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Meetings of conference, network and bowl officials this weekend "could produce a plan to tie the Rose Bowl into college football's bowl alliance and ensure an annual No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup for the national championship," according to Steve Wieberg of USA TODAY. Officials seem to be leaning toward the plan, but "less certain is the position of ABC." ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson represents the network on Sunday (USA TODAY, 2/16). Reps from the Alliance recently met in Dallas and agreed on tentative dates and times for next year's games. The "most controversial" will be the change of the Orange Bowl from January 1 or 2 to December 30 (Mark Blaudschun, SPORTING NEWS, 2/19 issue). NO TIME LIKE OVERTIME: The NCAA Football Rules Committee announced that, starting this fall, there will be no more ties in NCAA football games, as any game tied at the end of regulation will be decided by a new overtime system with alternate possessions at the 25 yard-line (NCAA). WOMEN'S HOOPS: The growth of women's basketball is profiled by the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Despite gains, the "sport still has a long way to go" with ratings, merchandise sales, and equal treatment. Stefan Fatsis: "The question on many minds is whether the women's game will succumb to excess and temptation" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/16).