Top-ranked Miami's Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee are Heisman Trophy finalists, the first time since 1994 that teammates were among the top five in the voting.
Iowa quarterback Brad Banks, Penn State running back Larry Johnson and Southern California quarterback Carson Palmer also were invited yesterday for the award's presentation.
The winner of one of the most wide-open Heisman races will be announced Saturday night at the Yale Club in New York.
The last time two players from the same school finished in the top five was eight years ago, when Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter was second and Kerry Collins fourth.
McGahee, a tailback who wasn't even supposed to start this season, would be the first sophomore to win the award given to college football's most outstanding player. Palmer is trying to become the first West Coast player to win since Southern California's Marcus Allen in 1981.
Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich's second straight 4,000-yard passing season wasn't enough to make him a finalist. Leftwich's slow recovery from a leg injury ended his candidacy.
"I'm not disappointed at all," the District native said. "I don't hold any grudges. Nobody promised me I'd be one of those guys in the first place."
Votes for Lemieux
Mario Lemieux leads the Eastern Conference in fan voting for the NHL All-Star Game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' forward, who leads the league with 51 points, received 86,423 votes as of Tuesday. New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch is next with 77,409, followed by Washington's Jaromir Jagr -- Lemieux's former teammate -- with 65,429.
Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin leads goalies with 58,846 votes.
Colorado goalie Patrick Roy is the Western Conference leader with 74,212 votes.
Madrid Salvages Tie
Raul Gonzalez scored twice to give defending champion Real Madrid a 2-2 tie against visiting Lokomotiv Moscow in the European Champions League.
Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United won their second-round games, putting themselves in good position to reach the quarterfinals as the tournament reached its mid-winter break.
After Gonzalez had given Madrid the lead, Lokomotiv went ahead on goals by James Obiorah and Bennet Mnguni. Gonzalez then scored the tying goal.
AC Milan (2-0), which won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund on a goal by Filippo Inzaghi, leads Group C with six points, three ahead of Dortmund (1-1). Lokomotiv and Real are 0-1-1.
In a game postponed a day by rain, Barcelona (2-0) tied Inter Milan for the Group A lead by beating visiting Newcastle 3-1 on goals by Daniel Garcia, Patrick Kluivert and Thiago Motta. The English team dropped to 0-2.
Manchester United (2-0) beat visiting Deportivo de La Coruna, 2-0, on a pair of goals by Ruud van Nistelrooy. David Beckham, sidelined for a month with a fractured rib, played the final 10 minutes.
Juventus of Turin (1-0-1), one point behind Manchester United in Group D, beat visiting Basel, 4-0, on goals by David Trezeguet, Paolo Montero, Alessio Tacchinardi and Alessandro Del Piero.
Gebrselassie Sets Record
Haile Gebrselassie earned $1 million by setting a world best for 10,000 meters on a road course that starts and finishes at the same spot in Doha, Qatar.
The Ethiopian finished in 27 minutes 2 seconds at the QSI road race, and received the cash prize from organizers. The old mark was 27:11 by Sammy Kipketer.
Gebrselassie is the Olympic and world champion at 10,000 and holds the distance's record on the track (26:22.75).
Brewers Sign Clayton
Shortstop Royce Clayton and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees him $1.75 million. If he is a regular starter, he could earn up to $6 million over two years.
The Chicago White Sox released Clayton in September after he batted .251 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 112 games. He will replace all-star Jose Hernandez, who became a free agent and wasn't offered arbitration, meaning he can't re-sign with the Brewers until May 1.
DeMatha's McCoy Signs
DeMatha senior defensive back Reggie McCoy has orally committed to Syracuse. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound McCoy led the Stags with six interceptions and was named the team's defensive player of the year. He chose Syracuse over Connecticut, Bowling Green and Kent State.