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SportShorts for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

GOLF

Americans up a point in Presidents Cup

Steve Stricker made a clutch par save on the 18th hole Thursday to give the United States a 3½ points to 2½ lead over the International team after Day One at The Presidents Cup.

Stricker’s halve on No. 18 gave him and Jordan Spieth a 1-up win over Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge.

MLB

Former outfielder Curtis gets 15 years

Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to 7 to 15 years in prison after a Michigan jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage girls.

Curtis, 44, was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct, including charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

NHL

Roy fined for incident with Boudreau

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL for an in-game outburst aimed at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. 

Roy acknowledged the fine but denied Boudreau’s version of what happened in Wednesday’s game, calling the Ducks coach “classless” for saying he was “yapping” at players. 

Roy, in his coaching debut, was irate that a penalty wasn’t called after a knee-on-knee hit by Anaheim’s Ben Lovejoy on Colorado star prospect Nathan MacKinnon. 

Roy and Boudreau shouted at each other through the glass partition, which Roy then pushed, nearly toppling it over onto the Ducks’ bench.

NBA

Bryant getting knee procedure in Germany

Kobe Bryant is going to Germany for an innovative knee procedure, people with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

Bryant should return in a few days, and the procedure was not related to the torn Achilles’ tendon he sustained last April.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Acadamies’ games cleared for takeoff

The Navy-Air Force game in Annapolis will be played as scheduled despite the continuing shutdown of the U.S. government, Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Wednesday night.

The decision, made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in long-distance consultation with leaders at both of the service acadamies, followed 36 hours of uncertainty.

Nebraska’s Martinez out for Illinois game

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong will start at quarterback in place of injured Taylor Martinez in Nebraska’s Big Ten opener against Illinois.

Huskers coach Bo Pelini said fifth-year senior quarterback Ron Kellogg III also will play against the Fighting Illini on Saturday.

Armstrong completed 12 of 15 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown against FCS opponent South Dakota State, and Kellogg was 8-for-9 for 136 yards and a touchdown while subbing for Martinez in Nebraska’s 59-20 victory.

Mississippi players allegedly use slurs

A group of Mississippi football players allegedly heckled the cast of a university play with slurs and disrupted the production on Tuesay night, the school’s student newspaper reported.

“The Laramie Project,” based on the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, was attended by approximately 20 Ole Miss players who used anti-gay slurs such as “fag” and insulted the sexual orientation of cast members with “borderline hate speech,” according to director and faculty member Rory Ledbetter.

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