The interim tag is off -

Tom Osborne

is Nebraska's athletic director.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced yesterday that the 70-year-old Osborne would remain as athletic director until June 30, 2010.

Ten years removed from his celebrated football coaching career, Osborne returned to the university as interim athletic director Oct. 16, the day after Steve Pederson was fired.

Since then, Osborne has fired Bill Callahan as football coach, hired Bo Pelini and helped the Cornhuskers in recruiting.

Osborne oversees a 23-sport program that runs on a $66.7 million budget.

Cycling

* American cyclist Floyd Landis cannot compete in France until 2009 even if he has his 2-year doping ban lifted by the sport's highest court. The French Anti-Doping Agency said it had imposed its own ban against Landis, preventing him from riding in France until Jan. 31, 2009 - ruling him out of next year's Tour de France. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour title after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

* A backup urine sample taken from Spanish cyclist Iban Mayo during this year's Tour de France has tested positive for doping.

Sport Stops

* Ken Lennox, a former racing director at Monmouth Park who worked at the track for more than 40 years, died Tuesday at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. He was 88.

* Tiger Woods, Lorena Ochoa and Jay Haas were voted players of the year on their respective tours by the Golf Writers Association of America.

* Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, 87, was admitted to a hospital in Spain after a dizzy spell and was in stable condition. *