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New Nebraska law limits NCAA aid rules

Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson signed a bill yesterday to prohibit athletic governing bodies from imposing rules limiting financial aid to student athletes on Nebraska colleges or universities.

The Legislature voted, 32-10, last week to send the bill to Nelson, dismissing fears that the National Collegiate Athletic Association would impose sanctions against Nebraska schools.

The bill removes caps on how much aid student athletes can receive from other grants if they accept athletic scholarships.

It also prevents state schools from withholding portions of scholarships because of athletic association rules.

The measure doesn't mention the NCAA by name, but the bill's sponsor, Sen. Ernie Chambers, has said "we know, and they know, who's to blame."

Nebraska athletic director Bob Devaney has expressed concern about possible NCAA sanctions. Legislators were apparently trying to usurp the NCAA's authority over college athletics in the state, Devaney said.

"That would be fine, but I don't know who in the hell we'd play against," Devaney said.

College basketball

A lawyer for the UNLV basketball team said he has been assured by the NCAA that the team will be able to finish its season without any players being suspended for rules violations. Bradley Booke said reports that four players, including two starters, might be suspended for a game because of incidental hotel bills incurred during recruiting visits were the result of a misunderstanding between the university and the NCAA.

Power surge Jill Trenary, the three-time U.S. figure skating champion and reigning world champion, has switched coaches. Trenary, who reached prominence under the guidance of Carlo Fassi, has selected 1960 Olympic champion Carol Heiss-Jenkins as her coach. Fassi moved to Milan, Italy, last year.

Auto racing

Kyle Petty knocked Ken Schrader off the pole for Sunday's Goodwrench 500 NASCAR stock-car race in dramatic fashion, breaking the North Carolina Motor Speedway qualifying record. Schrader turned a lap of 149.193 mph, smashing the two-year-old track mark of 147.793 set by Rusty Wallace and apparently locking up the top starting position for the 500-mile race.

But Petty drove his Pontiac Grand Prix around the 1.017-mile oval in 24.538 seconds, just two-thousandths of a second faster than Schrader's Chevrolet Lumina negotiated the track. That translates to 149.205 mph.

* Dale Earnhardt set a track record on the way to winning th pole position for tomorrow's Goodwrench 200 Busch Grand National stock-car race. Earnhardt turned a lap of 145.598 mph, breaking the North Carolina Motor Speedway mark of 145.534 set in October 1988 by Harry Gant. Jimmy Hensley was next at 145.476, followed by Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan at 145.119, Jeff Gordon at 145.107, Kenny Wallace at 145.004 and Joe Nemechek at 144.952.

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