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U.S. ties mexico in coach's debut
PHILADELPHIA — Jurgen Klinsmann's debut is out of the way. All he needs now is a win.
Klinsmann's debut coaching U.S. soccer was bolstered by Robbie Rogers' tying goal late in the second half to help the Americans salvage a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday night.
Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico in a rematch of the Gold Cup final. Klinsmann kicked off a new era in American soccer less than two weeks after he was hired. Klinsmann only held three practices since he took over a program that need a clear jolt after years of mediocre results.
Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman started and played all 90 minutes for the Americans.
NBC networks to televise MLS games
NEW YORK — Major League Soccer games will be televised by NBC's networks starting next season, doubling the number of homes that dozens of games will be available in.
The package currently on Fox Soccer Channel will move mainly to the NBC Sports Network, Versus' new name beginning Jan. 2. The cable channel will air 38 regular-season games, three playoff games and two U.S. men's national team matches each year.
NBC will broadcast two regular-season MLS games, two playoff games and two national team appearances under the three-year contract announced Wednesday.
"It shows our sport is ready for prime time," MLS Commissioner Don Garber told The AP.
UFL sheds 2 games, 1 team
OMAHA, Neb. — The struggling United Football League announced Wednesday that it will play a shorter season with four teams instead of five, with the Hartford Colonials suspending operations.
UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said the league, which owns all or part of each franchise, couldn't afford five teams after losing more than $100 million in its first two years.
Without Hartford, the second-tier pro league is left with teams in Omaha; Norfolk, Va.; Las Vegas; and Sacramento, Calif. Each team will play six regular-season games instead of eight.
Colorado AD gets contract extension
BOULDER, Colo. — University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn is getting a five-year extension following a unanimous vote by the school's board of regents Wednesday.
Bohn's base salary remains the same at $297,000 and he can earn $154,000 more in annual incentives. The deal runs through June 30, 2016.
Boise state athletic director let go
BOISE — Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier has been let go as the school faces sanctions due to violations by its highly successful football program and other sports.
University President Bob Kustra announced late Wednesday that Bleymaier's career of almost 30 years at the school will end Sept. 8. Bleymaier is responsible for Boise State's signature blue football turf.
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