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Texas loses another starter

From the Associated Press

The wins are piling up for No. 5-ranked Texas and so are the injuries.

The latest is a broken left leg for starting defensive tackle and short-yardage fullback Derek Lokey, who is scheduled to have surgery this week and is out indefinitely.

Lokey was injured in the second quarter of Texas’ 22-20 victory over No. 20 Nebraska on Saturday. He will be the sixth defensive starter this season to sit out at least one game for the Longhorns.

“He’s the heart and soul of the defensive line,” senior end Tim Crowder said Monday. “He didn’t get a lot of credit, but he was the anchor.”

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Some Florida State boosters are calling for Coach Bobby Bowden, 76, to retire, ESPN reported on its website.

The Seminoles are 4-3 overall and in last place in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2-3 record.

Bowden, the all-time winningest coach in Division I-A with 363 victories, said Sunday he couldn’t worry about people who want him to step down.

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On Monday, he came to the defense of his youngest son, Jeff, the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator who is under fire for the team’s lack of production.

“How can I have nine coaches and it’s always one guy’s fault?” Bowden said.

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Louisville receivers Chris Vaughn and Scott Long were suspended after being arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault for allegedly shooting a woman with a paintball gun early Sunday outside a downtown hotel.

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Coach Bobby Petrino suspended the players while the matter is investigated.

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Southern Illinois Coach Jerry Kill will remain hospitalized in Carbondale, Ill., at least until today, continuing his recovery from a seizure he suffered Sunday after the taping of his weekly television show, the school said.

The seizure was the latest for Kill, 45, who collapsed on the sideline a year ago and also in November 2001. In both cases, Kill returned in time for the next game.

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Kill’s wife, Rebecca, said tests came back normal and that he was given a positive prognosis by his doctor. Kill is in his sixth season at Southern Illinois.

While hospitalized briefly after last year’s seizure, Kill was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He continued coaching without telling the team and had a tumor removed from one of his kidneys after the season.

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Former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, 77, underwent a procedure at the university’s hospital in which a device to help regulate his heartbeat was implanted in his chest.

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He had a heart attack on the eve of his first Rose Bowl in 1970 and another one in 1987. He has had two quadruple heart bypass operations.

The device is relatively new technology, the school said. It combines a pacemaker, which regulates heartbeat, with a defibrillator, which can shock the heart back into rhythm.


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