College football is on the verge of finally having a playoff, its own version of the final four. "Yes, we've agreed to use the P word," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Thursday.
As for the current Bowl Championship Series, it's on life support. Any chance that it survives past the next two seasons? "I hope not," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.
"This is a seismic change for college football," BCS boss Bill Hancock said after 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director wrapped up three days of meetings in Hollywood, Fla.
Hancock said the commissioners would present options for a four-team playoff to their leagues over the next month to determine which option they like best. The new format would go into effect after the 2014 season.
NFL: Two people familiar with discussions say the Pro Bowl could be suspended next year. Commissioner Roger Goodell has expressed concerns about the quality of play, and the league is holding talks with the players' union about the future of the game.
NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth, however, tweeted: "we are in talks with the league to improve and preserve the game for our players and fans."
BOXING: Philadelphia's Yusaf Mack will face Omar Sheika of Paterson, N.J., for the vacant USBA light-heavyweight title Friday night at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Mack, 32, has lost two of his last three fights, including a TKO by Tavoris Cloud in June 2011. Sheika, 35, has won his last two fights by decision. Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) is the top-rated light heavyweight by the USBA, and Sheika (32-11, 21 KOs) is No. 5.
LOCAL: Former Widener football coach Bill Manlove has been inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall of Fame.
Manlove coached 23 seasons at Widener (1969-91) and guided the team to NCAA Division III championships in 1977 and 1981. He also had 10 Middle Atlantic Conference championships, seven NCAA tournament appearances, and four undefeated regular seasons. He is the program's winningest coach with a 182-53-1 record for a .773 winning percentage.
Junior-college forward Vincent Garrett has signed a letter of intent to play at Rutgers next season. The 6-foot-5 Garrett averaged 16 points and six rebounds this past season at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Chicago's Marshall Metropolitan High.
GOLF: Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale topped the Zurich Classic leader board at 7-under 65 at TPC Louisiana, leaving defending champion Bubba Watson 6 strokes back in his first tournament since winning the Masters.
Steve Stricker, Ernie Els, Daniel Chopra, and Chris Stroud were a stroke back at 66. Watson had four birdies and three bogeys in his 71.
CIVIL ACTION: Eighteen Olympians, including swimming greats Mark Spitz and Janet Evans, diver Greg Louganis, and track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, have sued Samsung Corp. over a Facebook app they allege misuses their names and images.
In the suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, the athletes object to the Samsung Olympic Genome Project, which shows Facebook users how they are connected to famous Olympians.
- Wire and staff reports