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College changes logo in light of complaints

San Diego State is replacing its logo of a red-faced profile of an Aztec warrior with a red and black monogram reading SD State.

The action is part of an attempt to improve the university's image after complaints from the school's Native American Student Alliance and Hispanic groups that the university's mascot, Monty Montezuma, and logo were culturally offensive.

The new design will be phased in during the next seven years. A new mascot has not been chosen.

NHL: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Mathieu Biron to a one-year deal. Biron, 22, had no points and was a minus-16 in 36 games last season. Los Angeles agreed to terms with forward Eric Belanger. Montreal re-signed left wing Chad Kilger. The Islanders re-signed defenseman Eric Cairns.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Jay Gruden threw four touchdowns and Orlando shut out Buffalo in the final 26:26 as the host Predators won a first-round playoff game 32-27.

NBA: Eric Musselman, 37, became the league's youngest coach when Golden State officially hired him. San Antonio re-signed forward Malik Rose. The deal is worth $42-million over seven seasons, the Associated Press reported. Toronto signed center Nate Huffman, who played in Israel last season. The Lakers re-signed guard Brian Shaw and forward Slava Medvedenko and signed undrafted guard Jannero Pargo. Cleveland guard Bryant Stith had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee but is expected to recover by training camp. Miami will play Minnesota in the league's first preseason game in the Dominican Republic on Oct. 11.

WNBA: Tamika Catchings tied a league record with nine steals and scored 23 in host Indiana's 73-63 victory over Minnesota. Margo Dydek scored 21 as Utah extended its home win streak to six, 74-61 over Phoenix.

BASKETBALL: Lebanon withdrew from the Arab Championships final after several players were injured in a confrontation during Wednesday's semifinal against Tunisia. Egypt is in the final, but no decision about it has been made.

TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport, in her first tournament since injuring her knee in November, beat Jelena Dokic 6-2, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. Former Gator Lisa Raymond also advanced, beating Monica Seles 6-4, 6-2. Venus Williams beat Anna Kournikova 6-3, 6-4 and Kim Clijsters beat Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-3. Albert Costa lost his bid for a fourth consecutive Generali Open title, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Alex Corretja in a quarterfinal in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Costa won in 1995, '98 and '99. Andy Roddick and Jan-Michael Gambill advanced to the semifinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles. Carlos Moya beat Stefano Galvani 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Prokom Open semifinals with his 13th consecutive ATP Tour victory in Sopot, Poland. Henrieta Nagyova beat Tathiana Garbin 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) to reach the women's final. She faces Dinara Safina, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Vera Zvonareva, today.

BASEBALL: Syouitsu Ohmatsu's double in the eighth led Japan over the United States 2-1 at the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.

COLLEGES: USF's Jimmy Baxter, a two-time C-USA high-jump champ, will be at the USA Track & Field target events meet this weekend in Walnut Creek, Calif. Former Alabama-Birmingham athletic director Herman Frazier said he was not pressured to leave and accepted a good job at Hawaii. In April, state trustees said they would drop athletics if they weren't financially self-supporting in two years. Butler offensive coordinator Kit Cartwright was promoted to football coach.

SOCCER: Kansas City's Diego Gutierrez had surgery on his left eye to repair an injury sustained during a fight after a U.S. Open Cup game last week. Gutierrez, expected to be out until late August, alleges a racial slur caused the fight. Paul Gascoigne, who has battled alcohol problems, worked out with D.C. United after he and MLS reached a 1{-year deal. A decision about staying will be made Tuesday. Ammar Souayeh resigned as Tunisia's coach, citing ill health.

BOXING: IBF featherweight champ Johnny Tapia was arrested for failing to pay several traffic tickets. WBA heavyweight champ Jon Ruiz weighed in at 233 pounds, five lighter than challenger Kirk Johnson, for tonight's fight. Eric "Butterbean" Esch weighed in at 334 pounds, 79} more than Larry Holmes, for tonight's fight.

TRACK: Four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon suffered cuts and bruises on his hands and legs in a head-on car crash in Barataria, Trinidad.

CYCLING: Stefano Garzelli was banned for two years and fined $69,000 for testing positive for a diuretic in May. But half of the fine and all but nine months of the ban were suspended.

SWIMMING: Gennadi Touretski was fired as Australia's coach after he allegedly threatened the crew during a flight.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Wilberforce Talel edged fellow Kenyan Paul Kosgei in the 10,000 meters in Manchester, England. Canada's Claire Carver-Dias won the women's solo synchronized swimming gold. Canadian triathlete Kelly Guest was sent home for failing a drug test.

HORSES: Del Mar Show won the $150,000 turf stakes in a photo finish over Forbidden Apple and Volponi in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

OBITUARY: Frank Connell, the cyclist who finished 10th in the road race at the 1932 Olympics, died Thursday in Columbia, S.C. He was 92.

_ TIMES WIRES, PETE YOUNG

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