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Sports in brief

Swimming

OlympiC Star pranks Cal coach on pick

Missy Franklin had a little fun with California women's swimming coach Teri McKeever, leading her U.S. Olympic coach into thinking she had lost out on the five-time London Games medalist, who was announcing her choice of college Wednesday.

"My heart sank for about 30 seconds until she cleared it up," McKeever said after Franklin, 17, signed a national letter of intent to swim for the Golden Bears in September instead of cashing in as a pro.

Franklin will purse a degree and swim for two years for the two-time defending NCAA champs. Then she will train with their post-graduate ranks and go pro before the 2016 Rio Games.

"Does Missy Franklin have the ability to make millions? Yes, I think she does," the coach said. "If she earns a degree and broadens her 17-year-old person, she's going to be more marketable and make a bigger difference in the world."

Gymnastics

Injury-plagued Memmel retires

Chellsie Memmel, the 24-year-old three-time world champion and 2008 Olympic team silver medalist, announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics. Her career was hampered by a series of injuries, and her latest comeback ended in May when she failed to qualify for the U.S. championships.

"I'm proud of everything that I was able to accomplish," said Memmel, who will continue the process of becoming a gymnastics judge she started last year. "I had some untimely injuries, obviously."

Memmel was part of the 2003 squad that won the country's first team title at worlds and tied for gold on uneven bars that year. She missed the Athens Olympics with a foot injury, but came back in 2005 to become the third U.S. woman to win the world all-around title.

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Autos: Roush Fenway Racing is making more changes to its crew chief lineup, moving veteran Jimmy Fennig to work with Carl Edwards next season. Fennig has been paired with Matt Kenseth, who is leaving at the end of the season. Kenseth's replacement, Ricky Stenhouse, will be paired with crew chief Scott Graves, who has been working in the Nationwide series.

Skiing: Lindsey Vonn was released from a Vail, Colo., hospital two days after being admitted for intestinal pain. Publicist Lewis Kay said Vonn was "resting comfortably at home." He was not sure when the four-time overall World Cup champion would return to skiing. Doctors were trying to determine what caused her illness.

Soccer: Mix Diskerud, a 22-year-old whose mother is from Arizona and who grew up in Norway, scored his first international goal in the third minute of injury time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against host Russia in an exhibition.… Pele, 72, is having physiotherapy after surgery to restore proper function to his right hip in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is in good condition and already walking around his room. He could be out of the hospital this week.

Times wires

Sports in brief 11/14/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:05am]

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