Revealed Star University of Iowa running back Marcus Coker played the final five games of the regular football season while police were investigating an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman, authorities acknowledged Wednesday. Weeks after authorities decided not to pursue the case, the 19-year-old sophomore was suspended. And this week, he abruptly left the program. No charges were filed and the case was dropped after the woman decided not to pursue the matter criminally. The prosecutor in the case said police investigative reports were shared with Iowa officials so they could conduct an internal disciplinary investigation into Coker. An Iowa City police official said Iowa’s athletic department was informed of the investigation on Oct. 28, the morning police were sent to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to meet with an alleged victim. A police incident report first obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen says the woman told police Coker assaulted her at his residence at about 1:15 a.m. The day after the report, Coker ran for 252 yards in Iowa’s 22-21 loss at Minnesota.
Signed Injured first baseman Kendrys Morales and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,975,000, avoiding salary arbitration. Morales hasn’t played since breaking his left ankle while jumping on home plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam May 29, 2010.
• Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a two-year contract worth approximately $8.3 million after he became one of the team’s most reliable starters and an unlikely All-Star last season. The 34-year-old right-hander, who had been eligible for arbitration, set a career high for wins while going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA in 30 games, 28 starts.
• PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem received a four-year contract extension, keeping him in charge of golf’s biggest tour through 2016. Finchem has been commissioner since 1994.
Awarded Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is the recipient of the Bart Starr Award, which honors an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.
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