David Parry

, a longtime college and NFL referee, will be the first national coordinator of college football officiating.

Parry, coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten Conference, will oversee national training programs for referees, assign and evaluate postseason officiating crews, and coordinate national meetings of the referees, the NCAA said yesterday.

His experience includes 20 NCAA tournaments, 12 NFL playoffs and four NFL championship games. He officiated at the Super Bowl in 1983.

Southern Illinois introduced

Dale Lennon

, 47, as its football coach, handing the former North Dakota coach a program that came one victory short of the national-title game this season.

Lennon signed a five-year contract that will pay him $200,000 a year, the school said.

Lennon succeeds

Jerry Kill

, who resigned to take over at Northern Illinois less than a week after he guided the Salukis (12-2) to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Lennon led North Dakota, his alma mater, to the Division II national title in 2001, a national runner-up finish. The Fighting Sioux went 10-2 this season, advancing to the second round of the Division II playoffs.

Drexel women's basketball coach

Denise Dillon


Kamile Nacickaite

(Saiuliai, Lithuania), a forward who plays in Denver;

Tyler Hale


Ayana Lee

(both from Baltimore); and

Marisa Crane

(Emmaus) have signed national letters of intent to join the Dragons for the 2008-09 season.

Horse racing

Patrick Valenzuela

, whose career has been marred by a history of substance abuse and suspensions, has been stripped of his conditional jockey license in Arcadia, Calif., after being arrested Dec. 20 in Upland on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The New York Racing Association agreed to an extension with the state to avoid any interruption of thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct the next few weeks. Its agreement to operate Aqueduct, Saratoga and Belmont Park expires Monday.

Winter sports

Colin Wilson

scored twice to lead the United States to a 4-2 victory over Switzerland in Liberec, Czech Republic, and move it atop Group B in the under-20 World Ice Hockey Championship.

Denise Karbon of Italy won her third straight giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, in a World Cup race in which

Julia Mancuso

of the United States finished second and teammate

Resi Stiegler

crashed and broke her arm and shin.

Stiegler, America's giant-slalom national champion, was hospitalized with a broken left forearm and right shin bone, torn ligaments in the right knee, and a bruised face and hip after her spill halfway down the course. She will undergo surgery in the United States.

Austrian skier

Hans Grugger

will miss the rest of the World Cup season after surgery on his left knee in Innsbruck, Austria.

Track and field

The former agent for disgraced sprinter

Marion Jones

has been suspended for two years by USA Track and Field.

The penalty dates from March 22, when

Charles Wells

pleaded guilty to bank fraud in a money-laundering case that also ensnared Jones; her ex-boyfriend, sprinter

Tim Montgomery

; and her former coach,

Steve Riddick


The suspension was ordered by the agents screening committee, a USATF spokeswoman said.