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UPDATE: Michael Phelps pleads guilty to drunken driving

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Baltimore almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in Baltimore City District Court on Friday morning. He was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old Phelps was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line while driving in a tunnel. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

A week after his arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months.

Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October. This is his second DUI conviction. Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2004 in another Maryland county.

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Kid Rock to perform at Daytona 500 pre-race concert

Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February.

Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single "First Kiss."

Kid Rock's appearance coincides with the launch of his album "First Kiss." The album will be released Feb. 24, two days after the showcase race.

He joins a long list of past pre-race performers at the Daytona 500, including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III calls Kid Rock an "avid NASCAR fan" who will provide fans with a "spectacular performance."

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DEVELOPING STORY: Michael Phelps trial set for today

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving the Horseshoe Casino when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

If convicted Friday, Phelps faces up to a year in jail.

In 2004, Phelps, who was then 19, pleaded guilty to DUI on Maryland's Eastern Shore. His conviction was waived because he was a young first-time offender.

After this year's arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months. Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October.

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Penn State sanction trial meant for January, delayed by judge

A judge is delaying a trial on the legality of the NCAA's consent decree that punished Penn State for its handling of sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Thursday said the case brought by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord will begin Feb. 17. It had been scheduled for Jan. 6.

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce. She's also requiring the NCAA to give her the documents under seal so she can determine if Corman and McCord should get them.

Corman and McCord sued to enforce a state law requiring the consent decree's $60 million fine benefit Pennsylvania only.

Sandusky was convicted but denies molesting boys.

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Djokovic, Williams take home top ITF yearly awards

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.

Djokovic won the annual award for a fourth time, while Williams claimed it for a fifth time.

Djokovic won Wimbledon for his seventh Grand Slam title and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Williams won the U.S. Open for her 18th major championship and stayed No. 1 throughout the year.

Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles award for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy took the women's prize for the third straight time.

CiCi Bellis of the United States and Russia's Andrey Rublev were named junior world champions. Japan's Yui Kamiji and Shingo Kunieda are the wheelchair champions.

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Fired Pelini caught spewing profanities at final player farewell

On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Pelini, who was fired on Nov. 30, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school.

The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."

Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst. There were other instances of profanity on the audio.

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49er McDonald released amid sexual assault investigation

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been released by the San Francisco 49ers amid an investigation by San Jose police into McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke says he informed McDonald and his agent by phone at 11:30 a.m. PST that the defender is "terminated"

Baalke says, "This is a situation that we can all learn from." Baalke said CEO Jed York and coach Jim Harbaugh also were involved in the decision.

Baalke says the 49ers notified the NFL office of the allegations against McDonald, saying, "This is a team decision."

Last month, the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it declined to file charges against the defensive lineman in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest in a domestic violence case.

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ISU football signs three JUCOs, including former defensive POY

The national junior college defensive player of the year from 2013 highlights the latest list of football recruits signed by Iowa State.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads announced three signings on Wednesday, including defensive lineman Demond Tucker. The 285-pound Mississippi native was named the NJCAA defensive player of the year two years ago for Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He had 9.5 sacks last season.

Iowa State also signed junior college defensive back Jomal Wiltz, who Rhoads says is capable of playing corner back, safety and returning kicks, along with offensive lineman Patrick Scoggins.

Scoggins, a transfer from Long Beach Community College in California, could either fill in for departed center Tom Farniok or play guard.

All three players have signed letters of intent and will enroll at Iowa State next semester.

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Big Four Classic to continue in Des Moines through 2017

The annual basketball doubleheader featuring Iowa's four Division I teams has been extended through 2017.

The athletic directors at Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake announced Wednesday that the Big Four Classic will be held in Iowa's capital of Des Moines for two more years.

The Big Four Classic replaced the home-and-home series that Iowa and Iowa State had with their Missouri Valley Conference counterparts in 2012.

This year's doubleheader, which will feature No. 13 Iowa State against Drake and Northern Iowa against the Hawkeyes, is set for Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. This year's event is a sellout, with a crowd of just over 15,000 expected.

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ISU sophomore Dorsey-Walker announces departure from team

Iowa State redshirt sophomore Sherron Dorsey-Walker says he's leaving the program.

Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Tuesday that Dorsey-Walker, a seldom-used reserve guard, intends to transfer to another school.

Dorsey-Walker averaged three points in limited action this season. Dorsey-Walker hadn't played in four straight games, and the impending arrival of former Oregon State guard Hallice Cooke looked to cut his playing time in 2015-16.

Dorsey-Walker's departure could free up another scholarship for Hoiberg to hand out next spring.

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Sprint ending sponsorship with NASCAR after 2016 season

Sprint has informed NASCAR it will not extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season.

Sprint has been the entitlement sponsor for NASCAR's top series since 2004, when Nextel signed a 10-year agreement for the Nextel Cup Series. The name changed to the Sprint Cup Series in 2008 following the corporate merger between Nextel and Sprint corporate merger.

Sprint agreed to a three-year extension that took the contract through 2016.

Now, the company is citing "a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities," in ending its relationship with NASCAR.

NASCAR chief communications officer Brett Jewkes says the series understands that significant changes within Sprint led to the decision.

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Tennessee loses leading receiver to injury prior to Iowa game

Tennessee wide receiver Jason Croom won't play in the TaxSlayer Bowl due to a knee injury.

Volunteers receivers coach Zach Azzanni said Tuesday that Croom hurt his knee during Sunday's practice and wouldn't be available for the Jan. 2 game with Iowa (7-5) at Jacksonville, Florida.

Croom, a sophomore from Norcross, Georgia, has 21 catches for 305 yards and is tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions.

Tennessee (6-6) has lost four receivers to season-ending injuries.

Marquez North had 30 catches for 320 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games before tearing a labrum. Josh Smith sustained a high ankle sprain after catching 10 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown in three games. Cody Blanc tore his Achilles tendon in training camp.

