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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the program Thursday after a series of missteps that included three suspensions over the past four months.

New coach Barry Odom said he met with Mauk in December and gave him a fresh start. But Mauk was suspended this week after a brief video was posted on the social media website Twitter showing a person appearing to snort a white, powderlike substance and mentioning Mauk by name.

Odom said he believed the video was from "a long time ago," but it was clear Mauk had violated team rules in recent weeks and that was the reason he was dismissed.

Mauk, a junior, was suspended Nov. 1 after an incident at a downtown bar after returning from a suspension Sept. 29 for a violation of team policy.

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Autos: Heavy rain made for a strange qualifying session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Driving a Porsche 911 in the GT Le Mans class, Nick Tandy posted the fastest lap around the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona Beach. But because the race director declared "variable conditions" before qualifying, Tandy will start behind 13 Prototype entries and eight Prototype Challenge entries. Mikhail Aleshin earned the pole with a ninth-place qualifying effort. Aleshin, driving in the top Prototype class, averaged 101.882 mph and covered the course in 2 minutes, 5.793 seconds. Tandy was more than 4 seconds faster. The twice-around-the-clock endurance event begins Saturday. … Ed Carpenter will retake sole ownership of his IndyCar team this season. The team he co-owned with Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman will be renamed Ed Carpenter Racing. Last year the team was known as CFH Racing.

Figure skating: Spain's Javier Fernandez won his fourth straight European men's title with the best free program at the European championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Fernandez led by more than 14 points after winning the short program. … Nathan Chen, the first American to land four quadruple jumps in his long program at the U.S. Championships on Sunday, will miss the world championships after injuring his left hip in an exhibition hours after winning the bronze medal. Chen had surgery Wednesday.

Olympics: A small team of international refugee athletes will participate in the Summer Games this year, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach confirmed. They will compete under the Olympic flag at Rio de Janeiro.

WNBA: The league is changing its playoff format. The top eight teams based on record as opposed to conference allegiances make the postseason. When the league expanded its playoffs to eight teams in 2000, the top four teams from the Eastern and Western conferences made the postseason. The number of postseason rounds is doubling to four. The top two seeds get a bye to the semifinals, which will now be a best of five. The opening two rounds will be single-elimination games.

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