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Sportshorts for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

Published: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 11:24 p.m. CDT

NFL

Fan falls to death at Candlestick

A fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died during Sunday’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park.

According to police, multiple witnesses saw the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, fall from the walkway just after kickoff.

OLYMPICS

Wrestling to be reinstated in 2020

Making a solid case for its modernity despite being a core sport of the ancient Olympics, wrestling saved its place on the Summer Games program Sunday.

Wrestling wiped its opponents off the mat, defeating baseball/softball and squash to gain the one open spot on the 2020 Olympic program and be assured of staying at least through 2024.

It took just one round of voting by International Olympic Committee members for wrestling to get the needed majority.  Wrestling got 49 votes to 24 for baseball/softball and 22 for squash.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Northwestern climbs to No. 17 in poll

Northwestern climbed two spots to No. 17 in the Associated Press college football poll Sunday, a day after the Wildcats routed Syracuse 48-27.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame fell from 14th to 21st after a 41-30 loss at Michigan.

In the USA Today coaches poll, NU climbed to No. 16 while Notre Dame again was 21st.

The Big Ten again was well-represented in the polls. Michigan was voted No. 11 in AP and No. 12 by the coaches after toppling Notre Dame. Ohio State was fourth in AP and third in the coaches poll.

Wisconsin and Nebraska also made the top 25 in both polls.

Texas fires defensive coordinator

Texas fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday, less than 24 hours after one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the program.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced that former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson will take over after BYU ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas, in a 40-21 victory against the Longhorns on Saturday.

UCLA walk-on dies after being hit by car

Nick Pasquale, a walk-on receiver at UCLA, died early Sunday morning after being hit by a vehicle in San Clemente, according to an Orange County coroner’s report.

Pasquale, 20, was in his second season with the UCLA team. He was a graduate of San Clemente High.

AUTO RACING

Keselowski wins Nationwide event

Brad Keselowski passed Brian Scott on a restart with 11 laps to go Friday night and pulled away after another restart with six laps remaining to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond.

Keselowski, who missed out on the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, has five Nationwide victories and a runner-up finish in his last six series starts.

 

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