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McIlroy named European Tour golfer of the year

Rory McIlroy has been chosen as the European Tour player of the year, capping a season in which he won two majors, the Ryder Cup, and topped the money lists in Europe and the United States.

McIlroy won his maiden British Open title and a second U.S. PGA Championship.

He also won the tour's flagship event at Wentworth, and the Bridgestone Invitational, both for the first time.

McIlroy, who received the award for the second time in three years, says, "If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year," and that the award "is a very nice way to round off the year."

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Police arrest two men after brutal death of soccer fan

Spanish police say they have arrested two men for the death of a soccer fan following a brutal street fight between rival radical fan groups before a match in Madrid two weeks ago.

Spanish police wrote on their official Twitter account that "32 ultras arrested in Madrid, Avila and Toledo for the violent incidents at Manzanares, among them, 2 alleged perpetrators of the homicide."

On Nov. 30, a large clash between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna "ultra" groups led to 43-year-old Deportivo fan Francisco Javier Romero Taboada dying later from injuries after he fell into the Manzanares River during the fight.

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U.S. Volleyball's Anderson named men's Indoor Player of the Year

Outside hitter Matt Anderson has been honored as the U.S. men's national team Indoor Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Anderson, from West Seneca, New York, had 431 kills and 485 points this season for the national team, which won the FIVB World League competition but got outsed from the World Championship in the second round.

Taylor Sander of Manhattan Beach, California, was the team's Rookie of the Year, and Sean Rooney was honored as the Most Inspirational Player. Sander, who wrapped up his college career at BYU in May, stepped in for injured outside hitter Reid Priddy during the World League and was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Rooney, from Wheaton, Illinois, captained the team at the World League but a back injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.

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White Sox finalize deal to land outfielder Cabrera

A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. The busy White Sox scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to introduce offseason acquisitions Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, and the team could announce Cabrera's deal at the same time.

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton welcomed Cabrera in a tweet on Saturday night, and then Cabrera retweeted the message — signaling a deal was imminent. WSCR-AM 670 was the first to report the agreement.

The 30-year-old Cabrera could slot in quite nicely behind Eaton in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs with Toronto last season.

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Woman given two years probation for stalking Cubs' owner

A woman has been placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to stalking Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 47-year-old Kathleen Kearney pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein as part of a plea agreement on Monday. Cook County Judge Michael McHale also ordered that Kearney be monitored by GPS while she is on probation and ordered that she never have any contact with Epstein. She is now undergoing mental health treatment where she lives in Massachusetts.

Kearney was arrested after flying from Massachusetts where she lives to Chicago and driving to Epstein's home on the city's North Side in July of 2012. Before coming to the Cubs, Epstein was general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

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NFLPA files federal lawsuit against league over Peterson saga

The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator's decision to uphold the NFL's punishment of the star running back.

The petition was filed Monday in Minnesota, where the NFLPA has often gone to contest labor matters with the league.

Peterson was suspended without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept the six-time Pro Bowl pick out of all but one game this year. Arbitrator Harold Henderson on Friday affirmed the penalty issued by Goodell, which Peterson appealed.

The union argued that Henderson's decision was biased, unfair and contrary to the collective bargaining agreement.

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Saudi woman arrested because of attending soccer macth

A Saudi newspaper says a woman arrested after attending a soccer game claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the stadium.

The state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday that police in the city of Jiddah have questioned the woman, who claims she bought a ticket online without any problems and went to the Friday night game between Jiddah's al-Ittihad and Riyadh's al-Shabab in the kingdom's new al-Jawhara stadium, where she was arrested.

Okaz did not identify the woman. The paper says she was questioned by police for "impersonating" a man by wearing pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses. No charges have been raised so far.

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict segregation of the sexes. There are no designated areas for women at soccer stadiums.

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Tennessee facing three transfers prior to bowl game against Iowa

Tight end Daniel Helm, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and running back Derrell Scott have decided to transfer from Tennessee.

Coach Butch Jones said after Sunday's practice that the three freshmen would be looking to continue their careers at other schools. Jones said "We thank them for everything they have given to Tennessee and wish them the best in moving forward."

Helm, who is from Chatham, Illinois, caught six passes for 37 yards this year while playing in all 12 regular-season games and making two starts. Scott, who is from Havelock, North Carolina, played in two games and had 11 carries for 40 yards. Hendrix, who is from O'Fallon, Illinois, played seven games and made two tackles.

Tennessee (6-6) plays Iowa (7-5) in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Father of modern baseball card, Topps designer Berger passes away

The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91.

His daughter, Maxine Berger-Bienstock, says Berger died of natural causes Sunday in Rockville Centre, New York.

Using scissors and cardboard at his kitchen table, Berger played around with ideas for trading cards until he struck upon a design that endured for decades: a card with team logos and simulated player autographs on the front and bios and stats on the back.

Berger told The Associated Press in 2002: "We wanted to make something attractive that would catch the eye." He added: "And we gave you six cards and a slice of gum for a nickel."

Berger is also survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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F-1 driver Hamilton voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning his second Formula One title.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver says "I honestly was not expecting this" after beating top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, who won two major titles in 2014, to the prestigious British award on Sunday. Long-distance runner Jo Pavey was third in the public vote.

When Hamilton won his first F1 title in 2008, he was second to Chris Hoy in the BBC poll.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo succeeded Sebastian Vettel as the overseas award winner after becoming football's world player of the year and helping Real Madrid win the Champions League.

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Lester sets signing bonus record with seven-year Cubs deal

Jon Lester has set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, seven-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

The pitcher's contract calls for a $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, according to a person familiar with the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because those details have not been announced.

Lester's remaining signing bonus is due in three payments through 2020.

The previous signing bonus high had been Vernon Wells' $25.5 million under a $126 million, seven-year deal with Toronto that covered 2008-14, with money spread over three payments through 2010.

