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Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki participates in first full practice

Hockey

McQuaid had surgery for blood clot

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid had surgery for a blood clot under his collarbone in October and would have been out until January, and possibly February, if the NHL had not locked out its players, CSNNE.com reported Wednesday. McQuaid had two surgeries at Mass. General within weeks, one for the blood clot, the other to prevent it from recurring. McQuaid, 26, had to have his rib removed and part of his neck muscle during surgery.

Basketball

Mavs’ Nowitzki returns to practice

Dirk Nowitzki went through his first full practice with the Dallas Mavericks since undergoing knee surgery that forced the 11-time All-Star to miss every game so far this season. Following the practice, Nowitzki gave no real timetable on when he might make his season debut, except to say ‘‘maybe any time after Christmas.’’ Nowitizki had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 . . . Mike Krzyzewski and Geno Auriemma have been chosen USA Basketball coaches of the year after leading the US teams to Olympic gold medals. Krzyzewski guided the US men to a second straight gold and was honored for the fifth time by USA Basketball. He also shared the award with Auriemma in 2010, after the Americans won gold in both the men’s and women’s world basketball championships. Auriemma, the Connecticut women’s coach, led the US women to their fifth straight Olympic gold medal, most ever in a traditional women’s team sport . . . South Alabama men’s coach Ronnie Arrow is retiring, effective immediately. Athletic director Joel Erdmann announced that associate head coach Jeff Price will finish the season as interim coach. Arrow, 65, returned to South Alabama for his second stint in 2007 after leading the Jaguars from 1987-94. He has guided the program to three NCAA Tournaments and three Sun Belt Conference titles.

Golf

McIlroy, Lewis win GWAA honors

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Rory McIlroy was the near unanimous choice as the best male player by the Golf Writers Association of America. McIlroy received 190 out of the 194 votes cast by GWAA members. Three votes went to FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, and the other went to Tiger Woods. Stacy Lewis was voted best female player with 79 percent of the vote, while double major winner Roger Chapman won the senior player award with 60 percent of the vote. This is the fourth time in the last five years that the GWAA award has gone to a European player . . . .After 25 years, the Champions Tour will no longer make a stop at the TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., because of sponsorship problems. The tournament has been replaced by the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. 

Soccer

New probe ordered into 1989 disaster

Britain’s High Court overturned a ruling that the death of 96 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough disaster was accidental, and a new criminal investigation into the 1989 stadium tragedy was ordered by the government. The wrongdoing and mistakes that led to the crush at an FA Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest were fully exposed only in September after an independent panel examined previously secret documents, vindicating a 23-year search for the truth by the victims’ families. The papers uncovered an attempt by police to shift the blame onto Liverpool fans watching from a standing-room-only section at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground, by instructing officers to change statements and insinuate that many fans were drunk and had histories of violence or criminality . . . Setting term limits for senior FIFA officials would help the governing body regain some public credibility following scandals over the past two years, executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said. Zwanziger chaired a task force this year suggesting a maximum of two four-year terms for FIFA president and three four-year terms for executive committee members . . . The Houston Dynamo will host Santos Laguna in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal March 5 and MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy will open at Costa Rica’s Herediano on March 7. The Seattle Sounders start at Mexico’s Tigres on March 6. The last American team to win the title was the Galaxy in 2000.

Boxing

Tyson, Leonard head Nevada Hall class

Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Larry Holmes, and Julio Cesar Chavez head the inaugural class of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Promoters Bob Arum and Don King and referee Mills Lane were among the other total of 18 inductees announced at a news conference Wednesday in North Las Vegas. Mike McCallum and Diego Corrales round out the field of seven boxers along with two trainers, Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach.

Miscellany

N.H. girl wins suit to play boys’ hockey

  A Merrimack (N.H.) Superior Court judge ruled that the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association cannot bar Shelby Herrington, 17, from playing on the boys’ hockey team at Bishop Brady High School in Concord even though the school this year formed a cooperative girls’ team with Trinity High School of Manchester. The ruling allows the junior to continue playing with the Bishop Brady boys’ team she joined as a freshman . . . Viktoria Rebensburg won the women’s giant slalom World Cup race in Are, Sweden, ending Tina Maze’s winning streak at four races. Maze finished third.

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