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Report: Oregon's NCAA case likely heading to hearing

Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that Oregon is likely headed toward a hearing with the NCAA committee on infractions after it couldn't resolve...

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Report: Oregon's NCAA case likely heading to hearing

Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that Oregon is likely headed toward a hearing with the NCAA committee on infractions after it couldn't resolve an investigation of the coaching staff's use of a scouting service.

The NCAA investigated Oregon after questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. Lyles had a relationship with a player from Texas who committed to Oregon.

In July 2011, Lyles told Yahoo Sports the money was for influencing recruits to attend Oregon.

Earlier this year, Oregon requested a summary disposition in the case. The school presented a report to the infractions committee outlining violations the school believed occurred and appropriate sanctions. But that request was apparently turned down.

Stanford's Shaw gets extension

Any speculation David Shaw could be the latest Stanford coach to jump to the NFL is over — at least for now. Shaw agreed to a "long-term contract extension" that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years left on his remaining deal. Exact terms of the contract, including the years, were not announced by the school.

Shaw has won back-to-back Pac-12 coach-of-the-year awards since taking over for Jim Harbaugh, who left for the NFL.

Kelly AP coach of the year

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has been voted Associated Press coach of the year after leading the Fighting Irish to a spot in the BCS championship game.

Kelly received 25 votes from the AP college football poll panel. Penn State's Bill O'Brien was second with 14 votes.

O'Brien, however, was named coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.

Coach nearly suspended

Twitter messages sent to high-school players in February violated NCAA rules and nearly resulted in a one-game suspension for Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The NCAA initially wanted to suspend Norvell for one game but the university successfully appealed. Oklahoma learned of the NCAA's decision not to suspend Norvell on Dec. 4, about a month before the Cotton Bowl game between the 12th-ranked Sooners and No. 10 Texas A&M.

Men plead guilty to assault

Two of the three men accused of assaulting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball last summer in Madison pleaded guilty to battery charges, but both were given a chance to avoid prison. Wendell J. Venerable, 21, and Robert A. Wilks, 22, were placed in a first-offenders program.

Baseball

Ichiro finalizes N.Y. deal

The New York Yankees and former Mariners star Ichiro officially agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal. Ichiro, 39, will most likely become part of a platoon in right field as the Yankees look to replace free-agent Nick Swisher, who was expected to sign elsewhere.

"I believe the Yankees organization appreciates that there is a difference between a 39-year-old who has played relying only on talent and a 39-year-old who has prepared, practiced and thought thoroughly through many experiences for their craft," Ichiro said.

NHL

Fehr says players waiting for league to resume talks

Union chief Donald Fehr said the players association is ready to get back to the bargaining table any time. He said he is now waiting for the NHL to feel the same way.

There have been no bargaining sessions between the sides since Dec. 6 in New York, when talks broke down. They also met with a U.S. federal mediator for two days in New Jersey last week and reported no progress. Since then there has been only limited contact, including a brief email exchange Wednesday.

The NHL believes that negotiations should resume only when there is something new to say.

Colleges

UT-Pan American joins WAC

The University of Texas-Pan American has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference starting in July 2013. All 14 of the school's sports programs will compete in the conference. Seattle University competes in the WAC.

Elsewhere

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won the women's giant slalom World Cup ski race in Are, Sweden, breaking Slovenian Tina Maze's four-race winning streak. Austrian Anna Fenninger was second and Maze third.

Fanny Smith of Switzerland extended her perfect start to the season with a third straight win in World Cup ski cross, and countryman Armin Niederer won the men's event in Val Thorens, France.

• Junior quarterback Will Grier, who threw for a national-record 837 yards and had 10 TD passes in a 104-80 North Carolina state playoff win last month, has committed to Florida.

• Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Serena Williams dropped out of an exhibition event in Thailand this month after having minor surgery on her toes.

Jeff Francis completed a $1.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Colorado Rockies, a deal that allows the 31-year-old left-hander to double his income if he pitches 210 innings.

Juan Mata tied the score two minutes into the second half and Chelsea went on to rout host Leeds 5-1 for a berth in the semifinals of the English League Cup.

Mario Goetze scored his first professional hat trick to lead defending champ Borussia Dortmund over Hannover 5-1 and into a German Cup quarterfinal at Bayern Munich.

Rory McIlroy was the near-unanimous choice as the best male player by the Golf Writers Association of America.

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