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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie has agreed to a new contract that makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in the Big 12. Texas A&M spokesman Alan Cannon said Gillispie wouldn't sign the deal - approved by regents Friday - until he returns next week from the Final Four in Atlanta.

Purdue WR Lymon stabbed in chest

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon was hospitalized in critical condition Friday, hours after being stabbed in the chest. Lymon arrived at a hospital about 2:45 a.m. with a stab wound to the upper chest and told medical workers he was attacked at a nightclub near the campus, said John Walker, deputy chief of West Lafayette Police Department. Lymon, 20, of Fort Wayne, was listed in critical but stable condition.

Bazemore leads Top Fuel qualifying

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BAYTOWN, Texas - Longtime Funny Car driver Whit Bazemore took the provisional No. 1 spot in just his fourth Top Fuel race, completing a 4.514-second run at 326.87 mph Friday in qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals. Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon, Pro Stock veteran Jeg Coughlin, and Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith also lead through two of four scheduled qualifying rounds

Toledo player charged with point-shaving

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DETROIT - Federal authorities charged a University of Toledo football player Friday in connection with a point-shaving scheme. Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr. recruited Toledo football and basketball players to participate in the scheme orchestrated by a Sterling Heights man identified only as "Gary," according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. McDougle was arraigned Friday on charges of participating in a bribery scheme to influence sporting contests, The Detroit News reported on its Web site.

Mavs to sign Willis, 44, after physical

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DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks will sign 44-year-old forward Kevin Willis to a 10-day contract Monday if he passes a physical. Dallas coach Avery Johnson said Friday the 7-foot Willis would be signed to give the team another big man for the postseason. Willis is a veteran of 20 NBA seasons and played in 29 games for the Atlanta Hawks in 2004-05. Willis has averaged 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds during his career, and he would be the oldest active player in the league if signed.

King men's volleyball signs first player

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Edward Sovago-Royal of Rogersville signed the first letter of intent to play for King College's inaugural men's volleyball team on Friday. Sovago-Royal, who graduates from Cherokee in May, spent nine years in the United Arab Emirates before moving back to Tennessee this past year.

VI coach to judge NCAA Equestrian meet

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BRISTOL, Va. - Eddie Federwisch, equestrian studies director and coach at Virginia Intermont College, has been chosen to judge hunter classes at the 2007 NCAA National Varsity Equestrian Championship at Baylor University April 18-20. Federwisch, a Kingsport resident, has officiated numerous Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and NCAA events.

Vols, Bucs both in top 10 at Augusta St.

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EVANS, Ga. - After the first day of action at the Augusta State Invitational, the University of Tennesse sits in third place with a 5-under 283, while ETSU is tied for seventh after shooting 293. Junior Jonathan Mount, currently in second place individually, fired a round of 67 to pace the Vols. Buccaneer leader Seamus Power is currently tied for 16th after shooting an even-par 72 on the opening day.

Ukrainian coach banned for six years

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MELBOURNE, Australia - FINA banned a Ukrainian coach for six years after television footage showed him scuffling with his swimmer daughter at the world championships. Mikhaylo Zubkov was shown pushing and shoving his 18-year-old daughter, Kateryna, during an altercation in a waiting area at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. The scene was caught by host broadcaster Nine Network and quickly made its way around the world on the Internet. FINA, the governing body of swimming, held a second hearing on the matter Friday and ruled that Zubkov breached the group's Code of Conduct and dishonored the sport. The ban was announced Saturday.

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