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Wednesday's Sports In Brief

Wednesday's Sports In Brief

Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player.
Jerry Turner, vice chairman of the university system's board of regents, said "other things" came to light during an investigation of Leach's treatment of receiver Adam James.
The sophomore alleged the coach twice confined him to a small, dark place after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. Turner declined to elaborate about the other issues.
Leach was suspended Monday after he refused to agree to guidelines for dealing with players set forth by his bosses in a Dec. 23 letter.
UNDATED _ Athletes at the 120 schools in college football's top tier enjoy strikingly better odds of having admission requirements bent on their behalf.
An Associated Press review of admissions data submitted to the NCAA shows that athletes at 27 schools were at least 10 times more likely to benefit from special admission programs than students in the general population.
That group includes 2009 Bowl Championship Series teams Oregon and Georgia Tech. It also includes Alabama, which is playing Texas for the national title Jan. 7.
NCAA officials called the AP review the most extensive such study to date.
PRO FOOTBALL
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Miles Austin of Dallas, Brandon Marshall of Denver and six other Pro Bowl picks are among more than 200 NFL players who would lose their status as unrestricted free agents this offseason if the league and its union can't agree on a new labor contract.
According to a list obtained by The Associated Press, there are 212 players who would be considered restricted free agents _ instead of unrestricted _ if there is no salary cap in 2010.
In an uncapped year, players would need six years in the NFL, up from the current rule of four years, to be unrestricted free agents able to sign with any team.
Starting quarterbacks Kyle Orton of Denver and Jason Campbell of Washington are in the group of potentially affected players.
BASEBALL
OAKLAND, California (AP) _ Two-time All-Star Justin Duchscherer agreed to terms on an incentive-laden one-year contract to return to the A's after he missed all the 2009 season.
The 32-year-old Duchscherer will receive a base salary of $1.75 million. The sides reached a preliminary agreement last week that was pending a physical to be finalized.
Duchscherer underwent arthroscopic right elbow surgery on March 31 and later was treated for clinical depression. He has spent the last six of his seven major league seasons with Oakland, becoming a full-time starter for the first time in his career during 2008.
OLYMPICS
KEARNS, Utah (AP) _ American Shani Davis plans to skate in all five individual distances at the Vancouver Olympics in February and will not compete in the team pursuit.
U.S. Speedskating confirmed that Chad Hedrick has declined the Olympic spot in the 10,000 and that the spot instead was given to Davis, allowing him to race in the every distance. Davis will not compete in team pursuit because he did not enter the U.S. pool of athletes in time.
Davis holds the world record in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters and already qualified for those two distances, as well as the 500 and 5,000.
BOXING
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit alleging that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and others defamed him by falsely accusing Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The suit filed in federal court in Las Vegas further complicates efforts to reach an agreement for a proposed March 13 fight between the two boxers.
The suit asks for damages in excess of $75,000 and names Mayweather, his father, Floyd Sr., and uncle Roger Mayweather as defendants. Also named are Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Shaefer, who operate Golden Boy Promotions and are promoting Mayweather.
The lawsuit comes as last ditch talks are still ongoing to salvage the fight, which has been derailed by demands from Mayweather's camp for random blood testing of the two fighters.
GOLF
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) _ Tiger Woods had a "fat lip" but no other visible facial injuries when he met with Florida state troopers four days after the accident outside his home.
Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes told WESH-TV in Orlando on Wednesday that Woods and his attorney met with troopers on Dec. 1. Montes and other FHP officials did not immediately return several phone messages and e-mails from The Associated Press.
The meeting at an undisclosed location in Orlando came after troopers tried for three days to meet with Woods about the accident in which his sport utility vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant and tree outside his home.


Updated : 2021-05-07 00:03 GMT+08:00