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Wednesday's Sports In Brief
September 26, 2013, 4:35 am

AMERICA'S CUP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.

All but defeated a week ago, the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA was docked two points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas and had to win 11 races to keep the Auld Mug.

Team New Zealand had the lead the first time the boats crossed on opposite tacks. By the time they crossed again, the American boat - with only one American on its 11-man crew - had the lead.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Three days after losing its starting quarterback, No. 20 Florida lost its best defensive player.

The Gators will be without disruptive defensive tackle Dominique Easley for the remainder of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during practice on a soggy field Tuesday.

Coach Will Muschamp confirmed the news, but after first saying Easley "tweaked" his knee and added "we think he'll be fine."

Easley, though, made it clear on his Twitter page that he was done for the year.

NEW YORK (AP) - Members of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that starts next year will likely be chosen before the end of this regular season.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a phone interview that conference commissioners working on the selection committee have more vetting to do before the panel is set. Hancock declined to say whether any the commissioners have had any outside help with the vetting process of potential committee members.

The panel will be similar to the one that selects the NCAA basketball tournament. The commissioners have said it will have 12 to 18 members. Hancock said the finally number will probably be closer to the low end of that range.

PRO FOOTBALL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Less than five seasons after declaring Josh Freeman was the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the struggling franchise is tying its hopes to another rookie quarterback.

Coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman in favor of untested Mike Glennon, two days after insisting the former first-round draft pick remained the starter because he gave the Bucs the best chance to win.

Schiano said several times Glennon now gives the Bucs the best chance to win.

The coach said he changed his mind after meeting Tuesday with general manager Mark Dominik, and later discussing the situation with ownership - which signed off on the move.

The winless Bucs have lost their first three games, two on field goals in the closing seconds. Freeman has completed just 45.7 percent of his passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Reggie Bush gave the Detroit Lions a welcome dose of good news.

The speedy running back said he will play against the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears on Sunday, a week after missing a game with a banged up knee.

Bush made it through the entire practice, a little more than 24 hours after it was announced that Nate Burleson, Detroit's No. 2 receiver, needs surgery after breaking an arm in a car accident. There is no timeline on his return.

Detroit (2-1) can move into a first-place tie in the division if it can hand the Bears (3-0) their first loss on Sunday at Ford Field.

Bush didn't practice last week until Friday, when he participated on a limited basis, and he was inactive for Sunday's win at Washington.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The National Athletic Trainers Association wants colleges to start treating the mental health of college athletes just as seriously as they do physical well-being.

The organization outlined a set of broad guidelines that it believes should be adopted in an effort to help athletes cope with everything from depression to suicidal thoughts. The recommendations include using athletic trainers and team physicians to help with early detection of potential mental illnesses, provide advice and make treatment referrals while maintaining patient confidentiality.

Those who have dealt with mental illnesses say it's overdue.

NATA believes athletes are more likely to confide in trainers and team physicians than coaches or peers.

PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The Knicks and Nets are working together to split the NBA All-Star weekend in New York City in 2015.

The game will be played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.The announcement completes about two years of planning, an idea brought to the teams by the league to share the three-day weekend.

The league last split sites for its midseason showcase in 2010, when the Saturday events were in the Dallas Mavericks' arena and the game was held at the Cowboys' stadium.

The game was last held at Madison Square Garden in 1998 in what turned out to be Michael Jordan's final All-Star appearance with the Bulls and Kobe Bryant's first overall.

With two state-of-the-art venues after the construction of Barclays Center and a three-year renovation project at the Garden, the league saw the opportunity to show off two of its best arenas in what it's touting as a weeklong celebration of basketball.

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