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Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

Determined The death of former first-round NFL draft pick Reggie Rogers has been linked to cocaine. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office in Seattle said Tuesday that Rogers’ death was due to a combination of cocaine and alcohol intoxication. Officials determined his death was accidental. Rogers was a former star at the University of Washington and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1987. His NFL career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash that killed three teenagers.

Selected Goaltender Devon Wills has become the first woman to be selected by a Major League Lacrosse team. The New York Lizards claimed Wills from the player pool. The move means Wills likely will have a chance to make the team at training camp in April.

Henrik Stenson has been selected European golfer of the year after winning the money title and the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup. Stenson is the first Swede to win the award.

Denied Alabama coach Nick Saban says “there were no talks” involving him and the Texas job. He said after the third-ranked Crimson Tide’s first practice for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma that such speculation is “kind of over.”

Hired Recently fired Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen has been hired as coach of Canada’s women’s hockey team. Dineen succeeds Dan Church, who unexpectedly resigned last week less than two months before the Sochi Olympics. Church felt there was a lack of confidence in his ability to win gold.

Returning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will play his first competitive tennis match since September against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi next week. Mubadala World Tennis Championship organizers say Murray, who had surgery for a back problem, would play at the hard-court event also featuring Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Attempting 2000 NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500.


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