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The Associated Press | December 17, 2013 03:50 AM EST | AP


BOXING

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Vitali Klitschko is leaving boxing to concentrate on politics and his role as an opposition leader in Ukraine.

Klitschko vacated his WBC world heavyweight title Monday and said he doesn't expect to fight again as he pursues a presidential bid in his home country, where citizens have been protesting for weeks in Kiev over President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to shun closer ties with the European Union and push his country toward Russia.

The World Boxing Council proclaimed Klitschko a "Champion Emeritus," a move that would allow him to challenge the new champion directly should he wish to resume his career.

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PRO FOOTBALL

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito will remain on the NFL's suspended list for the rest of the season, including the playoffs.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins declined to comment on Incognito's status. The person also says Incognito will be paid while suspended and would be in line for a playoff share.

Incognito was suspended Nov. 3 in the wake of the team's bullying scandal.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has no plans to resign.

Shanahan said it's "accurate" to say that he doesn't plan to quit after what will be his third losing season in four years.

Shanahan reiterated, however, that his fate won't be determined until he and owner Dan Snyder talk about the direction each wants the team to take.

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Institutes of Health, with partial funding by the NFL, has chosen eight projects to receive support in researching concussions.

Two $6 million grants will be given to a cooperative partnership focused on long-term changes in the brain years after a head injury or after multiple concussions. The partnership includes the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); and multiple academic medical centers.

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OLYMPICS

Less than two years after being criticized for having the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms made in China, the U.S. Olympic Committee has another wardrobe malfunction on its hands.

The red-white-and-blue mittens it's selling to raise funds for winter athletes were produced in China.

The USOC is charging $14 a pair. Spokesman Patrick Sandusky says the "official" mittens being worn by the athletes are made in the USA and are also available to the public for $95 a pair.

Sandusky says: "We wanted to create a fundraising opportunity where almost anyone could support Team USA."

MOSCOW (AP) — Officials in a Siberian province say a veteran wrestling coach has died of a heart attack after taking part in the Sochi Olympics torch relay.

Authorities in the Kurgan region say 73-year old Vadim Gorbenko died Sunday after carrying the Olympic flame.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Arizona will host the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.

The conference commissioners who oversee the playoffs announced their choices for the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season.

The first championship game will played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The second title game is scheduled to be played Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Fiesta Bowl and the NFL's Cardinals.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Arizona remains the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll after winning a close game at Michigan on Saturday.

The Wildcats (11-0), who won 72-70, received all but two of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Syracuse (10-0) got the other two No. 1 votes and remains second in a poll. Ohio State is third, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville and Oklahoma State.

UConn remained a unanimous No. 1 at the top of the women's poll, with a showdown against second-ranked Duke looming Tuesday night.

The top 10 remained the same as last week with Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Stanford, Louisville, Maryland, Baylor and South Carolina following the Blue Devils.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball finalized a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million, a deal that may lead to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka going on the market.

Under the rules of the three-year agreement, a Japanese club may make players available between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 and may set a price of up to $20 million.

Starting with the day after a player is posted and continuing for 30 days, any big league team willing to pay the fee may attempt to sign the player. A major league team pays the posting fee only if it signs the player, and the fee is then payable in installments, with the timing dependent on the amount.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired closer Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson.

Reed, who turns 25 later this month, ranked fifth in the American League and seventh overall in the majors with 40 saves last season.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Closer John Axford reached agreement on a contract with the Indians, pending a physical.

The 30-year-old Axford, who finished last season in St. Louis, is expected to have medical exams in the next few days.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract, giving them insurance for rookie Kolten Wong.

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PRO BASKETBALL

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl wants to add to the team's ownership group in hopes of building a new arena that he said would cement the team's long-term future in Milwaukee.

Kohl said he hired a firm to help in the search for new partners, and that any new partners who are added will have to be equally committed to keeping the team in Milwaukee.

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PRO HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) — Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Thornton's agent, Anton Thun, confirmed in an email to the Canadian Press that his client was appealing. The NHL Players' Association announced it had informed the league of that plan before the 48-hour deadline to do so ended.