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Sports in Brief: Coaching honors for Villanova's Talley

Andy Talley, Villanova's football coach for 24 seasons, has been named the American Football Coaches Association Region I coach of the year for the fourth time.

Andy Talley,

Villanova's football coach for 24 seasons, has been named the American Football Coaches Association Region I coach of the year for the fourth time.

The AFCA recognizes five regional coaches of the year in each NCAA division.

Talley led the Wildcats to a 10-3 record, going 7-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. His record at Villanova is 165-101-1.

Villanova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) playoffs before losing to James Madison.

Former Heisman Trophy winner

Billy Cannon

was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in New York ceremonies.

Among those joining the 72-year-old Cannon were

Troy Aikman


Thurman Thomas

. Aikman was a star quarterback at UCLA and Thomas a standout runner for Oklahoma State.

Cannon led LSU to the national title in 1958 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1959. He served 21/2 years in prison on federal counterfeiting charges in the early 1980s.

Former Eagles backup quarterback

Don McPherson,

who starred at Syracuse, also was inducted, as were nine other former players.

At the same ceremony, California center

Alex Mack

was presented the Draddy Trophy as the top senior scholar-athlete in college football.


West Virginia basketball guard

Jonnie West,

the son of former Mountaineers great

Jerry West,

will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken left foot. . . . Oklahoma offensive coordinator

Kevin Wilson

won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. . . . Wake Forest senior

Aaron Curry

won the Butkus Award honoring the nation's top college linebacker. . . . Dozens of Auburn students and alumni marched to the university president's mansion to protest the resignation of football coach

Tommy Tuberville

, claiming he was forced out. . . . Willamette University women's basketball coach

Bruce Henderson

collapsed at practice in Salem, Ore., and later died from the apparent heart attack. He was 47.

Pro basketball

Josh Howard

put his problematic left ankle into a walking boot, and the Dallas Mavericks don't know how long they'll be without their second-leading scorer. The former all-star has missed eight straight games.

Elsewhere: Antonio McDyess

re-signed with the Detroit Pistons a month after being dealt to Denver as part of the

Allen Iverson



Three-time heavyweight champion

Lennox Lewis

headlined the 2009 induction class into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y.

He will enter in the modern-era category with American bantamweight

Orlando Canizales

and South African junior lightweight

Brian Mitchell


Posthumous honorees included middleweight

William "Gorilla" Jones,


"Mysterious" Billy Smith

and middleweight

Billy Soose

in the old-timer category.

Nineteenth-century heavyweight

Tom Hyer

was recognized in the pioneer category.

Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of boxing historians. The induction ceremony will be held June 14.


Seve Ballesteros

thanked doctors and staff for giving him the chance to play the "mulligan of my life" when he was released from hospital more than two months after brain surgery to remove a malignant tumor. The 51-year-old will continue to be treated as an outpatient, Madrid's La Paz hospital said.