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Awarded Texas Rangers announcer Eric Nadel won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting on Wednesday. Nadel has been with Texas for the past 35 years, including the last 19 as the lead radio voice. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame awards presentation July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Hired Former General Motors executive Brent Dewar was hired as chief operating officer of NASCAR. Steve Phelps and Steve O’Donnell were also promoted to executive vice presidents. General counsel Gary Crotty was elevated to chief legal officer.

Enlisted Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has enlisted the help of Michael Chang as he looks to break into the top 10 in 2014. Chang will join Nishikori’s staff as an advisory coach for 17-20 weeks, Nishikori’s management team announced.

Announced Skiier Lindsey Vonn will skip this weekend’s World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill at Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21. Vonn returned to competition at Lake Louise, Alberta, last week, 10 months after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in that leg during a crash at the world championships.

• The NCAA women’s basketball regionals are going back to neutral sites in 2015, the championship committee announced. The first two rounds will still be played on campus sites.

Retired New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis retired after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Reis, who spent the past 11 season wit hteh Revolution, is a four-time MLS all-star.

Hired Eastern Michigan has hired Chris Creighton as football coach. Creighton was 44-22 in six seasons at Drake. Drake quickly replaced Creighton, promoting assistant Rick Fox to head coach. Creighton replaces Ron English, who was fired last month.



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