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Te’o, Eifert finalists for postseason awards

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o are the finalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation’s top college football player.

The finalists for the Maxwell and several other awards to be presented Dec. 6 in Orlando, Fla., were announced Tuesday.

Te’o is also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in the country. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones are the other finalists.

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert is a finalist for the John Mackey Award as the top tight end along with Zach Ertz of Stanford and Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Washington.

Klein, Manziel and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller are the finalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

Ball State’s Scott Kovanda is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the top punter along with Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech and Kyle Christy of Florida.


Selig approves Jays-Marlins trade

Commissioner Bud Selig approved the deal that sends All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays along with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays for seven players, none of whom has a big-money contract.


Pacers keep Bullets winless

In Washington, David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Indiana Pacers beat Washington 96-89, keeping the Bullets (0-9) winless.

NBA roundup

In Memphis, Tenn., Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a three-pointer with 13 seconds left, and the Denver ended the Memphis’ win streak at eight games with a 97-92 victory. …

In Charlotte, N.C., Ramon Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal Charlotte’s 102-98 win over Milwaukee. …

In Atlanta, Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead Atlanta to a 81-72 win over Orlando.

Butler beats buzzer to win in Maui

In Lahaina, Hawaii, Butler’s Rotnei Clarke hit a three-pointer at the buzzer as the Bulldogs beat Marquette 72-71 at the Maui Invitational.

IPFW women lose at Ball State

In Muncie, Amanda Hyde and Erin Murphy combined for 29 points in IPFW’s 53-46 loss to Ball State. The two players hit 12 of 23 shots. The rest of the team was 5 of 30.

Purdue women top Bowling Green

In West Lafayette, Drey Mingo scored 13 points and Sam Ostarello added 12 to lead No. 14 Purdue (3-0) to a 59-45 win over Bowling Green (2-1).


Irish QB earns offensive honor

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was named the Independent offensive player of the week for the fourth time this season after his 346-yard, three-touchdown performance in Saturday’s 38-0 home win over Wake Forest.

Dwenger juniors invited to combine

Bishop Dwenger juniors D’Marcus Moon and Ryan Watercutter were invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio on Jan. 3-5.

NFL news

Baltimore safety Ed Reed was suspended for one game by the NFL for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. He will miss Sunday’s game against San Diego. … New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is recovering from surgery for a broken forearm that will sideline him for the first time in his three NFL seasons. … Detroit is benching wide receiver Titus Young on Thanksgiving against Houston after what coach Jim Schwartz called “unacceptable” behavior during Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. Schwartz did not characterize the move as a suspension.


NHL, union talk as lockout goes on

For the first time since Nov. 11, the NHL and the players’ association met at the league office in New York for about two hours in an attempt to reach a deal to end the lockout.