Lester's upfront payment tops the $14 million mark set this month by Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas, who gets his signing bonus from Arizona within 30 days of the deal's approval by Major League Baseball.

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Chalmers takes down Scott in seven playoff holes at Australian tourney

Greg Chalmers parred the seventh hole of a playoff while Adam Scott three-putted for bogey to give the Australian his second Australian PGA championship in four years.

Chalmers, who shot 64 Sunday after trailing the leaders by seven strokes going into the final round, and Scott and Wade Ormsby, who both shot 71, finished with 72-hole totals of 11-under 277.

Ormsby dropped out of the playoff when he parred the third playoff hole at Royal Pines, while Chalmers and Scott made birdie.

Scott missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it, and did the same on the second extra hole, when Ormsby missed from seven feet.

Chalmers finished his round about an hour before the other two players in the playoff.

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Westwood wins closely contested Thailand Golf Championship

Englishman Lee Westwood won his second Thailand Golf Championship with a one-stroke victory over Australian Marcus Fraser and Martin Kaymer of Germany at the Amata Spring Country Club on Sunday.

The 2011 champion was in a three-way lead with Fraser and Kaymer on 8 under with two holes to go but the German bogeyed the 17th while the Australian missed an easy par putt on the 18th, giving Westwood, who was watching in the clubhouse, the victory.

Westwood came back from two straight bogeys at the start of his final round to fire seven birdies for a 67 and an 8-under 280 total.

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Day, Tringale team up to win Franklin Templeton Shootout

Jason Day and Cameron Tringale overcame a slow start Saturday to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout by a shot.

Day and Tringale shot a 7-under 65 in the better-ball final round to finish at 32 under at Tiburon Golf Club. They each earned $335,000.

Day and Tringale opened with a 55 on Thursday in the scramble round and shot a 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play.

Leading by three shots going into the final round, they had just one birdie in the first eight holes before closing with six in their last nine.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English, the 2013 winners, finished second after a 62. Kuchar just missed an eagle chip on No. 17.

The teams of Billy Horschel-Ian Poulter and Keegan Bradley-Camilo Villegas tied for third at 29 under.

(Previous version of story incorrectly listed near eagle chip as final hole instead of 17th hole.)

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Cyclone defender Cousin arrested, suspended from team

Iowa State defensive lineman Devlyn Cousin has been suspended indefinitely from the team after being arrested and charged with simple domestic assault.

A police report shows Cousin was arrested late Friday night on charges of domestic assault and obstruction of emergency communication.

In a written statement Saturday, Cyclones football coach Paul Rhoads said he was aware of the charges filed against Cousin and that Cousin had been suspended indefinitely under the school's student-athlete discipline policy as the school gathers more information on the case.

Ames police say that Cousin was arrested for pushing his girlfriend to the ground as she called 911.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Cousin played in nine games this year, racking up 12 tackles.

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Cubs announce signing of pitching stud Lester

The Chicago Cubs have officially announced the signing of new ace Jon Lester.

The Cubs said Saturday that Lester had joined them. They are scheduled to introduce him at a news conference Monday at Spiaggia Restaurant, a favorite of President Barack Obama's family.

Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs. His contract contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons.

A three-time All-Star who turns 31 next month, Lester won two World Series titles with Boston. He was dealt by the Red Sox to Oakland at the trade deadline in July and helped the A's reach the playoffs.

Lester went 16-11 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and 220 strikeouts last season. He is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA in nine big league seasons.

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International Biathlon Union VP steps down amid doping claims

A vice president of the International Biathlon Union has provisionally stepped down amid allegations he helped his son obtain doping substances from banned doctor Michele Ferrari.

In a statement released by the IBU on Saturday, Gottlieb Taschler of Italy says "I will temporarily suspend all my current roles within the IBU ... until these serious accusations are proven invalid."

Italian media reported Wednesday that prosecutors are investigating Taschler for allegedly connecting his son Daniel, who competes on the biathlon World Cup since 2011, with Ferrari in an apparent attempt to obtain the banned blood booster EPO.

Taschler denies any wrongdoing, saying "this is simply not true; I will offer my full assistance in clearing up these massive accusations which put both me and my son's integrity at risk."

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Vikings' Peterson sees appeal denied, will stay suspended

An arbiter appointed by the NFL to hear Adrian Peterson's appeal has ruled that the Minnesota Vikings running back will remain suspended until at least next spring.

The decision by Harold Henderson, a former league official, was announced on Friday. His ruling upheld the NFL's decision last month to suspend Peterson without pay for the remainder of the season and not consider him for reinstatement until April 15.

The NFL Players Association balked at the punishment. Peterson was charged with felony child abuse in September for using a wooden switch to discipline his son, but he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in November. He had been on paid leave while his case moved through the court system.

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United States tennis youngster clinched year-end top junior ranking

American teen CiCi Bellis has clinched the world's year-end No. 1 junior ranking.

The 15-year-old Bellis was the sensation of this year's U.S. Open, stunning Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round to become the youngest player to win a match at that Grand Slam tournament since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

Bellis earned her spot in the main draw by winning the USTA Girls' 18s National Championship, the youngest to do so since Lindsay Davenport in 1991.

She's the second American girl in three years to rank No. 1 at year's end. Before Taylor Townsend accomplished the feat in 2012, it had been three decades since an American girl held that distinction.

Bellis clinched the ranking with a quarterfinal victory at the Orange Bowl Junior Championships on Friday.

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Spain's Garcia sets world short-course record in women's freestyle

Spain's swimming federation says Mireia Belmonte Garcia has broken the world short-course record in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle at the Spanish short-course championships on Friday.

The federation said in a statement that Belmonte earned a winning time of 15 minutes 19.71 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 15:26.95 set in August by Lauren Boyle of New Zealand.

Belmonte picked up four world records and gold medals at the short-course world championships in Doha, Qatar, last week.

