Tucson's new entry in the Indoor Football League will hold its first tryout July 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pima East campus.

The tryouts will be run by former Wildcat Glen Howell, owner of Howell Athletics, and Pete Russell.

The team will announce its team logo and name July 14.

Chairman and majority owner Mario J. Wiggins said the new organization will be ready for the season, which will run from late February through July 2011.

"Everything is moving forward according to plan," he said. "We're about to reveal our team name and move in our office. This is my best staff yet. Everyone is highly motivated and working very hard."

Former Arizona standout David Adams is a team consultant.

For more information, visit the team's website at www.tucsonifl.com. The Indoor Football League consists of 25 teams located across the United States, from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

College football

USC ineligible for USA Today coaches' poll

LOS ANGELES - USC will be ineligible for the USA Today coaches' poll for the upcoming season, Grant Teaff, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said in a statement Thursday, confirming his organization's members are not allowed to vote for a school on major probation, such as a bowl ban.

USC is appealing some aspects of the numerous penalties handed down by the NCAA last month. Any hearing on the Trojans' appeal is unlikely until next year. The coaches' poll is part of the BCS formula used to determine its national champion.


Clijsters beats Serena before largest crowd

BRUSSELS - A world-record tennis crowd watched Kim Clijsters defeat Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 Thursday in an exhibition match. The crowd of 35,681 at King Baudouin Stadium surpassed the previous record of 30,472 set in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome in the Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

• In Lausanne, Switzerland, Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt won the 100 meters at the Athletissima meet in 9.82 seconds Thursday, matching the year's fastest time. Bolt beat Yohan Blake (9.96) and Churandy Martina (10.16). Bolt equaled Asafa Powell's time of 9.82 in Rome on June 10. ... In the long jump, Arizona alumna Brianna Glenn was fourth with a leap of 21 feet 9 1/2 inches. Brittney Reese won the event with a 22-9 1/4.

• In Tempe, the Arizona Cardinals signed seventh-round draft pick Jim Dray, a tight end from Stanford, to a four-year contract Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Includes material from a news release