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Published Dec. 9, 2006

Rich Rodriguez, above, turned down the football coaching job at Alabama on Friday and will remain at West Virginia, his alma mater. Alabama offered the job to Rodriguez on Thursday morning, and the Birmingham News reported it was for more than $2-million a season (not including incentives) and would have given him one of the highest-paid coaching staffs in the SEC. Meanwhile, N.C. State made it official, hiring Tom O'Brien away from ACC rival Boston College.

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Tonight: Lightning vs. Ducks

7:30, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM.

Lightning criticizes Vitaly Vishnevski's "late, late hit" Thursday against Ryan Craig. 3C


NCAA lets school keep rare victory

Indiana State's losing streak will stay snapped. The NCAA on Friday suspended football coach Lou West for one game next season and fined the school $1,500 for using an ineligible player in three games this season. The ruling allows the Sycamores, who turned themselves in, to keep an Oct. 21 win over Missouri State that ended the longest active losing streak in Division I at 24. It is West's only win in two seasons. The player's name was not disclosed.

Miss fights in NHL? Check out handball

Brazilian women handball players threw punches and pulled each other's hair in a brawl Thursday that forced a national championship semifinal to be abandoned. TV pictures showed clumps of hair on the court after the match between Metodista and Guarulhos in Sao Bernardo. Trouble started with about five minutes left when two players argued after a foul. Play resumed with six players in the penalty box. But a more serious incident erupted in the last minute. A Guarulhos player pulled an opponent's hair, pushed her in the back and slapped her in the face. The other player replied with a punch to the face, igniting a brawl. At that point, the referees gave up.

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More Rays tickets go on sale today

Single-game tickets for Rays spring training games go on sale to the public today. Call 1-888-326-7297 or go to or the Tropicana Field box office.


"Teams are run on luxury boxes and club suites. The marginal fan is becoming less and less important because the arena structure has turned hockey demand upside down."

John Vrooman, a professor of economics at Vanderbilt who focuses on sports, on the NHL's core fans gradually being priced out of attending games