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IN BRIEFIN BRIEFS

December 16, 2009

COLLEGES: Illinois will name two assistant football coaches to the staff Wednesday, a team spokesman said. Louisville assistant Greg Nord and Florida Atlantic quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm, who previously coached at Louisville, have been reported as new staff additions. That would be three new members with ties to Louisville with the Illini after coach Ron Zook announced Paul Petrino the new offensive coordinator earlier this week. Illinois is expected to name a defensive coordinator by the end of the week. Kansas State co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has been reported as a likely candidate.

- Shannon Ryan

Blake Hoffarber set a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lift Minnesota to an 89-48 victory over Northern Illinois. ... Glenbrook North grad Jon Scheyer scored 24 of his career-high 36 points in the first half to lead No. 7 Duke past Gardner-Webb 113-68. ... An NCAA panel is recommending a new rule that would sideline an athlete for at least the rest of the day if he or she loses consciousness or shows other worrisome symptoms during competition.

BASKETBALL: The U.S. will face Iran at the world basketball championship. The Americans and Iranians were drawn into Group B along with Croatia, Brazil, Tunisia and Slovenia.

SOCCER: The United States will play its first World Cup warmup of 2010 against fellow qualifier Honduras on Jan. 23 in Carson, Calif. ... U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley's first Rangers goal since the 2008 Scottish Cup final helped the defending league champions return to first place with a 3-0 victory over Dundee United. ... European soccer's governing body suspended referee Anton Geneov while it investigates him for allegedly helping to fix an international match.

BOBSLEDDING: Todd Hays' brain injury could heal within three months and without surgery, an outstanding prognosis for the U.S. Olympic bobsled veteran who dropped his bid to make the Vancouver Games and retired after learning the extent of damage sustained in a training crash last week.

AUTO RACING: The Indianapolis 500 will cut one week out of its traditional schedule in May. The track will open May 15, a week later than normal, and there will be only two days of qualifying instead of four. Pole Day will be May 22. Bump Day will be May 23.

SWIMMING: American Jessica Hardy will have a court hearing March 12 to determine whether she will compete in the 2012 London Olympics. She served a one-year ban after testing positive for clenbuterol before the Beijing Games.

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