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Cyclones down star player for Cy-Hawk showdown, BDJ suspended

Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones has been suspended for Friday's game against rival Iowa after being arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors.

Ames police spokesman Geoff Huff said Dejean-Jones was arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday after officers were called to his apartment over a noise complaint. A charge of gathering where marijuana is used has been dropped but he still faces two misdemeanors: a nuisance party and noise ordinance violation.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said he decided to suspend Dejean-Jones for one game Friday's game between the 14th-ranked Cyclones (6-1) and Iowa (8-2).

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Iowa's Scherff named nation's outstanding interior lineman, given Outland Trophy

Iowa's Brandon Scherff has won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding interior lineman.

The offensive tackle was presented with the award Thursday night during the 24th College Football Awards Show at Disney.

Scherff was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014. He was also selected first-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year, becoming the first Hawkeyes player to do that since Shaun Prater.

Scherff was selected over finalists Malcolm Brown of Texas and Reese Dismukes of Auburn.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award in 2013.

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Ex-Patriot Hernandez due back in court for one of murder cases

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due back in court in one of two murder cases against him with less than a month to go before jury selection is scheduled to begin in the first trial.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Friday morning in Bristol Superior Court.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

One pending issue is a defense request that the judge bar prosecutors from telling the jury about evidence of Hernandez's other alleged crimes, including the fatal shootings of two Boston men in 2012. Hernandez also has pleaded not guilty in those killings.

Jury selection in the Lloyd case begins Jan. 5.

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NHL facing unusual, dangerous outbreak of mumps

The NHL is facing an unusual outbreak of the mumps.

So far, about a dozen players on four teams have been diagnosed with the illness that usually strikes children.

It started in Anaheim and plagued the Ducks, who had three players affected. It then moved to the Minnesota Wild, who had five victims. Tanner Glass of the New York Rangers then came down with it, and the New Jersey Devils say two players also turned up sick.

The virus is very infectious and close quarters can lead to multiple victims. It can occasionally cause complications, but most victims recover quickly.

The NHL and the players' union have provided information to players on ways to protect themselves. Vaccination decisions are made by club medical staffs and players.

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Minor league baseball catcher suspended 100 games for drugs

A minor league catcher who most recently played in the San Diego Padres' system has been suspended 100 games for a drug violation.

Free agent Rodney Daal was penalized Thursday after a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 20-year-old Daal hit .214 with two home runs and six RBIs in a combined 12 games at the rookie and low Class A levels. He had played in the Padres' organization since he was 17.

There have been 63 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.

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Harvick named NASCAR Driver of the Year after championship

NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick has been named Driver of the Year by a panel of broadcasters and journalists.

Harvick won the final two races of the season to earn his first career Sprint Cup title. He won five races in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, and it included three in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick received 13 of the 16 votes cast by motorsports journalists who vote for just one driver. IndyCar champion Will Power, Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott and World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz all received one vote each.

The Driver of the Year award is in its 48th season and encompasses all racing series in the United States. There are 17 journalists eligible to vote.

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Former U of I athletic administrator reassigned to construction staff

A former University of Iowa athletic administrator has been reassigned to the school's construction staff amid potential litigation brought by her partner.

The school said Thursday that Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director since 2001, will start in the facilities management office next week.

Athletic director Gary Barta announced last week that Meyer would be reassigned because the school faces a likely lawsuit by her partner, fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Barta says that keeping Meyer in the department's leadership presented challenges and the reassignment came at the advice of legal counsel.

Griesbaum's attorney has said the reassignment, which doesn't affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary, smacks of retaliation.

The move does not affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary.

Paula Jantz will replace Meyer as the department's senior woman administrator.

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Iowa State's Dejean-Jones arrested on marijuana-related charge

Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones has been arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors after police were called to his apartment because of noise complaints.

Ames police spokesman Geoff Huff says Dejean-Jones was arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday. He's charged with gathering where marijuana is used, a serious misdemeanor, and two simple misdemeanors; a nuisance party regulation and a noise ordinance violation.

Huff says the marijuana charge is roughly the equivalent of a drunken-driving charge and that a fine and probation is more likely than jail time.

Dejean-Jones is in his first season at Iowa State. He is averaging 17.1 points a game. He remained at the Story County Jail on Thursday morning on $1,600 bond. Detention officer Clark Blue says no attorney information for Dejean-Jones was available.

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Eight weightlifters suspended following failed doping tests

Eight weightlifters — including two gold medalists — have been provisionally suspended after failing doping tests at last month's world championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The International Weightlifting Federation says North Korea's Kim Un Ju, who won the women's 75-kilogram category, tested positive for the steroids methyltestosterone and methandriol.

Albania's Daniel Godelli, who won the men's 77-kg category, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.

North Korea's Hwa Ri Jong, a silver medalist in the women's 58-kg category, tested positive for clenbuterol.

Also testing positive were two other lifters from Albania and three from Uzbekistan.

The IWF says the backup "B'' samples from all eight lifters will be tested before any final sanctions are determined.

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College Football Awards Finalists ready for big announcements

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper are up for three of the 10 awards that will be handed out during Thursday night's College Football Awards Show at Disney.

Mariota is a finalist for both the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding collegiate player. He's also the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

The O'Brien Award has been a Heisman predictor recently, with the previous four recipients going on to win the Heisman.

Cooper, one of three Heisman finalists along with Mariota and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, is trying to become the first Alabama player to win the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.

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Big Ten Commissioner Delaney says four CFP teams is 'okay'

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says he's comfortable with the reality that at least one of the five power conferences will be left out of the four-team College Football Playoff each year.

His league was at risk of being shut out when the inaugural playoff field was announced Sunday. Ohio State wound up getting in, with the Big 12 stuck on the outside.

Delany says he and other leaders of the power conferences are committed to the math of four slots for five leagues.

He said Wednesday that if Ohio State hadn't made it, "I would've been very disappointed, but we knew when we went into this that either one or two or possibly three conferences might not be involved."

