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INDIANAPOLIS | NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to the schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance.

"It seems to be a much less controversial notion today than it was 18 months ago," Emmert said. "As we've talked about it more and the membership has had a chance to digest it, it's being seen as less threatening."

The NCAA convention begins this week in San Diego and members plan to discuss changes in the way legislation is passed, including giving the five most powerful conferences the ability to create their own rules. At the top of the list for the wealthiest conferences is freedom to provide a stipend to all athletes.

The idea being considered now would be to create permissive legislation so that each school can choose whether it wants to provide a stipend that covers cost of attendance, Emmert said.

Pro Football

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. | Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out for the rest of the playoffs after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee.

Harris was hurt Sunday in Denver's AFC divisional round win over San Diego.

The third-year pro played more snaps than anybody on defense and had 65 tackles and three picks, both career highs. He is the fifth defensive starter the Broncos have lost.

Denver hosts New England Sunday for the AFC championship.

IN OTHER NFL NEWS

A hearing today before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis will address a claim by the NFL Players Association that the league colluded to set a secret salary cap in 2010.

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was not drunk, as police contend, when he wrecked his Mercedes in a 2012 crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, Brent's lawyer said Monday during his opening statement at Brent's trial.

College Football

INDIANAPOLIS | The weekly football coaches' poll will go on, though it won't have much say in which teams play for the national championship anymore.

Begun in 1965, the poll had been part of the formula used by the BCS to determine which teams play in the title game. The four national semifinalists in the new College Football Playoff will be picked by a selection committee.

"Our coaches believe their poll will be equally as significant in the future as it has been in the past 64 years," said Grant Teaff of the American Football Coaches Association.

IN OTHER NEWS

Jerome Oliver, whose career stops include Navy and Notre Dame, is Virginia's new defensive line coach.

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, Stanford guard David Yankey and LSU running back Jeremy Hill, receiver Jarvis Landry and guard Trai Turner are entering the NFL draft.

Jackson State named former Tigers player and NFL standout Harold Jackson as its coach.

Former Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee tweeted that he is transferring to JMU. The redshirt sophomore has two years of eligibility left and won't have to sit out a year because the Dukes play at the FCS level.

Soccer

ZURICH | Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or for 2013 Monday, ending Lionel Messi's four-year run as the world's best player.

Ronaldo had 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal, with his hat trick against Sweden in the World Cup perhaps the defining individual performance.

He beat Barcelona's Messi and winger Franck Ribery, who helped Bayern Munich to a sweep of major titles.

Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer of Germany won the women's award ahead of U.S. forward Abby Wambach, last year's winner, and Marta of Brazil.

IN OTHER SOCCER NEWS

Toronto FC of MLS signed American midfielder Michael Bradley from Italian club AS Roma.

U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst is leaving Augsburg of Germany's Bundesliga to sign with MLS' Columbus Crew.

Memorabilia

NEW YORK | Jackie Robinson's 1947 Rookie of the Year award for the season he broke baseball's color barrier has sold for $401,968.

Lelands auction house said Monday the trophy was sold last week to an anonymous buyer.

A Honus Wagner baseball card went for $657,250 and the 1997 World Series ring won by Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez fetched almost $19,000.

Also sold, for $119,500, was the jersey Christian Laettner wore when he made a last-second shot to lift Duke over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament.

IN OTHER NEWS

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati won't face battery and stalking charges stemming from a 2013 confrontation with an ex-boyfriend under an agreement announced Monday.

Johnny Manziel has signed with LRMR and Maverick Carter, the longtime friend and associate of LeBron James, to handle off-field projects.

The Timberwolves recalled rookie Shabazz Muhammad from their D-League affiliate.

No. 21 Colorado has lost top scorer Spencer Dinwiddie for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The Cubs are introducing a mascot for the first time in team history - Clark, a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and a backward cap.

 
 
 
January 14, 2014
 
 
 

 

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