Fordham will award football scholarships next year for the first time since 1954, hoping to compete with the top schools in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The move was announced yesterday.

Fordham is a member of the Patriot League, which does not offer football scholarships. From 2010 through at least 2012, the Rams will play the conference's schedule but will not be eligible for its automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs.

Fordham still will be able to earn an at-large bid.

The school hopes to upgrade its nonconference schedule once it begins offering 60 scholarships. Fordham already has scheduled games with Connecticut in 2011, Navy and Villanova in 2012, and Army in 2014 and 2015.

Former Arkansas defensive tackle Keith Jackson Jr. was arrested on suspicion of felony drug charges after being found in an apartment in Little Rock, Ark., with marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy.

Jackson, 24, is the son of former Eagle Keith Jackson. He was released on $50,000 bond.

Robert Dozier is the second men's basketball player who starred on the Memphis team that made it to the 2008 championship game to face questions about his entrance exams.

His initial SAT score was invalidated by the company that scores the exam, and his follow-up score was dramatically lower, according to Georgia records obtained by the Associated Press.

Dozier's problems with his SATs prompted Georgia to deny his admission in 2004, the records show.

Tom Green has been fired as the basketball coach at Fairleigh Dickinson after leading the Knights to 407 wins and four NCAA tournament appearances in a 26-year tenure.

Green guided the Knights to 17 winning seasons, but they won just 15 games over the last two seasons.

Athletic director David Langford said that Green, 59, was informed of the decision last week.

Tennessee-Martin basketball coach Bret Campbell has resigned after an internal audit found he violated school policies by cashing checks for summer basketball camps.

A university audit revealed that Campbell cashed or deposited a total of $21,145 into his personal account when the money should have been deposited into university accounts.

The audit showed he paid for the camp's expenses and officials in cash from the deposited checks.

Dwayne Collins has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft, and will return to Miami for his senior year.

The 6-foot-8 Collins was Miami's second-leading scorer last season with 10.6 points per game. He also averaged a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game.

Seton Hall forward Brandon Walters is transferring with two years of eligibility left.

Walters played in 41 games over the last two seasons, including a career-high 28 last year.

Robert Dozier is the second player on Memphis' 2008 basketball squad to have his entrance exam score questioned.

University officials already were preparing for today's NCAA hearing to answer charges that a former player, believed to Derrick Rose, cheated on his SAT exam.

Soccer

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has agreed to a five-year contract with Everton after helping the team to fifth place in the English Premier League, and a berth in next season's Europa League.

The 30-year-old New Jersey native started all 38 league matches last season as Everton went 17-9-12. He also made 10 more appearances in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.

Juventus has hired Ciro Ferrara as its coach after he guided the Italian league power for the last two games of the season.

Ferrara signed a two-year contract. He filled in at the end of the Serie A season when Claudio Ranieri was fired.

Cycling

The leader of Lance Armstrong's Astana team says its financial crisis has not been solved, and that protests against its Kazakh backers will go on during a preparation race for the Tour de France.

Earlier yesterday, Kazakhstan's cycling federation said it had paid off its debts to Astana, clearing the way for it to take part in the tour.

Softball

The Philadelphia Force dropped their second game of the season to Chicago Bandits, 4-0, in Elgin, Ill. on Thursday night.