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Big Ten tournament to be played at MSG in 2018

The Big Ten keeps moving eastward.

Commissioner Jim Delaney said Tuesday the men's basketball tournament will be played at Madison Square Garden in 2018.

Delaney says league play will start in December during the 2017-2018 season— earlier than usual — to accommodate the Garden. The arena has a long-term deal with the Big East for its men's basketball tournament. That means there will be a week between the Big Ten championship and the NCAA tournament's Selection Sunday.

The Big Ten tournament will be in Chicago in 2015, Indianapolis in 2016 and Washington in 2017.

Delaney also announced the Big Ten will begin an annual basketball-hockey doubleheader at the Garden starting in 2016.

Delaney was joined at the Garden news conference by two New York Rangers players — Carl Hagelin, who attended Michigan, and Derek Stepan, who attended Wisconsin.

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NFL creates sportsmanship award, player vote to come

The NFL has created a sportsmanship award to be voted on by league players.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the award Tuesday, with each team nominating one of its players during the season. A panel of former players will select eight finalists from the 32 nominees.

Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin will be on the panel, along with Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.

The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award when the players vote on Dec. 19. From the eight finalists, each team's players will submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

The winner will be announced during the nationally televised "NFL Honors" show on Jan. 31, the night before the Super Bowl. The Associated Press NFL individual awards are announced during that show.

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SCORES:

Mens college basketball:

Iowa State 73 UMKC 56
Iowa 67 Alcorn State 44

High School basketball:
G; Waukee 55 Marshalltown 25
B: Waukee 62 Marshalltown 42


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U of Iowa associate athletic director reassigned during gender bias lawsuit

The University of Iowa is reassigning senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, saying she cannot remain in the department while her partner prepares to sue for gender bias.

Meyer is the longtime partner of former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, who is planning a lawsuit contending that female coaches have faced discrimination.

Meyer is the Senior Woman's Administrator, a role in which she is charged with ensuring women's programs are treated fairly.

Athletic director Gary Barta says in a memo that leaving Meyer in her position "has presented many challenges" as the department defends against Griesbaum's claims. He says an assistant attorney general advised that Meyer be reassigned.

University spokesman Joe Brennan said Meyer's new assignment is in the works, and the move will not affect her $173,000 salary.

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Bull rider Kimzey sets record for most winnings as rookie

Bull rider Sage Kimzey became the wealthiest rookie in the history of National Finals Rodeo after placing second during the fifth round Monday.

Kimzey, from Strong City, Oklahoma, broke Steve Woolsey's rookie earnings record for a full season (any event) of $197,646 when he earned $15,018 in round five to increase his world standings-leading total to $207,528.

Joe Frost of Randlett, Utah, and Kimzey claimed the top two places, respectively, in round five and now occupy the top two positions in the NFR aggregate standings.

Frost won round five with an 89 on Bottle Rocket. Kimzey placed second with an 87 on Hou's American Ride,

Kimzey leads the standings with 338 points on four rides. Frost is second with 329 points on four rides. They are the only two riders to complete four successful rides.

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Glass named USA Volleyball women's indoor player of the year

Setter Alisha Glass is the USA Volleyball women's indoor player of the year.

The organization also announced Monday that outside hitter Kim Hill is the national team's most improved player.

Glass, who is from Leland, Michigan, was named the best setter of the 2014 FIVB Women's World Championship. The top-ranked U.S. team won for the first time in the event's 62 years.

Glass started 11 of the 13 matches, helping the U.S. reach a 40.5 kill percentage. She added 11 kills, 15 blocks and five aces.

Hill, who is from Portland, Oregon, started 24 matches this season, averaging 2.99 points and 1.24 digs per set. At the World Championship, she scored 20 points in the gold-medal match against China. The United States won in four sets.

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Chiefs' star Berry diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease

Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.

Hodgkin's disease is a form of lymphoma originating in white blood cells.

Berry had been undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta since an MRI exam nearly two weeks ago showed a mass on the right side of his chest that was suspected to be lymphoma.

Berry said in a statement that he will "embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it."

The former All-Pro safety has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

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Committee fails to elect any of candidates into baseball Hall of Fame

The baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era committee has failed to elect any of the 10 candidates from a group whose primary contributions were from 1947-72.

The Hall announced the results Monday as the annual winter meetings began.

Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each received 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Jim Kaat appeared on 10 ballots, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight.

Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant each received three or fewer votes, as did the late Cincinnati Reds general manager Bob Howsam.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce its vote Jan. 6. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are the top newcomers. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops the holdovers.

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Iowa readies for Tennessee matchup, Vols coach gets bigger contract

Tennessee is giving football coach Butch Jones a two-year contract extension and a raise that will pay him $3.6 million a season.

His contract will run through the 2020 season, and the raise takes effect in 2015. Under his original deal, Jones had been making $2.95 million a year.

Athletic director Dave Hart said Monday the school has the "right man leading our football program." He called Jones an "outstanding ambassador" for the university and noted how Jones had energized Tennessee's fan base.

Jones has an 11-13 record in two seasons at Tennessee and has dramatically improved the Vols' recruiting.

Tennessee (6-6) will make its first bowl appearance since 2010 when it faces Iowa (7-5) in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2 at Jacksonville, Florida.

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Iowa Wild to face Charlotte in hockey action this evening

The Iowa Wild of the American Hockey league will be in action tonight.
The Wild face the Charlotte Checkers in Charlotte North Carolina at
6:05 Iowa time. The Checkers beat Iowa back on Saturdaynight by
the score of 2-1.
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Hawks accept offer to Jacksonville for TaxSlayer Bowl

The Iowa Hawkeye football team is head to the TaxSlayer Bowl at
Jacksonville. The game will be played Friday January 2nd at 2:20
Iowa time.
Iowa has a record of 7-5 and their opponents the Tennessee
Volunteers have a record of 6-6.


