BOWL DROPS WAC: The Bowl is moving up in the world, but an old friend feels left behind.

The Tucson bowl game agreed in principle Thursday on this year's matchup to pair the fifth selection from the Big 12 Conference against the second or third Big East team, or Notre Dame.

Organizers believe the matchup will bring the game more attention than its traditional matchup of Big 12 and Western Athletic Conference teams. A WAC team has gone up against a Big 12 team seven times since the intercollegiate face-off debuted in 1989 as the Copper Bowl.

"I think the most disappointing thing before is that it was the WAC that subsidized the old Copper Bowl and kept it going through some very lean times," said Jeff Hurd, associate commissioner of the WAC. "We thought that should carry some weight."


HARRICK HINTS ABOUT NBA: Rhode Island coach Jim Harrick, who led his team to the brink of the NCAA Final Four last season, hinted he is intrigued by the possibility of a coaching job in the NBA.

"The NBA is the epitome of coaching, coaching against people like Michael Jordan and Pat Riley," Harrick said Thursday at a luncheon at the University of Charleston.

Harrick says he is not actively pursuing an NBA job and that he has not been contacted by any teams.

WIZARDS TRIAL: A Connecticut woman who named Washington Wiz-ards stars Chris Webber and Juwan Howard in a sexual assault complaint told her story to a grand jury.

Although the proceedings were closed, lawyer Ned Collier said the 24-year-old woman testified for over an hour, relating her version of what took place at Howard's house in Potomac on April 6.


MILLER TOYOTA: San Diego will host the 12-team Tournament of Champions May 1-3. Larry H. Mil-ler Toyota, which is rated No. 3, is the highest-ranked team entered in the tournament.

For Miller Toyota, and Page Brake, it will be a good chance to play some games. Weather has played havoc with their games this spring. Going into the San Diego tournament, Miller Toyota, the No. 3 ranked team in the world, is 5-0, while Page Brake is 4-1.


HOUSTON OPEN: Scott Hoch and Franklin Langham shot 6-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead in the Houston Open.

Bruce Lietzke, Mike Hulbert, Guy Boros and Jay Delsing opened with 67s on the TPC at The Woodlands. Lanny Wadkins topped a four-player group at 68, and David Duval, the tour's No. 2 money winner, was another stroke back at 69.

LPGA: Dinah Shore winner Pat Hurst and Canada's Dawn Coe-Jones shot 7-under-par 65s to share the first-round lead in the Titleholders Championship.


AT&T CHALLENGE: Top-ranked Pete Sampras advanced to the quarterfinals of the AT&T Challenge in Duluth, Ga., battling through on wet, soggy clay to defeat Italy's Davide Sanguinetti 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

BMW OPEN: With less than a month before the French Open, Andre Agassi tuned his clay-court game with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Rainer Schuettler in the second round of the BMW Open at Munich, Germany.


TWO CITIES JOIN FORCES: Baltimore and Washington, beltway rivals 35 miles apart, officially joined forces in a bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Under U.S. Olympic Committee rules, the two cities have until June 30 to replace their separate competitive bids with a combined proposal tentatively called the Baltimore-Washington Bid Committee.

Baltimore and Washington had been working on separate bids to be submitted to the USOC against Arlington, Texas; Cincinnati; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Seattle; and Tampa, Fla.