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February 27, 1994

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ If Michael Jordan can do it, why not Charlie Ward?

Ward, winner of last season’s Heisman Trophy as the nation’s outstanding college football player and now a starter for Florida State’s basketball team, will take a shot at playing baseball.

Ward plans to make a cameo appearance for the Seminoles during a home game against North Carolina-Asheville late next month.

″I’ll be fine,″ Ward said, ″as long as they don’t throw a curve ball.″

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Cliff Ellis’ words came in spurts after what might be his final game at Littlejohn Coliseum as Clemson’s basketball coach.

His emotions came much more freely.

″I’m just happy it turned out the way it did,″ Ellis said Saturday after the Tigers beat Maryland 73-67. Unless Clemson gets a home game in the NIT next month, it was the final home game for Ellis after 10 years coaching the Tigers.

″I’m happy for all the players that have played here,″ a teary Ellis said. ″The fans, my family. It’s been a great run. The season’s not over, but as you can see, it’s tough to leave home.″

He’ll already has more victories (173) than any coach in Clemson history and a school all-time 123-36 home record.

Ellis announced his resignation - effective at the end of the season - on Jan. 7. He said he had taken the Tigers as far as he could and needed a new challenge.

Ellis hugged his family in the tunnel before a pregame ceremony honoring his tenure. And he cried when the more than 7,000 fans gave him a standing ovation.

Ellis knelt down to kiss center court when Saturday’s game ended, leaving his lip prints in a building where he’d already left a legacy.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles isn’t gloating about the demise of the Southwest Conference even though he orchestrated the Razorbacks’ move to the Southeastern Conference.

But Broyles said the SWC’s breakup last week underscored that Arkansas made the right decision in 1991 when it left the conference after a 77-year association and joined the SEC.

″We had to go looking for the best situation because we didn’t know when Texas and Texas A&M might go off somewhere on their own,″ he said. ″We didn’t want to wait and see what might happen and who might want us. We had to act when we had the opportunity to control our destiny.″

Arkansas’ basketball team is now ranked No. 1 in the country.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of the funniest golfers on the PGA Senior Tour - and one of the most serious.

While known for his Pied Piper attitude, he also gets great satisfaction out of his Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation for troubled youngsters in Florida, for which he has raised more than $1 million.

″When you give to kids, you get back twice as much,″ he said. ″These kids have been defeated all their lives. We are showing them they can succeed. I love to help yuoung people because somebody helped me on the way up.″

The popular Rodriguez is the latest player to enter The Tradition at Desert Mountain. The March 31-April 3 tournament is the first major event of the year and the opening leg of the Senior Slam.

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