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Sportshorts for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

NFL

Steelers in talks with Mendenhall

Even though Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was suspended for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys for conduct detrimental to the team, the two sides are engaging in contract talks.

Mendenhall did not show up for last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers after he found out he was inactive. He had lost his starting job to Jonathan Dwyer 2 weeks ago.

Mendenhall is a free agent at the end of the season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Michigan suspends three players

The University of Michigan has suspended three players, including starting cornerback J.T. Floyd and punter Will Hagerup, for the Outback Bowl.

Third-string linebacker Brandin Hawthorne was also suspended. The school said only that the players violated team rules. 

MLB

Reds draft pick injured in crash

The father of a Cincinnati Reds draft pick was killed in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Texas and 18-year-old prospect Mason Felt was seriously injured.

Felt, who was selected in June in the fifth round in the amateur baseball draft as the 172nd overall pick, was driving on Interstate 10 west of Ozona, Texas, when his 2004 Ford F-150 truck veered off the road and across traffic as he overcorrected before it overturned.

Richard Felt, 51, died in the accident. Felt was not wearing a seat belt.

His son was airlifted to Shannon Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Twins sign pitcher Pelfrey

The Minnesota Twins and right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey have reached agreement on a 1-year deal worth $4 million.

Pelfrey, 28, pitched in three games, all starts, and had an 0-0 record and a 2.29 ERA in 2012 before undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.

NBA

Bulls slip past Nets on Saturday

Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and helped force a key turnover as the Bulls rallied for the win in Chicago on Saturday.

Nets star Deron Williams missed a jumper that would have tied it in the final seconds, helping Chicago win for the fifth time in six games.

Brook Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes for Brooklyn.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Wambach closes in on scoring record

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Abby Wambach scored two more goals to climb to within six of the all-time scoring record held by fellow American Mia Hamm, and the United States women’s national team beat China, 4-1, on Saturday.

Wambach also scored twice in a 4-0 win over China on Wednesday and she wrapped up the year with two more to raise her career total to 152. Hamm scored 158 in her career.

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