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Connors charged for altercation at UCSB

Tennis great Jimmy Connors has been charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation last week before a basketball game between UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina.

Connors, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, was charged Wednesday in Santa Barbara Superior Court with disrupting campus activities and refusing to leave a university facility.

His business manager, Karen Scott, says a man tried to pick a fight with Connors and his son before Friday night's game and police asked him to leave. Scott says Connors was arrested after he said he wanted to wait for his son to finish watching the game.

She says he was "extremely disappointed and embarrassed" about the incident.

Nadal and Federer to play at Qatar Open: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will open the 2009 ATP season by playing at the Qatar Open.

Qatar tennis federation president Nasser AL-Kholiafi says Andy Murray and Andy Roddick will also take part in the hard-court tournament, which begins Jan. 5.


Orioles hire Krivsky as special assistant

Longtime front office executive Wayne Krivsky joined the Baltimore Orioles as special assistant to the president of Baseball operations.

Krivsky, a former vice president and general manger for the Cincinnati Reds , will work under club president Andy MacPhail. His responsibilities will include scouting, contracts and other Baseball administration duties.

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FSU players arrested in campus fight

Two Florida State freshman wide receivers have been arrested on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a fight in the student union two weeks ago.

University officials say 20-year-olds Bert Reed and Cameron Wade turned themselves in at the Leon County Jail and were released after posting bond. They and three other players who participated in the fight were suspended for Florida State's last game against Boston College. No suspensions have been announced for Saturday's game against Florida.

Yale coach Siedlecki retiring: Yale football coach Jack Siedlecki has announced he is retiring after 12 years and two Ivy League championships, but he'll be staying at the university to become assistant director of athletics.

Siedlecki was 70-47 and 47-37 in the conference during his tenure in New Haven, which included sharing league championships with Brown in 1999 and Princeton in 2006.


Miller leads downhill training in Lake Louise

Defending overall champion Bode Miller was fastest during the opening day of training at Lake Louise, Alberta, for the season's first World Cup downhill.

Miller, who won a downhill in Lake Louise in 2005, finished in 1 minute, 47.22 seconds on the men's Olympic downhill course. The New Hampshire skier was followed by two Austrians - Klaus Kroell in 1:47.30 and Michael Walchhofer, who won this downhill in 2004, in 1:47.40.

The downhill is Saturday and the opening super-giant slalom is Sunday.


Arsenal hires MLS exec as its new CEO

Major League Soccer's deputy commissioner is leaving to become the chief executive of Arsenal, one of the top teams in the English Premier League.

Arsenal announced outgoing deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis has been hired to help oversee team operations, handling such duties as transfer and contract negotiations. Gazidis, 44, begins in January in filling a gap left when David Dein quit as vice chairman last year.

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