Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati's greatest basketball player, will serve as the Bearcats' interim coach until Bob Huggins returns from suspension on Aug. 27.

The Hall of Famer replaces Dan Peters, who left Cincinnati yesterday to become an assistant coach at Ohio State.

"I appreciate Oscar's willingness to step up for his university and its basketball program," Athletic Director Bob Goin said in a statement.

Goin said Robertson has agreed to provide oversight and meet with players on a regular basis, as well as provide counseling on their academic responsibilities. Robertson will not have any off-campus recruiting duties, but will be allowed to participate in on-campus recruiting as permitted under NCAA rules, Goin said.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Big 12 Conference plans to propose NCAA legislation allowing teams to play 12 regular season games beginning next year, Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said.

Weiberg said adding a 12th game would give schools an opportunity to build more revenue and add flexibility in scheduling.

"It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to jump back and forth between 12- and 11-game seasons," Weiberg said.

The NCAA currently has plans to allow a 12th game only in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2019.

* WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Women's United Soccer Association could return in a year or two using a more modest business plan devised to cut costs, former league commissioner Tony DiCicco said.

DiCicco and several other soccer officials met in New York with consultants as well as prospective sponsors and owners to draft a plan that could relaunch the league. The WUSA folded in September, on the eve of the Women's World Cup, after losing $100 million in three years.

DiCicco said the plan will be put into a final form and presented to about four to six potential owners within 60 days.

DiCicco said the owners -- whom he would not identify -- would determine what timetable to use. They could relaunch next spring, but DiCicco believes a more realistic approach would be more festivals next year with a restart in 2006.

"We have to improve the business performance," DiCicco said.

* AUTO RACING: NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart and Larry Foyt crashed, but neither was hurt, during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for next month's Brickyard 400.

* WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Becky Hammon scored four of her 17 points in overtime to lead the visiting New York Liberty to an 80-74 victory over the Charlotte Sting.

New York was coming off a 75-58 victory over Charlotte, the Sting's most lopsided defeat in almost two years. This one wasn't as easy, but it gave the Liberty a 3-0 season sweep and prevented Charlotte from tying Indiana for the Eastern Conference lead.

The Sting, loser of three straight, is now one game back.

The Liberty took over in overtime. Bethany Donaphin opened with a jumper before Vickie Johnson hit a three-pointer to put the Liberty up, 75-70. Hammon then scored four consecutive points on a layup and a pair of free throws.

* HORSE RACING: Free House, a two-time California horse of the year and among the top three finishers in each of the 1997 Triple Crown races, died at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, Calif.

* COURTS: Former all-star catcher Darren Daulton has been arrested on a Sumter County (Fla.) warrant accusing him of missing a court hearing for a suspended driver's license charge.

-- From News Services