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Briefs

Homestead wrestler undergoes neck surgery

Homestead freshman wrestler Nik Gogos was moved to a rehabilitation center at Lutheran Hospital after suffering an injury during a match Saturday in a tournament at Warsaw.

“They are pleased with his progress and hoping for a full recovery,” Homestead athletic director Joe Updegrove said Wednesday. “There are going to be ups and downs, but that comes with major surgery. The kid has a great personality.”

Gogos was injured during a match at 140 pounds against an opponent from Eastside.

Updegrove said Gogos went backward and landed awkward on the mat around the area where the neck and body meet at a 45-degree angle.

He was first taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital and then to Lutheran, where he had surgery to replace vertebrae in his back. He was quickly moved from the intensive care unit to a regular room and then to rehab.

Updegrove said the prognosis was good, and Gogos could be going home next week. He said fundraising has already begun with other schools already wanting to be a part of those efforts.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway

NASCAR bought the Iowa Speedway in a move it said solidifies the future of one of the Midwest’s premier racing facilities. But the organization says there are no plans to bring the Sprint Cup Series to Newton, Iowa, in the immediate future.

BASEBALL

Texas picks up outfielder

The Texas Rangers received outfielder Rafael Ortega on a waiver claim from Colorado. Ortega played 42 games for Double-A Tulsa in the Texas League last season before suffering a hairline fracture on his shin.

FOOTBALL

Police release Winston timeline

Interim Tallahassee police Chief Tom Coe issued a news release to show the handling of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was handled professionally. The timeline starts with the department taking the alleged victim to the hospital Dec. 7, interviewing her and collecting DNA and other evidence. The report said the victim identified her alleged attacker Jan. 10, but her attorney contacted investigators the next day and canceled a planned meeting. Later that month, Coe said the suspect refused to be interviewed.

Around campus

Ball State offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky and Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell are among the 40 assistants nominated for the 2013 Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach. … Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales is out for rest of the season with an upper body injury. … Alabama center Ryan Kelly has sprained a knee and his status against Auburn could be a game time decision.

HOCKEY

Olympic roster deadline changed

The deadline for Olympic rosters was pushed back to Jan. 7. Originally, national federations had until Dec. 31 to submit 25-man rosters. The tournament in Sochi begins Feb. 12.

Around the rink

Detroit signed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year contract extension. … Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla cleared waivers and is expected to report to the team’s AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine. … Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken leg.

SOCCER

2 killed in Cup stadium collapse

Part of the stadium that will play host for the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, killing two workers. The accident at Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao stadium occurred when a construction crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure that in turn cut through the outer walls of the venue, destroying rows of seats and slamming into a massive LED panel that runs across the stadium’s facade.

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