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Originally published Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:29 PM

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Big Ten speculation leads to denials | College athletics

Kansas City radio station WHB-AM reported Monday the Big Ten Conference has extended initial offers to Missouri, Nebraska and Notre Dame and wants to wrap up the process by July.

College athletics

Conference spokesman denies offers were made to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany all but insisted last month conference expansion remains on the deliberate timeline of 12 to 18 months he laid out in December. Not everyone believes him.

Kansas City radio station WHB-AM reported Monday the Big Ten has extended initial offers to Missouri, Nebraska and Notre Dame and wants to wrap up the process by July.

The station's host/blogger, Kevin Kietzman, also reported that if Notre Dame declines the offer to join, Rutgers would be invited.

A Big Ten spokesman denied the report to the Chicago Tribune.

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Delany has not contacted him regarding Missouri and Nebraska.

Delany has insisted he would contact affected conference commissioners before proceeding with expansion plans.

College football

Eastern Oregon player dies: Freshman receiver Dylan Steigers died Sunday of a head injury suffered during Eastern Oregon's spring game Saturday. He was 21.

Steigers walked off the field after a collision and vomited on the sideline. He died at a hospital in Boise, Idaho. Doctors said Steigers suffered an acute subdural hematoma as a result of the head injury.

School officials have started an investigation.

College basketball

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Stanford women dismiss Hones: The Stanford women's team dismissed point guard JJ Hones for a violation of team rules, coach Tara VanDerveer said. Hones, hampered by knee injuries in her career, averaged 5.4 points and 3.0 assists and had one season of eligibility left.

Creighton cuts ties with Stinnett: Creighton guard P'Allen Stinnett has been dismissed from the team by first-year coach Greg McDermott.

Stinnett, who would have been a senior next season, was suspended indefinitely in late January by previous coach Dana Altman for "conduct not acceptable to the team."

Boxing

Pacquiao wins election, Los Angeles Times reports: Manny Pacquiao, 31, considered the world's best pound-for-pound fighter by many observers, won his race for a spot in the Philippine Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Commission on Elections said Pacquiao was ahead of Roy Chiongbian, 61, in the count in the southern province of Sarangani, where about half of 300,000 registered voters cast ballots.

Pacquiao's manager, Michael Koncz, told the Los Angeles Times: "He has won. It is now a matter of fact. It is mathematically impossible for him to lose now."

Tennis

Serena Williams wins her longest match: American Serena Williams won the longest match of her career, playing 3 hours, 26 minutes in defeating Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters in Spain. "After three hours, I'd better win," Williams said.

Auto racing

NASCAR's $200 million Hall of Fame to open Tuesday: NASCAR's $200 million Hall of Fame has its grand opening Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. The 150,000-square-feet complex occupies 5 acres of prime commercial real estate.

Track and field

U.S. sprinters seek to regain Olympic relay medals: Seven U.S. sprinters have brought an appeal to the highest court in sports, seeking to regain Olympic relay medals stripped from them because of doping by Marion Jones.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport heard lawyers for the women challenge the International Olympic Committee's decision to strip the U.S. relay medals from the 2000 Sydney Games. The move came after Jones admitted using performance-enhancing drugs at the time.

Bringing the appeal were Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander and Andrea Anderson of the 1,600-meter relay that had gold medals taken away and Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards and Passion Richardson of the 400 relay team that had bronze medals stripped.

Horse racing

Lookin At Lucky to run in Preakness: Lookin At Lucky, the beaten favorite in the May 1 Kentucky Derby, will compete in Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Lookin At Lucky's owners include former Mount Vernon resident Mike Pegram. The colt finished sixth of 20 at 6-1 odds after a troubled trip in the Derby, won by Super Saver.

Because of all the trouble Lookin At Lucky has encountered along the rail in recent races, Baffert has nicknamed the colt "Lookin At Aluminum."

Garrett Gomez will be replaced as Lookin At Lucky's jockey, probably by Martin Garcia, Baffert said. Gomez is to ride Dublin — who was seventh in the Derby — in the Preakness.

Cycling

Belgian Weylandt wins third stage of Giro: Belgian Wouter Weylandt of the Quick Step team won the third stage of the Giro d'Italia. Astana rider Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan has the overall lead.

Wenatchee's Tyler Farrar, a Garmin-Transitions rider who won the second stage, finished 33rd in the third stage and is 25th overall.

After taking the second stage, Farrar said, "It's beautiful. My goal was to win a stage. I have done that. Now I will try to win another stage."

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