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College football Mansfield mulls drop

Citing budget constraints, Mansfield University administrators said Thursday that they were considering ending their football program.

Sports information director Steve McCloskey said he was unaware of any timetable for a decision by the school’s administrators and Council of Trustees.

Mansfield has played football since 1891, with the exception of three years (1943-45) during World War II. The Division II school was 2-27 over the last three seasons and is 0-8 so far this year. Mansfield’s next game is Saturday at PSAC rival West Chester.

The Mountaineers were 8-3 in 2003, but that was a rare exception for program that has seen more losses than wins.

National

Soccer Sala suspended

FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala was suspended six games and fined $3,500 by Major League Soccer on Thursday for violent conduct after a playoff loss Saturday night to the Colorado Rapids.

After Pablo Mastroeni scored on the Rapids’ final kick as Colorado defeated FC Dallas 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to the Western Conference championship game, Sala punched Colorado players Hunter Freeman and Jovan Kirovski while they celebrated.

Horse racing Bankruptcy for NYRA

The New York Racing Association, the private entity that has held the state horse racing franchise since 1955, filed for protection from creditors in bankruptcy court Thursday.

NYRA’s hold on the state franchise to run racing is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2007. NYRA has sought to require the state to release without restrictions $19 million of a $30 million state bailout authorized by the Legislature and Gov. George Pataki, but the Pataki administration’s racing committee has wanted to release it in installments.

“Chapter 11 bankruptcy does not mean going out of business,” said NYRA president Charles Hayward, who has headed a new management team at NYRA after years of critical audits and investigations into spending and mismanagement. “In fact, it is a constructive process that allows NYRA the opportunity to achieve financial reorganization while continuing to conduct world-class thoroughbred racing without interruption.”

Tennis McEnroe plays Borg

In a throwback to one of tennis’ greatest rivalries, seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 in an exhibition match Thursday.

The two faced off 14 times in ATP tour, Davis Cup and Grand Slam play, each winning seven times.

In a vintage performance before a capacity crowd at Madinat Jumeira Arena, the 47-year-old McEnroe threw himself around, produced some trademark crosscourt shots and — for theatrical effect — smashed his racket against the court and argued with the umpire.

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