Manatee product Ace Sanders suggests on Twitter he's headed to NFL

January 16, 2013 

College football: Ace Sanders turning pro

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It appears Manatee High product Ace Sanders has made his decision about whether to leave South Carolina for the NFL.

The junior wide receiver/kick returner posted the following on his Twitter account Tuesday night: "Day full of emotion for. Thank you everyone a part of #GamecockNation. I appreciated everything you did for me. #Tearsof Joy I love you guys."

Former Gamecock and current Buffalo Bill Stephon Gilmore tweeted: "s/o to my homie@AceSanders1 going pro."

Sanders is coming off a sterling performance in the Outback Bowl. He scored three touchdowns -- two receiving and one on punt return -- and racked up 92 receiving yards in an MVP performance. The deadline to declare for the NFL was Tuesday.

ELSEWHERE -- Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is returning for his senior season. ... Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will play wide receiver in the Senior Bowl.

Baseball: Source says Nats, Soriano make deal

WASHINGTON -- Reliever Rafael Soriano, a former Tampa Bay Ray, and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official, the person said Soriano's contract contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if he reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.

ELSEWHERE -- Theo Epstein traded for Adrian Gonzalez and signed Carl Crawford following pressure from Boston Red Sox owners to build a "sexy team," according to a book co-authored by former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Epstein, who left as general manager after the 2011 season to become a Chicago Cubs executive, said Boston owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino made the team's image a priority, according to excerpts released by Sports Illustrated. ... San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward and Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are among 133 players who have filed for salary arbitration. Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Niemann, Ryan Roberts, Matt Joyce and Sam Fuld filed.

College sports: Study highlights spending gap

Annual spending on sports by public universities in six big-time conferences like the SEC and Big 12 has passed $100,000 per athlete -- about six to 12 times the amount those universities are spending per student on academics, according to a study released to greet college presidents arriving at the NCAA's annual meeting in Texas.

The study finds the largest gap by far in the SEC, which combines relatively low academic spending and explosive coaching salaries. Median athletic spending there totaled nearly $164,000 per athlete in 2010. That more than 12 times the $13,390 that SEC schools spent per student for academic expenses, including instructional costs and student services.

Television: ESPN's Scott says cancer is back

BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN anchor Stuart Scott says his cancer has returned.

Scott announced on Twitter late Monday night that he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks but would continue to work.

The "SportsCenter" host was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007, when an emergency appendectomy revealed a malignant tumor. He underwent chemotherapy again in 2011.

NHL: Canucks forward Booth out 4-6 weeks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks have another hole to fill on their second line.

David Booth, who has yet to take part in training camp, will be out four to six weeks with a groin strain.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault revealed the extent of the injury a day after Booth underwent an MRI. His absence leaves two holes on Vancouver's second line because center Ryan Kesler is recuperating from offseason shoulder and wrist surgery and remains out indefinitely.

ELSEWHERE -- George Gund III, the original owner of the San Jose Sharks, has died. He was 75. The Sharks say Gund died after a battle with cancer.

Golf: Europe names McGinley Ryder Cup captain

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Paul McGinley was chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014, ending a chaotic campaign marked by a late challenge from former captain Colin Montgomerie.

McGinley, a 46-year-old Irishman, replaces Jose Maria Olazabal, whose team rallied to victory over the United States in October at Medinah, outside Chicago. Europe will defend the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland.

"To lead the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor," McGinley said at a news conference. "To be quite honest, it is a very humbling experience to be sitting in this seat. It is a week I'm looking forward to. It's a whole new experience for me, the chanced to be a captain."

ELSEWHERE -- One month before its season begins, the LPGA Tour announced a 28-tournament schedule that includes five majors, three additional tournaments and prize money closing in on $50 million. LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan delivered a balanced schedule that circles the globe. It starts next month in Australia. More than half the tournaments are in North America. The Asian swing late in the year includes a new tournament in China. And the season ends in November with the LPGA Titleholders and $700,000 to the winner, the biggest payoff in women's golf.

-- Associated Press

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