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    QB recruit Gunner Kiel switches again — to Notre Dame

    College football

    Gunner Kiel, considered by many the country’s top quarterback recruit, officially switched his commitment to Notre Dame from Louisiana State yesterday. He enrolled at the university yesterday and will begin classes for the spring semester. It is the biggest recruiting coup of the year for the Irish, who have a class considered one of the 10 best in the country. Kiel initially committed to Indiana but re-opened his recruitment this fall when the Hoosiers struggled. Kiel, from Columbus, Ind., strongly considered Notre Dame before picking LSU in late December . . . Andrew Luck’s uncle will serve as the agent for the former Stanford quarterback and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up. The Wasserman Media Group announced it had hired Luck’s uncle, Will Wilson, as executive vice president of football to represent the quarterback. Luck is expected to be the top pick in April’s NFL draft . . . Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested in Bradenton, Fla., on a marijuana possession charge. Kirkpatrick is regarded as a potential top 10 NFL draft pick. The second-team All-American announced last week he was skipping his senior season with the national champions to enter the draft . . . Michigan dismissed wide receiver Darryl Stonum, who was sentenced to 10 days in jail earlier this month after violating probation in a drunken-driving case. Coach Brady Hoke announced the dismissal for what he called a violation of team rules. Stonum caught 76 passes for 1,008 yards and 6 touchdowns in 25 starts.


    Penguins’ Letang skates at practice

    Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion in late November. He has been cleared to play by team doctors and is optimistic he can suit up before the NHL All-Star Game Jan. 29 . . . Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out at least six months. Carcillo was helped off the ice after he launched Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert into the boards during the second period of the Oilers’ 4-3 victory Jan. 2. Carcillo received a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct for the hit, and was later suspended for seven games . . . The Blue Jackets placed left wing R.J. Umberger, suffering from concussion symptoms, on injured reserve. Umberger took a hit to the head from Anaheim’s Jean-Francois Jacques Sunday and is listed as week to week. No timetable has been set for his return.


    Revolution draft Smith, three others

    The Revolution tabbed Bethel University forward Dawyne Smith with the third overall pick in the MLS supplemental draft. Smith, 23, a Jamaican native, had 46 goals and 39 assists in 77 games for Bethel, an NAIA school in McKenzie, Tenn. The Revolution added forward Alec Purdie (Indiana) in the second round, midfielder Kevin Garcia (Villanova) in the third, and forward Michael Roach (Saint Louis) in the fourth. The Montreal Impact selected Canadian forward Evan James with the No. 1 overall pick.


    Wolves’ Webster makes return to court


    Timberwolves swingman Martell Webster practiced for the first time since he had back surgery in September. The team said it’s unknown when he’ll be ready for game action. Guard J.J. Barea also practiced after missing the last three games with a sprained left ankle but remains listed as day to day . . . The Hawks said All-Star center Al Horford underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle. He is expected to be out 3-4 months.


    Amherst, Middlebury stay top-ranked

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    New England schools remained atop the national polls, with the Amherst women and Middlebury men holding onto their No. 1 rankings. MIT held onto the No. 3 spot in the men’s poll while the Amherst men moved up one spot to No. 4. The Bentley women’s team moved up three places to No. 6 in the Division 2 USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll . . . Memphis police disclosed they will not conduct a criminal investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against former Amateur Athletic Union president Bobby Dodd, saying no one filed a formal complaint against him. ESPN reported last month that two former basketball players had accused Dodd of molesting them as children in Memphis and other locations . . . Swiss downhill racer Dominique Gisin, who is fourth in the World Cup downhill standings, had knee surgery and will miss the rest of the season . . . Dan Gilbert, owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, purchased the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, a team that plays its games in Quicken Loans Arena . . . Former light welterweight champion Amir Khan withdrew an appeal to the International Boxing Federation he filed after a split-decision loss last month to Lamont Peterson. Khan was granted a rematch by the World Boxing Association last week . . . Former PGA golfer Steve Thomas was among 40 suspects arrested in central Florida as part of an underage sex sting operation. Thomas, of Meridian, Miss., who had one top-10 finish on the tour, was charged with traveling to seduce an underage girl.