The International is dropped for 2007

The International, known for its unique scoring system on a Castle Pines golf course held in the mile-high air outside Denver, will no longer be on the PGA Tour schedule effective immediately, a tour official said Wednesday.

The loss of the 21-year-old tournament was primarily due to lack of a corporate sponsor, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not formally been announced.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and tournament founder Jack Vickers are expected to make it official this morning.

That leaves a hole in the PGA Tour schedule on July 5-8, but tour officials have been working on a contingency plan over the last month and are expected to announce a replacement by April.

The leading candidate is Washington, the largest U.S. market without a PGA Tour event. The nation's capital had a tour event since 1968, but that presumably ended when title sponsor Booz Allen bailed out last year because it was not part of the FedExCup portion of the PGA Tour schedule.

Other markets under consideration are Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Kansas City.

Pro Football

Cowboys interview Indianapolis aide

Indianapolis assistant head coach Jim Caldwell became the 10th and likely last candidate to interview for the vacant Dallas coaching job.

Caldwell met with owner and general manager Jerry Jones in the search to replace Bill Parcells, who retired Jan. 22.

While Jones hasn't said when he will name a new coach, Caldwell said he expected the decision to come "in short order. It won't be long."


Landis' hearing is scheduled for today

Floyd Landis could be banned from racing in France for the next two years if the country's anti-doping agency issues a maximum penalty today in Paris for his positive doping test at last year's Tour de France.

The American cyclist will not attend the hearing, but will be represented by his lawyers, Landis' spokesman Michael Henson said Wednesday in a conference call.

The lawyers can present arguments to the nine-member panel, which includes French magistrates.

Landis has denied any wrongdoing.


High marks earned by Pacer athletes

Forty-six percent of USC Aiken's student-athletes had a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2006 semster.

The percentage at is a record percentage for the university.

Nine student-athletes earned perfect 4.00 grade-point averages. They were women's basketball players Mindy Allee and Satu Leppanen, volleyball players Mandy Gerolstein and Danielle Spice, women's tennis players Brittany Telford and Elly Toth, golfer Gavin Donaghy, tennis players Christopher Kaetz and men's soccer player Svetlin Penchev.

Pro Tennis

Henin reaches Gaz quarterfinals

Justine Henin rallied from a set down to advance to the quarterfinals of the Gaz de France tournament in Paris by beating Emilie Loit 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Henin will next face either Ekaterina Bychkova or Tatiana GolovinAlso in the second round, seventh-seeded Dinara Safina had seven aces but eight double-faults in outlasting Camille Pin 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).

College Tennis

Augusta State wins openers with ease

The Augusta State University men's and women's teams opened their seasons with identical 8-1 victories over North Georgia at Newman Tennis Center.

The men were 6-0 in singles and 2-1 in the doubles.

The Lady Jaguars were 3-0 in doubles and 5-1 in the singles.



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