PRESS BOX: Sharapova keeps sugar out of name

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Maria Sharapova has decided not to change her last name to Sugarpova for the two-week run of the U.S. Open beginning next week.
The Times of London reported that Sharapova had considered changing her name to the name of her candy company launched last year but ultimately decided against it.
"Maria has pushed her team to do fun, out-of-the-box-type things to get the word out about Sugarpova," her agent, Max Eisenbud, told "In Miami, we're going to fill a glass truck full of candy and drive it around town. This was an idea that fell along those lines. But, at the end of the day, we would have to change all her identification, she has to travel to Japan and China right after the tournament and it was going to be very difficult."

Auburn sack leader Dee Ford will miss the season opener against Washington State Aug. 31 with a knee injury.
Ford, who had six sacks and 34 tackles in 2012, was injured in practice by an unintentional leg whip. The injury will not require surgery, but he could miss multiple games, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said.

---More college bowl games could be on the horizon. The Bahamas Bowl and a game played in Boca Raton, Fla., are in the making for 2014, ESPN reported Tuesday. That would bloat the bowl total next year to 38 games for FBS teams.
The Bahamas Bowl, played in 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium, would be the first bowl outside the United States since the International Bowl was last played in Toronto in 2010.
Conference USA would send a team to each of the new bowls. The opponents would be a team from the Mid-American Conference in the Bahamas Bowl and a representative from the new American Athletic Conference, Mountain West or MAC in the Boca Raton game, which would be played in Florida Atlantic's 29,000-seat stadium.

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