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•COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Kansas officials are willing to talk with former players about allegations of abusive behavior by coach Mark Mangino. ... Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick plans to make a decision on the future of coach Charlie Weis within days of the season's end. ... Uga VII, the white English bulldog mascot for the University of Georgia's football team for almost two seasons, died of heart-related causes. ... Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman didn't answer questions following a Board of Regents meeting in which an internal audit of the school's football program practice time was on the agenda. Wolverines football was the only varsity program that didn't provide practice logs to the NCAA, according to the audit.

•SOCCER: Ireland appealed to France and FIFA to replay their World Cup playoff after an obvious hand ball by Thierry Henry set up the deciding goal. FIFA said it received Ireland's request for a replay, though it was unclear if the governing body of soccer would seriously consider it. Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni called the prospect of a rematch "impossible." ... Forward Landon Donovan has been named the 2009 MLS most valuable player after helping lead the Galaxy to the MLS Cup finals for the first time since 2005.

•GOLF: Robert Allenby of Australia shot a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai World Championship, while Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy vied for the European Tour money title. ... Michelle Wie withdrew from the LPGA Tour Championship in Richmond, Texas, after hobbling through her first round on a sprained left ankle. The 20-year-old Wie shot an even-par 72. ... The LPGA Tour is adding a new $1.7 million tournament at La Costa Resort & Spa outside San Diego on March 22-28, 2010.

•AUTO RACING: Formula One champion Jenson Button admits he has taken a pay cut to join McLaren and team with 2008 winner Lewis Hamilton. Button said he made the move from Brawn GP because he was attracted to the challenge of competing with Hamilton as part of the same team. … Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen confirmed that he will take a one-year sabbatical from Formula One next season and said it's uncertain whether he will return in 2011.

•BOXING: Bob Arum of Top Rank, the promoter for Manny Pacquiao said he's ready to negotiate a showdown between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, even suggesting potential locations and acknowledging that his Filipino star is willing to fight at 147 pounds.

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