Peach Bowl officials, hoping to sell out Monday's game between Purdue and Virginia, are offering a $10,000 bonus to the person who buys the last available ticket.
About 50,000 of the 60,000 available tickets have been sold so far, and "We're making this special offer in an effort to take us over the top," said the Peach Bowl's president, Don Elliot Heald. "When you're this close, sometimes it takes a little extra to make people think about coming to the stadium and enjoying the game." . . .
Booker Brown, a former star offensive lineman who accused Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne of violating at least six NCAA rules while recruiting him, said he would pay the cost of a lie-detector test that would prove Osborne's wrongdoing. Osborne has vehemently denied all charges . . .
St. John's basketball Coach Lou Carnesecca says allegations that his school pays its players are "a lot of garbage, and I don't want to give it any credence." February's issue of the magazine Inside Sports charges that "better players at St. John's reportedly gross $1,000 per month, while bench warmers average $600." The magazine also said all-America guard Chris Mullin was "supposedly" paid for a job with a car dealership but rarely showed up for work.
"All throughout, it (the story) uses words like 'rumored,' 'reportedly,' " Carnesecca said. "I'm in the public eye. I expect things like this, but don't attack my kids."