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Rivers, FSU players lead South's attack

North Carolina State's Philip Rivers passed for 213 yards and directed all the South's scoring drives in a 28-10 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

The nation's top-rated passer completed 12 of 19 passes, two for first-quarter touchdowns, to earn Most Valuable Player honors in the game that serves as an NFL audition for seniors. He played one series in the final three quarters, re-entering late in the fourth.

Florida State's Greg Jones added his second touchdown, a 4-yarder, to end that drive. He had a tackle-breaking, 16-yard score in the first quarter and was the South's offensive MVP. The Seminoles' Darnell Dockett, who set up a touchdown with a fumble recovery, was the defensive MVP.

Ohio State receiver Michael Jenkins was picked the North's offensive MVP after catching seven passes for 69 yards. Ricardo Colclough of Tusculum College claimed defensive honors.

MORE FOOTBALL: A five-year contract for Arizona coach Mike Stoops was approved by the Board of Regents. It guarantees he'll be paid $650,000 a year with $630,000 in performance bonuses.

SWIMMING: Sara McLarty finished first in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle to lead the Florida women to a 146-82 win over visiting Alabama. The men beat the Crimson Tide 135-94. Carlos Jayme won the 50 and 100 freestyle and was a member of the top 400 medley relay team.

TENNIS: The Gator women defeated visiting Florida Atlantic 7-0.

TRACK: Three USF women won at the Red Simmons Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dayana Octavien was first in weight throw, 60 feet, 9\ inches. Chandra Brewer (51-11}) took the shot-put title, and Christa Benton was tops in the 3,000 meters (10:01.11). Miami's Tabia Charles won the triple jump in consecutive meets at 42-10\ in the Leonard Hilton Memorial at Houston.

AUTOS

IRL doubles rival's bid

The Indy Racing League offered $3.3-million for selected assets of bankrupt rival Championship Auto Racing Teams, doubling the offer from the only other bidder, the Indianapolis Star reported. Open Wheel Racing Series may increase its bid before Wednesday's hearing in Indianapolis. Open Wheel is bidding on most of CART's assets, including rights to promote and sanction the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. IRL is bidding for some assets, but not the St. Petersburg rights.

PARIMUTUELS

Florida-breds dominate

Florida-bred Southern Image closed strongly to beat California-bred Excess Summer by 3 lengths in the $1-million Sunshine Millions Classic. Four races each were run at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park during the second Sunshine Millions. Florida-bred horses won six of eight and outpointed California 45-27. Other Florida winners were Mooji Moo (Filly & Mare Sprint), Secret Request (Distaff), Proud Man (Turf), Saint Afleet (Dash) and Shake You Down (Sprint).

TAMPA BAY DOWNS: Above the Wind defended his title with a wire-to-wire victory in the $50,000 Super Stakes.

WINTER SPORTS

FIGURE SKATING: Yukina Ota won the women's gold Friday in the Four Continents competition in Hamilton, Ontario. Cynthia Phaneuf took silver and American Amber Corwin bronze.

LUGE: Georg Hackl of Germany tied the record for World Cup victories in Igls, Austria. Hackl, who equaled Austrian Markus Prock's mark of 33, won in a combined 1:38.050.

ET CETERA

OLYMPICS: IOC vice president Kim Un-yong was suspended amid corruption accusations against him in South Korea.

SOCCER: Leonidas da Silva, credited with inventing the bicycle kick, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 90. Mr. da Silva's bicycle kick, which requires the player to flip over to kick the ball upside down, made him the first superstar of professional soccer in Brazil.

TRACK: Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva narrowly missed the indoor pole-vault record at the Norwich Union International in Glasgow, Scotland. She failed in three attempts at 15-9\ but won with a vault of 15-7\. American Duane Ross tied Sweden's Robert Kronberg in the 60 hurdles in 7.65.

_ BRUCE LOWITT, VERA FILIPELLI, TIMES WIRES

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