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Wed., April 18, 2012

Withdrew Masters champion Bubba Watson withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Watson told tournament officials Tuesday that he needs to spend time with his family after the tournament in New Orleans next week, where he will defend his title. The Wells Fargo Championship is May 3-6, with The Players Championship the following week. He says that would be three weeks away from his wife and newly adopted son.

Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew is skipping the team’s voluntary orientation for veterans in what could be a contract dispute. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing last season, gaining 1,606 yards for the league’s worst offense. The All-Pro back has two years remaining on a five-year deal worth $31 million that he signed in 2009.

Penalized IndyCar drive Graham Rahal was placed on probation for six races for his role in an accident with Marco Andretti. Reviews showed Rahal was guilty of blocking and initiating avoidable contact Sunday on Lap 22 in Long Beach, Calif.

Signed Linebacker Gary Guyton signed with the Miami Dolphins after spending the past four seasons with New England. He started 32 games for the Patriots. Veteran receiver Legedu Naanee signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins. Last year with Carolina, Naanee started 10 games and had 44 catches for 467 yards, all career highs.

• The New York Giants re-signed middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, a key to their run to last season’s Super Bowl title.

Hired Bucknell hired University of Chicago coach Aaron Roussell to take over the Bison women’s basketball team. Roussell spent the last eight years at Division III Chicago.

• Bowling Green elevated associate head coach Jennifer Roos to take over the women’s basketball program. Roos has been on the Falcons staff for the past 11 years and had been the top assistant to Curt Miller for the last eight. Miller left to take the head coaching job at Indiana last month.

Died Longtime sportscaster Dom Valentino, who once called games for the Yankees, Nets and Islanders in the same year, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 83.


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