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Morehead State suspends coach after shoving incident

Morehead State suspended coach Sean Woods for one game after he appeared to shove an Eagles player during Wednesday night’s loss at No. 8 Kentucky.

Woods will sit out Monday night’s game against Norfolk State.

The first-year Eagles’ coach appeared to shove Morehead State point guard Devon Atkinson in the back after the senior fouled out with 5:51 remaining.

Athletic director Brian Hutchinson suspended Woods Friday after meeting with the coach.

Hutchinson said in statement released by the university that, “This will allow Coach Woods to consider his action and behavior, and allow him time to contemplate the appropriate way to conduct himself with his players and on the sideline.”

Woods apologized for his behavior in a statement and said the situation “will not happen again.”


NHL All-Star Weekend victim of labor stalemate

NEW YORK – The NHL called off all games through Dec. 14 plus the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio.

The league made the announcement Friday, the 69th day of the NHL’s lockout of its players.

The new cancellations come as little surprise. The two sides had an unproductive negotiating session Wednesday that produced no movement to break an impasse over splitting more than $3 billion in revenue and also player contracts.

“We’ve identified what’s important to players, but they seem to be so far at least unwilling to treat those concerns in a serious way,” union head Donald Fehr said after the last round of talks, at which the union presented a new proposal to the league.

A total of 422 regular-season games, more than 34 percent of the season, have been lost.


Who will replace Brazil’s ousted soccer coach?

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s soccer federation fired national team coach Mano Menezes.

Federation director Andres Sanchez said the decision to fire the coach came after a meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday.

He said federation president Jose Maria Marin made the change because he “wants new methods and new planning” ahead of the 2014 World Cup that Brazil will host.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the names touted to replace Menezes, but Sanchez said he doesn’t think negotiations for a new coach are under way.

Sanchez, the federation director in charge of the national team, made it clear that he didn’t agree with the decision to fire Menezes. But he said the president was being “brave” and called it a “bold” move to make the change.

U.S. national team’s Torres changes clubs in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – U.S national team player Jose Francisco Torres switched clubs in Mexico’s first division.

The midfielder left Pachuca and joined Tigres.

Pachuca announced the transfer Friday but did not provide details. Torres has spent his entire career with Pachuca, making his debut in 2006.

Torres made his international debut for the U.S. in 2008 and played in a group game at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He has since been called up for qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Security concerns reset Europa League match

NYON, Switzerland – A Europa League match postponed in Israel for security reasons will be played in Haifa on Wednesday.

UEFA said Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will host Athletic Bilbao at the Kiryat Eliezer Stadium.

UEFA cited the “tense security situation” for postponing the match originally scheduled for Thursday.”

Associated Press