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College Football

CU unveils a $170M-plan to upgrade football facilities

COLORADO SPRINGS – The University of Colorado presented a $170-million proposal to upgrade the Buffaloes’ football facilities to the board of regents at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

The university would rely on $50 million in private money to finance the multiyear initiative.

Athletic director Mike Bohn told the board the proposal would “position us to attract the best student-athletes in the nation” to improve their performance on the field and in the classroom and enhance fans’ experience at games in Boulder.

The project, unveiled by Bohn, Chancellor Phil DiStefano and new football coach Mike MacIntyre, includes a new academic center and expansion of the Dal Ward Center along with a new indoor practice facility and upgrades to Folsom Field.

Cycling

Deadline comes and goes; Armstrong denies USADA

AUSTIN, Texas – Lance Armstrong will not do a tell-all interview under oath with the agency that exposed his performance-enhancing drug use and took his seven Tour de France titles.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency told Armstrong he would have to reveal all knowledge about doping in cycling – a process officials expected would take several days – if he wanted to reduce his lifetime ban from sports.

Wednesday was the latest deadline for Armstrong to decide on USADA’s offer. After negotiating with the agency for two months, he refused.

American again drops the Hammer at track worlds

MINSK, Belarus – Sarah Hammer of the United States won her fifth career gold medal at the track cycling world championships Wednesday.

Francois Pervis of France earned his first title, the men’s 1-kilometer time trial.

Simon Van Velthooven of New Zealand was second, and Joachim Eilers of Germany was third.

Hammer has won consecutive titles in the women’s individual pursuit twice, in 2006-07 and in 2010-11.

Australians Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson won silver and bronze, respectively.

Germany retained its title by beating China in the women’s team sprint, while Australia won the men’s team pursuit over Britain.

Golf

Snow, of all things, suspends Match Play in Arizona

MARANA, Ariz. – Already a year of wacky weather on the PGA Tour, this topped it all: snow.

The opening round of the Match Play Championship was suspended Wednesday and will resume today.

NHL

Sabres’ rough start leads to Ruff’s dismissal as coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres fired coach Lindy Ruff as a result of the team’s inconsistent start to the season.

The Sabres are 6-10-1.

With a 532-400-151 record, Ruff was the team’s winningest coach.

Soccer

Ferguson will have to swim at Man United sans Gill

LONDON – Manchester United chief executive David Gill said Wednesday he will step down in June after a decade running one of the world’s most valuable teams.

The move will deprive long-time manager Alex Ferguson of one of his closest confidants at the soccer club, taken over in 2005 by the Glazer family that also owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gill’s responsibilities will be assumed June 1 by executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, although Gill will remain on the board that eventually will choose Ferguson’s successor.

Ferguson has been manager since 1986, and his tenure has delivered unprecedented success for the club, which currently leads the English Premier League by 12 points. He hasn’t said when he intends to retire.

Associated Press