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Report: Southern Cal probing McKnight’s use of Land Rover

Southern California is investigating tailback Joe McKnight’s use of an SUV registered to a businessman, according to a newspaper report.

McKnight has been seen driving a 2006 Land Rover that state records indicate is registered to 47-year-old Scott Schenter, the Los Angeles Times reported in a story posted on its Web site Friday night. McKnight told the paper that he never has driven the SUV and it belongs to his girlfriend’s boss.

“I know I can’t drive cars I’m not supposed to,” he said. “If somebody said they spotted me driving, they’re seeing wrong. I don’t even have the keys.”

A company owned by Schenter had registered the domain name 4joemcknight.com, according to the newspaper report.

USC already is being investigated by the NCAA and Pac-10 regarding accusations that running back Reggie Bush and basketball star O.J. Mayo received improper benefits during their time at the school.

Also: After playing in pain most of the season, Miami left tackle Jason Fox finally succumbed to the inevitable.

The 14th-ranked Hurricanes’ Most Valuable Player for 2009 will miss the Champs Sports Bowl against No. 24 Wisconsin on Dec. 29 after having surgery on his left knee.

John “Jack” Zilly, who played on two national title teams for Notre Dame in the 1940s, has died. He was 88. The school said Zilly died Friday in Narragansett, R.I.

MISCELLANEOUS

Third baseman Rolen agrees to extension with Cincinnati

Scott Rolen agreed to a two-year contract extension Saturday with the Cincinnati Reds that guarantees him an additional $13 million, while converting almost half of his 2010 salary to a deferred signing bonus.

The deal, which runs through 2012, clears payroll room for the Reds and shows how much they value the 34-year-old third baseman as a clubhouse leader. Rolen missed time with a concussion last season, batting .305 with 11 homers and 67 RBIs in 128 games with Toronto and Cincinnati.

Also: Penn State became the first program to win three straight women’s volleyball titles, overcoming a two-set deficit to beat Texas 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13 and extend its record winning streak to 102 matches.

Megan Hodge led the Nittany Lions (38-0) with 21 kills, including the final one that touched off a wild celebration. The winning streak is second in Division I team sports behind the Miami men’s tennis program’s 137 straight victories from 1957 to 1964.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has spasms in his upper back, limiting him in practice. The reigning NBA scoring champion and the league’s fifth-leading scorer this season said he felt the spasm Saturday morning.

Wade is expected to play today when Miami hosts Portland.

Two-year-old Lookin at Lucky came back from his only loss, in last month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, to win the $750,000 Cashcall Futurity at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

The win gave Bob Baffert his fourth victory of the day and provided another Kentucky Derby contender for the trainer who has won the Run for the Roses three times. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, the heavily favored Lookin at Lucky covered 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.30 seconds.

Manchester City fired manager Mark Hughes and immediately hired former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini in an effort to turn an expensively assembled English Premier League squad into title challengers.

Hughes had lost just two matches this season after the team spent about $330 million on new players in a year. But the club’s wealthy owner was dissatisfied with a string of draws that had left City sixth in the Premier League standings.

Michael Phelps helped his American team trounce a group of European all-stars at the Duel in the Pool, anchoring a relay to one of the eight world records the U.S. set over the two-day swim meet in Manchester, England.

The U.S. team won 185-78 in the last major meet before the Jan. 1 ban on high-tech polyurethane suits. Phelps, who already has reverted to wearing an old-style textile suit, anchored the U.S. victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay in a world-record time of 3:03.3.

The UNLV women’s swimming and diving team lost to host San Diego State, 159-135. Brittany Ozar paced the Rebels with wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle.

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