FIVE-YEAR ELIGIBILITY: The NCAA's Championships-Competition Cabinet forwarded legislation that football players could have five seasons of eligibility and would be allowed to transfer once without penalty if the proposals are approved next year. Upcoming changes if approved:
+ Division I-A schools may add a 12th game starting in 2006.
+ Players granted one extra season to compete.
+ Extend the one-time transfer rule to three additional sports.
+ Baseball teams start spring practice Feb. 1, and games could not begin until March 1, which could move back the College World Series, ending as late as July 4.
Final votes on the measures cannot occur before April.
OUT OF BOUNDS
PELE PAYDAY: The jersey worn by Pele during the 1958 World Cup final was sold for $125,389 to a private buyer, auction house Christie's said. Pele, then 17, scored twice in Brazil's 5-2 win over host Sweden. Christie's said the shirt, bearing No. 10, was sold to an unidentified private collector via telephone.
OF THE DAY
Who was the first major-leaguer to hit four consecutive home runs in a game?
"I went and played for the guy at the Pro Bowl, and it was the worst Pro Bowl I ever experienced. The worst! Ask anybody that went that year the guys that are the best players in the entire world and (he's) yelling and screaming like they're (his) kids."
_ SHANNON SHARPE, retired Broncos tight end about New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
Lou Gehrig in 1932.