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Top-ranked Alabama loses two players for the season

Wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart, both injured during Saturday's win over Mississippi, will undergo knee surgery, Coach Nick Saban says.

October 02, 2012|Staff and wire reports

No. 1-ranked Alabama has lost wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart for the season. Coach Nick Saban said Monday that both will undergo knee surgery after injuries sustained during Saturday's game against Mississippi game.

White has eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Hart, a top recruit in 2011 who was sidelined last season after a knee injury, was hurt after fielding a punt. His loss leaves Eddie Lacy and freshmen T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake as the only scholarship backs.

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Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer said he believes the school has sent a tape to the Big Ten office that appears to show a Michigan State player gouging at the eyes of Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins. The short clip appears to show the Spartans' Jack Allen or a teammate trying to thrust a gloved hand inside Hankins' facemask, and Hankins is trying to get his fingers inside Allen's facemask.

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Former Ohio State star Jim Stillwagon is suspected of shooting at a pickup truck on a highway ramp and later striking the driver with a handgun, causing it to fire a bullet that grazed the man's head, after a road rage incident that spanned about 14 miles, police said. Stillwagon, a college Hall of Famer who as a middle guard helped the Buckeyes win a national championship in 1968, was jailed on suspicion of felonious assault and had bond set at $350,000 in municipal court in Delaware, north of Columbus.

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Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely with an ankle injury, Coach Joker Phillips said, and freshmen Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will split duty Saturday against No. 20 Mississippi State. . . . South Florida suspended sophomore wide receiver Chris Dunkley after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery.

Hockey

Negotiations between the NHL and the players' union are scheduled to resume Tuesday in New York and to center on codifying current interpretations of what constitutes hockey-related revenues. The division of those revenues is at the heart of the labor dispute and the lockout imposed by the league on Sept. 15. The two sides talked for three consecutive days last week but focused mostly on secondary issues rather than core economic differences. Without an agreement in sight, the NHL is expected within days to cancel the Oct. 11 season opener and perhaps two weeks' worth of games beyond that.

—Helene Elliott

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson signed a one-year contract to play in the Swedish league, regardless of whether the lockout is resolved.

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Former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas says he will speak with the NCAA but doesn't think he violated the organization's rules when he purchased nearly $100,000 in diamond jewelry during his college career from 2006-2010. The purchase spawned a lawsuit by a New York jeweler and an NCAA investigation into whether he and Duke violated rules pertaining to improper benefits. . . . Utah center David Foster, a 7-foot-3 senior who is the school's all-time leader in blocked shots with 219, will undergo surgery for a broken foot, ending his college career.

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Olympic women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma filed a motion seeking to dismiss an employee discrimination lawsuit brought against him and USA Basketball by a security official. Kelly Hardwick filed the lawsuit in June, alleging that she was kept off the security detail at the London Olympics after spurning sexual advances from Auriemma during a trip to Russia in 2009.

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The opening meet of swimming's World Cup in Dubai on Tuesday will feature 200-meter mixed-gender relays for the first time. Teams will be made up of two men and two women, and it is up to them to decide the order — meaning a woman could race against a man on a given leg. The initiative will be part of all eight World Cup meets. Swimming's governing body, FINA, has said the relays could one day become an Olympic event.

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Barbara Ann Scott, who won Canada's only Olympic title in women's figure skating at the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, died at 84. Cause of death was not disclosed.

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Marius Copil upset fourth-seeded Marin Cilic, 3-6, 7-6 (0), 6-4, in the first round of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. The No. 4-seeded woman, Petra Kvitova, lost to Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 6-2. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and No. 2 Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round.

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