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Rutgers suspends coach Stringer

Rutgers suspended Hall of Fame women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer for one game for misusing practice players. Stringer will miss the Scarlet Knights' game against Seton Hall Wednesday. Stringer violated an NCAA bylaw which states that managers may not participate as practice players with the institution's team if they are not eligible student-athletes.

Wright leads Hoyas past Providence

Chris Wright scored 21 points and Greg Monroe had 12 points and 12 assists to lead No. 7 Georgetown to a 79-70 victory over host Providence. Wright scored 16 points in the second half as the Hoyas (18-5, 8-5 Big East) erased an eight-point deficit.

NHLSix teams will start season in Europe

The NHL and its players' association announced that six clubs will open the 2010-11 season in Europe, the fourth straight year the NHL will begin play overseas. Boston, Carolina, Columbus, Minnesota, Phoenix and San Jose will combine to play a total of six games in Europe at the start of next season. The Hurricanes and Wild will meet in a pair of games in Helsinki on Oct. 7-8; Columbus plays San Jose in Stockholm on Oct. 8-9; and the Bruins and Coyotes face off in Prague on Oct. 9-10.

BASEBALLMarlins find a Yankees fan in Iraq

A Florida Marlins group enjoyed a tour of Iraq and Kuwait, even an encounter with a boastful Yankees fan. The team's goodwill group visited U.S. troops, saw the Iran border and met Kuwaiti Little Leaguers.

"It's the real deal over there with real bullets," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "I wasn't totally prepared for it." At a meet-and-greet session, a Yankees fan showed up. "This guy comes up with a '27 championships' T-shirt," Beinfest said. "He's a nice guy, so we gave him a Marlins T-shirt. He said, 'I'm not putting it on. Everything's right with the world, the Yankees are on top.' This guy is in the middle of Iraq, and everything's right with the world? But he was a nice guy." - AP

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