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ARENA FOOTBALL REALIGNS DIVISIONS

Making news

With the 2009 season a few months away, the Arena Football League realigned its divisions after the New Orleans franchise folded. The Tampa Bay Storm stays in the Southern Division but has a new rival: the Dallas Desperados, who moved from the Eastern Division.

National Conference

South: Dallas Desperados, Georgia Force, Tampa Bay Storm, Orlando Predators

East: Cleveland Gladiators, Columbus Destroyers, New York Dragons, Philadelphia Soul

American Conference

West: Arizona Rattlers, Los Angeles Avengers, San Jose SaberCats, Utah Blaze

Central: Chicago Rush, Colorado Crush, Grand Rapids Rampage, Kansas City Brigade

College athletes get paid? Well ...

If Tim Tebow's No. 15 jersey is flying off the shelves, shouldn't the Gators quarterback be getting a cut? Or if Tebow's big game piles up points in a for-profit online fantasy game, shouldn't he be rewarded? At a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in Washington, several people suggested paying athletes. "They put many, many millions of dollars in the coffers of the universities, and yet no one is willing to go out for them and protect them," said Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, who is on Miami's board of trustees and a commission member. "I just think it's time for the NCAA to review what their purpose in life is." The NCAA's response? It can't take action unless directed to by member universities.

Out of bounds

Not a good day for these two sons

Right names, not enough game for the NBA. Forward Patrick Ewing Jr. didn't have enough offensive polish for the Knicks, so they waived him. His father, Patrick Ewing, is a Hall of Fame center and the Knicks' all-time leader in scoring. Meanwhile, the Lakers cut guard Coby Karl, son of Nuggets coach George Karl.

Quote of the day

"It's great company. It's one of the few times you can say O.J. is great company."

Redskins RB Clinton Portis, after joining O.J. Simpson as the only players to twice rush for more than 120 yards in five straight games

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