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Dismissed Four Alabama football players arrested after two robberies on campus have been dismissed from the team. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway “are no longer associated with the football program.” Williams confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back. He said Pettway and Hayes watched him commit another robbery from a nearby vehicle about an hour later. Hayes also confessed.

Out The Vancouver Canucks said that Ryan Kesler will be out for up to six weeks because of a broken right foot. Kesler has 154 goals and 188 assists in 568 NHL career games, all with the Canucks.

• The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 24 and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot.

• The New York Knicks say new X-rays of Rasheed Wallace’s left foot show a broken bone, and he is expected to miss another eight weeks. The 38-year-old forward will have surgery this week, a damaging blow for a team that has missed his play off the bench.

Agreed The New York Giants have agreed to a five-year deal with left tackle Will Beatty, who could have become a free agent. Beatty is entering his fifth season with the Giants.

Announced D.C. United announced that designated player Hamdi Salihi will not return this season. The Albanian forward has not been in United’s plans since a disappointing 2012 in which he started only 10 games and scored six goals in his only season with the club.

• Lowe’s Companies Inc. has extended its contract as primary sponsor of Jimmie Johnson through the 2015 NASCAR season. The partnership with Lowe’s began in 2001. Johnson has won 61 races.

Banned FIFA has banned 74 more officials and players from world soccer for helping fix matches, this time in Italy and South Korea. Earlier this week, FIFA banned 58 people found guilty of match-fixing offenses in China.


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