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Thursday's Sports In Brief
October 25, 2013, 3:41 am

PRO FOOTBALL

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brett Favre dismissed the possibility of returning to the NFL with St. Louis, and Rams coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure the quarterback out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Bradford.

Favre told Washington sports station WSPZ-AM he doesn't feel physically able to compete and expressed fear that he has been affected by concussions.

"It's flattering, but you know there's no way I'm going to do that," Favre said.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning returned to practice after the Broncos held him out a day earlier because of a minor ankle injury he sustained in Denver's loss at Indianapolis last weekend.

It was his first skipped practice since joining the Broncos 19 months ago, the result of the pounding he took in his homecoming at Indianapolis last weekend along with the coaches' desire to give him a day's rest as the midpoint of the season approaches.

MIAMI (AP) - A man on trial in the slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor admitted to breaking into the NFL player's home, kicking down the bedroom door and shooting Taylor, and drew a detailed diagram of the house, labeling himself as the shooter, according to a videotaped confession played for the jury.

LONDON (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series.

The NFL will hold three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders as the designated home teams.

The lineup: Cowboys vs. Jaguars, Lions vs. Falcons, and Dolphins vs. Raiders.

Dates are to be determined.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts judge set bail at $15,000 cash with conditions for a cousin of Aaron Hernandez who faces two charges in connection with the murder case against the former New England Patriots tight end.

Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley argued in Fall River Superior Court for $100,000 cash bail for Tanya Singleton, who has pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors allege she helped Hernandez's "right-hand man" Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after the killing in June of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A protracted fight over the name and logo of football's Washington Redskins prompted a request that Minnesota stadium officials take special steps when the team comes to town next month for a nationally televised game.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota appealed for operators of the Metrodome to refrain from using the name and imagery and asked that media outlets do the same. Executive Director Chuck Samuelson called the Redskins name offensive and hurtful to Native Americans, some of whom have made similar requests.

The Vikings host the Redskins on Nov. 7 for a game that will air from coast-to-coast on cable's NFL Network.

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NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - College athletes are graduating at an all-time high rate, the NCAA said.

Eighty-two percent of athletes in the 2006-07 freshman class earned a diploma within six years, up one percentage point from the 2005-06 class. That matched a record.

Graduation rates over the four-year measure, which covers freshmen who entered school between 2003-04 and 2006-07, hit 81 percent, also a one percentage point increase and another record, the NCAA said.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A majority-female officiating crew worked a college football game in an apparent first.

The four women were part of the seven-person crew for the Division II game between Miles and Lane. The Southern Intercollege Athletic Conference is billing it as the first time it's happened in an NCAA game.

It was significant enough that the NFL's director of officiating David Coleman and other league officials attended the game.

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Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, who left the second-ranked Ducks earlier this month following a one-game suspension for violating team rules, was in custody after his arrest on drug-related charges in Eugene.

The sheriff's office said in a statement that Lyerla was observed by a drug investigation unit snorting a white powdery substance while sitting in a parked car Wednesday. The 20-year-old Lyerla was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer.

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BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Ray Davis will succeed Nolan Ryan as the controlling owner of the Texas Rangers.

Ryan, a Hall of Fame pitcher, said Oct. 17 he is resigning effective at the end of the month and will sell his ownership stake to Davis and Bob Simpson, the team's co-chairmen. Major League Baseball requires each team to have a designated control person, and Davis will be approved, likely when MLB owners meet Nov. 14 at Orlando, Fla.

"It hasn't been quite determined, but he will be the control person," Selig said before Game 2 of the World Series.

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PRO HOCKEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott was suspended indefinitely by the NHL.

And teammate Patrick Kaleta's appeal to reduce his 10-game suspension was denied by league Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Scott was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing for a blindside hit to the head that leveled Boston Bruins forward Lou Eriksson in Buffalo's 5-2 loss a day earlier. Eriksson will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss at least four weeks after he has another procedure on his surgically repaired hip to clear up an infection.

The Predators announced that Rinne was set for arthroscopic surgery later in the day. Rinne had surgery on his left hip May 9 and recovered in time to start the season. General manager David Poile said Rinne felt something was wrong Tuesday night after the Predators returned from Minnesota.

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BOXING

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Vitali Klitschko, a heavyweight boxing champion and top Ukrainian opposition leader, says he will run for the ex-Soviet nation's presidency in 2015.

The 42-year-old was elected to parliament last fall as the head of his pro-Western party Udar ("Punch" in English). Since then, Klitschko, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, has campaigned against what he calls authoritarian moves by President Viktor Yanukovych.

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