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FORMER GATOR LEAVES NEW PRO LEAGUE

FOOTBALL

Citing "deep concerns" with the league, Lee McGriff, the former Florida receiver and current analyst for the Gator Football Network, has resigned as chairman of Team Florida of the new All-American Football League. The pro league consists of former college players who earned their degrees.

"I no longer had great confidence in the direction things were going," McGriff said Wednesday.

Three of Team Florida's 10 regular-season games are planned for Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville with one at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and one in Jacksonville. Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas also will field teams. The draft was last weekend, and Florida's opener is April 19 at Michigan.

McGriff said he holds no ill-will toward the organization and hopes it will be successful:"I wish them the best. I still believe it's a great concept. This is not something where I'm against them or mad or anything like that. It's not me against them."

Tennis

Brits lose best playerfor Davis Cup match

Andy Murray, Britain's top player, pulled out of its first-round Davis Cup match. No. 12 in the world, he said the stress of making a transition from the hardcourts of the Australian Open to the clay of Argentina on Feb. 8-10 will aggravate his right knee injury. Doubles specialist Ross Hutchins replaced him.

Movistar Open: Argentina's Juan Monaco, No. 21 in the world, reached the quarterfinals in Vina del Mar, Chile, beating Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Soccer

Knee surgery sidelinesAmerican midfielder

U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis needs surgery to remove cartilage from his knee and will miss next week's exhibition against Mexico. He was hurt during an FA Cup game for Derby of the English Premier League.

African Cup of Nations: Defending champ Egypt and four-time winner Cameroon reached the quarterfinals in Ghana. Egypt tied Zambia 1-1 to win Group C while Cameroon beat Sudan 3-0 for second. Opponents have not been determined.

Et cetera

Figure skating: Bulgaria's Maxim Staviski, half of the world ice dancing champions, received a 21/2-year suspended prison sentence for a drunken driving accident that killed a man and left a woman in a coma for nearly four months. The judge in Burgas, Bulgaria, also ordered he pay $127,000 in compensation.

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