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Sports news briefs — Jan. 1

Compiled from wire reports

college football

Bridgewater is set

to enter NFL Draft

• Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will forgo his senior season with the No. 18 Cardinals and enter the NFL Draft.

Projected as a first-round selection and possibly the first QB taken this spring, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns this season, including a career-best 447 yards with three TDs in Saturday’s 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Bridgewater said in a release that the decision “was extremely difficult,” but added that attending Louisville “was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.”

With Bridgewater starting, the Cardinals won 27 games and tied a school record with this year’s 12-1 finish. Bridgewater’s career highlight was last year’s 33-23 Sugar Bowl upset of Florida in which the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Miami native earned MVP honors after passing for 266 yards and two TDs.

• South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney says he will enter the NFL Draft. Likely the top overall talent in the draft class, Clowney finished his college career Wednesday in the Gamecocks’ 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. The junior had five tackles against the Badgers.

hockey

Maple Leafs acquire defenseman in trade

• The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired veteran defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman John-Michael Liles. The Hurricanes also received the rights to college defenseman Dennis Robertson.

• The Buffalo Sabres placed center Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. Hodgson has missed five games since injuring his left wrist and thumb.

other SPORTS

Michael Schumacher is in stable condition

• Seven-time world champion driver Michael Schumacher was in a stable condition at Grenoble University Hospital Center, with no significant changes in the 24 hours since his doctors met reporters on Tuesday, his manager said Wednesday. Schumacher, 44, remained in a critical condition, in a medically induced coma and on life support systems, after two brain operations.

• Oklahoma State freshman basketball player Stevie Clark was arrested in Edmond, Okla., on suspicion of marijuana possession. Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe says Clark was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a seatbelt violation. Police discovered marijuana in the vehicle and arrested Clark and the driver on possession of marijuana complaints. Clark, a backup point guard, is averaging 7.0 points for the No. 6 Cowboys. Oklahoma State (12-1) opens Big 12 Conference play Saturday at Kansas State (10-3). On Tuesday, coach Travis Ford announced that starting forward Michael Cobbins will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Cobbins, who will have surgery today, was injured in Monday’s win over Robert Morris. Cobbins, who started all 13 games, was averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.

• Third-seeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar.

• Arsenal stayed in first place in the Premier League after scoring two late goals in a 2-0 victory over host Cardiff while other contenders also started the year with victories.

• Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz is expected to rule at any time on Alex Rodriguez’s appeal of his 211-game suspension, which was imposed last August.

— From wire reports



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