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September 26, 2011

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Texas A&M is set to join Southeastern Conference, the league said yesterday, apparently signaling that legal hurdles have been cleared for the Aggies to leave the Big 12. The SEC announced that the move will be effective next July, and said Texas A&M will participate in all sports during the 2012-13 academic year. The Aggies’ defection from the Big 12 had been held up by the possibility of legal action from Baylor and other members, who would not waive their rights to sue the school and the SEC . . . Minnesota coach Jerry Kill was in good condition but readmitted to the Mayo Clinic after suffering another seizure. Kill suffered a seizure during the Gophers’ home opener Sept. 10 and was hospitalized for five days. He returned to the sidelines Sept. 17 . . . LSU bumped Oklahoma from the top spot in the AP poll after winning at West Virginia, 47-21. Oklahoma stayed unbeaten with a 38-28 win over Missouri.

Revolution fall short against Chicago Sebastian Grazzini, Dominic Oduro, and Patrick Nyarko scored to lead the host Chicago Fire to a 3-2 victory over the Revolution. Ryan Guy scored two goals in the final three minutes for New England. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was whistled for tripping Nyarko in the penalty area in the fourth minute, setting up Grazzini’s penalty-kick score. The Fire made it 2-0 in the ninth minute as Oduro broke through the defense, took Grazzini’s feed, and faked Reis before kicking the ball into an open net for his team-leading 11th goal of the year. Nyarko capped the Chicago scoring in the 30th minute, giving the Fire their first 3-0 lead in three seasons.

Lynx upend Mercury, advance to finals Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Maya Moore had 21 points apiece to lead the visiting Minnesota Lynx past the Phoenix Mercury, 103-86, to advance to the WNBA finals. Minnesota needed three games to eliminate San Antonio in the first round before sweeping the Mercury in the Western Conference finals. Diana Taurasi had 22 points for the Mercury . . . Iziane Castro Marques scored 30 points and Angel McCoughtry added 27 as the host Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever, 94-77, to force a deciding Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. League MVP Tamika Catchings had only 8 points before hurting her right foot and leaving with 4:54 left.

Strasburg on an innings limit in 2012 Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg will be on an innings limit next season, though general manager Mike Rizzo did not disclose the amount. Strasburg, who had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in September 2010, returned to the majors this September . . . Mariners ace Felix Hernandez displayed a dark bruise on his pitching forearm but said he’s OK a day after the righthander was hit with a line drive by Texas’s Michael Young.

Allegations against ex-Olympic coach Two women told the Orange County Register they were sexually abused in the 1980s by Don Peters, 62, who coached the 1984 Olympic team that won eight gold medals, including Mary Lou Retton’s gold in the all around. USA Gymnastics is aware of the allegations and is looking into them, said president Steve Penny. Doe Yamashiro, a former US national team member, said that Peters repeatedly fondled her, beginning in 1986 when she was 16, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17. Yamashiro said Peters’s advances continued until she went to Stanford in 1988. A second woman, who asked that her name not be used, said that Peters had sex with her in 1985 when she was 18. Peters was one of the country’s top coaches in the 1980s, and his gym in Huntington Beach, Calif., produced several national team members.

Crosby plays in Penguins’ scrimmage Penguins star Sidney Crosby participated in a controlled scrimmage in Pittsburgh as he continues his comeback from concussion-like symptoms that have kept him off the ice since January. Crosby took faceoffs and worked on set plays alongside his teammates in his first five-on-five action since training camp opened. The former MVP says he has been symptom-free during camp but still hasn’t been cleared for contact . . . Blues forward David Perron, sidelined by a concussion, will join the team today. Perron was injured Nov. 4 on a hit by San Jose’s Joe Thornton and missed the last 72 games of 2010-11 after getting five goals and two assists the first 10 games.

Tsonga captures Moselle Open crown Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, in the final of the Moselle Open in Metz, France . . . Jose-Maria Martinez Sanchez beat Galina Voskoboeva, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2), to win the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul . . . Haile Gebrselassie, 38, lost the race against time when Patrick Makau shattered his marathon world record in Berlin and ended an era of two decades dominated by arguably the greatest distance runner in history. Struggling for air after more than 17 miles, Gebrselassie quit. Makau finished in 2 hours 3 minutes 38 seconds, slashing 21 seconds off the old mark . . . Sandwich cyclist Luke Keough finished third in the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup race in Boston, clinching a national title in the USA CRITS criterium series. Kenneth Hanson won the race in 59:32. The 28-mile race, which lapped City Hall Plaza, was the series finale. Jen McRae won the women’s race in 57:04 . . . Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix and moved closer to clinching his second Formula One world championship. Vettel finished 1.7 seconds ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber third.