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Wed., Jan. 25, 2012

Selected Rookies Cam Newton and Andy Dalton are headed to Honolulu for the NFL Pro Bowl. The rookies have been chosen to replace Super Bowl quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady for Sunday’s game matching the NFC against the AFC. There were several replacements, along with two long snappers added Tuesday. Seven of the players are filling in for Patriots, two are replacing Giants. Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers steps in for Jason Pierre Paul. The players stepping in for New England’s Pro Bowlers include tight end Jermaine Gresham (for Rob Gronkowski) of Cincinnati, Jets guard Brandon Moore (for Logan Mankins), Jacksonville special teamer Montell Owens (for Matthew Slater), Baltimore guard Ben Grubbs (for Brian Waters), San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson (for Wes Welker) and Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (for Vince Wilfork). Also chosen as replacements Tuesday were Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (for San Francisco’s Frank Gore (illness) and Miami defensive tackle Paul Soliai (for Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata). The long snappers are Oakland’s Jon Condo and San Francisco’s Brian Jennings.

Approved The University of Oklahoma board of regents approved a three-year contract for Mike Stoops that will pay him $600,000 annually to be the defensive coordinator for the Sooners.

• Coach Butch Jones received a three-year contract extension and a raise for leading Cincinnati to a share of the Big East title and a victory over Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl. The extension runs through the 2017 season and includes raises that will bring his annual salary to $2.05 million by 2017.

Reinstated The suspension of Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele and 34 others has been lifted, clearing the way for the Ethiopian great to run at the London Games. The athletes were suspended last week for not reporting for an early pre-Olympic camp. Bekele won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics and holds the world record in both events.


 

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