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More world records set at short-course swimming world championships

Katinka Hosszu set a world record to win the women's 200-meter backstroke final Friday at the short-course swimming world championships.

The Hungarian finished in 1 minute, 59.23 seconds to win gold, eclipsing Missy Franklin's mark of 2:00.03 set in Berlin in 2011.

Emliy Seebohm of Australia came second in 2:00.13 and Sayaka Akase of Japan third in 2:02.30 at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

It was the second world record of the day after Denmark improved its own mark to win the women's 4x50 medley relay. Danish quartet of Mie Nielsen, Rikke Moller Pedersen, Jeantte Ottesen and Pernille Blume finished in 1:44.04, bettering their mark of 1:45.92 set in 2013.

The U.S. took silver in 1:44.92 and France bronze in 1:45.89.

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Big Ten says one bowl-eligible team could be left out

The Big Ten has informed its schools that one of its bowl-eligible teams could be left out of the postseason.

Illinois sports information director Kent Brown says the school received a memo from the league office notifying it of the potential bowl shortage. The league has 10 eligible teams.

ESPN first reported Thursday an email was sent from a Big Ten official to conference members on Wednesday.

Illinois (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten), which became bowl eligible Saturday by beating Northwestern, is one of the teams most likely to get left out. Penn State is also 6-6 and bowl eligible for the first time in three years after NCAA sanctions. Conference newcomers Rutgers and Maryland each finished 7-5.

Conference officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Earnhardt Jr. given NASCAR's prestigious Myers Brothers Award

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won NASCAR's prestigious Myers Brothers Award given to a person who makes significant contributions to the sport.

The award was named after short-track drivers Billy and Bobby Myers and has been presented annually since 1958. It is presented by the National Motorsports Press Association.

Earnhardt this year won the Nationwide Series championship as a car owner with Chase Elliott. He also made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and won four races.

But the award marked his participation in various racing series, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation and his 235 appearances for the Make-A-Wish Foundation — a stat that ranks in the top five of all athletes.

Earnhardt also has won NASCAR's most popular driver award 11 consecutive years.

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Huskers hire Oregon State's Riley as new head football coach

Nebraska has hired Oregon State's Mike Riley as its new football coach, replacing the fired Bo Pelini.

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced Riley's hiring on Thursday. Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games.

Riley is a native of Idaho and a graduate of Alabama, where he played for Paul "Bear" Bryant. Riley will be introduced at a news conference Friday. He'll take over immediately but will not coach the Cornhuskers in their bowl game. Nebraska assistant Barney Cotton is interim head coach.

Oregon State finished this season 5-7 overall, 2-7 in the Pac-12.

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U.S. Soccer's Tim Howard names 2014 Player of the Year

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award for his work with the U.S. national team.

It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera. Howard received 101 first-place votes from a panel of journalists nationwide for a total of 363 points. He beat out Jermaine Jones, who had 160 points, and Clint Dempsey (147).

Howard, 35, made eight appearances for the national team, including some spectacular performances at the World Cup. He made 16 saves in the Americans' 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round in Brazil.

Howard has stepped away from playing for the national team for this season. He is Everton's keeper in the English Premier League.

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Florida hires CSU's McElwain as new head coach

After working though a buyout issue, Jim McElwain is leaving Colorado State to become Florida's next head coach.

The Gators announced the hiring Thursday at the same time McElwain started a team meeting with players and assistants.

McElwain accepted the job after getting his $7.5 million buyout reduced, a person familiar with the search said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search.

The Denver Post reported that Florida will pay $5 million and schedule the Rams for a future game in Gainesville. Colorado State will get $2 million for that game.

The person said Florida will spread the $5 million out with payments, which will ease the immediate financial impact of the coaching change.

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Ravens DT Ngata suspended four games for Adderall use

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

The league said Thursday he can return to the active roster Dec. 29 and would be eligible for any playoff games.

Ngata says in a statement released by the team that he took Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorder. He adds that he "made a mistake, and I own this." His hope is that Baltimore makes the postseason, and "I can come back and help us win."

Added Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome: "This is disappointing news for the Ravens. We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself."

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United States swimmers finish third in relay, Brazil sets world record

Brazil set a world record to win the men's 4x50-meter medley relay final on the second day of the short-course world championships Thursday, improving a mark that had been set hours earlier by Russia.

Brazil's quartet of Guilherme Guido, Felipe Franca Silva, Nicholas Santos and Cesar Cielo finished in 1 minute, 30.51 seconds to take the gold and shave more than two seconds off the world record Russia had set in the morning heats at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

This is the first time the event is staged at the worlds.

France was second in 1:31.25, with the United States third in 1:31.83. Russia settled for fourth place in 1:32.15.

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Ex-NFL QB Leaf released from Montana prison

Former quarterback Ryan Leaf has been released from a Montana prison.

Judy Beck, a spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Corrections, tells says that Leaf was released Wednesday and is now being supervised by probation and parole officers in Great Falls.

The former San Diego Chargers and Washington State player has served more than two years in prison after breaking into a home near Great Falls in 2012 to steal prescription pills.

The Montana conviction violated his probation in Texas on 2008 charges of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. A Texas judge sentenced Leaf to five years, but gave him credit for time served.

Texas authorities can still extradite Leaf if they choose.

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Former Wisconsin Badger charged with string of armed robberies

A former University of Wisconsin football player and his twin brother are charged in federal court with one in a string of November robberies at five businesses.

Jack Ikegwuonu and his brother, William, were charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Madison with armed robbery and gun possession. The brothers were arrested last week after an armed robbery at a dry cleaning business.

They're suspected in four other armed robberies in the area between Nov. 13 and 21.

An affidavit filed with the criminal complaint in federal court says the brothers said they committed the robberies to support their heroin use.

They're also charged in Dane County court with several counts of retail theft for allegedly stealing from Wal-Mart stores throughout September and October.

