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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

New Rule To Add Ejection for Intentional High Hit

Players who target and hit defenseless players above the shoulders will be ejected from games under a proposal unanimously approved by the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

Targeting will continue to be a 15-yard penalty. Committee chairman and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said Wednesday that officials, conference commissioners and coaches want the ejection tacked on to send a message that intentional helmet-to-helmet hits won't be tolerated.

If the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month, the rule will go into effect for the 2013 season.

The rules committee also simplified the blocking-below-the-waist rule. Low blocks delivered from in front of the defender in typical line play would be legal and low blocks from the side or back would not.

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Kentucky's Noel Out For Season With Torn Knee

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the injury.

The 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months.

Noel was hurt with 8 minutes left in the Wildcats' 69-52 loss to No. 7 Florida. He ran into the basket support after blocking a layup from behind. Noel landed awkwardly, dropped to the floor and started screaming while clutching his knee.

NBA

Magic F Turkoglu Banned 20 Games for Steroids

NEW YORK -- Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic was suspended for 20 games after he tested positive for steroids. He tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid.

Turkoglu will begin serving the suspension Wednesday night in Orlando's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

The 33-year-old forward from Turkey is in the third year of his second stint with the Magic. He is averaging 2.9 points, 2.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds, all down from his career numbers over the previous 12 seasons.

NASCAR

NHMS Looking For National Anthem Singers

LOUDON, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is looking for entries for its fourth annual national anthem singing competition.

The Speedway Star Search contest will be held during the FANtasy Drive Open House on Saturday, March 30.

Prospective contestants are asked to submit a recording of them singing "The Star Spangled Banner" a cappella style.

Submissions will be accepted until March 13 at 5 p.m.

A total of 15 participants will be chosen and invited to sing.

The contestants will be competing for two spots to sing either at the Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 on July 13 or the F.W. Webb 100 on Sept. 21.

TENNIS

Federer Cruises into 2nd Round in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Defending champion Roger Federer cruised into the second round of the ABN AMRO tournament on Wednesday, beating Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-1.

Federer, a two-time winner at the indoor hard court tournament, had taken a two-week break after losing a five-set semifinal to Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

Zemlja started strong, dropping only one point on his first two service games and forcing two break points on Federer's serve in the fourth game.

But Federer switched gears on the 64th-ranked Zemlja, saving both break points. He broke in the next game and again in the ninth to take the opening set.

The second set was brief, with Federer closing out the match in 58 minutes.

SAP OPEN: In San Jose, Calif., Lleyton Hewitt, the former top-ranked player looking for his first singles title in nearly three years, reached the second round of the SAP Open with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Blaz Kavcic.

Kavcic, a Slovenian, had won the first two meetings between the players.

Hewitt, ranked 118th, won the event in 2002 and reached the 2006 final. He has 28 career titles and is 14-4 in San Jose.

"You always enjoy coming back to places where you've had good success," Hewitt said. "My main focus now is Davis Cup and Grand Slams at his stage of my career. But I want to prepare as well as possible for the big tournaments. I always give 100 percent, no matter which tournament I am at."

SKIING

Virginia Man Dies in Breckenridge Skiing Accident

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. -- A Virginia man has died following a skiing accident at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Forty-five-year-old Robert Redmond of Reston died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital outside Denver. Summit County coroner Timothy Keeling said Redmond was injured after hitting a tree while skiing on the Columbia trail on Sunday. He was wearing a helmet.

His hometown wasn't available.

Redmond is at least the fifth skier to die in crashes at Colorado ski resort this winter. All but one resulted from crashes into trees.







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