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On the Air - June 13, 2008

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A cable failed as a construction crane was being lifted off the ground Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium, injuring at least three people, a team spokesman said.

All three workers were hurt jumping off a crane cab to avoid falling parts after a cable connector failed, according to a statement by project manager Manhattan Construction.

A spokeswoman at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas said one person was in critical condition and the other two were in fair condition.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Georgia State has its first football coach and, at 65, Bill Curry has a new job.

Curry, the former coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky who spent the last decade as a football commentator for ESPN, said he's ready for a new challenge after receiving a 5-year contract.

Curry was introduced as the first coach for Georgia State's new football program, which begins play in 2010. The Panthers will compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and will play their home games at the Georgia Dome.

• THE CITADEL -- A Charleston newspaper says Maryland athletic department administrator Larry Leckonby is the new athletic director at The Citadel.

The Post and Courier reported that Leckonby will take over for Les Robinson, who is about to retire after serving as the school's athletic director since 2000.

Messages left by The Associated Press for Leckonby and officals at The Citadel were not immediately returned. In a statement, the school said it plans to introduce its new athletic director today.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Florida center Marreese Speights has decided to keep his name in the upcoming NBA draft, hiring an agent and forgoing his final two years of eligibility.

Speights averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season. He also led the Gators with 49 blocked shots and 10 double-doubles.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- The NCAA will keep the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., through 2035 under an unprecedented 25-year contract extension.

The baseball championship has been in Omaha each year since 1950. The new agreement will take effect in 2011 when the CWS moves from Rosenblatt Stadium to a 24,000-seat downtown ballpark.

• NFL -- Three Buffalo players and a high-ranking team official have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury looking into a hit-and-run accident involving running back Marshawn Lynch's SUV.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark has impaneled a grand jury to investigate the May 31 incident when Lynch's 2008 Porsche Cayenne allegedly sped off after hitting and injuring a female pedestrian.

The grand jury is scheduled to convene June 20, DeGeorge said.

Clark -- who was unavailable for comment -- has previously said he's confident charges will be filed in the case.

DeGeorge didn't name those who were subpoenaed.

The Buffalo News reported that the three players being issued subpoenas were rookie wide receivers James Hardy and Steve Johnson and second-year offensive lineman Christian Gaddis.

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