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Florida's Peter Mueller says he is eager to play | NHL

Forward Peter Mueller of the Florida Panthers is eager to restart a promising NHL career that has been derailed by concussions. Mueller, 24, is a former Everett Silvertips standout.

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Hockey

Florida's Mueller

sounds ready to play

Forward Peter Mueller of the Florida Panthers is eager to restart a promising NHL career that has been derailed by concussions.

Mueller, 24, is a former standout for the Western Hockey League Everett Silvertips. He said he feels 100 percent healthy for the first time since his rookie season with Phoenix in 2007-08.

"I tell people all the time I haven't felt this clear since my first year, which is awesome," Mueller said. "I feel great on the ice and in the weight room. Just in overall health, I feel a lot better than what I'm used to ... "

Auto racing

Kenseth, Logano are moving

Nearly two months after Roush Fenway Racing officials said Matt Kenseth was leaving, the driver finally confirmed he is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season.

Kenseth will be the third driver in JGR's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series lineup that also features Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Kenseth will drive the No. 20 Toyota next year.

JGR officials wanted to keep Joey Logano, 22, but Penske Racing hired him to drive the No. 22 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series next season.

College football

Alabama leads AP media poll

Alabama moved past USC into the No. 1 position in the Associated Press media poll.

Alabama was ranked second when it routed then-No. 8 Michigan 41-14 Saturday in Arlington, Texas. USC dropped a notch to second despite beating Hawaii 49-10.

TCU suspends receiver Dawson

Texas Christian receiver Skye Dawson, who allegedly violated school policy this summer, has been suspended for Saturday's opener against Grambling State.

Media

Analyst gets 3-game ban

Allen Pinkett, Notre Dame football radio analyst, has been suspended for three games without pay after he said the team needed "criminals" to win. Pinkett, a standout running back for Notre Dame in the 1980s, already has missed last weekend's Navy game and will miss two more.

He has apologized.

In a radio interview with WSCR-AM, Pinkett said successful teams need a few bad citizens.

"I mean, that's how Ohio State used to win all the time," he said. "They would have two or three guys that were criminals. That just adds to the chemistry of the team."

Elsewhere

• Penn State's costs for legal fees, consultants and public-relations firms hired to help deal with the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal reached nearly $16.8 million through June 30.

• Eight North Dakota State football players, including four starters, face fraud charges for allegedly forging signatures on two potential ballot measures.

The players were paid $9 an hour to gather signatures to get two citizen initiatives on the ballot. Authorities say many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or made up.

• Desmonte Leonard, 22, has been indicted on capital murder charges in the killing of two former Auburn football players — Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips — and a third person at a pool party June 9. Current Auburn player Eric Mack was among the wounded.

• Ex-Montana running back Beau Donaldson, 23, plans to plead guilty to sexual intercourse without consent after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, his attorney said. Defense attorney Milt Datsopolous' announcement came after a court hearing in which he and prosecutors confirmed the plea deal.

Prosecutors said Donaldson raped a female acquaintance while she slept on his couch after drinking alcohol at a party in September 2010.

• WNBA-leading Minnesota beat visiting Los Angeles 88-77. Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus scored 23 points each for the defending champion Lynx, who have won nine in a row.

In another WNBA game, Tina Charles collected 20 points and 13 rebounds as Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut beat host Washington 77-70.

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