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First, the Rose Bowl, then Andersen inherits Badgers

MADISON, Wis. – Gary Andersen doesn’t mind taking a back seat with his new team when it comes to the Rose Bowl.

Andersen formally was introduced Friday as the new head coach at Wisconsin, and he made it clear right away that he will be more of a “fly on the wall” as the Badgers prepare for the Jan. 1 game against Stanford.

That’s because his boss, athletic director Barry Alvarez, already is handling the coaching duties at the request of the players after the departure of Bret Bielema for Arkansas. That allows Andersen, who left Utah State after four years, to evaluate players and prepare for next season.

Andersen drew interest from California, Colorado and Kentucky last month but decided to pass on those opportunities and received a contract extension from Utah State. Andersen, 48, said he accepted the Wisconsin job without asking any questions.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State promoted 39-year-old offensive coordinator Matt Wells to head coach Thursday, replacing Wisconsin-bound Gary Andersen.


Spanish Supreme Court says Heras is the 2005 champion

MADRID – Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that Roberto Heras must be reinstated as the winner of the 2005 Spanish Vuelta after it upheld a lower court’s decision to clear him of a doping ban that stripped him of the title.

Heras previously won the Vuelta in 2000, 2003 and 2004 before he tested positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) in the second-to-last stage of the 2005 race.

On Friday, Spain’s highest court rejected an appeal brought by the Spanish cycling federation and government lawyers against last year’s decision to retroactively clear Heras of a two-year ban.

Men and women financially will be cycling equals

IGLE, Switzerland – Cycling’s governing body is introducing equal prize money for men and women at most world championship events.

The decision takes effect in January, with the International Cycling Union ruling that “no distinction should be made between the achievements of men and women.”

The UCI management committee’s ruling applies to all cycling disciplines apart from the road team time trial.


Sermanni and the Americans will start with a familiar foe

CHICAGO – New USA women’s soccer coach Tom Sermanni will see a familiar foe in his first two games in charge of the Americans.

The Olympic champion United States will play Scotland in an exhibition game Feb. 13 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The Americans said last weekend they will open their 2013 schedule with an exhibition against the Scots on Feb. 9 at Jacksonville, Fla..

Born in Scotland, Sermanni spent the last eight years as Australia’s coach and led the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the last two Women’s World Cups. He was hired by the U.S. Soccer Federation in October to start at the beginning of 2013.

World Cup Ski Racing

Slalom ace Schild will miss 3 months after knee surgery

INNSBRUCK, Austria – Marlies Schild of Austria will be out three months after knee surgery and won’t be able to defend her world slalom title in her home country in February.

The Austrian ski federation said Schild had surgery Friday in Innsbruck for a torn collateral ligament in her right knee. Schild was hurt Thursday during training at the World Cup slalom in Are, Sweden.

The world championships are Feb. 5-17 in Schladming.

Schild won the world title in 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Schild is a four-time World Cup slalom champion. She has won 33 races in the discipline, one short of matching Vreni Schneider’s record.

Associated Press