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Selected Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton was selected Wednesday as the winner of the Manning Award. The award, in its seventh year, is voted on by a panel of national media and presented by Sugar Bowl organizers to the top quarterback in the nation. In his lone season at Auburn, Newton led the Tigers to a 14-0 season that ended with a victory over Oregon in the BCS national championship game.

Apologized Kentucky coach John Calipari apologized for his profanity-laced tirade toward freshman Terrence Jones. Calipari apologized on his Twitter and Facebook pages after cameras caught him cursing Jones Tuesday night during Kentucky’s 68-66 loss. Calipari says he “got caught up in the emotion of the game,” but added that it isn’t an excuse.

Announced The Minnesota Vikings announced the primary assistants to new coach Leslie Frazier, including Mike Singletary as special assistant to the head coach/linebackers coach. The Vikings also announced that Bill Musgrave will be the offensive coordinator, Mike Priefer the special teams coordinator and Fred Pagac will remain on the staff as defensive coordinator.

• A day after hiring Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams announced that quarterbacks coach Dick Curl is retiring. McDaniels will replace Pat Shurmur, who was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Created The woman who owned Secretariat has created an award to be given annually to the horse whose popularity and racing excellence resonates most with the American public. Penny Chenery said the inaugural winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award ” will be given to Zenyatta, who had a 19-1 record before retiring in November. Zenyatta won the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year on Monday.

Wanted Former NHL player Mike Danton says he wants to return to the NHL more than five years after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the Unites States. Danton’s parole ends Friday. That will lift his travel restrictions and free him of regular checks with corrections officials. He was released from a U.S. prison in March 2009 following his 2004 conviction in a failed murder-for-hire plot. Danton played in the NHL with St. Louis and New Jersey. He now plays for the Saint Mary’s Huskies in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Retired University of North Carolina product Carey Talley retired after 13 seasons in Major League Soccer. The defender and midfielder made the decision months after ending his final season with the New York Red Bulls.


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