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Retired UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball coach Kathy Gregory, whose 882 wins are fifth-most in NCAA Division I history, retired on Monday after 38 years as the only person to hold that job in school history. Gregory guided the Gauchos to NCAA final- eight appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000, and final 16 berths in 1998 and 2002. Her teams reached 27 NCAA tournaments. She was a seven-time Big West Conference coach of the year. In 2002, the Gauchos had a school-record 23-match winning streak, went 18-0 in league play and finished with a 30-3 overall record, the best in UCSB history. Under Gregory, 13 UCSB players earned All-America honors.

Declared Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood announced he is entering the NFL draft, deciding against returning for a final year of eligibility. He rushed for 2,447 yards on 450 carries in three seasons for the Irish, finishing seventh on Notre Dame’s all-time list. His 5.4 yards-per-carry is the most for any Irish back with that many carries. His best season was in 2011, when he led the Irish with 1,102 yards rushing on 217 carries. He rushed for a career-high 191 yards in a game against Purdue in 2011.

Returned TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has completed substance abuse rehabilitation and returned to the team. Coach Gary Patterson said Pachall took part in team meetings Sunday, a day before school resumed.

Signed Reliever J.J. Putz has agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014. Arizona exercised Putz’s $6.5 million option on Oct. 20 and he would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

Dismissed Prosecutors have dismissed a sexual abuse charge against Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo. Palo was suspended from the team in September after being charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving home in May.

Pregnant Two years after discovering she had a rare form of ovarian cancer, Olympic champion gymnast Shannon Miller is expecting her second child. Miller is due this summer.



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