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Ex-Va. lacrosse player guilty of murder

Colleges
Jurors found a former University of Virginia lacrosse player guilty of second-degree murder yesterday in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend that was fueled by jealousy over her relationship with another lacrosse player. Jurors met for nine hours in the trial of George Huguely V, 24, rejecting a verdict of first-degree murder that could have resulted in life in prison in the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love. He also was convicted of grand larceny. The two convictions call for a maximum of 60 years in prison, though the jurors recommended 26. Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire set an April court date on sentencing matters. He is not bound by the jury’s recommendations, but Virginia judges typically heed jurors’ wishes . . . Temple and the Big East are talking about the Owls rejoining the conference in all sports as soon as next season. MAC commissioner Jon A. Steinbrecher said in a statement his league is “aware that Temple has been in discussions with the Big East regarding membership.’’ Outside of football, Temple’s sports programs are in the Atlantic 10. Boise State will remain in the Mountain West for the 2012-13 athletic seasons after considering an early move for its football program to the Big East. The school announced it was not “fiscally responsible’’ to move its football program a year earlier than scheduled . . . The NCAA denied Boston College’s appeal for a sixth year of eligibility for wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury in the first game of the 2011 season and missed the 2009 season.

UConn’s Calhoun set for back surgery

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun will undergo surgery next week to address a lower back condition. The university said the status of the Hall of Fame coach, who has been on a medical leave of absence since Feb. 3 because of a condition known as spinal stenosis, will then be evaluated on “a day-to-day basis.’’ . . . The defamation lawsuit filed by two former ball boys against Syracuse University and coach Jim Boeheim will be heard in Syracuse, N.Y., a judge who graduated from Syracuse ruled. Bobby Davis and Michael Lang filed their suit in New York City, claiming Boeheim slandered them by saying they were out for money after their allegations of abuse by former assistant coach Bernie Fine surfaced in November. They fought a motion by the school and Boeheim to hear the case in Syracuse, where the plaintiffs don’t believe they’ll get a fair hearing because of Boeheim’s high standing in the community.

Sacramento makes effort to keep Kings

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NBA
Sacramento’s last shot to remain an NBA city appears headed for another overtime. Commissioner David Stern and Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, said they have agreed to a “work plan’’ in hopes of reaching a deal to finance a new arena by the March 1 deadline. Johnson, Stern, and the Maloof family, which owns the Sacramento Kings, will meet during this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Orlando, Fla. If a plan can been hammered out in time, a term sheet will be announced March 1 and the Sacramento City Council will vote on the plan at its March 6 meeting, possibly avoiding the relocation talk that surrounded the team last year when it almost moved to Anaheim. The major sticking point in negotiations remains how much the Kings will contribute . . . Former player Javaris Crittenton is back in jail. Out on bond on charges he killed a woman in an August drive-by shooting in south Atlanta, authorities said he was jailed after being pulled over for speeding and refusing to get out of his Porsche in Riverdale, Ga. . . . New Jersey forward Shawne Williams had surgery to repair an old fracture and remove two small bone fragments in his left foot. He will miss the rest of the season . . . The agent for free agent Joel Przybilla said “it appears imminent’’ the center will sign with Portland, where he played 6 1/2 seasons before being traded to Charlotte last February . . . Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert pulled out of the dunk contest with a left knee injury and will be replaced by Utah’s Jeremy Evans.

Globe sweeps up at APSE contest

Miscellany
The Globe received top-10 honors in daily, Sunday, and special section categories at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ contest at Orlando, Fla. The Globe was one of only four newspapers in the over-175,000 circulation category to sweep the section awards. Boston.com earned top-10 honors in the multimedia division. The Globe also had five top-10 writing awards: Peter Abraham, Amalie Benjamin, Nick Cafardo, Sean Smith, Chad Finn, Daigo Fujiwara, and Javier Zarracina for their work on the injuries the Red Sox sustained in 2010; Dan Shaughnessy for commentary; Bob Hohler won in explanatory (downfall of the 2011 Red Sox) and investigative (sexual abuse allegations of tennis Hall of Famer Bob Hewitt); and Greg A. Bedard in beat reporting for coverage of the Patriots . . . Tight end Jermichael Finley said on Twitter he agreed to a new deal with the Packers. ESPN reported it is for two years and $15 million . . . Prosecutors dropped DUI charges against Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who pleaded guilty to reckless driving . . . Bills cornerback Terrence McGee agreed to restructure the final two years of his contract . . . The NFL Coaches Association hired sports lawyer David Cornwell as executive director . . . Convicted sex abuser and former junior hockey coach Graham James apologized to his victims, his former players, and the entire Canadian hockey community during a sentencing hearing for abusing former NHL star Theo Fleury and another player, Todd Holt.

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