The Sugar Bowl will be played in Baton Rouge, La., or Atlanta after being forced out of the Superdome in New Orleans by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Sugar Bowl officials said yesterday that they will know in about three weeks whether Louisiana has recovered sufficiently to keep the game in the state where it has been played every year since it was established in 1935.
While Tiger Stadium, capacity almost 92,000, on the LSU campus would make an adequate game host, the city of Baton Rouge does not have enough hotel rooms and sufficient infrastructure to host an event that would bring in thousands of tourists for the Jan. 2 game.
Sugar Bowl Executive Director Paul Hoolahan said that if the game is to be played in Baton Rouge, New Orleans would have to be prepared to house most of the people -- from participants and media to fans -- traveling to the game.
"We are going to continue to talk with city and state officials, everybody who will need to be involved in this process," he said in a teleconference from Chicago with BCS officials. "This is totally about New Orleans."
Atlanta already has given Sugar Bowl officials clearance to play the game at the Georgia Dome, which hosts the Southeastern Conference championship game in December. That made Atlanta an obvious and convenient choice.
* COLLEGES: The NCAA is requiring bowl games to ban the "hostile" or "abusive" use of American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos beginning next year.
Yesterday the NCAA announced it's extending its prohibition to include bowl games. The decision was made after Bowl Championship Series officials sought a ruling after determining it could not impose the prohibition, NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said. Only one Division I-A school, Illinois, will be affected.
* BASKETBALL: Tony Parker played his best game of the tournament as France stunned Serbia and Montenegro, 74-71, to reach the quarterfinals of the European Championship in Belgrade. Parker, the point guard for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, had 13 points, and Antoine Rigaudeau added 14 against the defending world champion.
* SOCCER: The United States surprised Italy, 3-1, at the FIFA under-17 world championship in Peru to move into next week's quarterfinals. The Americans (2-0) will play Ivory Coast (0-2) in their first-round finale Friday. Silver Spring's Kevin Alston played all 90 minutes for the second straight game.
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