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Sports in brief: Football players among 17 arrested for allegedly selling drugs at Texas Christian University

College Football

Drug sting snares four TCU players

FORT WORTH, Texas — Authorities arrested 17 students, including four football players, at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting.

Arrest warrants included reports of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a drug test just two weeks ago. According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana in season and as recently as last week.

"As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I'm mad," coach Gary Patterson said.

The 17 people arrested were caught selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs, police said. The arrest affidavits raise the possibility that other players were involved.

Three prominent defensive players were arrested: linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey and cornerback Devin Johnson. The other player is offensive lineman Ty Horn.

Documents show Patterson sprung a surprise drug test on the team on Feb. 1, national signing day. Patterson ordered the test after a prize recruit reportedly told him he wouldn't attend TCU because of drug use by players. During a drug buy, an undercover officer asked Johnson about the surprise drug test. "What can they do? Eighty-two people failed it," Johnson said.

More colleges: Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings, a starter in all 14 games as a junior, will sit the first two games after he was arrested Jan. 21. He was charged with simple battery and domestic violence after an incident with a girlfriend.

Tennis

Wozniacki falters

Caroline Wozniacki failed to convert three match points in the third set and lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to Lucie Safarova at the Qatar Open in Doha. Wozniacki was playing her first match since losing the No. 1 women's ranking after the Australian Open. Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, in her first match ranked No. 1, beat Mona Barthel 6-1, 6-0.

World Tennis: Top-seeded Roger Federer moved into the quarterfinals after beating Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

SAP Open: American Ryan Harrison, 19, rallied from a 3-1 third-set deficit to upset eighth-seeded Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in San Jose, Calif.

ET CETERA

Horses: Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, will not race in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes on Feb. 25 at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar as first planned. Instead, he will run in an optional claiming allowance turf race Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, using the $60,000 event as a prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.

AUTOs: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone dismissed an antigovernment protest as "a lot of kids having a go at the police" and said the Bahrain Grand Prix is still on for April.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

GOLF

This week on tour

PGA: Northern Trust Open, Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles. TV: Today-Friday, 3 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m., Golf Channel, and 3 p.m., Ch. 10

LPGA: LPGA Thailand, Siam Country Club, Pattay. TV: Today-Friday, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.; Golf Channel

Champions: Ace Group Classic, Twin Eagles Club, Naples. TV: Friday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; Golf Channel

PGA Europe: Avantha Masters, DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi. TV: Today-Sunday, 9 a.m., Golf Channel

Sports in brief: Football players among 17 arrested for allegedly selling drugs at Texas Christian University 02/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:05am]

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