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Florida receiver Debose has hamstring surgery

Florida receiver Andre Debose had surgery Thursday to repair a torn hamstring tendon in his left thigh.

Debose is expected to fully recover in four to six months, making it possible for him to return for spring practice.

Debose, a 5-foot-11-inch speedster from the Orlando area, was coach Urban Meyer’s prized recruit in February. Meyer tabbed him as Percy Harvin’s replacement this fall.

Also: Freshman cornerback Brian Baucham will miss No. 3 Southern California’s game Saturday at Washington after getting into a car accident.

Coach Pete Carroll said Baucham was cut in the freeway accident on the way to school. Baucham, who made a brief trip to a hospital, was the Trojans’ nickel back in last week’s win at Ohio State.

T.J. Bryant and Marshall Jones will compete to be the Trojans’ No. 3 cornerback against the Huskies.

Starting tackle Jim Cordle, the most experienced offensive lineman for No. 11 Ohio State, will miss the next three to four weeks with an ankle injury.

Coach Jim Tressel said Cordle, a fifth-year senior who has started the last three seasons, had complained of pain in his ankle, and it got steadily worse. Tests on Wednesday showed the severity of the injury. Tressel was unsure if Cordle was injured in the Buckeyes’ 18-15 loss to No. 3 Southern California on Saturday.

lllinois starting linebacker Martez Wilson will miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.

Illinois coach Ron Zook said Wilson will have surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

Kent State freshman quarterback Spencer Keith will start Saturday’s game against Iowa State in place of Giorgio Morgan, who is nursing a sprained left ankle.

NHL

Coyotes owner asks for emergency hearing

Beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has asked a federal bankruptcy judge for an emergency hearing to order the NHL to mediate the “key sale issues” in the complicated case.

The request was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix by the attorneys who filed for Chapter 11 protection on behalf of Moyes on May 5.

The proposal came as Judge Redfield T. Baum considers whether to award the team to the NHL or to Canadian billionaire James Balsillie, who would move the team as soon as possible to Hamilton, Ontario, over the vehement objection of the league.

The filing said the NHL rejected mediation in an e-mail to Moyes’ attorneys Wednesday.

Also: The Minnesota Wild signed right wing Petr Sykora to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Sykora skated with the team on a tryout basis for two practices, and once he passed his physical, the deal was done.

The 32-year-old ranked fourth on the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins last season with 46 points in 76 games. He had 25 goals, giving him 300 in his 14-year career. Sykora has played in the Stanley Cup Finals five times.

MISCELLANEOUS

Federer fined $1,500 for using profanity

Roger Federer was fined $1,500 for using a profanity while arguing with the chair umpire during the U.S. Open final.

CBS microphones picked up the exchange during its live broadcast of the match.

Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier said Federer was docked the same amount as two other players — Vera Zvonareva and Daniel Koellerer — for uttering an audible obscenity.

Federer lost in the final to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets.

Also: Former Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison settled her racial discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Tennis Association.

Papers filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday show that a deal was signed Aug. 27, though its terms were not disclosed.

Garrison filed her lawsuit in February, saying she was treated unfairly because she was paid a lower salary than Davis Cup coach Patrick McEnroe and was held to higher standards.

Benn Barham of England shot an 8-under-par 63 to lead the Austrian Open in Oberwaltersdorf by one stroke after the first round.

Barham had an eagle and seven birdies.

Scott Drummond of Scotland and Brett Rumford of Australia are second, and 2007 champion Richard Green is in a group of four another shot back.

Four-time boxing champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas denied any involvement in the murder of his niece’s boyfriend.

Freitas said he didn’t approve of the relationship of the man with his 17-year-old niece, and acknowledged that he talked to him the day of the murder. But Freitas told media in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador that he did not order his killing.

Freitas made the comments just before being interrogated by police, who have not formally accused the boxer.

Israel Vazquez will return to the ring Oct. 10 in downtown Los Angeles, more than 19 months after the final bout of his outstanding trilogy against Rafael Marquez.

Vazquez (43-4, 31 knockoutss) will meet Angel Priolo at the Nokia Theatre in his first action since his third fight in 12 months with Marquez. All three bouts were bruising thrillers, and Vazquez won the last two to keep the WBC 122-pound title, which he later relinquished.

Dick Hoover, one of the original members of the Professional Bowlers Association, has died. He was 79.

Hoover, who won two American Bowling Congress Masters titles in the 1950s, helped start the PBA in 1958 with founder Eddie Elias, an attorney in Akron, Ohio.

No details were released.

Top individual seeds and Beijing Olympians Nicole Branagh and Todd Rogers each went 2-0 in round-robin pool play of the AVP Crocs Tour Best of the Beach volleyball tournament at Mandalay Bay.

Also undefeated after the first day of play are last year’s defending champions, Jen Kessy and John Hyden.

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