Press Box: Sports roundup

IN BRIEF

December 28, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: C.J. Spiller scored a touchdown and had 172 all-purpose yards in his final college game, leading Clemson to a 21-13 victory Sunday night in the Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn. Spiller, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, scored his 51st career touchdown - a Clemson record - on an 8-yard run with 10 minutes, 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers (9-5) a 21-13 lead. Clemson's Kyle Parker had a touchdown pass and Jamie Harper ran for a score. Before the game, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney suspended four reserve players, according to local reports, for curfew violations. ... Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said freshman quarterback Cody Green will get some playing time in Wednesday's Holiday Bowl in order to evaluate Green in a game situation. Junior Zac Lee has been the starter for much of the season but was replaced by Green for two games.

SAILING: New Zealand maxi Alfa Romeo, skippered by Neville Crichton, extended its lead in the Sydney to Hobart race early Monday as the contenders for line honors sailed down the east coast of Tasmania to an expected evening finish.

SOCCER: American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley missed the Rangers' 4-1 win over Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League after straining a thigh muscle in training, while teammate Maurice Edu, sidelined since the final league match of last season, returned from a knee injury. ... Cesc Fabregas scored twice before being forced off with a recurring a hamstring injury in Arsenal's 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League, and Manchester United kept pace with a 3-1 win at Hull. ... Kaka told a Sao Paulo newspaper that Brazil must avoid the off-the-field distractions of 2006, such as a partying atmosphere, to have a shot at a sixth World Cup title next year in South Africa. ... Ronaldinho, 29, told a Brazilian TV outlet that it would be a dream to play in another World Cup and believes he will make Brazil's squad for next year's tournament.

WINTEROLYMPICS: Olympic women's 3,000-meter speedskating champion Ireen Wust has qualified to race the 1,500 at the Vancouver Games, and Bob de Jong, the men's 10,000 champion in Turin, has qualified for the 5,000 in the Dutch national trials at Heerenveen, Netherlands. Sven Kramer, the favorite to take gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 in Vancouver, already has qualified and did not skate on the first day of the trials. ... Michael Walchhofer led the opening training session for the World Cup downhill on the knee-jarring Stelvio course at Bormio, Italy. The Austrian finished in 2 minutes, 3.25 seconds.

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