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November 28, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Louisville wide receiver Doug Beaumont was taken off the field on a stretcher after a vicious collision during the third quarter of Friday's 34-14 loss to Rutgers. The junior was stretching out to catch a pass when he was hit by Rutgers safety Zaire Kitchen. Beaumont was bent back awkwardly and lay motionless on the field for several minutes. A Louisville spokesman said X-rays on Beaumont's neck were negative. ... Georgia has gone to its mascot bench for the game against No. 7 Georgia Tech. Russ, the 5-year-old half brother of Uga VII, will be prowling the sidelines for the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

GOLF: Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy held onto Ireland's three-stroke lead in the World Cup of Golf in Shenzhen, China, shooting a 4-under-par 68 in the second round. The Irishmen were 18-under 126 for 36 holes after the alternate-shot second day of the $5.5 million tournament. Defending champion Sweden was second after Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson shot the day's best round - a 7-under 65 - at the Mission Hills Golf Club. The American duo of Nick Watney and John Merrick was tied for 20th at 5 under.

TENNIS: Nikolay Davydenko grabbed the last semifinal spot at the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Robin Soderling 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3, knocking defending champion Novak Djokovic out of the tournament. Davydenko, Djokovic and Soderling all finished with two wins in the round-robin phase, but the third-ranked Serb was eliminated on sets. Soderling, Roger Federer, and Juan Martin del Potro are the other semifinalists.

SOCCER: The international gang suspected in Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal supplied sedatives to team doctors and hotel cooks to drug players in matches to be manipulated, a lawyer for one of the arrested suspects said Friday. Prosecutors believe the gang did not shy away from "locking up people in basements" or "sedating players," lawyer Burkhard Benecken said. "According to prosecutors, they were extremely violent," he said. The doctor of a Slovenian team was given sedatives to use on his own players, and the chefs in luxury hotels were given drugs to disable players, Benecken said. ... Chilean club Rangers has dropped a court case that threatened the national team's participation at next year's World Cup.

HORSE RACING: The debt crisis in Dubai was being closely monitored Friday by buyers and sellers of high-end racehorses, but there was no immediate indication Dubai's ruler would scale back his enormous financial ties to the industry in the U.S. and elsewhere. The emirate's ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and his family have been among the highest spenders at major American thoroughbred auctions dating to the 1980s, often paying millions of dollars for top bloodstock even during market downturns such as the current one.

ALSO: Montreal is back on the Formula One schedule for five years - thanks to more than $70 million in public money. ... German car maker BMW has agreed to sell its Formula One team to previous owner Peter Sauber, provided the team gets a place on the grid next season. ... Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give Las Vegas a 20-17 victory over Florida in the inaugural UFL championship game in front of 14,801 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium.

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