Purdue and Notre Dame, with campuses 110 miles apart, have played every year since 1946 and 85 times overall. Notre Dame has been ending some rivalry games because it agreed to play five games a season against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents when it joined the conference in most other sports.


Baylor receiver Tevin Reese is getting the cast off his right wrist and expects to play for the No. 6 Bears in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma.


Alabama suspended backup linebacker Xzavier Dickson and freshman tailback Alvin Kamara. Coach Nick Saban announced that neither would play for the third-ranked Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma on Jan. 2. Saban didn't disclose a reason for the suspensions.


Forward Mia Hamm and defender Joy Fawcett were unanimous selections for the U.S. Soccer Federation's All-Time Women's National Team Best XI as part of the governing body's 100th anniversary celebration.

Midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were one vote shy of unanimous in balloting.

Forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, and defender Christie Rampone were the only active players picked. Morgan, at 24, was the youngest.

The rest of the team included goalkeeper Briana Scurry; defenders Brandi Chastain and Carla Overbeck; and midfielders Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly.


The Turkish Athletics Federation cleared Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin of doping violations. The federation said it found no violations of doping rules by Alptekin, who won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics.

The probe was prompted by an IAAF request this year that Turkey investigate Alptekin. The international track and field association said Alptekin had abnormal blood values in her biological profile.


FIFA fined the Greece Football Federation $111,500 for offensive behavior by fans at a World Cup playoff victory against Romania.

FIFA says Greek fans at the Nov. 15 match in Athens breached disciplinary rules, including one relating to "contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions."

A monitoring group previously sent reports to FIFA of "Nazi salutes performed by Greek fans during Greece's national anthem."


Bill Redell, who retired as football coach at Westlake Village Oaks Christian after the 2011 season, is returning to the program for a second stint as head coach. Redell, 72, won seven Southern Section titles in 12 seasons as coach.

— Eric Sondheimer