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Winona State gymnast found dead in restaurant dumbwaiter

Authorities say a college student who was found dead in a Wisconsin restaurant dumbwaiter had become tangled in the machine.

Fountain City Police Officer Jason Mork says 21-year-old Brooke Baures was found "trapped inside the entirety of the device."

An employee of WingDam Saloon and Grill called 911 Monday night to say she was afraid a co-worker had been caught in the machinery. The employee was too scared to look, but another worker confirmed Baures was in there.

The dumbwaiter was used to shuttle drinks and food to the restaurant's second floor.

Baures was a standout gymnast at nearby Winona State University in Minnesota.

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LA Galaxy's Keane named Major League Soccer MVP

Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's MVP after the Irish forward's dynamic season for the LA Galaxy.

MLS announced the award Wednesday.

New England's Lee Nguyen and Seattle's Obafemi Martins were the other finalists for the award.

The 34-year-old Keane had 19 goals and 14 assists while leading the Galaxy's MLS-best offense, providing dangerous attacking and steady leadership for the MLS Cup finalists. After winning two league titles in Keane's first three seasons, the Galaxy will attempt to win a third when they host New England in the championship game Sunday.

With speed, skill and a daredevil flair for big moments, Keane scored or assisted on 33 goals this season. Only Chris Wondolowski ever managed more in MLS history, contributing to 34 goals during his 2012 season with San Jose.

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D.C. United's Hamid voted MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

D.C. United's Bill Hamid is Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year.

Hamid helped lead his hometown club to a remarkable turnaround. He set career highs with 10 shutouts and 110 saves during the regular season as United went from the league's worst record to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando was second in the voting.

MLS also announced Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Pedro Morales won Newcomer of the Year. He joined Vancouver from Malaga in Spain's La Liga as a designated player in March and led the Whitecaps with 10 goals and 12 assists.

New England's Jermaine Jones was second in the voting.

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Spanish swimmer breaks butterfly time record

Spanish swimmer Mireya Belmonte Garcia won the women's 200-meter butterfly in record time on the opening night of the world short-course championships on Wednesday.

Garcia finished in 1 minute, 59.61 seconds, eclipsing the record of 2:00.78 set by Zhige Liu of China in 2009.

Defending champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary led until the last 50 meters, and came second in 2:01.12.

Franziska Hentke of Germany was third.

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NHL, Canadien legend Beliveau passes away

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau died Tuesday. He was 83.

The team confirmed the death of the Hall of Fame center and one of the most beloved players in Canadiens history.

A supremely skilled center who spent 18 fulls seasons and parts of two others with Montreal, Beliveau was also a popular ambassador for the sport. He scored 507 goals, won 10 Stanley Cups and was captain for 10 seasons before his retirement in 1971. He then moved seamlessly into an executive position with the club.

Beliveau was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

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Wisconsin RB Gordon deemed Big Ten Offensive POY

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa took top honors on the defensive side while Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett was selected Freshman of the Year. Minnesota's Jerry Kill was honored as Coach of the Year by both the conference coaches and media on Tuesday.

Gordon leads the nation with a Big Ten and school-record 2,260 yards rushing and is a big reason why the Badgers will meet Ohio State in the conference championship game.

He also held the FBS single-game record for one week, running for 408 yards against Nebraska last month before Oklahoma's Samaje Perine put up 427 against Kansas.

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Ex-NASCAR driver Walker wanted by authorities

A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150-mph chase through three states last year is out of chances to submit a plea deal by mail.

Judge Eric Ludlow issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for 35-year-old Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker after repeated delays in the case.

The judge did so after Walker's lawyer, Trevor Terry, said his client had mailed the wrong plea agreement from California.

Expected plea deals in the case have been delayed at least a dozen times.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested Walker in January 2013. He pleaded not guilty to DUI and drug charges.

NASCAR suspended Walker in 2007 for violating its drug policy.

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Michigan football rebuilding again after Hoke firing

Michigan has fired football coach Brady Hoke after four seasons.

Interim athletic director Jim Hackett made the announcement Tuesday after weeks of speculation about Hoke's future.

The Wolverines have struggled to regain their status among the top programs in the Big Ten, much less college football.

Hoke was an assistant at Michigan before turning around San Diego State and Ball State as a head coach. After he replaced Rich Rodriguez, the Wolverines won the Sugar Bowl and finished the 2011 season 11-2.

Hoke's recruits were well regarded, but the results on the field didn't measure up. Michigan went 8-5 in 2012 and 7-6 in 2013. This season, they were 5-7. Hoke was 31-20 overall at Michigan.

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University of Alabama-Birmingham shuts down football program

UAB is shutting down the football program.

The university announced the decision Tuesday minutes after President Ray Watts met with the Blazers players and coaches. UAB made the decision after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year.

Watts says financial realities "are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater good of the athletic department and UAB."

He says UAB subdisizes two-thirds of the $30 million annual operating budget.

Several hundred UAB students and fans gathered and marched through campus the past three days showing their support of the program.

The Blazers are 6-6 and bowl eligible after coach Bill Clark's first season. The program's only bowl trip came in 2004.

Players can transfer to other schools and play immediately.

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MLB umpire Scott comes out as gay

Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott says he is gay.

The 55-year-old umpire tells the website outsports.com that he married Michael Rausch in November 2013.

Scott has been a member of the big league staff since 1986 and is a crew chief. He worked the World Series in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Scott provided Referee magazine a photo of himself with Rausch going to last year's opening series in Sydney. The caption in the October issue stated: "He and his longtime companion, Michael Rausch, traveled to Australia for the 2014 season opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers."

Scott says in a story posted by Outsports on Tuesday that the photo "could open a Pandora's Box." He adds that his sexuality is "not a surprise" to MLB or the umpire staff.

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Hockey legend Howe suffers another stroke

Gordie Howe's daughter says the hockey Hall of Famer has suffered another stroke.

