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Alabama hires ex-UNC coach

 
Published Dec. 15, 2000|Updated Sept. 28, 2005

Alabama hired former North Carolina coach Carl Torbush as defensive coordinator Thursday.

Torbush joins the staff of new Crimson Tide coach Dennis Franchione. He was fired by the Tar Heels on Nov. 20 after the college football team went 6-5 in his third season.

"Carl Torbush is one of the premier defensive coordinators in the nation, and is a coach who is familiar with the SEC," Franchione said.

HORSES: Tampa Bay Downs management and representatives of the Tampa Bay Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association held contract discussions that both sides deemed ineffective. "It was a complete impasse," TBHBPA president Leonard Alexander said. Downs general manager John Grady said the meeting was bogged down by demands from horsemen. "You can't negotiate successfully with 13 items on the table," he said. "They had nine and we had four and a lot of theirs could have been worked out a long time ago." Grady said a full card is planned for the first day of the track's meet Saturday. Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Chris Antley, 34, had cuts and bruises when he was found dead in his home Dec. 2, and drugs were discovered in another room, according to Pasadena police homicide reports.

GOLF: Tiger Woods, Karrie Webb and Larry Nelson are the Golf Writers Association of America's players of the year on the PGA, LPGA and senior tours. PGA Tour prize money will be about $180-million in 2001, an increase of about $23-million.

OLYMPICS: Track and field star Marion Jones, wrestler Rulon Gardner and the U.S. baseball team are the USOC's top sportswoman, sportsman and team of the year. Spain's Paralympic basketball team is returning gold medals from Sydney because 10 of 12 players had no mental handicaps.

SOCCER: The U.S. men's national team will face China and former coach Bora Milutinovic on Jan. 27 in Oakland. D.C. United has been taken over by the MLS. Three other teams _ Tampa Bay, Dallas and San Jose _ also operate without an investor-operator.

VOLLEYBALL: Nebraska beat Hawaii 15-3, 15-12, 9-15, 15-10 and Wisconsin beat Southern California 15-10, 15-9, 15-9 to advance to Saturday's NCAA Division I title game.

_ BRANT JAMES, TIMES WIRES

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