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VANN'S TWO PUNT RETURN TDS LIFT FAMU 48-10

TALLAHASSEE - LeRoy Vann scored on two punt returns for the second straight week, tying a Division I-AA record with seven in his career, and Florida A&M beat Howard 48-10 Thursday night.

Vann, a former Blake High standout who scored on returns of 40 and 66 yards, also ran back two punts for touchdowns against Winston-Salem State last week. The senior tied the I-AA career record set by Northern Iowa's Kenny Shedd in 1989-1992.

The Rattlers (3-0, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) built a 34-10 halftime lead, highlighted by Curtis Pulley's touchdown throws to Kevin Elliott of 46 and 35 yards. Pulley finished with 182 yards passing.

The Bison (0-2, 0-1 MEAC) had Casey Council return a blocked punt 30 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

CLEMSON: Receiver Xavier Dye asked for his release then changed his mind after meeting with coach Dabo Swinney. After the first game, he was replaced as a starter by Brandon Clear.

Illinois: Starting linebacker Martez Wilson will miss the rest of the season because of a herniated disc in his neck.

Nebraska: Running back Collins Okafor returned a day after coach Bo Pelini announced the redshirt freshman had left the team on his own volition.

Southern Cal: Freshman backup cornerback Brian Baucham will miss Saturday's game at Washington after he was cut in a freeway car accident on the way to school. It's not clear how long he will be out. T.J. Bryant and Marshall Jones will compete to be the No. 3 cornerback.

ncaa starts search: The NCAA is beginning its search to replace president Myles Brand, who died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. Those expected to be on the short list include Georgia president and executive committee chairman Michael Adams, University of Hartford president Walter Harrison and NCAA executive Bernard Franklin. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi predicted a sitting or former president would be named.

Baseball

top recruits to UF: Florida's 2009 recruiting class, which includes 10 freshmen and one junior college transfer, is ranked No. 1 in the country by Collegiate Baseball. UCF was fourth, Miami ninth and Florida State 22nd.

Basketball

Arkansas: Coach John Pelphrey said he will suspend at least one player for two to three games after a rape investigation that did not result in charges. "Although the student-athletes involved have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, we expect Razorback student-athletes to adhere to a higher standard and code of conduct," said Pelphrey, who did not name any players and did not disclose specific punishments.

ucla: Coach Ben Howland expects to return to work Monday after having what the school referred to as a "standard appendectomy" on Wednesday.

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