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Sports news briefs — Dec. 22

Compiled from wire reports

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College Football

Texas A&M freshman arrested for drugs

• Texas A&M standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne was arrested on two drug possession charges. Claiborne was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website. He was arrested at about 3 p.m. and released less than two hours later after posting $6,000 bond. Claiborne has 89 tackles to tie for the team lead and has seven tackles for losses and two forced fumbles. The Aggies face Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

BASEBALL

Former big-leaguer breaks HR record

•  Former major-leaguer Alex Cabrera broke a three-decade-old Venezuelan record for most home runs in a season. Cabrera hit his 21st home run on Sunday, a grand slam that soared into the left-field bleachers and surpassed the tally set in 1980 by former big-league catcher Bo Diaz. With little more than a week to go in regular-season play in the winter league, Cabrera is on pace to become the first player to win a Triple Crown for leading the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. He plays for Los Tiburones. Cabrera played part of the 2000 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SOCCER

Brazil seeks $2M from FIFA for tickets

• Brazilian prosecutors want FIFA and local World Cup organizers to pay nearly $2 million in damages for alleged ticket irregularities at a Confederations Cup venue. Prosecutors in the northeastern state of Pernambuco say organizers did not provide the services that fans paid for at the Arena Pernambuco during the warm-up tournament this year, especially in relation to seating location. Many fans complained that their seats were not as good as shown when they made the purchases. The unhappy fans included some who bought the most expensive tickets for the matches at the Arena Pernambuco. FIFA’s agent in tickets sales, MATCH Services, has also been included in the court action.

TENNIS

Former college title winner gets wild card

• Two-time NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson and 18-year-old Sachia Vickery earned wild-card invitations to the Australian Open by winning U.S. Tennis Association playoffs. Johnson, who is 23 and played college tennis at Southern California, beat Tennys Sandgren 4-6, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the men’s final on an indoor hard court. Johnson is ranked 156th. His best showing at a major tournament was reaching the third round at the 2012 U.S. Open as a wild-card entry. The 195th-ranked Vickery defeated Victoria Duval 6-2, 6-3 in the USTA playoff women’s final. Vickery also earned a wild card into this year’s U.S. Open, her Grand Slam debut, and got to the second round.

GOLF

Teenage star parts ways with coach

• Teenage golf star Lydia Ko split with the only coach she has had since she took up the sport as a 5-year-old. Guy Wilson, who has worked with the 16-year-old Ko for 11 years, issued a statement saying he was “incredibly disappointed” the partnership is over. Ko has not publicly commented on the decision. Ko won five professional tournaments — four as an amateur — while coached by Wilson.

— From wire reports


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