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Newsmakers: Hope Solo has shoulder replacement surgery

Suspended U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo said Wednesday that she has had shoulder replacement surgery. (Eugenio Savio / Associated Press)
Suspended U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo said Wednesday that she has had shoulder replacement surgery. (Eugenio Savio / Associated Press)

Reported Suspended U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says she has had shoulder replacement surgery on the same shoulder in 2011. She posted post-surgery photos of herself on her social media accounts.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he doesn’t know if backup QB Blake Barnett remains with the team. Saban says the redshirt freshman came to see him “with some concerns about his future,” but says he hasn’t received a final decision on Barnett’s plans. A report by Alabama Media Group cited unidentified sources saying Barnett is transferring and has left the program.

Top-ranked Angelique Kerber has confirmed she will start 2017 at the Brisbane International tournament from Jan. 1 as she prepares to defend her Australian Open title. Third-ranked Garbine Muguruza will also play the outdoor hard-court tournament at the Queensland Tennis Center. Rafael Nadal has previously been confirmed in the men’s draw.

Died Former Iowa All-American quarterback Randy Duncan died after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was 79. Greg Brown, who along with Duncan started the Duncan, Green, Brown and Langeness law firm in 1992, confirmed to The Associated Press that Duncan died Tuesday night in Des Moines.

Awarded Los Angeles Sparks center Jantel Lavender has won the WNBA’s sixth woman award. Lavender received 26 of the 39 votes from a national media panel.

Announced Judge Felix Catena found Oral “Nick” Hillary, a black former college soccer coach accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old white son in a largely white upstate town, not guilty, ruling against prosecutors who relied on circumstantial evidence to bring a second-degree murder charge against Hillary in the October 2011 killing of Garrett Phillips. Hillary was accused of choking the boy to death in an apartment in Potsdam, a small college town near the Canadian border.

Hillary’s lawyers argued during the nonjury trial that the case was “riddled with doubt” and repeated the claims of critics who said authorities in the overwhelmingly white community unjustly prosecuted him.

Outside of court, Hillary thanked his lawyers and supporters while defense lawyer Norman Siegel said his client can finally move on after living “under this cloud for five years.” Hillary did not take questions.

Former Denver Nuggets assistant coach Ed Pinckney has arrived in Minnesota and is serving as a guest coach at Timberwolves training camp, with the expectation that he will soon join coach Tom Thibodeau’s staff.

Reprimanded Three Olympic boxers – Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler – received “severe reprimands” for betting on fights during last month’s Rio de Janeiro Games. The IOC said the three boxers received only reprimands – rather than retroactive disqualifications or bans – because a disciplinary panel determined “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”

Withdrew U.S. pairs team Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim have withdrawn from two Grand Prix events as Scimeca Knierim recovers from an unspecified medical procedure.

Hired Former Stanford star Molly Goodenbour is the new women’s basketball coach at San Francisco, where Jennifer Azzi abruptly stepped down this month to pursue other opportunities.

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