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10/26/2011 12:00 AM

10/26/2011 12:08 AM

Hunter Sparks of Wichita State won the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate tournament Tuesday in Las Cruces, N.M. Sparks, a junior, shot a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 54-hole score of 14 under.

WSU was second in team scores. Junior Rafael Becker was fifth individually (7 under), Calvin Pearson ninth (2 under) and Louis Cohen Boyer 14th (1 under).

Soccer

The Wings will hold their first public scrimmage at 6:30 tonight inside Park City's Hartman Arena. Admission is a can of food that will be donated to the Kansas Food Bank.

Colleges

Oral Roberts says it will leave the Summit League and join the Southland Conference next July. ORU had competed in the Summit League since 1997-98.

Football

Butler remained fourth in this week's NJCAA poll. Hutchinson, which fell to Butler 28-10 on Saturday, dropped from eighth to 15th after its second loss. Coffeyville improved from 19th to 17th.

* Cheney native Jerry Kill, in his first year as Minnesota's coach, signed his contract Tuesday. It runs through the 2017 season and will pay him at least $1.2 million annually.

* Buffalo placed veteran linebacker Shawne Merriman on season-ending injured reserve because of a right Achilles injury. It's the same injury that forced him to go on IR last November right after the Bills signed him as a free agent.

* LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive back Tharold Simon returned to practice for the first time since being suspended a week ago for violating the team's drug policy.

* The Minnesota Vikings waived unhappy wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who was inactive Sunday for the second time in three games. He hasn't scored a touchdown since November 2009.

* Terrell Owens' workout Tuesday was watched by two television networks but no NFL teams. The 37-year-old free-agent wide receiver participated in some drills and caught passes Tuesday outside Los Angeles in a showcase televised by ESPN and NFL Network. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said he would contact teams to tell them Owens "is immediately available to visit and work out for them." Owens has been rehabilitating a left knee injury that required surgery.

Basketball

Former Kansas guard Keith Langford has signed with the Euroleague's Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Langford, 28, led the league in scoring last season with 18.7 points while playing for BC Khimki Moscow.

Motorsports

Will Power suffered a broken vertebra in the 15-car pileup that killed two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Power was among the cars involved in the accident in the IndyCar season finale Oct. 16 at Las Vegas. He was released from a hospital after the accident with no evidence of significant injury, but Penske Racing said tests Monday in Indianapolis revealed a compression fracture of his fourth thoracic vertebra.

Television

NBC Sports is receiving a $20 million loan with a 1-percent interest rate from the state of Connecticut to move much of its production from New York to Stamford. Terms call for the loan to be forgiven in stages if NBC Sports creates 450 jobs in 10 years.

Baseball

Red Sox starter John Lackey will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery and miss the 2012 season.

* The Twins declined the option on former closer Joe Nathan and will end the contract with a $2 million buyout. Nathan was set to make $12.5 million next season, though he could re-sign with the team at a lower price.

* The Blue Jays don't intend to let manager John Farrell leave for the same job with the Red Sox. The Jays issued a statement that said employees won't be permitted to leave for the same job in another organization. Farrell spent four seasons as Boston's pitching coach before being hired to manage the Blue Jays last year.

Tennis

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki rallied past Agnieszka Radwanska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in their opening round-robin match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Wozniacki wasted a 4-2 lead in the third set but broke again when Radwanska netted a forehand on the Dane's second match point. Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and U.S. Open winner Sam Stosur also began the group stage with a victory at the season-ending tournament.

Hockey

Rookie Ryan Johansen scored his first NHL goal in a 4-1 Columbus victory over Detroit.... Marc-Andre Fleury got his 20th NHL shutout in a 3-0 win over the Islanders, Pittsburgh's fourth straight victory.... Jason Spezza's shootout goal was the difference in Ottawa's 3-2 win at Carolina.... Tampa Bay won at Buffalo 4-3 with 36 saves from Mathieu Garon.... Joe Pavelski scored twice in San Jose's 3-1 win at Nashville.

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