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Fried­gen out af­ter 10 years at Mary­land

COL­LEGE PARK, Md. — Ralph Fried­gen was fired as Mary­land’s foot­ball coach Mon­day, ef­fec­tive af­ter the Mil­i­tary Bowl on Dec. 29.

Fried­gen re­ceived $2 mil­lion to cover the fi­nal year of his con­tract in 2011. Ath­letic di­rec­tor Kevin An­der­son in­tended to im­me­di­ately form a search com­mit­tee to find Fried­gen’s re­place­ment, and ac­knowl­edged that for­mer Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his pre­lim­i­nary list.

There’s been spec­u­la­tion for days about Fried­gen’s sta­tus, and the pos­si­bil­ity that Leach could be his suc­ces­sor. Asked about other names on the list, An­der­son de­clined com­ment.

Dur­ing his 10 years at his alma mater, Fried­gen went 74-50. Af­ter the Ter­rap­ins slipped to 2-10 last year, Fried­gen guided the team to an 8-4 record, was named At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence coach of the year for a sec­ond time and earned his sev­enth post­sea­son ap­pear­ance.

Bucks PG Jen­nings to miss 4 to 6 weeks

MIL­WAU­KEE — Mil­wau­kee Bucks point guard Bran­don Jen­nings will miss four to six weeks as he re­cov­ers from surgery to re­pair a frac­ture in his left foot.

Gen­eral man­ager John Ham­mond said Mon­day that the 21-year-old Jen­nings was ex­am­ined af­ter Satur­day’s 95-86 loss to Utah.

Jen­nings broke the long bone on the out­side of his left foot that con­nects to the lit­tle toe, one of the most com­mon bones to break in the foot. He ear­lier said he first felt pain in a loss to San An­to­nio, but kept play­ing and also played 30 min­utes against the Jazz.

HOR­NETS SOLD: The NBA has com­pleted its pur­chase of the New Or­leans Hor­nets. The league an­nounced Mon­day that its board of gov­er­nors has given its an­tic­i­pated ap­proval of the pur­chase.

NBA Com­mis­sioner David Stern says the fran­chise is worth about $300 mil­lion and that the league will look to sell the club to a more per­ma­nent owner, prefer­ably one that would con­tinue to op­er­ate the team in New Or­leans.

Brazil­ians join forces in IndyCar Se­ries

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Brazil­ians Gil de Fer­ran and Tony Kanaan will team up next sea­son in the IndyCar Se­ries.

De Fer­ran, the for­mer In­di­anapo­lis 500 win­ner, has hired Kanaan, a for­mer points champ, as his top driver for next sea­son. It’s the first time the two coun­try­men have been on the same team.

Kanaan drove eight sea­sons for Michael An­dretti’s team, won 14 races, the 2004 points ti­tle and was of­ten asked to help set up cars for his team­mates. Kanaan has never fin­ished out­side the top six in the points chase.

When 7-Eleven pulled its spon­sor­ship af­ter last sea­son, Kanaan and An­dretti agreed to a set­tle­ment that made An­dretti a free agent.

Two months later, Kanaan has found a new ride — with de Fer­ran Dragon Rac­ing.

Fowler, O’Hair land Masters in­vi­ta­tions

AU­GUSTA, Ga. — Rickie Fowler and Sean O’Hair are the only Amer­i­cans among 13 play­ers who have qual­i­fied for the Masters through the world rank­ing.

There are no tour­na­ments the rest of the year, so the fi­nal 2010 rank­ing be­came avail­able Mon­day.

The Masters in­vites play­ers who are in the top 50 at the end of the year. The cri­te­ria is mainly for in­ter­na­tional play­ers who are not PGA Tour mem­bers and have fewer av­enues to qual­ify, such as win­ning a tour event or get­ting into the FedEx Cup fi­nale.

For­mer QB Leaf signs three-book deal

BOOKS: For­mer NFL quar­ter­back Ryan Leaf is plan­ning to write three books about his life, foot­ball ca­reer and ad­dic­tion to painkiller­s. The deal was an­nounced Mon­day by Crim­son Oak Pub­lish­ing, a Pull­man, Wash.-based pub­lisher that bills it­self as spe­cial­iz­ing in books about “hope, pos­si­bil­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion.” Leaf con­firmed the book deal but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

SOC­CER: David Beck­ham still hopes to join a Euro­pean club on loan dur­ing the MLS off­sea­son to keep his hopes of play­ing for Eng­land alive. The 35-year-old has spent the last two win­ters at AC Mi­lan, but the Los An­ge­les Galaxy is re­luc­tant to send him out on loan again af­ter he in­jured an Achilles’ ten­don while play­ing in Italy in March.

— Staff and wire re­ports

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