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BASE­BALL: Free-agent pitcher Gar­rett Richards and the Padres fi­nal­ized a $15.5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract.

COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL: Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins, choos­ing a Ge­or­gia na­tive with a back­ground in de­fense to re­place Paul John­son as the Yel­low Jack­ets coach. Collins, 47, is a for­mer Flor­ida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple . ... Seth Lit­trell de­cided to re­main as North Texas’ coach af­ter Kansas State had ex­pressed in­ter­est in him to re­place Hall of Famer Bill Sny­der . ... Kansas RB Pooka Wil­liams was sus­pended af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery, the same day the star fresh­man was cho­sen Big 12 new­comer of the year.

GOLF: Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fair­way for an ea­gle on the 17th on his way to an 8-un­der 63 and a one-shot lead af­ter the se­cond round of the South African Open in Jo­han­nes­burg. Schwartzel moved to 12 un­der and re­placed Louis Oosthuizen atop the leader­board.

ALSO: Alex Mor­gan was named U.S. Soc­cer’s Player of the Year for a se­cond time af­ter lead­ing the na­tional team with 18 goals in 19 games . ... Derek Fisher was in­tro­duced as coach of the the Los An­ge­les Sparks, a team he watched play at Sta­ples Cen­ter while he helped the Lak­ers win five NBA cham­pi­onships as their point guard . ... Days af­ter get­ting his first ca­reer World Cup win, Ste­fan Luitz could be dis­qual­i­fied for break­ing ski­ing’s dop­ing rules by us­ing an oxy­gen mask. The In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent Sun­day in Beaver Creek, Colo. Luitz won a gi­ant slalom that started at an alti­tude of 10,340 feet. The World Anti-Dop­ing Agency al­lows “sup­ple­men­tal oxy­gen ad­min­is­tered by in­hala­tion,” but notes that sports bod­ies can choose to pro­hibit it. FIS rules state oxy­gen tanks can­not be brought to race venues.

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