Howard hired Carey Baileyas its football coach, the school announced yesterday. The Morgantown, W.Va., native becomes a head coach after 14 years as an assistant at six schools.

Bailey spent the last two seasons at Minnesota, serving as the defensive line coach. He began his coaching career as a secondary coach at West Virginia (1993-94) after a four-year playing career at Tennessee.

Bailey replaces Ray Petty, who was fired by the school in December after the Bison went 5-6 overall (4-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) last season.

· PRO FOOTBALL:More than $81,000 in cash belonging to Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman"Jones was seized by police, who say the money sparked a weekend melee and a triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. Jones was showering more than 40 strippers onstage early Monday with cash "intended as a visual effect," according to a search warrant. . . .

Lovie Smith's negotiations for a new contract are at a stalemate, according to his agent, Frank Bauer, who created a stir by saying the coach who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl could become a free agent after the 2007 season. . . .

Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Jack Del Riosaid Byron Leftwichwill return to his starting role as quarterback . . .

Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen WinslowJr.underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last month, a more extensive procedure than was initially revealed and one that will require a longer recovery.

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL:North Carolina State Coach SidneyLowe was released from a hospital, a day after suffering from dehydration and flulike symptoms.

· BOXING:Heavyweight Tommy Morrison, 38, stopped JohnCastle in the second round last night in Chester, W.Va., in his his return to the ring 11 years after testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

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