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NFL

League repeals Reggie Bush’s ‘junior rule’ just 5 years later

PALM BEACH, Fla. – The NFL players’ union voted to repeal a rule that prohibited certified agents from having contact with college players until the student-athletes have been out of high school for three years.

NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said Tuesday that player representatives from each team voted to eliminate the so-called “junior rule” last weekend.

The rule was passed in 2007 by the NFLPA, not long after it was discovered that Reggie Bush and his family received cash and gifts from fledgling marketing agents before his junior year at Southern California. The idea was to limit agents’ access to college players who were no longer eligible to enter the draft. College players must be three years removed from high school to be draft eligible.

MLB

There’s Magic in the L.A. air: Tentative sale a record $2B

NEW YORK – NEW YORK – A group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten agreed Tuesday night to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion.

The price would shatter the mark for a North American sports franchise, topping the $1.1 billion Stephen Ross paid for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 2009.

Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner.

The deal, revealed about five hours after Major League Baseball owners approved three finalists for an intended auction, is one of several steps toward a sale of the team by the end of April. It is subject to approval in federal bankruptcy court.

NBA

Twitter T-shirts for sale! Get your NBA Twitter T-shirts!

NEW YORK – The NBA launched a series of T-shirts featuring players’ Twitter handles.

The shirts, available at www.NBAStore.com, feature a hashtag with the team’s logo on one side. On the other, the player’s Twitter handle appears above his uniform number.

The T-shirts feature the handles of some of the league’s most active players on Twitter, including Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. The NBA has more than 4.5 million Twitter followers, and more than 350 players are active on the social media site.

Auto Racing

NASCAR’s new all-star race: 5 segments for the $1M prize

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR’s annual all-star race will be split into five segments this year, with a mandatory pit stop before the final 10-lap sprint for the $1 million prize.

The All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be 90 laps and begin with four 20-lap segments. The winner of each segment will move to the front of the field right before the cars head down pit road for their mandatory stop.

Drivers then will line up in the order they leave pit road to start the final segment.

The new format is designed to place a premium on winning one of the first four segments, as well as showcase pit crews for the mandatory stop before the 10-lap shootout.

Tennis

Fish, Isner and the Bryans will play France in Davis Cup

Mardy Fish and John Isner were chosen to play for the U.S. Davis Cup team in the quarterfinals against France on April 6-8.

The team announced Tuesday also will include top-ranked doubles partners Bob and Mike Bryan. The tie will be played on red clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France.

The French team will include players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

Fish and Isner swept the opening-day singles matches to help the U.S. team win at Switzerland in the first round in February. Isner beat Roger Federer and called the victory the biggest of his career.

Associated Press