Iowa State athletic director Max Urick has been added to the list of finalists to replace University of Florida athletic director Bill Arnsparger. Florida officials last week asked Urick to submit his resume if he were interested in the position, Urick said. "They said they had talked to some people who had recommended me," he said. "It came as a surprise to me, and I am very flattered to be considered one of the finalists. Other than faxing them a resume, I really haven't had time to give it serious thought." Urick, 53, coached college football for 13 years after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan in 1961. He has been on Iowa State's staff since 1974 when he started as an assistant athletic director. Jeremy Foley, UF's senior associate athletic director, is believed the favorite for the job.
SOCCER: Michelle Akers-Stahl, who in December led the United States' women's team to its first World Cup title, will play in an exhibition game at 6:30 tonight in Tampa. The game will be played at the Shimberg Soccer Complex (located behind Morgan Woods Elementary off Hanley Road). The exhibition will pit the Lions, a senior team from Orlando, against the Town & Country Heather, an elite 17-and-under team of area players. Akers-Stahl will play for the Lions. Admission is free.
BOXING: Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes appears headed for a title shot against Evander Holyfield. Shelly Finkel, Holyfield's manager, and Dan Duva, his promoter, plan to meet with the champion today to see if he will accept a May match against the 42-year-old Holmes. Another former champ, James "Buster" Douglas, was released on his own recognizance in Columbus, Ohio, after being charged with drunken driving. Michael Carbajal (22-0), the IBF light flyweight champion, meets Marcos Pacheco (23-3-1) in Phoenix today in a 12-round title fight to be televised by ABC. There is no possibility Mike Tyson could be licensed to box in Nevada during any appeal of his rape conviction, a Nevada boxing official said.
BOWLING: Twenty-five teams representing 13 southeastern states begin competition at 9 a.m. today in the Southern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference championships at Clearwater's Shore Lanes. Singles and doubles crowns and a tournament team championship are on the line among the Division I, II and III teams. Hudson's Linda Woods, two-time defending WIBC-ACUI national champion, will bowl for the University of Florida. Glenn Foerster and Cameron Lashbrook, former St. Petersburg Junior College bowlers, are competing with the FSU team. Bruce Hamilton held his lead through five rounds of the PBA True Value Open in Peoria, Ill. Hamilton leads Pete Weber by 113 pins.
SAILING: The second round of the America's Cup challenger trials begins today off San Diego. The schedule features a rematch between France's Ville de Paris and Japan's Nippon. Other matchups have Italy's Il Moro di Venezia against Sweden's Tre Kronor, Challenge Australia against Espana '92 and Spirit of Australia against New Zealand.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Florida defensive end Darren Mickell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville on Friday morning. "We are hopeful that he will be recovered for the start of spring drills," said team physician Pete Indelicato. The operation removed scar tissue from Mickell's left knee.
TRACK AND FIELD: American sprinter Andre Cason ran a world-record time of 6.41 seconds for 60 meters in Madrid, Spain, breaking the indoor mark of 6.45 he set just two weeks ago. Cason set his new record just five minutes after Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey set a world indoor record in the women's 60-meter dash. Renaldo Nehemiah took the men's 60-meter hurdles in 7.50.
BOXING: Pinellas County fighters scored a clean sweep at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre boxing card held at the Boatyard Village in Clearwater. Light heavyweight Darin Allen of Clearwater scored a first-round knockout of Rocky Bedwell in the main event. St. Petersburg policeman Donnie Herring scored a first-round knockout over Louisiana's Calvin Jefferson at super middleweight and St. Petersburg's David Santos went to 5-0 with a second-round junior lightweight knockout of Lenny Ayrillo.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Dave Valdes scored on an error in the bottom of the 10th inning to give second-ranked Florida (7-0) an 8-7 victory over No.
8 Long Beach State (2-3). In other games, Jay Hatfield tripled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th as South Florida beat host Stetson. St. Petersburg Junior College won its fourth game in a row, defeating Valencia CC 4-2.
ET CETERA: The Oregonian newspaper of Portland announced it will discontinue publishing sports names that may be offensive. References to the Braves, Redskins, Indians and Redmen will be dropped effective Sunday. Florida defensive end Darren Mickell underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue from his left knee. "We are hopeful that he will be recovered for the start of spring drills," said team physician Pete Indelicato. American sprinter Andre Cason ran a world-record time of 6.41 seconds for 60 meters in Madrid, Spain.
_ Compiled by Pete Couture.