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The New York Times reported that the expanded Big Eight Conference _ which includes Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor _ has a tentative TV football deal with ABC Sports equal to or larger than the Southeastern Conference's deal with CBS. The football-only portion of the SEC deal is estimated to be worth $60-million to $70-million.

BOXING: Steve "Lightning" Little floored champion Micheal Nunn in the first round and won a subsequent war of attrition to capture the WBA super-middleweight title in London. Little, who hadn't fought in more than a year, upset the plans for a Nunn-Nigel Benn bout this summer. Benn, the WBC champion, fought No.

1 contender Henry Wharton later on the card. Nunn wore Little down in the middle rounds, but Little found a late second wind that secured him the points in a split decision. The judges scored it 115-112, 116-114, 113-115.

BOWLING: Bryan Goebel of Merriam, Kan., missed a $200,000 bonus by four pins as he won the Professional Bowlers Association True Value Open in Peoria, Ill. Goebel defeated Norm Duke of Oklahoma City, 296-280, in the second-highest scoring televised match in PBA history. Goebel, 32, gained his third title, $43,000 and a trip to the Tournament of Champions.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Senior All-American David Harris struck out 10 batters in eight shutout innings and Dyland Murphy drove in four runs as top-ranked Florida Southern (9-1) defeated Saint Leo 7-0 in the teams' Sunshine State opener. Andrew Murphree relieved Harris in the ninth and got two ground ball outs and a strikeout to preserve the shutout of Saint Leo (7-3).

ET CETERA: The International Swimming Federation banned China's Zhong Weiyue from international competition for two years and invalidated his world records in the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly after he failed a drug test.

_ Compiled from Times wires

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