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December 06, 2007

Hockey -- NHL playoffs Most Valuable Player defenseman Scott Niedermayer will rejoin Anaheim after sitting out the first 28 games of the season. Niedermayer, 34, had taken time off to decide whether he wanted to retire. Niedermayer had two years and $13.5 million remaining on his contract. ... Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher is expected to miss at least four weeks because of shoulder surgery yesterday.

Colleges -- Linda Bruno, the first female commissioner of a major college conference, will resign in June after leading the Atlantic 10 since 1994. That will leave two other women as commissioners of Division I conferences - Carolyn Schlie Femovich of the Patriot League and Brenda Weare of the Northeast Conference.

Soccer -- Goalkeepers Hope Solo and Briana Scurry, who were at the center of a World Cup controversy, were invited to the U.S. women's national team training camp by new coach Pia Sundhage. The camp marks the beginning of preparations for the 2008 Olympics.

Horse racing -- A small sponge was inserted in the nostril of a horse at Delaware Park in an attempt to fix a race in October, state police said. Detectives are investigating the incident in which a small sponge was found in the nostril of 2-year-old filly Marens Meadow, Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh, a state police spokesman, said. The sponge would hamper a horse's breathing, thus affecting how well the horse ran. The filly is owned by Sandra Rasmussen of Des Moines, Iowa.

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