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Tuesday's Sports In Brief
January 8, 2014, 3:49 am

OLYMPICS

Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars.

The 29-year-old from Vail, Colo., announced her decision Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Russia.

Her publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement that Vonn "will have surgery shortly."

In a posting on Facebook, Vonn said she is "devastated" to miss the Olympics, "but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level."

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Hockey Canada announced its 25-man hockey roster - loaded with NHL stars - for the Winter Olympics.

Superstar Sidney Crosby, who scored the gold-medal winning goal in 2010 against the U.S., will be joined up front by Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews.

Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Shea Weber will be on defense. The goaltenders are Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Mike Smith.

MOSCOW (AP) Russia began implementing stringent security measures in its southern resort of Sochi, one month before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Tens of thousands of Russian police, security agents, rescue workers and army troops are being deployed for the games, which run Feb. 7-23. Vladimir Puchkov, who heads the Emergency Situations Ministry, said all of his security units for Sochi were on duty as of Tuesday.

In addition, all vehicles were banned from the area beginning Tuesday except for those registered in Sochi or with special Olympics passes.

NEW YORK (AP) - Nancy Kerrigan will work for NBC during the Sochi Olympics, 20 years after she was the story of the 1994 Games because of the rivalry with Tonya Harding that turned violent.

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PRO FOOTBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as Miami's general manager after the Dolphins failed to reach the playoffs the past five years.

Ireland and owner Stephen Ross made a brief announcement, saying they mutually agreed to part ways. Ireland had been unpopular with fans for several years, and a late-season collapse by the team last month left his job in jeopardy.

The Dolphins, who finished 8-8, said they would conduct an immediate search for a replacement.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A person familiar with Rob Gronkowski's knee injury told The Associated Press the New England Patriots' tight end will have surgery Thursday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not made an announcement.

Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season following offseason operations on his back and left forearm. In his seventh game back, he tore the ACL and MCL on his right knee on Dec. 8 in a 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has sued the NFL, accusing it of pricing average football fans out of the Super Bowl.

Josh Finkelman, of New Brunswick, says the NFL only made 1 percent of all tickets available to the public for purchase at face value. He says that means most fans must buy their tickets on the secondary market, where they can command thousands of dollars.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino talked to Louisville about returning to coach the Cardinals.

Petrino interviewed with athletic director Tom Jurich, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Jurich is looking for a replacement for Charlie Strong, who took the Texas job over the weekend.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced a list of coaching candidates, also said Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford are among "several candidates" who have interviewed for the position.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A billionaire donor to the University of Texas says hiring Charlie Strong as football coach was like a "kick in the face."

Red McCombs has donated millions to Texas and his name is on the north side of the football stadium. He publicly lobbied for Texas to hire Jon Gruden.

Hours after Strong was introduced Monday at a campus news conference, McCombs, the former owner of the Minnesota Vikings and the San Antonio Spurs, complained to KZDC-AM in San Antonio that he was ignored in the coaching search.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was thrilled with the way Jameis Winston ran the two-minute drill to win the BCS national championship.

That wasn't the case leading up to the big game.

Fisher says he kicked the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of the final practice before the Seminoles left Florida to travel to California.

Fisher says he took issue with how Winston was performing during a two-minute drill and sent him to the locker room.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State University has to become involved in a lawsuit filed by Joe Paterno's family and others against the NCAA in order for parts of it to proceed, a state judge ruled.

The 25-page opinion by Judge John Leete delivered a mixed decision by dismissing some elements, keeping others alive and leaving the door open for an amended lawsuit to be filed.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - UTEP says it has kicked three players off the men's basketball team after they bet on at least one sporting event.

The university's executive vice president, Richard Adauto, said that officials in December received information that players may have been betting on games. The school contacted the FBI.

Adauto says three players who are no longer enrolled have been found to have taken part in gambling: Justin Crosgile, McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland.

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PRO BASKETBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played Jesus Shuttlesworth in the 1998 movie "He Got Game," says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel.

Allen will wear "J. Shuttlesworth" on the back of his Heat jersey for a number of games this season. The first is at the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, when all Miami and Brooklyn players will have nicknames in place of their usual names.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies acquired guard Courtney Lee and sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Grizzlies get Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick from Boston. The Celtics get Bayless and receive forward Ryan Gomes from Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies sent a 2014 second-round pick they'd acquired from Philadelphia in August and a 2017 second-round pick to the Thunder. Both picks going to Oklahoma City are conditional.

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PRO HOCKEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -The NHL postponed the game in Buffalo between the Sabres and Carolina because of a snowstorm in western New York.

A makeup date has not been determined.

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SKIING

VAIL, Colo. (AP) - The grandson of Vail's founder was killed and three other people were injured in an avalanche near the ski resort, authorities said.

Anthony Seibert, 24, was killed in the slide in the backcountry near Vail, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said. She said Seibert is the grandson of Peter Seibert, who along with Earl Eaton is widely credited with finding the terrain that would later become Vail Mountain.

The three others who were injured were expected to recover from their injuries. Their names weren't released.

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MEDIA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will again have a presence on national television after race organizers signed a deal with the Sportsman Channel.

The agreement announced Wednesday makes the Sportsman Channel the official network of the nearly 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome. The race, billed as the world's longest, hasn't had a network deal since 2009.

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