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BOBBY BOWDEN: MOST CRITICISM STEMS FROM AGE

MAKING NEWS

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, whose Seminoles are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the ACC for the first time, told ESPN that much of the criticism aimed at him is because of his age. "If I was 50, nobody would be saying a word as far as that's concerned," Bowden said Friday. "But at 79, (people say) he's too old. I found out when I first started, it's always this way: 'Yeah, but what have you done lately?' ... What you used to do doesn't count, and I know it's that way. I'm ready for it. But I also know anytime something goes wrong, (it is said that) he's too old."

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OUT OF BOUNDS

Even better than the old thing

Raymond James Stadium will get new sod this weekend thanks to Friday's U2 concert. Mickey Farrell of the Tampa Sports Authority said there was "extensive damage from the concert" on the field. Concert promoter Live Nation, is picking up the tab - about $75,000 according to Farrell. TSA typically will resod the middle of the field between the hashmarks during the season, but a wall-to-wall job like this is rare. The job will start this morning and Farrell said he hopes it will be done Monday evening.

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BLACKOUT OF THE DAY

Qualifier nowhere to be found on TV

The U.S. men's national team can clinch a berth in the 2010 World Cup with a victory tonight in Honduras (starting at 10) but it won't be easy for fans to find. According to the U.S. Soccer Federation, the host nation in CONCACAF qualifying matches can sell the television rights, and Honduras sold rights in both English and Spanish to a company that will only show the match on closed-circuit TV. Check ussoccer.com for a list of bars showing the match, or see the site's Web tracker to stay updated.

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QUOTABLE

"It's not an American arrogance that we think we can win it. ... I'm being deadly serious. Why would we be bother going if we didn't think we could win it?"

Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Federation president, on next year's World Cup

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