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December 26, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to start at quarterback for Green Bay in a winner-take-all game at Chicago on Sunday. Rodgers missed the Packers' last seven games after suffering a fractured collarbone in a Nov. 4 loss to the Bears. The winner of Green Bay-Chicago will be the NFC North champion, while the loser is eliminated from postseason contention. Packers Coach Mike McCarthy announced the Rodgers decision during his regular Thursday news conference. "Aaron Rodgers is our starting quarterback," he said.
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December 24, 2013 | by Houston Mitchell
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was named the Associated Press national college football player of the year on Monday. Winston received 49 out of 56 votes cast by AP Top 25 college football poll voters. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished second with three votes. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron got two votes. Boston College running back Andre Williams and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard each received one vote. Winston is the first Florida State player to win the award, which has been handed out since 1998, and the first from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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December 14, 2013 | By Brendan Sonnone
  NEW YORK -- From the first snap, the season has belonged to Jameis Winston. Now the 2013 Heisman Trophy does as well. Winston, Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback, has proven to be college football's most consistent and dynamic signal caller this season. From his efficient debut against Pittsburgh to his elite performance on the road against Clemson, Winston never crumbled under pressure. Thanks to his poise, leadership and superior skills, Winston became the third Seminoles player and second redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
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December 7, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Authorities can test a driver's blood to see if the person's mind is too impaired by alcohol to hit the road. But sports officials lack a similar test to check when a football player is too concussed to be on the field. Arizona State players, in action Saturday night against Stanford in the Pac-12 championship, have been season-long guinea pigs in an effort to develop a test. The blood, saliva and urine of 36 players has been regularly collected since the preseason. All of the players, most of whom are starters, volunteered.
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December 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
An early sign that something big was happening within the USC football program came Monday morning when interim football Coach Ed Orgeron informed Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons in an 8:17 a.m. email that he would have to cancel his scheduled speaking engagement at the Southern Section championship luncheon because of "mitigating circumstances. " Later, Simmons announced to the audience of players and coaches that Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian had been hired as USC's new coach . Players were already getting text messages en masse.
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November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
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November 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jordan Walker, the injured Corona Santiago football player, remains in critical condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Sunday night. Coach Jeff Steinberg tweeted, "He is now off the ventilator & breathing on his own. The power of prayer and positive thoughts work!" Walker, a junior linebacker, suffered a spinal injury on Friday night in a playoff game against Upland. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The L.A. County District Attorney's office has not made a decision yet on whether to file charges against UCLA offensive lineman Torian White, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. White was taken into custody early Sunday at an apartment complex on Glenrock Avenue near UCLA after campus police responded to a call about 3 a.m. of a disturbance there, officials said. Prosecutors received the case from UCLA police but said further investigation would be needed, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
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November 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There was something strange happening Friday night during the Chaminade-Morningside Western Division football playoff opener. Chaminade players were sending out tweets via Twitter in the middle of the game. I'm thinking, how did the players get access to their phones during the game? As it turns out, Coach Ed Croson pulled his starters in the second quarter of the 71-8 victory and allowed them to shower at halftime and return for the second half in street clothes. So that explained all the tweets.
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October 24, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A man who swindled about $3 million from San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison, authorities said. Michael A. Stern, 53, who pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in January, was also ordered to pay Freeney about $2.6 million in restitution, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday. Stern appeared in a Los Angeles federal courtroom before U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson. After falsely presenting himself as a successful businessman who could partner with Freeney as an investor in a Hollywood restaurant that Freeney owned, Stern fraudulently accessed several accounts tied to the football player, the IRS said in a news release.
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