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Ex-FSU backup joins 'Bama

Jake Coker, who lost the FSU quarterback battle in the fall to eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, is transferring to Alabama, where he will try to replace the NFL-bound AJ McCarron.

Coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that Coker had signed with the Crimson Tide and would be eligible this coming season. Coker, who will be a junior, is on target to graduate in May. NCAA rules allow graduate students to transfer without sitting out a season, as usually required.

"We think a lot of Jake, and we are excited to have him join our team," Saban said.

Meanwhile, highly rated quarterback Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure High in Ventura, Calif., who withdrew his oral commitment to Alabama on Saturday, now says he will go to Southern Cal. Town's other offers included Arizona State, Georgia, Florida State, Miami and Texas.


Mizzou informs police of alleged assault

In the wake of a report that a swimmer committed suicide after she said she was sexually assaulted by a football player, the University of Missouri said it turned over information to the police Saturday and the university president called for an independent review of the matter.

Sasha Menu Courey committed suicide in 2011, about 16 months after the alleged rape. President Timothy Wolfe said he will ask for an "outside independent counsel" to investigate the response to the allegations.

Obituary: Former Arizona athletic director Dave Strack died Saturday at 90. In 1972, he hired Fred Snowden to become the first black basketball coach at an NCAA Division I school.

Winter sports

As expected, teenager named to U.S. ski team

Without the injured Lindsey Vonn available, the U.S. ski team named 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin to the team that will try to top its record of eight medals from four years ago.

Shiffrin has won three World Cup slalom races this season. Her teammates will include 2006 gold medalists Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety, and five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller.

Bobsledding: American Steven Holcomb wrapped up the World Cup men's overall driving title, steering the team of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt to a four-man race victory in Germany. … Canada's Kaillie Humphries edged American Elana Meyers by one point for the overall women's World Cup title after the tour's season finale in Germany. If Humphries was 0.03 seconds slower Sunday, Meyers would have won the title.

ET Cetera

Baseball: Former Rays pitcher Matt Garza, 30, officially signed his new four-year deal with the Brewers. There is a vesting option for 2018, and the Associated Press reported the deal was worth $50 million with an extra $1 million per year in performance bonuses.

Soccer: Chelsea beat Stoke 1-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup and drew Premier League title rival Manchester City for the next round. Other fifth-round matchups of note for Feb. 15-16: Holder Wigan at Cardiff, Swansea at Everton.

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Sports in brief 01/26/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 26, 2014 8:52pm]
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