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Investigated Police in San Francisco said Friday they are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Police said in a written statement that the alleged assault occurred in a city hotel room early Sunday, after the 49ers’ playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Crabtree has been interviewed with his attorney present and has cooperated with the probe, the statement said. The receiver hasn’t been detained or arrested, and he agreed to be available for more questions in the future. Authorities didn’t release any further details.

Signed The Florida Panthers signed right wing Alex Kovalev to a one-year contract, and he is available for the reigning Southeast Division champions when they open the NHL season against Carolina tonight. Kovalev, 39, has played in 1,302 NHL games with 428 goals and 1,024 points.

Theo Walcott’s drawn-out soccer contract standoff with Arsenal ended with the signing of a new contract. He agreed to a 3 1/2-year deal that sees his salary rise to about $160,000 a week.

Suspended The New York Islanders suspended newly acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for failing to report to the team for the start of the season. Visnovsky has been playing in Russia, but is required to return now that the lockout is over. Arrested Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith was free on bond after his arrest on a charge of carrying a gun at Atlanta’s airport. Smith, 25 of Birmingham, Ala., was arrested at a security checkpoint at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport when crews found a .38-caliber handgun in his carry-on bag.

Granted The NCAA has granted Auburn offensive lineman Shon Coleman a sixth year of eligibility. Coleman was diagnosed with leukemia in the spring of 2010 about a month after signing with the Tigers. Auburn kept his scholarship available, even though he hasn’t played the past two years.

Hired Leaving California after three seasons, Clancy Pendergast has been named Southern California’s defensive coordinator.



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