Terry Bradshaw, Lou Holtz, Steve Largent and Anthony Munoz are among the 114 panelists voting in a new poll the Bowl Championship Series will use this season to determine which teams play in college football's four major bowls, including the national title game.
The Harris Interactive College Football Poll panel is composed of former college football players, coaches and administrators, plus some media members. Voters' names were released yesterday.
"Harris Interactive has been diligent in creating a voting panel that is balanced, statistically valid, and representative of all I-A conferences and independents," BCS coordinator and Big 12 Conference Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said in a statement.
The Harris Poll replaces the Associated Press top 25 media poll as one of three components in the BCS standings. The USA Today coaches' poll and a compilation of six computer rankings make up the other two-thirds of a team's BCS grade.
Among the other former players voting in the Harris Poll are Rocket Ismail, Boomer Esiason, Don Maynard, Lee Roy Selmon and Craig Morton.
* TENNIS: In New Haven, Conn., Anna Chakvetadze upset Jelena Jankovic in the Pilot Pen tournament, which is missing most top players, who are preparing for the U.S. Open next week.
The unseeded Chakvetadze won, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, over the 10th-seeded Jankovic, who lost her first-round match for the second consecutive week since she began working with a coach.
"I have a new coach now and he's changing little things in my game," said Jankovic, ranked 18th in the world. "So all the shots feel so insecure at the moment."
There also was an upset on the men's side when 18-year-old Scoville Jenkins of Atlanta, ranked 372nd in the world, won his first ATP match in three tries. He beat 55th-ranked Jarkko Nieminen, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Former Iowa star Pierre Pierce decided to plead guilty while jury selection resumed at his trial in Adel, Iowa, where he had been charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend in January. Pierce, 22, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and false imprisonment. . . .
Cornelio Guibunda, a 6-foot-9, 227-pound forward, has transferred from Georgetown to American, Eagles Coach Jeff Jones announced. Guibunda played in four games for the Hoyas last season. . . .
Former Tennessee wide receiver James Banks has enrolled at Division II Carson-Newman and plans to play next season. Banks was dismissed from Tennessee last season after being suspended several times.
* GOLF: University of New Mexico junior Charlie Beljan shot a 6-under 64 at Philadelphia Country Club in Ardmore, Pa., to take the first-round lead in stroke-play qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship. Five others were tied for second at 68.
* RUNNING: Gary Williams, an experienced 59-year-old runner from Norman, Okla., collapsed and died Sunday during the Pikes Peak Marathon near Colorado Springs, despite attempts to save him a little more than two miles from the summit.
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