SATURDAY, JAN. 15, 2011

Recalled Former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Spurgeon was recalled Friday by the NHL’s Minnesota Wild for the third time this season.

Suspended Toronto right winger Mike Brown was suspended for three games for a shoulder hit to the head on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski in the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 road loss Thursday night.

• Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O’Brien was suspended two games by the NHL for a high-sticking incident against Florida’s Stephen Weiss in a 3-2 Panthers win Thursday night.

Granted The NBA granted a disabled player salary exception to the Houston Rockets in the wake of Yao Ming’s latest season-ending injury. Yao underwent surgery on Jan. 6 to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. The disabled player exception allows the Rockets to acquire a free agent or trade for a player without having to match salaries (up to $5.765 million).

Withdrawn A West Virginia basketball spokesman said suspended guard Noah Cottrill left the school. Bryan Messerly said that the 6-foot-1 freshman withdrew from classes this semester. Cottrill never played for West Virginia after being suspended in October by coach Bob Huggins for conduct “unbecoming of a Mountaineer.”

Pleaded Former Kansas assistant athletic director Rodney Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a $2 million ticket-scalping scheme that brought down seven former university employees.

• The man accused of fatally stabbing University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard in 2009 pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter. John Lomax III, who had faced a murder charge, entered his plea to the lesser charge in Superior Court in Vernon, Conn.

Drafted University of California and U.S. national team forward Alex Morgan was drafted first in the Women’s Professional Soccer draft in Baltimore by the Western New York Flash.

Received Studies commissioned by the United States Postal Service estimated the agency received at least three times the value of the $32 million spent sponsoring Lance Armstrong’s cycling teams. Reports by a pair of marketing firms covering 2001-2004 state the USPS received $103.6 million in domestic value from sponsoring the Armstrong-led teams.


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