A college football player who delivers a hit to the head of a defenseless opponent could be kicked out of the game next season under an NCAA proposal that took a step forward Wednesday.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee said it had unanimously approved strengthening of the penalty for intentional above-the-shoulder hits. The 15-yard penalty will now have an ejection tacked on, assuming the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said there were 99 targeting penalties called in the FBS last season that, under the proposed rule, would have called for an ejection.

"It's not a gigantic number," Calhoun said of the 99. "Ultimately, our goal is zero."


Swede uses tee to extract spider venom

CANBERRA, Australia - Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist says she was bitten by a spider and used a tee to extract what she thought was potentially fatal venom before finishing her round during qualifying for the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.

Holmqvist felt a sharp pain on her ankle and swatted away a spider. She was told by people nearby that it could have been a black widow, so she used a golf tee to pierce the swelling and squeeze out the venom.

She continued her round but finished with a 74 on Tuesday and missed out on qualifying for the tournament. A tournament official said Holmqvist was more than likely bitten by a redback, another venomous species of widow spider.

• Seventh-ranked Arizona finished seventh Wednesday at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.

Arizona had a 59 over par in the three-round event. No. 37 UCLA won the team title with an 18-over score. No. 1 USC was second at 27 over.

Erynne Lee of UCLA won the individual medal with an even-par 213. UA freshman Anna Kim was 12 over and was UA's top finisher in a seven-way tie for 25th place.


USC baseball coach fired over violations

LOS ANGELES - USC has fired baseball coach Frank Cruz for violating NCAA rules regarding limits on practice time and organized team activities.

Trojans athletic director Pat Haden announced Wednesday that Cruz, who was 48-63 in two seasons with the Trojans, has been dismissed and that the school has self-imposed a reduction in the number of practice hours for the baseball team this season and next.

Associate head coach Dan Hubbs, a former Trojans pitcher in his second season as a coach with USC, has been promoted to head coach.

• The Pima College women's basketball team defeated visiting South Mountain 77-64 and clinched an ACCAC Region II playoff home game on March 5. The Pima men lost 89-59 to South Mountain.

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