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Search for Baylor player returns to Texas property

Authorities searching for a missing Baylor basketball player returned to a 50-acre property northeast of campus Thursday with thermal imaging equipment.

"We just want to make sure we haven't missed anything," Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said. He later said the aerial search turned up nothing.

The owner of the property has said the missing player, Patrick Dennehy, and his roommate and former teammate Carlton Dotson had fired guns on the land in recent months.

No charges have been filed in Dennehy's disappearance; however authorities have described Dotson as a "person of interest." A search warrant affidavit made public Monday said an unnamed informant told investigators that Dotson told a cousin he shot Dennehy with a handgun while they played with firearms near Waco.

Dennehy, 21, was last heard from almost three weeks ago. His sport utility vehicle was later found abandoned without its license plates in a Virginia Beach, Va., parking lot.

Football

BIG EAST TV: ABC and ESPN may try to renegotiate their television contracts with the Big East because Miami and Virginia Tech are leaving to join the ACC after this season.

The Walt Disney Co.-owned networks are scheduled to pay about $15-million a year to broadcast Big East football and basketball games through 2007. The networks said their contracts allow renegotiation if the conference makeup changes.

ALABAMA: For the second time in as many days, faculty and staff cut short former coach Mike Price's appeal of his firing. The 14-member Staff Mediation Council voted to stick with its decision not to send Price's appeal to a hearing panel. The move leaves Price without further recourse within university policy.

COLORADO: Jeremy Bloom is appealing a ruling that prohibits him from earning endorsement money while playing football, arguing that NCAA rules are not enforceable under state law.

In a brief filed Wednesday with the Colorado Court of Appeals, Bloom's attorneys said the rules have led to conflicting interpretations that Bloom could not play football at Colorado while continuing his skiing career and working in television broadcasting.

Bloom, a world champion and Olympic moguls skier, is challenging NCAA rules that prohibit him from making money from skiing and TV while he plays at CU.

NOTRE DAME: The attorney for four ex-players charged with sexual assault asked a judge to exclude from their trial statements made during an expulsion hearing.

The players _ Abram Elam, Justin Smith, Lorenzo Crawford and Donald Dykes _ told St. Joseph Superior Judge Roland W. Chamblee Jr. they had no choice but to participate in the hearing last year and that officials told them their statements would be kept confidential.

Chamblee said he would rule on the issue as soon as possible.

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