Originally created 12/18/06

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College Football

Georgia assistant is named UAB's coach

Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway was hired Sunday as the football coach at Alabama-Birmingham, which went 3-9 this season under Watson Brown.

Callaway, the third football coach in UAB history, returns to the state where he once worked as an assistant at Alabama and Auburn.

Brown left Dec. 9 after 12 seasons to coach Tennessee Tech.

Callaway, who will stay with Georgia through its bowl game on Dec. 30, has a five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

He has been the offensive coordinator at Georgia the past six seasons.

Soccer

Internacional takes Club World Cup title

In Yokohama, Japan, substitute Adriano scored late in the second half and South American champion Internacional of Brazil upset Spanish powerhouse Barcelona 1-0 to win the Club World Cup.

Inter forward Iarley fought off a challenge from defender Carles Puyol and made a superb pass to Adriano, who beat Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes with a right-foot shot in the 82nd minute.

Ronaldinho had a chance to tie the game 4 minutes after Adriano's goal, but his free kick from the top of the penalty area sailed inches wide of the post.

Skiing

Palander nips Miller in giant slalom race

Kalle Palander worked up to 10 hours daily for 40 days during the summer to rehab his surgically repaired left knee. Bode Miller still nearly beat him in his sleep.

Palander won a giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, for his 13th World Cup victory and first since tearing knee ligaments in March at the World Cup finals. Miller, who keeps waking up at night and is irritable the next day, was right behind the Finn after a charge in the second run.

Palander also led after the first run and covered the steep and narrow Gran Risa course in a combined time of 2 minutes, 28.82 seconds. Miller moved up from seventh place to finish 0.51 seconds behind.

Miller again complained about a new U.S. team rule that he says has affected his sleeping pattern. The rule requires that he stay in the team hotel, as opposed to his personal motor home.

"It's completely counterproductive for me," Miller said. "I need that rest to maintain that level of training and condition."

- In Ramsau, Austria, Magnus Moan recaptured the lead in the World Cup standings by winning a Nordic combined sprint.

The 23-year-old Norwegian won the 7.5-kilometer sprint race in 16 minutes, 53.3 seconds, beating Jason Lamy Chappuis of France by 0.7 seconds. Ronny Ackermann of Germany finished third, 1.2 seconds behind Moan.

Moan has 329 points, leading Christoph Bieler of Austria by 13 points. Anssi Koivuranta of Finland is third with 279.

Ski jumping

Jacobsen closing in on World Cup leader

In Engelberg, Switzerland, Anders Jacobsen of Norway won a World Cup ski jumping meet to close in on overall leader Simon Ammann.

Jacobsen jumped 138 and 137.5 meters. Ammann was second, including a 138-meter second jump, and Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was third with a 134.5-meter leap in the second round.

After five World Cup events, Ammann leads with 360 points, followed by Jacobsen with 346 and Schlierenzauer with 310.

Bobsled

Russian team takes four-man Cup event

In Lake Placid, N.Y., Russia's Evgeni Popov moved atop the World Cup standings by driving to victory in the four-man bobsled competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Popov and his Russia 1 team of Roman Orechnikov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Dmitry Stepushkin turned in a total time of 1 minute, 51.51 seconds.

All three American sleds were out of the medals, finishing seventh, 10th and 11th, respectively.