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POSTED October 9, 2012 9:10 p.m.

COLLEGES
WAC ADDS CAL STATE-BAKERSFIELD, UTAH VALLEY: DENVER (AP) — The Western Athletic Conference is adding Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley next year as it punts away football after a half-century on the gridiron.

The 50-year-old WAC is the first Division I conference to give up on football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, but the additions of Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley assured at least for now that it won't also go the way of the SWC, and cease to exist altogether.

"I want to emphasize this is the first step of what I would anticipate to be a multi-step process," interim commissioner Jeff Hurd said Tuesday. "The WAC certainly has more work to do but we're pleased today that we're able to take this step and I think it sends a message that the WAC is here to stay, that we will be here not only in '13-14 but beyond as we in essence reinvent ourselves."

Hurd said he will continue looking for other new members as the league makes the transition from an FBS conference to a non-football playing Division I conference in 2013-14.

MONTGOMERY LIKELY TO MISS GAME AT NO. 7 NOTRE DAME: STANFORD  (AP) — No. 17 Stanford will likely be without its top wide receiver Saturday when the Cardinal travels to undefeated No. 7 Notre Dame.

Stanford coach David Shaw said it was unlikely that sophomore Ty Montgomery will play against the Irish because of a lower body injury.

Montgomery, who has caught 18 passes for 168 yards, was injured during Stanford's wild 54-48 overtime victory over Arizona last weekend.

Montgomery had a breakout game in Stanford's 56-48 triple overtime won over Southern California last season. He played in all 13 games and started the last four. He's also Stanford's top kickoff returner and recorded a 96-yard kickoff return against Washington last year.

Senior receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson is expected to make his first college start in Montgomery's place.

CYCLING
ARMSTRONG RENEWS CRITICISM OF USADA: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With U.S. anti-doping officials set to issue their report on the Lance Armstrong case, a lawyer for the cyclist on Tuesday again criticized the process which led to Armstrong being banned from the sport for life.

In a five-page letter to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said the agency should send the International Cycling Union its entire evidence file in the Armstrong case, not just a limited report packaged to support the sanctions.

USADA officials have said they expect to send their "reasoned decision" report to UCI this week.

"The rules require us to provide a reasoned decision in every case and we are happy to let the evidence speak for itself," USADA spokesperson Annie Skinner said.

Herman's letter accused USADA of acting as "prosecutor, judge, jury, appellate court and executioner" in issuing a "biased, one-sided and untested version of events."

FOOTBALL

HALL OF FAME GETS BREES' RECORD-SETTING FOOTBALL: CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipsed Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

Brees broke the record with a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson during a 31-24 victory over San Diego on Sunday night, marking Brees' 48th straight game with a scoring pass, a streak that began on Oct. 18 2009 in a victory over the New York Giants.

Before Brees began closing in the mark late last season, no quarterback had come within 10 games of it. New England's Tom Brady currently has the third-longest streak, which also is active and reached 37 last Sunday.

Hall of Fame President Steve Perry says the hall appreciates the chance to preserve Brees' accomplishment.

 

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