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Seminole RB ineligible to play against Irish

– Florida State senior running back Jermaine Thomas has been declared academically ineligible for the Champs Sports Bowl and will not play in his final college game.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday Thomas did not pass one of his classes during the fall semester.

Fisher says Thomas was the only player on the roster who is academically ineligible for the Dec. 29 game against Notre Dame.

Thomas was Florida State’s second-leading rusher in 2011, gaining 279 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry.


MLB news

The Cubs and outfielder Reed Johnson are reportedly closing in on a one-year contract. Johnson batted .309 in 111 games for the Cubs last season. … Texas acquired catcher Luis Martinez from San Diego for pitcher Ryan Kelly. … Cleveland agreed to a minor league contract with infielder Andy LaRoche.


Bryant tears ligament in wrist

Kobe Bryant did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason finale against the Clippers because of a torn ligament in his right wrist, and his status for the season opener on Christmas Day is up in the air.

Around the NBA

Forward Kris Humphries has re-signed with New Jersey. … Houston signed free-agent forward Jeff Adrien. … Center Samuel Dalembert has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.7 million with Houston. … A former Golden State employee has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard Monta Ellis, alleging Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals.


Mayweather gets 90 days in jail

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced battery domestic violence and harassment charges before a Las Vegas judge. The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations that he hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children in September 2010.


Canterbury grad receives honor

Swarthmore College runner Jacob Phillips, a Canterbury grad, was selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Academic All-Area team. Phillips, a junior, became the first member of Swarthmore’s cross country team to compete in the NCAA Division III championships since Mark Jeuland in 2001.

South Adams senior to Goshen

South Adams senior Tim Lehman will sign a letter of intent to Goshen College. Lehman was second-team All-ACAC.


Boilers land defensive end

Junior college defensive end Greg Latta has signed a letter of intent to play for Purdue, the school announced. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder from Palm Desert, Calif., recently completed his second season at the College of the Desert. Latta will be available for spring practices.

Baylor’s Griffin wins AP honor

Robert Griffin III won The Associated Press college football player of the year award. The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor won in a landslide over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Griffin guided Baylor to a 9-3 season, passing for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns.

College news

A person with knowledge of the decision says interim head coach Tony Levine will be named Houston’s full-time coach today. … Tom Williams resigned as Yale’s football coach after the university investigated whether he lied on his résumé about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford.

Auburn boy wins title

Auburn’s Jo Painter won the 8-9-year-old boys division of the Indianapolis Colts Punt, Pass, & Kick Team Championship on Sunday. A fourth-grader at Lakewood Park, Painter’s total distance was 180 feet, 7 inches. Painter, who won the local competition in September and Indianapolis sectional title in October, competed before the Colts’ game against Tennessee.