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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BCS not meant to be divisive
to conferences, director says

As schools chase Bowl Championship Series automatic qualifying by switching conferences, the college football leaders in charge of the postseason system began discussing its future.

“I don’t think any of us are happy that the BCS is one of the contributing factors to conference realignment,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Monday after a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents in San Francisco. “It’s certainly not the only (factor), by any means. The BCS was never intended to be a divisive event. To the extent that the BCS can be a part of lending stability to the conferences, I think that’s what everybody would like to see.”

The current BCS television and bowl contracts run through the 2013 season. Beyond that, nothing about the BCS is a given.

Hancock said “everything under the sun” is open for discussion, including eliminating automatic-qualifying conferences or changing the amount of at-large bids.

Also: Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he expects quarterback Denard Robinson to practice without limitation and play against No. 17 Nebraska.

The speedy quarterback sprained his right wrist in the third quarter of Saturday’s 31-14 win at Illinois and didn’t return.

Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had surgery for his broken right ankle, which will sideline him for the Bearcats’ last three regular-season games and leave the Big East leaders in the hands of sophomore Munchie Legaux.

Collaros broke his ankle during the second quarter of a 24-21 loss to West Virginia on Saturday that opened up the Big East.

Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his neck at South Carolina.

Coach Will Muschamp said the freshman is still being evaluated, but the injury is not career threatening and that Roberson should be fine in four to six weeks.

HOCKEY

Nieuwendyk, Belfour, Gilmour,
Howe step into Hall of Fame

As Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe took their place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, they reflected on careers that had them standing together on the sport’s grandest stage.

“It’s what makes it such a special place,” Nieuwendyk said. “It doesn’t discriminate.”

Nieuwendyk attended Cornell at a time when the NCAA route was far less traveled and went on to an NHL career that included three Stanley Cups with three teams.

Belfour was considered eccentric — even for a goaltender — but managed to compile the third-most victories in NHL history despite never being drafted.

Gilmour was passed over by just about everyone before being selected in the seventh round in 1982 and wound up playing almost 1,500 career NHL games with a heart-and-soul style that belied his modest size.

Howe grew up in the shadow of his legendary father Gordie and began his pro career as a winger in the World Hockey Association before later becoming one of the best defenseman in the NHL.

MISCELLANEOUS

Las Vegas Marathon records
sellout with 44,000 runners

Four years ago, the Las Vegas Marathon appeared on its last legs due to financial woes. This year, the race will have to turn runners away.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, which includes a more popular half-marathon, sold out over the weekend, reaching its cap of 44,000 runners three weeks ahead of the Dec. 4 race date.

San Diego-based Competitor Group, which took over the race in 2009 and owns all the Rock ‘n’ Roll events, said 38,000 runners will take to the Strip for the half-marathon, with another 6,000 in the marathon field. One major reason for the response was the event’s move to an evening race, putting it under the Las Vegas Boulevard lights on a Sunday night.

Also: Two Southern Nevadans, Christian Friedrich of Henderson and Bailey Kuestermeyer of Las Vegas, were the men’s and women’s top finishers, respectively, in the short distance/sprint division of the Lake Mead Triathlon on Saturday.

UNLV forward Kelli Thompson was named Mountain West Conference women’s basketball player of the week after leading the Lady Rebels to a 2-0 start to the season.

Thompson earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors at last weekend’s Hawkeye Classic, scoring 16 points in an opening-round win over Butler and 26 points in a title-game victory over Iowa.

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