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Wednesday's Sports In Brief
December 19, 2013, 3:41 am

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said he regretted singling out one of his players in a postgame diatribe that went viral.

And that's about it.

Hinson said at a news conference in Carbondale, Ill., on Wednesday that he apologized to starting point guard Marcus Fillyaw for calling him "absolutely awful" in a 73-65 loss at Murray State on Tuesday night.

Hinson, however, said he wouldn't take back calling his players "uncoachable," "a bunch of mama's boys" and comparing the disciplining of his young team to housebreaking a puppy.

"If that ruffles your feathers, or ruffles somebody else's feathers, then you know what, you're going to have to deal with it," Hinson said. "And here's the other thing, I'm going to have to deal with it."

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina got senior guard Leslie McDonald back in the lineup after he missed the first nine games because of NCAA eligibility issues.

The school is hoping to find out soon whether P.J. Hairston will get to join him.

The NCAA cleared McDonald on Wednesday afternoon and he returned to the lineup a few hours later to score 15 points in an 86-83 loss to Texas. After the game, athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement the school was still working with the NCAA on Hairston's status and expected to have the matter resolved by the end of the week.

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NFL

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The suspension is the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He's the second Seahawks player to be suspended for violating the substance abuse policy this season. Fellow cornerback Walter Thurmond is serving the final week of a four-game suspension.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for his hit on Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber in the Steelers' victory over the Bengals on Sunday night.

Huber sustained a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae when Garvin decked him near midfield during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Members of the Texas search committee that helped select athletic director Steve Patterson also will assist in finding a successor to football coach Mack Brown.

The university announced an eight-member advisory panel that includes billionaire donor Robert Rowling and two current University of Texas regents. The panel will assist Patterson in his biggest decision since being hired from Arizona State in November.

Also, Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson were selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team released. Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Payton award as the top player in FCS.

NEW YORK (AP) - Forbes magazine rates Texas as the most valuable college football team in the country for the fifth straight year.

The magazine values the Longhorns at $139 million, almost 20 percent more than Notre Dame at No. 2. The Irish are valued at $117 million. Alabama rose from sixth to third at $110 million, followed by SEC West rival LSU. Michigan is fifth.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Bowling Green has hired Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers to become the Falcons' new football coach. Babers led Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record and the Football Championship Series quarterfinals this season.

SALEM, Va. (AP) - Mount Union junior quarterback Kevin Burke won the Gagliardi Trophy on as the top all-around player in NCAA Division III. Burke has led Mount Union (14-0) to a spot in the national championship game Friday night against Wisconsin-Whitewater in Salem.

SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that it is looking into recruiting allegations against an assistant football coach following a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times said Wednesday on its website that Washington and Southern California, which recently hired head coach Steve Sarkisian away from Washington, are investigating whether Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit.

The newspaper said the allegations involve Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman and shot putter at Lynnwood High School in Washington. Basham signed a letter of intent with Washington in February, but didn't qualify academically to enroll at the university.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - While the New York Yankees set another salary record, the Houston Astros had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years and the attention of the players' union.

The overall big league average rose 5.4 percent this season to a record $3.39 million, according to the annual report released by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The increase was the steepest since 2006.

The Yankees had the highest average for the 15th consecutive season at $8.17 million, breaking the mark of $7.66 million when they won the World Series in 2009. The Los Angeles Dodgers were second at $7.82 million.

ATLANTA (AP) - Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Atlanta Braves acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.

The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann's projected replacement as Atlanta's primary starter.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending Benoit passing a physical.

In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston's David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have reacquired left-hander Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox for versatile infielder Jonathan Herrera.

It was the second trade the Rockies orchestrated on Wednesday. They also picked up outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cleveland Indians for reliever Josh Outman.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Mariners have re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a $1 million, one-year contract, adding needed depth to their outfield.

MIAMI (AP) - With the addition of third baseman Casey McGehee, the Miami Marlins have replaced half of their punchless 2013 lineup. McGehee, a five-year major league veteran who played in Japan last season, agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pitcher Roberto Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies have completed a $4.5 million, one-year contract.

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OLYMPICS

TOKYO (AP) -The Tokyo governor who helped his city secure the 2020 Olympics resigned after revelations that he received 50 million yen ($480,200) from a hospital company.

Gov. Naoki Inose had come under growing pressure to step down in recent days, in particular from Japanese ruling party leaders who said the continuing scandal could affect preparations for the Summer Games.

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RACING

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a desert off-road race crash in 2010 on federally owned land in California, a lawyer said.

The crash occurred when a truck competing in the California 200 race sailed off a jump and slammed into the crowd in the Mojave Desert.

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CYCLING

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) - Olympic bronze medalist and three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers of Australia has tested positive for clenbuterol after racing in China.

The International Cycling Union said that Rogers is provisionally suspended while his national federation investigates the case.

Rogers tested positive for clenbuterol, which helps build muscle and burn fat, at the Japan Cup on Oct. 20.

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