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Havelange doctors trying to control infection

Mar 21, 2012

By TALES AZZONI, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former FIFA president and IOC member Joao Havelange is still being treated with antibiotics to fight a serious infection in his right ankle, but the Brazilian football federation said his condition improved slightly on Wednesday.

The Samaritano ...

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Saints coach suspended for season over bounties

Mar 21, 2012

By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press

Meting out unprecedented punishment for a crush-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team's former defensive coordinator,

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Venus wins in first match back

Mar 21, 2012

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Venus Williams won in her first singles match since August, dispatching Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-3 at the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday.

She beamed wide, raised her arms in victory, then skipped to the net to shake's Date-Krumm's hand before twirling around and pumping ...

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Shaka Smart staying at VCU; Illini search moves on

Mar 21, 2012

By DAVID MERCER, Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth basketball coach Shaka Smart on Wednesday ended speculation that he might take the open job at Illinois by announcing that he'll stay with the Rams.

The decision by the young coach was cause for celebration among VCU ...

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Marshall injury stirs memories of 1984 at UNC

Mar 21, 2012

By AARON BEARD, Associated Press

North Carolina is reliving a 28-year-old nightmare.

In 1984, the Tar Heels began the year favored to win the national basketball championship — but their point guard broke his wrist.

Fast forward to 2012, and point guard Kendall Marshall could be out with a ...

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UNC's Marshall out of cast after wrist surgery

Mar 21, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall is out of his cast following surgery on his broken right wrist.

In a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Marshall's father Dennis said his son is wearing a removable splint now. Marshall said on Twitter he had shed ...

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Williams accepts punishment, apologizes

Mar 21, 2012

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is apologizing to the NFL, to St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams organization and football fans in general for running a bounty pool while he was in New Orleans.

Williams was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday by the NFL, and the Rams ...

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Alex Smith signs three-year deal with 49ers

Mar 21, 2012

By JANIE McCAULEY, Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — No hard feelings on Alex Smith's part that the San Francisco 49ers pursued Peyton Manning.

In the end, Smith is right back where he expected to be all along — with the only franchise he has ever known.

The free agent quarterback ...

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Iowa State star forward Royce White to go pro

Mar 21, 2012

By LUKE MEREDITH, Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State sophomore forward Royce White says he's leaving the school after playing one season and declaring for the NBA draft.

White, the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year, said at a news conference Wednesday that he intended to sign with an agent ...

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Charlotte waives veteran forward Boris Diaw

Mar 21, 2012

By STEVE REED, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Boris Diaw got his wish — he's out of Charlotte.

The Bobcats announced Wednesday they've waived the veteran forward.

Diaw's agent said Wednesday morning that his client reached an agreement on a contract buyout that will allow him to sign ...

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Cardinals ace Carpenter has setback in recovery

Mar 21, 2012

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter won't start opening day after a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck.

The right-hander returned to St. Louis on Tuesday for tests. He threw live batting practice Sunday but didn't feel right the next day.

"He looked really good ...

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IndyCar to race for 1st time since Wheldon's death

Mar 21, 2012

By JENNA FRYER, Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The last time IndyCar was on the track as a series, the drivers tearfully turned five laps in tribute of fallen friend Dan Wheldon.

Now, Sunday's season opener is practically a tribute race.

The drivers will compete for the first time ...

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Saudi female sports pundit to carry Olympic flame

Mar 21, 2012

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi Arabian female sports commentator in the ultraconservative Muslim country says she will be one of the 8,000 people who will carry the Olympic flame for the 2012 London Games.

Reema Abdullah said Wednesday she was notified by London organizers of her role ...

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Work restarts at World Cup stadium after 8 months

Mar 21, 2012

SAO PAULO (AP) — Construction has restarted at Beira-Rio Stadium in southern Brazil following an eight-month stoppage after a deal was reached securing financial guarantees to renovate the venue in time for the 2014 World Cup.

Bulldozers and workers were back at the construction site in Porto ...

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UEFA gets lawmakers' support to curb club spending

Mar 21, 2012

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini won the support of the European Union's executive office on Wednesday to legally protect his plans to curb excessive spending by top soccer clubs.

UEFA and the European Commission reached agreement that Platini's ...

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Doctor: Muamba 'in effect' dead for 78 minutes

Mar 21, 2012

By ROB HARRIS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Fabrice Muamba's heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes and "in effect, he was dead in that time," Bolton's team doctor said Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday after ...

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Volvo Ocean Race sailor overcomes popped shoulder

Mar 21, 2012

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A sailor onboard American boat Puma returned to the deck on Wednesday after his dislocated shoulder was put back in place by teammates during the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race heading toward Itajai, Brazil.

With American crew member Casey Smith already below deck ...

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FIFA posts World Cup action on new YouTube channel

Mar 21, 2012

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has increased its use of social media by launching a YouTube channel showing free highlights from some World Cup matches.

FIFA says it will add features on preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, streaming live media events and other international tournament matches.

The ...

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Magnussen adds 50 freestyle to his 100 trials win

Mar 21, 2012

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — James Magnussen completed the sprint freestyle double at Australia's Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday, winning the 50 meters two days after he captured the 100.

Magnussen finished the 50 21.74 seconds, less than a second outside Brazilian Cesar Cielo's world mark of ...

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Some new faces join old-timers in women's Sweet 16

Mar 21, 2012

By DOUG FEINBERG, Associated Press

The 16 teams left standing in the NCAA women's tournament include many of the usual suspects and a few surprises too.

Brittney Griner and her undefeated Baylor Lady Bears slammed their way through the first two rounds. So did Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies, who ...

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