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December 29, 2012
The Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Wire reports

Indians sell TV network to Fox

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians have sold their regional TV sports network.

FOX Sports Media Group announced Friday that it has acquired Sports- Time Ohio, the Cleveland-based regional sports network held by Indians owners Paul and Larry Dolan.

In addition, FOX Sports Media Group announced said it has secured the exclusive long-term local telecast rights for Indians baseball.

FOX Sports Ohio shows the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Xavier Musketeers, and Cincinnati Bearcats. Paul Dolan said the club is looking forward to a long-term partnership with FOX.

NHL makes new offer to players

NEW YORK - The NHL says it has made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says in a statement Friday that a "comprehensive" proposal was made a day earlier, although he would not discuss details.

He adds that the league is "hopeful" that once the union and its negotiating committee review the proposal "they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible."

The NHL says it doesn't want a season of less than 48 games. To make that possible, a deal likely must be reached by mid-January.

Cavs' Varejao to miss 2 more

CLEVELAND - Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two more games with a bruised right knee.

Varejao has missed four games since hurting his knee on Dec. 18 against Toronto. The Cavs had hoped extra rest would get the NBA's leading rebounder back on the floor, but he's not ready to play. Varejao will sit out Friday's home game against Atlanta and will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Brooklyn so he can get more treatment.

Texas suspends McCoy, Hicks

SAN ANTONIO - A person with knowledge of the suspensions tells The Associated Press that Texas has sent home backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks from the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for violating team curfew rules.

Coach Mack Brown addressed the situation during a previously schedule news conference Friday and referred to a report that police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in an alleged sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel.

Indiana wallops Jacksonville

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jordan Hulls scored 17 of his season-high 20 points in the first half, leading No. 5 Indiana past Jacksonville 93-59.

The Hoosiers (12-1) will take a three-game winning streak into Big Ten play, which begins Monday at Iowa. Indiana also has won 29 consecutive non-league games at Assembly Hall.

Gonzaga too much for Baylor

SPOKANE, Wash. - Kevin Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gonzaga past Baylor 94-87.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Gonzaga (12-1),.

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