RENO, Nev. – Nevada’s star wide receiver Nate Burleson said Tuesday he will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Wolf Pack to enter the NFL draft in the spring.

The 6-2, 187-pound senior from Seattle led the nation in receptions (11.5) and was second in yards (135.8) for the 2002 season among all NCAA I-A players. He said he plans to move back to Seattle later this week to prepare for the 2003 NFL draft in April.


NEW YORK – Bruce Arena was given a new four-year contract Tuesday as coach of the U.S. soccer team, a deal that takes him through the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Arena, 51, has led the U.S. team to a 35-19-12 record, winning this year’s North and Central American and Caribbean championship and helping the U.S. team post its best World Cup finish since the first tournament in 1930.

”There’s no question Bruce was the only candidate we considered,” said USSF president Bob Contiguglia, who hired Arena in October 1998.

On this day

Dec. 18

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 61 points in a 130-110 over the St. Louis Hawks.

1995 – Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers gains 289 yards, while catching three touchdown passes in a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Rice also becomes the first receiver to have three 100-reception seasons.

– The Associated Press

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