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Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III added Associated Press honors to his Heisman Trophy win.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III added Associated Press honors to his Heisman Trophy win. AP

College football

Baylor's Griffin III gets AP player of year nod

Robert Griffin III has won The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding another award to his impressive post-season haul. The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor won in a landslide over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Griffin received 43 votes from the AP poll panel. Luck was second with seven votes. LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu received five votes and Alabama running back Trent Richardson got one.

Griffin guided Baylor to a 9-3 season, passing for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns. The first Heisman winner from Baylor also becomes the first Baylor player to win the AP player of the year award, which has been given out since 1998. Griffin also won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback.

 Once Marshall got the lead, Rakeem Cato was determined to finish off Florida International in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

The freshman from Miami sparkled in his return to his home state Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., throwing for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-10 victory that enabled the Thundering Herd to finish with a winning record.

 Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's year-end issue. His return to the field in October was picked as the 2011 Moment of the Year. For the first time in the magazine's 57-year history, fans made the choice. LeGrand garnered the most votes from fans in 178 countries and led more than 6,000 users to post comments on Facebook. The defensive lineman beat out soccer star Lionel Messi, surfer Kelly Slater and New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Tom Williams resigned as Yale's football coach Wednesday amid a university investigation into whether he lied on his résumé about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford. The Ivy League school said the resignation will take effect on Dec. 31. Williams took over at Yale in 2009 and listed himself as a Rhodes candidate on his résumé. Williams said in a statement Wednesday he was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Stanford's fellowship office but acknowledged he never did.

 North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers says he is heading to Ohio State to become Urban Meyer's co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Withers will coach the Tar Heels through their Independence Bowl against Missouri on Dec. 26.

 Florida State senior running back Jermaine Thomas has been declared academically ineligible for the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 game against Notre Dame. Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday Thomas did not pass one of his classes during the fall semester.

 Boise State will try to show college football followers that the BCS made a mistake by not including the Broncos in a top-tier bowl when it takes on Arizona State Thursday night in the MAACO Bowl at Las Vegas. The game will also serve as a send-off for quarterback Kellen Moore, the NCAA's winningest quarterback. Arizona State, loser of four straight, will play its last game behind lame-duck coach Dennis Erickson.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday | TV: ESPN


Sexual harassment suit filed against Ellis

A former Golden State Warriors employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard Monta Ellis on Wednesday, alleging Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals.

In her lawsuit, which also names the team, Erika Ross Smith alleges Ellis began sending her several dozen explicit messages, sometimes several times a day.

The messages included lines such as, "I want to be with you," and "Hey Sexy," and periodically asked her what she was wearing or doing, according to the lawsuit.

Her attorney, Burt Boltuch, said his client rejected Ellis' advances and feared that no one would believe her. Boltuch also showed a photo of what he said was Ellis' genitalia that the guard allegedly sent to Smith's work-issued cellphone on Dec. 17, 2010, a day after he complained to the team about her job performance.

Glen Davis had 18 points, Dwight Howard and Jason Richardson each added 15 and the Orlando Magic overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Miami Heat 104-100 in the pre-season finale for both teams.

Davis had a 13-point third quarter to help ignite the comeback and Orlando got a late lift from its reserves to secure the win, including strong fourth-quarter efforts by veteran Larry Hughes and rookie Justin Harper. LeBron James had 27 points and Dwyane Wade added 21 for the Heat.


Mayweather gets 90 days in jail

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in a Las Vegas jail after pleading guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. The 34-year-old Mayweather also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.

The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations that the undefeated prizefighter hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010.

Auto racing

Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch

Roger Penske has hired AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car.

Last year, the 30-year-old Allmendinger had 10 top-10 finishes and was 15th in points driving Richard Petty's No. 43 car. The move, announced Wednesday, takes Penske back to his open-wheel roots.

Allmendinger won the open-wheel Barber Dodge Pro Series title in 2002, the Toyota Atlantics championship in 2003 and was the 2004 rookie of the year in the now defunct Champ Car series. In 2005, he won five races and was third in Champ Car in points. He joined the Cup circuit in 2007.

The last word

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke of playing with a chip on his shoulder despite being recently named Male Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press. Said Rodgers:

"You're 6-10 your first season, and you're reading some of these (Internet) comment boards, in the back of your mind, that negative voice is telling you, 'You know, you're not going to live up to any expectations you put on yourself, and you're not as good as you think you are.' Those can mess with you a little bit, but you can also draw some motivation from those negative thoughts. And I did."