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December 17, 2007

Arena Football -- The Arena Bowl, which came to New Orleans last summer as part of the Arena Football League's efforts to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina, is returning next summer. AFL commissioner David Baker said the decision to return stems in large part from the city's fan support for the league. The local team, the New Orleans VooDoo, sold out every game upon starting up again last season in the repaired New Orleans Arena, which holds 16,021 for arena football.

NHL -- Scott Niedermayer returned to the Anaheim Ducks' lineup last night, playing for the first time since he hoisted the Stanley Cup in June. When the defenseman was announced as a starter for the home game against the San Jose Sharks, the crowd gave him a loud ovation. Niedermayer, 34, sat out the first part of this season while contemplating retirement. The Sharks spoiled his return with a 2-1 shootout victory.

Swimming -- Sweden set a world record of 1 minute, 24.19 seconds in the men's 4x50-meter freestyle relay at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Petter Stymne, Marcus Piehl, Per Nylin and Stefan Nystrand topped the mark Sweden set last December.

Speedskating -- Jenny Wolf of Germany broke her own world record in the women's 100 meters with a time of 10.22 seconds at a World Cup race in Erfurt, Germany.

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