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College Football

Heinicke’s historic season lands him First Team All-FCS

NEW YORK – Payton Award finalists Taylor Heinicke, the record-setting quarterback from Old Dominion, and running backs Eric Breitenstein from Wofford and Miguel Maysonet from Stony Brook were selected to The Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America team released Wednesday.

Heinicke had the most prolific passing season in the history of what used to be called Division I-AA football. The sophomore from Georgia passed for 5,076 yards and had 5,546 yards of total offense, breaking records set by the late Steve McNair when he was at Alcorn State in 1994.

The Walter Payton Award goes to the top player in FCS and will be handed out Dec. 17.

Directing the Monarchs’ fast-paced spread, Heinicke also set FCS records for completions (398) and total plays (705). And Heinicke ran for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns. He passed for a Division I record 730 yards in a 64-61 victory against New Hampshire. He threw 79 passes in that game without an interception.

Cycling

Sport still has TV pull with the European Broadcasting Union

GENEVA – The European Broadcasting Union showed its faith in cycling Wednesday, announcing a third long-term race broadcasting deal since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

The EBU, which has members in 56 countries and completes rights deals with race organizers, extended its commitment to the one-day classic Amstel Gold Race through 2016, the Tour of Flanders’ one-day classic and Criterium du Dauphine, a weeklong warm-up in June for the Tour de France. The EBU also has European rights to cycling’s signature event through 2015.

Golf

U.S. likely to pick Watson as his next Ryder Cup captain

NEW YORK – In the two months since a stunning loss in the Ryder Cup, the PGA of America talked about doing things differently when selecting its next captain; Tom Watson certainly would break the mold.

Golf Digest reported on its website Tuesday night that the PGA of America plans to pick Watson on Thursday, celebrated worldwide as an eight-time major champion and revered in Scotland where he won four of his five British Open titles.

Watson will be 65 when the Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles, Scotland, making him the oldest captain in U.S. history. Sam Snead was 57 when he was captain in 1969.

NHL

Mediators meet with owners and players separately

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Day: 88.

Last Negotiations: Wednesday, Dec. 12, in New Jersey.

Next Negotiations: No negotiations have been scheduled.

Games Lost: 527 (all games through Dec. 30, plus the New Year’s Day Winter Classic and All-Star weekend).

No Progress: The NHL and the players’ association both came to the same location Wednesday but never got into the same room with each other to continue negotiations that broke off last Thursday. Each side caucused separately with federal mediators throughout the day, and ideas were tossed back and forth, but no formal proposals were made.

Soccer

Dempsey is voted USA No. 1 for the third time overall

SAN FRANCISCO – Clint Dempsey was voted the Futbol de Primera United States national team player of the year award for the second consecutive year and third time overall.

The 29-year-old Tottenham midfielder received 352 points and 81 first-place votes in media balloting released Wednesday. Roma midfielder Michael Bradley was second and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was third.

Dempsey had six goals in nine games for the U.S. this year, giving him 30 in 91 international caps.

Associated Press