Originally created 11/25/03

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College sports

Report: Schools should run TV

An independent commission on college athletics recommended Monday that universities exert more control over television sports shows to protect the NCAA brand image and to prevent student athletes from overexerting themselves.

"The universities own the product. They are ER, they are Cheers. They can say yes or no to a medium that is dependent on their product," said Hodding Carter III, a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

The commission met with 10 university presidents and television executives Monday to renew its efforts against commercialization in college sports. The commission is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • A cameraman for ABC Sports died two days after falling from a platform at Camp Randall Stadium while preparing for coverage of the Iowa- Wisconsin football game.
  • Richard Umansky, 48, died Sunday morning at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, the Dane County Coroner's Office said Monday.

    Umansky, of Davies, Fla., sustained a head injury Friday when he fell about eight feet from a wooden platform to a cement entry ramp, police said.

    Cross Country

    Stanford sweeps NCAA titles

    Stanford showed that Californians can run in cold weather, too.

    The Cardinal swept the men's and women's team titles at the NCAA cross country championships Monday, handling the frigid temperatures in Waterloo, Iowa, and biting wind as if they were used to such conditions.

    Stanford placed four runners among the top six to repeat as the men's champion with 24 points, the second-lowest total in the history of the NCAA meet. The women edged two-time defending champion BYU 120-128.

    It was the third time a school won both championships. Stanford did it in 1996 and Wisconsin in 1985.

    Colorado's Dathan Ritzenhein overtook Stanford's Ryan Hall in the final 400 meters to win the 10,000-meter men's race in 29 minutes, 14.1 seconds. North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan easily won the women's race for the second straight year, covering the 6,000 meters in 19:30.4 to beat runner-up Kim Smith of Providence by nearly 100 meters.

    Olympics

    Greece to review security plans

    Greece placed its military on alert after recent deadly bombings in neighboring Turkey, the defense minister said Monday. Officials will meet with the United States and Britain, among others, to review security for next year's Olympics.

    But Yiannos Papantoniou said he had no information Greece was being specifically targeted by terrorists.

    Greece has budgeted a record of more than $750 million toward protecting the Aug. 13-29 Olympics and plans to deploy more than 40,000 police, military and coast guard.

    The United States, Britain, Israel, France, Germany, Australia and Spain are part of an advisory group helping with Olympic security.

    Yachting

    European cities vie for America's Cup

    The Portuguese are relying on Atlantic winds. The Spanish say spectators on their Mediterranean beaches could see the races. The French would bring a populist spin to yachting. Italy is offering a city built for sailing.

    The site of the 2007 America's Cup will be announced Wednesday, with four European cities contending for the sport's showcase event: Lisbon, Portugal; Valencia, Spain; Marseille, France; and Naples, Italy.

    The Swiss boat Alinghi won the last America's Cup in New Zealand, and the next competition is held in the champion's home country. One problem this time: Switzerland is landlocked.