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California player out of hospital after scary hit in practice

BERKELEY, Calif. — California safety Avery Sebastian was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, a day after he was injured in a hard collision during a scrimmage that had appeared to leave him immobilized.

Sebastian was taken to Highland General Hospital in Oakland on Monday following the practice injury.

Reports said Sebastian hit running back Jeffrey Coprich on a run and immediately went down. Sebastian, the starting strong safety, didn't appear to move for more than 15 minutes before being taken away by ambulance.

Late Monday, the school released a statement saying he had movement in all his extremities.

Long career ending: Albany's Bob Ford, the longest tenured coach in college football, announced he is retiring at the end of the season. Ford, 76, has coached the Division I-AA Great Danes since they restarted their program in 1970. His 264 victories top all active Division I coaches.

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban said starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest has been suspended "for a short time," and didn't say whether DePriest would play in the opener Aug. 31 against Virginia Tech.

Memphis: Ernest Suttles, a defensive end kicked off of Nebraska's team this summer after an altercation with a teammate, will join the Tigers, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Oklahoma: Defensive end D.J. Ward had his spleen removed. Coach Bob Stoops said the freshman faces about a six-week recovery process. Stoops said Ward had an enlarged spleen and that the surgery "had nothing to do with contact or anything."

South Carolina: All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice after missing two sessions with a bruised shoulder.

Washington: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a finalist last season for the Mackey Award as the top tight end in the country, has a small fracture in his right pinkie and needs surgery. His timetable was unknown. The junior pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in July and his status for the season opener against Boise State was in question because coach Steve Sarkisian was keeping any discipline internal.

Basketball: Luke Martinez of Wyoming pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge. Martinez, accused of kicking a man in the face during a bar fight last winter, was ordered to serve jail time and pay $58,000 in restitution in circuit court in Laramie. … The NCAA accepted San Diego's submission of a secondary violation in a game-fixing case involving former guard Brandon Johnson, and won't impose sanctions.

California player out of hospital after scary hit in practice 08/13/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:28pm]

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