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•BASEBALL: A lawsuit by a business seeking $203,000 from former Cubs star Sammy Sosa has been thrown out by a Dominican Republic prosecutor because it lacked sufficient evidence. Carim Abu Nabaa had alleged that Sosa didn't pay him a commission of $150,000 on a house sale, $43,000 for a luxury watch and $10,000 for getting Reggaeton singer Don Omar to perform at Sosa's 41st birthday party. ... Nick Johnson is returning to the Yankees, a move that likely will end Johnny Damon's time in New York after four seasons. … Right-handed reliever Claudio Vargas, 1-0 with a 1.77 ERA in 36 appearances last season, agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Brewers. … The Padres are breaking out their retro mustard-and-mud look for home Thursday afternoon games.

•COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Auburn running back Eric Smith is academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl against Northwestern … Florida State's new head coach Jimbo Fisher has agreed to a five-year contract worth $1.8 million annually, not including incentives, when he takes over for Bobby Bowden on Jan. 5. … An Arizona Republic report is raising questions about political donations made by employees of the Fiesta Bowl that may have been reimbursed by the bowl. The report cites several unnamed past and present Fiesta Bowl employees as saying they were encouraged to write checks to friendly politicians and then were reimbursed by the bowl, possibly a violation of state and federal campaign finance laws. ... ... Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap is back with the team, back at practice and could be back in the starting lineup in the Sugar Bowl less than three weeks after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. ... USC tailback Joe McKnight has been driving a 2006 Land Rover owned by a Santa Monica, Calif., businessman, the Los Angeles Times reported. The school is investigating McKnight's use of the vehicle to find out if it is in violation NCAA rules. ... Matt Szczur caught two touchdown passes, ran for 159 yards and had another 68 yards passing, leading Villanova (14-1) to its first Football Championship Subdivision title with a 23-21 victory over Montana (14-1) at Chattanooga, Tenn.

•GOLF: Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer says it will not use Tiger Woods' image in advertising campaigns in the United States for the foreseeable future. … Woods was voted the PGA Tour player of the year by the players, the 10th time in his 13 years on tour that he has won the award. … U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin said Woods will be as strong a player as ever when he comes back from his marital turmoil and self-imposed break from golf.

•PRO FOOTBALL: The Redskins and former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan have begun talks over Washington's still-occupied head coaching position, the Denver Post reported. ... Bills guard Richie Incognito, two days after being claimed off waivers from the Rams, has been fined $50,000 for two unnecessary roughness penalties in last week's Rams-Titans game, sources told ESPN. .... Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez will start for the Jets after missing one game with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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