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On the Air - December 6, 2007

NEW YORK-- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, trying to become the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, the runner-up for last year's award, were among the four finalists selected Wednesday.

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan were the other finalists. They will all be in New York Saturday when the award is given to the top player in college football.

The Heisman race took a while to develop this season and seemed wide open until the last month when Tebow, McFadden and Daniel emerged as front-runners.

• Chris Long of Virginia won the Ted Hendricks award as the nation's best defensive end.

The award is named for the former Miami All-American, who was a teammate of Long's father, Howie, with the Oakland Raiders from 1981-83.

Long received more than 60 percent of the votes, the most in the award's six-year history. The award is based on leadership, contributions to the school and the community and on-field performance.

• Tyrone Willingham will return next season as Washington's football coach, a university official told The Associated Press.

The briefing had been delayed amid rumors that Washington President Mark Emmert was considering whether to fire him. Washington finished last season 4-9 and is 11-25 in three years under Willingham.

• Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is in position to succeed Bobby Bowden whenever the longtime Florida State coach decides to retire.

Terms of a new contract for the 78-year-old Bowden are expected to be announced Monday, the school said.

An individual familiar with the negotiations, who requested anonymity, said Fisher would be given a substantial pay increase to compensate him for additional duties required of a head coach, such as fundraising.

• A University of Arkansas private fundraising arm approved a salary supplement for Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, a strong indication that Grobe will replace Houston Nutt as the Razorbacks' coach.

There was no word from the university, however, on whether Grobe would replace Nutt, who quit Nov. 26 and was hired almost immediately by Ole Miss.

• NBA -- Anderson Varejao will play for Cleveland this season after all.

The Cavaliers matched Charlotte's $17 million, three-year offer sheet for the restricted free agent, ending a contract dispute that gives Cleveland some much needed help.

The Cavaliers had a week to match the offer sheet or lose the 6-foot-10 Varejao to the Bobcats.

• LOCAL BOXING -- York's Thomas Brown, the Carolinas Boxing Organization's light heavyweight champion, will defend his title tonight against Mickey Stackhouse of Florence at the Frontier Night Club in Gastonia, N.C.

Brown is 12-2 as a pro.

The night will also include a tough man competition, which is open to the public and sponsored by York Boxing Academy.

Action gets underway at 8 p.m.

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