Three teams that had been slated for elimination at the University of California at Berkeley -- women's lacrosse, women's gymnastics and rugby -- will be maintained, the university announced Friday. The teams were among five proposed for elimination last year, as the university tried to trim its athletic spending amid major budget cuts for the university. Baseball and men's gymnastics -- the other two teams -- will be phased out. Berkeley officials credited philanthropic commitments for allowing some of the teams to survive, but others have noted that the elimination of the women's teams would have created challenges for the university in demonstrating compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
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