told the University of Miami it found no violation in the recruitment of running back Danyell Ferguson out of Miami-Columbus High School. Ferguson rode to UM with a freshman walk-on player who was a high school friend. Had Miami arranged the ride, it would have committed a violation. But since Ferguson arranged the trip himself, no violation occurred.
TENNIS: Alexander Volkov upset Andre Agassi 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the second round of the Donnay Indoor tournament in Brussels, Belgium. . . . Pete Sampras recovered from a brief second-set slowdown to defeat Richard Fromberg 6-4, 7-5 and move to the third round of the Federal Express International in Memphis, Tenn. . . . Third-seeded Jana Novotna overpowered Marianne Werdel 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Virgina Slims of Chicago.
ET CETERA: George Branham III of Indianapolis averaged 236 for six games en route to the first-round lead in the PBA True Value Open at Peoria, Ill.After three seasons as a player and coach, Thomas Rongen, 34, will serve only as coach of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this season. . . . Ted Couch's three-run homer in the seventh inning paced St. Petersburg JC (3-5) to a 9-7 victory over host Pasco-Hernando CC (2-1) in college baseball. . . . Brian Duva scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as host Florida (6-0) rallied for a 6-5 victory over FIT (2-4).
_ Compiled by Rick Crotts
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