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Sportshorts for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 12:19 a.m. CST


Schmidt earns conference honors

Mark Schmidt, a 2013 Oregon graduate and a freshman at Clarke University, was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference athlete of the week in indoor track.

Schmidt set the school record in the pole vault at the Grinnell Invitational by clearing 12 feet, 10 inches.


Sam’s father stunned by news

The father of Michael Sam said he is struggling after receiving a text last week from his son that said, “Dad, I’m gay.”

Michael Sam Sr., who calls himself “old school,” said he received the text while having dinner at a Denny’s and had to stop and go elsewhere “to have drinks.” He said he loves and supports his son but admitted that the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothered him.


Pujols drops suit against Clark

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels is no longer pursuing a defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark after the former major leaguer took back what he said last year about Pujols using performance-enhancing drugs.

“I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name,” Pujols said in a statement.

Pujols denied using performance-enhancing drugs.


U.S. women’s curling sets record

SOCHI, Russia – Things are not going well for U.S. curling.

The women’s team set an Olympic record Tuesday, but not a good one. It gave up a seven-point end (like baseball’s innings), leading to the mercy rule being called in a 12-3 loss to Britain.

NHL open to staying in games

Although the NHL has not committed to sending its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, many players and Team Canada executive Steve Yzerman have strongly endorsed the idea of again allowing the league’s players to represent their homelands.

On Tuesday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the way things go during the Sochi Olympics tournament will factor into any decision the league and the players association will make regarding NHL players’ return to the Olympics.

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