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Snow forces Giants-Vikings reschedule

December 12, 2010

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A snowstorm has pushed the Giants-Vikings game to tomorrow night. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the decision in an e-mail message last night, with the Giants stuck in Kansas City because of the weather in Minnesota that brought 15 or more inches of snow. Aiello said the decision was made on the recommendation of Metrodome officials. Kickoff time is 8 p.m. and will be aired just in the local markets. The delay gives Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who has a sprained shoulder and is listed as questionable, another day to heal . . . Quarterback Matt Cassel, who had an emergency appendectomy Wednesday, didn’t travel to San Diego and is out for the Chiefs’ game against the Chargers . . . Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel didn’t make the trip to Dallas and won’t play against the Cowboys because of his knee injury. Right tackle Winston Justice also isn’t going because of a knee injury . . . Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox traveled to Phoenix with his teammates but his playing status remains up in the air two days after his arrest for investigation of sexual assault.

College football
Muschamp will be next Florida coach Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator and heir apparent at Texas jumped to Florida, taking over one of the premier jobs in college football and replacing two-time national champion Urban Meyer. “This is a dream come true,’’ Muschamp said in a statement. Muschamp will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He spent 10 years in Gainesville as a kid, graduated from Georgia and coached at Auburn and LSU . . . Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino agreed to a new seven-year contract through the 2017 season. The deal will increase Petrino’s average annual salary to $3.56 million.

Texas manager thinks Lee will stay put Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has a gut feeling about free agent Cliff Lee. “That he’ll be here,’’ said Washington. The Rangers and Yankees are waiting for a decision from the 32-year-old lefthander. The Yankees offered Lee a seven-year contract Thursday after making an opening proposal of six years for $137.5 million-$140 million . . . The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to a one-year contract worth $675,000. Gwynn played last season for the Padres. San Diego declined to offer him a contract for 2011.

Perry-Funk, Stricker-Kelly tied in lead Champions Tour players Fred Funk and Kenny Perry shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play in Naples, Fla., for a share of the second-round lead in the Shark Shootout with defending champions Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly. Stricker and Kelly had a 63 to match Funk and Perry at 18 under. Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter shot a 64 to finish at 17 under . . . Danish veteran Iben Tinning won her final tournament after shooting a 3-under 69 at the Dubai Ladies Masters. The 36-year-old Tinning ended at 11-under 277. She beat Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist by two shots . . . Anthony Michael took a one-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa, shooting a 1-under 71 that kept him ahead of the chasing pack.

St.-Pierre and Struve pound out wins Welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre outpointed trash-talking Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal, winning 50-45 on all three judges’ card. The 29-year-old Montrealer (21-2) carved up Koscheck’s face with his jab and punished his legs with kicks in his fifth successful title defense. In the co-main event, 6-foot-11-inch Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve stopped 6-7 Sean McCorkle at 3:55 of the first round to improve to 10-1. Also, welterweight Thiago Alves won a unanimous decision over John Howard, Mac Danzig knocked out Joe Stevenson, and Jim Miller upset rising lightweight star Charles Oliveira.

San Francisco could lose America’s Cup San Francisco has been told it will lose the right to host the next America’s Cup, in 2013, unless a deal is signed by Friday. The warning came in a letter the Golden Gate Yacht Club sent to Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials. Cup official Stephen Barclay said he considered San Francisco to have come up with the winning bid in early November, when city officials and the yacht club negotiated an agreement that was then sent to the Board of Supervisors to begin the approval process. But he said the Port Commission recently changed key points in the agreement.

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