Friday, November 24, 2017
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College kicker comes out as bisexual

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

KICKER reveals he's bisexual

SALEM, Ore. — Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman kicker at Division III Willamette, announced that he is bisexual, saying he was tired of pretending he was something he wasn't. Mertens, 19, said Tuesday he also wanted to help dispel the stereotypes and stigmas associated with bisexual athletes. Coach Glen Fowles said the players were overwhelmingly supportive of his decision.

RUTGERS: The school is close to hiring former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen as its offensive coordinator. Friedgen, 66, coached the Terrapins from 2001-10.

BASEBALL

Ex-Rays All-Star Peña to try to make Angels

Former Rays 1B Carlos Peña signed a minor-league deal with the Angels, along with OF Brennan Boesch. Peña, 35, was an All-Star in 2009 and hit a Rays-record 46 homers in '07.

CUBS: The team asked the city's permission to put a 650-square-foot sign at Wrigley Field that may partially block views of the field from the surrounding rooftop businesses.

REDS: Closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

SOCCER

Neymar's dad: Deal secured in 2011

Neymar's father and agent, also named Neymar, said Barcelona paid his company a U.S.-equivalent $13.3 million in 2011 to guarantee the right to sign the Brazilian star. That provided the latest insight into the high-profile transfer that led to the resignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell last week amid allegations he hid the real cost of the deal in false contracts.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal's title push was slowed by a 2-2 tie at Southampton, Liverpool routed Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby and Robin van Persie scored in his return from an injury layoff for Manchester United in a 2-0 victory over last-place Cardiff.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Chip Ganassi Racing has had a preliminary discussion with Kurt Busch about running the Indianapolis 500.

SLALOM: Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won a World Cup slalom in Schladming, Austria, the last one before the Sochi Olympics, for his first career win.

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