Cathy Purnell says her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. She said he was stable and "a little bit alert" Tuesday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock hospital where he taken were scheduled to do additional tests.

Howe suffered what his children called a serious stroke in late October and another in early November. He has been staying at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas.

Purnell said therapists who have been tending to Howe arrived at her house Monday morning and discovered him nonresponsive in bed.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points, mostly with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Rice hopes NFL team will take chance on man who had 'one bad night'

Ray Rice says that an NFL team "would have to be willing to look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night."

The former Ravens running back told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday "the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance."

An arbitrator threw out Rice's indefinite suspension last Friday, making him a free agent. But no franchise may be willing to sign the three-time Pro Bowl pick after seeing the in-elevator video of Rice striking his-then fiancee.

Rice says: "I took full responsibility for everything that I did."

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Rams, police disagree on if team apologized for Ferguson gesture

A St. Louis Rams official and a county police chief are differing over whether the team apologized for five players who raised their hands during pregame festivities in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told his staff by email Monday that Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations for the Rams, called "to apologize to our department" for the action before kickoff Sunday.

Demoff later denied he apologized, but a police sergeant said the chief interpreted the call to be an apology.

The players won't face discipline for Sunday's "Hands up. Don't Shoot!" protest. The action stemmed from a grand jury's decision a week ago not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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NFLPA to establish domestic violence advising commission

The head of the NFL Players Association says the union is establishing an eight-member commission to advise it about domestic violence prevention and discipline.

In a letter sent Monday to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith writes that "when these matters are left solely to the NFL, the process is mismanaged and often the end result has not been able to withstand outside review."

Rockefeller's committee is holding a hearing Tuesday about domestic violence in professional sports, with representatives of the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball scheduled to testify. Officials from the basketball, hockey and baseball unions are also scheduled to appear.

Smith says "long-scheduled overseas travel prevented" the NFLPA from participating Tuesday.

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NFL reminds teams of rule on warming footballs on sidelines

The NFL is reminding teams they're not allowed to use artificial means to keep footballs warmer and softer during games.

Fox's broadcast of the Carolina-Minnesota game on Sunday showed a clip of an unidentified sideline attendant holding two balls in front of one of the heaters teams use on cold days. The temperature at kickoff for the game was 12 degrees.

Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network on Monday that once the league noticed, both the Panthers and Vikings were warned of the rule against using a heater on the football to make it easier to handle during a game. Blandino also said the league will remind all teams that the practice is not allowed.

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Adderall major problem among MLB drug report

While 113 big leaguers had exemptions in the past year to use otherwise banned substances to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adderall caused eight of the 10 positive tests for stimulants under Major League Baseball's drug program.

A report released Monday by MLB's independent program administrator detailed the findings. Dr. Jeffrey M. Anderson's report showed that theraputic use exemptions given to 40-man roster players to treat ADHD were down from the 119 in the year ending with the 2013 World Series.

Among the TUEs for ADHD, there were 11 for new players, down from 21 the previous year and the lowest total since 2008, a person familiar with the data told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because those figures were not in the report.

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Little Leaguer Davis named SI Sports Kid of the Year

It's another W for Mo'ne Davis. Sports Illustrated Kids has named the Little League star its Sports Kid of the Year.

First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted the news Monday, saying 13-year-old Davis "knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere."

The honor roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation in August after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, Tennessee. She is the first girl to win a Little League World Series game.

She's since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial and has her jersey displayed in baseball's Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated Kids says Davis shows that everyone has the ability to make an impact and inspire no matter age, gender or race.

She's the ninth person honored as Sports Kid of the Year since 2007. Two brothers shared the award in 2012.

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Authorities charge men over pitch invasion stunt at soccer match

British authorities have charged three men over a pitch invasion stunt which caused Tottenham's Europa League match to be temporarily suspended last week.

Nathaniel Thompson, Helder Gomes and Daniel Jarvis were arrested after each separately went onto the White Hart Lane field and attempted to take "selfie" photographs on Thursday.

They have been released on bail but must appear at a court in north London on Dec. 18.

UEFA has already opened a disciplinary case against Tottenham, which beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in the match.

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Browns receiver Austin hospitalized after kidney injury

Cleveland Browns receiver Miles Austin remained in a Buffalo hospital overnight after sustaining a kidney injury during a 26-10 loss to the Bills.

The Browns issued the update four hours after the game Sunday. It's unclear when Austin was hurt in a game he had seven catches for a team-leading 86 yards.

Browns tight end Gary Barnidge did not return after hurting his ribs in the first quarter. Center Nick McDonald did not return after hurting his ankle in the first quarter.

McDonald was already filling in for injured starter Alex Mack. Backup lineman Ryan Seymour finished the game at center.

The Browns (7-5) did not provide any details on the severity of the injuries.

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OSU football player found in dumpster, dead from gunshot wound

Police say an Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police Sgt. Rich Weiner says a woman and her son apparently looking for items in the dumpster found the body, and police were called.

He says a handgun was found in the dumpster.

Police found the body near the campus after a search began when Kosta Karageorge (KOH'-stah KAHR'-ah-jorj) went missing Wednesday. The senior defensive tackle had last been seen at his Columbus apartment, when his roommates said he left to go on a walk.

University athletic officials say they are grieved to learn of Karageorge's death. A person who answered the parent's phone said no one wanted to comment.

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NFL moves San Diego, San Francisco Week 16 matchup to prime time

The NFL has moved its Week 16 game between San Diego and San Francisco to prime time.

As part of the Week 16 flexible scheduling, the Philadelphia Eagles will play at the Washington Redskins on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. on the NFL Network. That will be followed by the Chargers at the 49ers at 8:25 p.m. on CBS, the NFL announced on Sunday.

The Week 15 matchup of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. will be broadcast on Fox. The Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions game has moved to 4:25 p.m. on Fox.

The originally scheduled Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles game remains in place on NBC's Sunday night football schedule.

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