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NCAA Panel Recommends Replay for Football

Thursday, February 10, 2005; Page D02

An NCAA committee recommended yesterday that all schools and conferences be allowed to use a video replay system tested last season in the Big Ten.

The recommendation by the Football Rules Committee will be considered by an oversight panel on Feb. 24 and, if approved, will be put in place for the regular season this fall.

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"The response to video replay nationally and in the Big Ten was overwhelmingly positive," said Chuck Broyles, the coach at Pittsburg State and chairman of the rules committee. "When we have the ability to correct a potentially game-changing error, and we have the technology to do so, we feel this improves the fairness of the game and directly improves the student-athlete experience."

He said many conferences have asked permission to try the replay system for the 2005 season. The video replay would not be used in bowl games or in NCAA championships below the Division I level.

COURTS: Former Iowa basketball star Pierre Pierce was charged with assault and burglary in Des Moines a week after he was thrown off the team.

Pierce surrendered to police and was to appear in court on charges of first-degree burglary, two counts of domestic assault, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, false imprisonment and criminal mischief. . . .

Michigan defensive tackle Larry Harrison Jr. was ordered to stand trial on four felony charges of indecent exposure and sexual delinquency.

GOLF: Transsexual golfers will be allowed to play in this year's Women's British Open in a policy change made by the Ladies Golf Union.

The move comes 11 months after Danish-born Mianne Bagger became the first male-born golfer to play in a professional women's tournament.

The LGU, which governs amateur golf in Britain and also runs the Women's British Open, followed a similar move made last year by the Ladies European Tour, the governing body of professional women's golf in Europe.

Bagger, who had a sex-change operation in 1995, is playing this season on the Ladies European Tour and expected to enter the Women's British Open. The tournament is open to amateurs and professionals.

The LPGA -- the professional women's tour in North America -- prohibits transsexuals from playing and allows only women who are female at birth.

SOCCER: Police in Manchester, England, are investigating threats against MalcolmGlazer and the Manchester United board by a fan group opposing the bid by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner to take over the world's richest soccer team.

The group, Manchester Education Committee, said on its Web site it will be "ruthless in protecting" the team.

"Appropriate measures will be put in place to deal with the comments and an investigation is underway," Greater Manchester Police said.

Glazer owns 28.1 percent of the soccer team and is its second-largest shareholder.

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