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Johnny Manziel declares for draft

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft Wednesday after two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference.


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College football

Manziel declares for draft

Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft Wednesday after two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference.

Some NFL draft analysts have Manziel ranked as high as the third overall pick in mock drafts.

Also committing Wednesday to the draft were Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III and Indiana receiver Cody Latimer.

Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino has accepted an offer to return to Louisville as coach, a move the Cardinals could make official Thursday.

He replaces Charlie Strong, who accepted the Texas job over the weekend.

Petrino, 52, returns to the school he led to a 41-9 record from 2003 to 2006 before leaving to coach the Atlanta Falcons.

Nussmeier to Michigan

Michigan will hire Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator to replace the fired Al Borges, ESPN reported.

Nussmeier has spent the past two seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was an early candidate for Washington’s head-coaching job after Steve Sarkisian left for USC. Nussmeier is a former offensive coordinator at UW.

The attorney for the woman who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Florida State quarterback and the Tallahassee Police Department.

“I want heads to roll,” Patricia Carroll, the accuser’s attorney, told ABC News.

Winston was accused of raping a former female Florida State student in December 2012. State attorney Willie Meggs opted not press charges against Winston in December, stating there was a lack of evidence to support the charge and there was not a reasonable chance of conviction.

Winston on Wednesday won the Manning Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback.

California demoted defensive coordinator Andy Buh to a position coach after the Golden Bears were one of the nation’s worst defenses last season. Coach Sonny Dykes also announced defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks and defensive-backs coach Randy Stewart will not return.

Arizona State to name AD

Former NFL executive Ray Anderson will be named Arizona State athletic director, replacing Steve Patterson, who took the job at Texas.

Baseball

Mattingly deal finalized

Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016.

Motor sports

Police: Speed not factor in Schumacher’s accident

French police officials said speed was “not an important element” of their investigation into the Dec. 29 skiing accident in which Michael Schumacher, the most successful Formula One driver in history, suffered serious head injuries.

A review of video footage recorded by a camera attached to Schumacher’s helmet appeared to show “completely normal behavior by a good skier on this (ungroomed) terrain,” said prosecutor Patrick Quincy.

Soccer

Messi scores 2 goals in return

Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from a two-month layoff caused by a leg injury, helping Barcelona beat Getafe 4-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey’s fifth round.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, a recently retired midfielder who made 52 appearances for the German national team, helped Stuttgart capture the Bundesliga championship in 2007 and played for prominent teams in Germany, England and Italy, made perhaps the biggest news of his career by coming out as a homosexual.

Hitzlsperger, 31, said he timed his decision to the Winter Olympics in Russia, a country with much criticized anti-gay laws, and in doing so became the first prominent soccer player in Germany to come out as gay.

Golf

LPGA adds points race

The LPGA and one of its title sponsors, the CME Group, unveiled a seasonlong points race called the Race to the CME Globe, with a $1 million bonus, the largest in women’s golf, to be awarded at the season-ending Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., on Nov. 20-23.

ELSEWHERE

• Police believe former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was in an SUV when someone inside shot two people to death in Boston in 2012, according to a search warrant filed in Connecticut.

• The father of Ohio State’s Noah Spence said his son unknowingly ingested the drug ecstasy and that the Big Ten unjustly suspended the sophomore defensive end.

• Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were made the top seeds at the Australian Open, which begins Monday in Melbourne.

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