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Storm offers season-ticket deal: $29.95 for 7 games

The Tampa Bay Storm has announced a season-ticket package for 1995 that would enable fans to attend seven home games for $29.95. The Arena Football League club said the ticket drive will begin today and end Dec. 30.

For information call Marilyn Brace, director of ticket sales, at (813) 894-2894.

Gator Bowl cuts deal with ACC, Big East runners-up

The Gator Bowl, passed over by the Bowl Alliance in August, struck a deal Monday to get the runners-up from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East.

The six-year deal has a three-year option in case the Bowl Alliance athletic directors decide to reopen bidding for a spot in the national championship alliance.

Officials from both conferences said the $121-million refurbishing of the Jacksonville stadium played a key role in their agreement with the Gator Bowl.

BASKETBALL: Shaquille O'Neal, most valuable player of the World Championships of Basketball, and Dawn Staley, MVP of the Goodwill Games, have been selected USA Basketball's male and female athletes of the year.

COLLEGES: The University of Kentucky says it will change its sports logo after receiving numerous complaints the wildcat's rolled tongue resembles a penis. FSU linebacker Derrick Brooks and Florida safety Michael Gilmore were among 15 scholar athletes named by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. They will receive $18,000 each for post-graduate study.

ACADEMICS: The NCAA is not softening its stand on academic reform despite charges of backsliding, college sports' leadership told the Knight Commission.

BOWLING: Tish Johnson averaged 233 for her first six games of qualifying to take the lead after the first round of the $75,000 Columbia 300 Delaware Open.

TRACK AND FIELD: Long jump and heptathlon star Jackie Joyner-Kersee could become the first athlete to win the Jesse Owens Award three times. Joyner-Kersee is one of five finalists along with sprinters Leroy Burrell, Michael Johnson and Gwen Torrence, and hammer thrower Lance Deal.

VOLLEYBALL: The University of South Florida (22-3, 4-0 in Metro Conference) maintained its No. 8 South Region ranking. USF has a 16-match winning streak.

SOCCER: FIFA President Joao Havelange said he will propose during this week's executive committee meetings that Europe receive three of the eight additional berths for the 1998 World Cup in France. Havelange praised U.S. organizers for their work on the '94 World Cup and said the international federation's share of the proceeds would be about $60-million. Marcelo Balboa and Mia Hamm have been chosen male and female athletes of the year by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

CFL: League officials will visit Columbus, Ohio, to explore adding a franchise, a minor-league soccer owner said. The Sacramento Gold Miners, unable to get a new stadium, plan to leave town after this season. Owner Fred Anderson said he has three cities in mind. Andre Ware, a Heisman Trophy winner and former Detroit Lions quarterback, says he is set to sign with Ottawa.

DEATHS: "Jackrabbit" Jack Crain, 74, former Texas legislator and two-time football All-American at Texas, died Saturday of cancer.

GOLF: Florida shot back-to-back 12-over-par rounds to place 11th after 36-holes at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. Stanford, led by Tiger Woods, has a 10-stroke lead over Auburn.

SOCCER: Marcelo Balboa and Mia Hamm are the male and female athletes of the year for the U.S. Soccer Federation.

_ Compiled from Times wires

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