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November 25, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio dismissed RB Glenn Winston and S Roderick Jenrette for violating team rules. ... Tennessee reinstated safety Janzen Jackson, a day after prosecutors dropped attempted aggravated robbery charges pending against him. ... Nebraska's star DT Ndamukong Suh pleaded guilty to negligent driving and paid a $60 fine. ... BCS officials announced that 20 teams, including Southern California, LSU and Miami, are still in the running for at-large bids.

TENNIS: Roger Federer rallied to beat Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the ATP World Tour Finals, ensuring he will have the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fifth time. Federer next plays Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Fernando Verdasco. Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors are the only other players to finish No. 1 at least five times since the rankings started in 1973. Sampras did it six times. ... Andy Roddick, who missed the event with a knee injury, said his recovery was "coming along well."

BASKETBALL: Two high school boys players broke the half-century mark in a single game - Evanston's Garrett Jones scored 51 and Mundelein's Ben Brust notched 50 in Tuesday's 102-91 victory for the Wildkits. ... Geno Auriemma and the United States women's national team were placed in Group B at the world championships that begin in September. The draw pits the U.S. against Greece, Senegal and France in opening pool play.

AUTO RACING: NASCAR has asked a federal court to stop lawyers for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield from collecting information from the ex-wife of Chairman Brian France. Mayfield's attorneys subpoenaed Megan France last week, requesting documents about a lawsuit filed against her by France. The attorneys also asked for joint tax returns.

ALSO: Longtime D.C. United and U.S. team midfielder Ben Olsen retired, citing numerous ankle injuries. ... The American Hockey League is going outdoors. The Syracuse Crunch will host the Binghamton Senators on Feb. 20 at the New York State Fairgrounds. ... Santa Anita is renaming The Lady's Secret race for fillies and mares as The Zenyatta. The filly won the race twice. ... Triple Properties Inc. of Toronto - the buyer of the Pontiac Silverdome at auction for $583,000 - said it plans to use the site for a soccer arena. ... Germany's track and field association reinstated the record high jump of Gretel Bergmann set in 1936, which was not recognized by the Nazis because Bergmann, now 95, was Jewish. ... Three Sacred Heart University lacrosse players have been charged with conspiring to sexually assault a female student in a dorm room.

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