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Football

St. Cloud has new coach

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State University has appointed a new head football coach. KNSI-AM is reporting that Scott Underwood was chosen from a group of three finalists.

Underwood has been the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator with the Huskies since 2007.

Former Coach Randy Headberg was reassigned after the 2007 season.

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He has since accepted the quarterback coaching job at Southern Illinois University.

Review of player’s death done

ORLANDO, Fla. — Officials from the University of Central Florida’s athletic department have completed an internal review of the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of freshman receiver Ereck Plancher last week and are confident that the offseason workout in which he participated complied with NCAA rules.

UCF executive associate athletic director David Chambers said the workout, which took place a day before the Knights were scheduled to begin spring practice, fell within an eight-hour-per-week offseason workout window during which coaches are allowed to attend.

Chambers also clarified some of the statements initially made by Athletic Director Keith Tribble on March 18, the day Plancher died.

Tribble said then that Plancher collapsed and died immediately after he participated in a "basic conditioning" drill. In his first public comments two days later, Knights Coach George O’Leary declined to go into details but said it was "not a taxing workout."

Tuesday, Chambers said the workout in question followed a morning weight-training session and included participation in three exercises that lasted a total of 20 minutes.

Tennis

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Federer off to slow start

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The best player in tennis has been quite average. Roger Federer is off to his worst start since 2000. In three tournaments he hasn’t reached a final. He has lost three of his past six matches.

Not that anyone will be eager to face Federer at the Sony Ericsson Open, which begins today. He’s a two-time champion and top-seeded, and he’s sure to be highly motivated to jump-start his season.

But for the moment, the debate about whether Federer is the best player ever has given way to another question: Is his game in decline?

A stomach virus curtailed his preparation for the Australian Open.

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