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COLLEGE FOOTBALLTexas A & M's move to SEC hits a snag

The Southeastern Conference cleared the way for Texas A & M to join it ranks -- with a wrinkle. A Big 12 school has threatened to sue if the Aggies leave the fold.

The announcement Wednesdaythat the SEC will make the Aggies the 13th SEC team once the legal issues are resolved is the latest step of a courtship that the Aggies initiated in July.

The SEC, which would become the first BCS conference with more than 12 members, said it received "unanimous written assurance" from the Big 12 on Sept. 2 that it was free to accept Texas A & M. The presidents and chancellors met late Tuesday "with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A & M to be the newest member of the SEC. " Then the deal hit a snag.

Mississippi State president Mark Keenum said it's "my understanding" that Baylor was the school holding up the move. The Big 12 did not return a message left seeking comment.

NHLPens' Crosby: I'll 'likely' be back this season

Sidney Crosby remains confident he'll play hockey again. When remains a mystery. The Pittsburgh Penguins star said he's continuing to recover from concussion-like symptoms that have sidelined him since last January, adding it's "likely" he'll return to play this season. Yet the 24-year-old former MVP remains adamant he won't don his familiar No. 87 jersey until he's back at full strength. "Maybe I can get by with 90 percent, maybe I couldn't but I'm not going to roll the dice with that," he said.


Forensic experts: Gatti murdered in BrazilFormer junior welterweight champion Arturo Gatti was murdered two years ago in Brazil, a panel of forensic evidence experts said as it presented the results of a 10-month investigation initiated to challenge the official version that Gatti committed suicide. "This case must be reopened if authorities in Brazil have an iota of moral, ethical and legal concern for their reputation," said noted forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, who termed the version produced by the initial criminal investigation "pure, unadulterated fiction."


Capriati, Kuerten among Hall nominees

Grand Slam title winners Jennifer Capriati, Gustavo Kuerten and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, along with coach Nick Bollettieri are among the nominees for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Also up for induction in the Class of 2012: 1975 U.S. Open champion Manuel Orantes; Thelma Coyne Long, who won 19 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the 1930s, '40s and '50s; the late wheelchair player Randy Snow; administrator Mike Davies, and Eiichi Kawatei, who worked to boost tennis in Asia. The induction is July 14. -- AP

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