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ROUNDUP: Terps' Wells sues Xavier over expulsion

CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

CINCINNATI—A former Xavier University basketball player has sued the school, alleging it damaged his reputation by expelling him for what he says was a false sexual assault accusation.

Dez Wells’ federal lawsuit also names the private Jesuit Catholic school’s president as a defendant. Father Michael Graham said in a statement Wednesday that the university denies the allegations and will defend its decision to expel Wells.

Xavier kicked Wells out a year ago in the aftermath of a female student’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her in July 2012. A Hamilton County grand jury declined to indict Wells after hearing evidence in the case. Prosecutor Joe Deters later publicly questioned the school’s expulsion and urged Xavier to “revisit” the situation.

Wells, who’s from Raleigh, N.C., was a freshman star for Xavier. He subsequently transferred to the University of Maryland, where he was a top player last season.

FISH WITHDRAWS FROM US OPEN

NEW YORK—The U.S. Tennis Association says that former top-10 player Mardy Fish has pulled out of the U.S. Open for personal reasons.

The withdrawal was be formally announced Wednesday. The tournament draw is today, and play begins next week.

WOODS ACHING FROM HOTEL BED

JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Another week, another nagging injury for Tiger Woods—this from a soft bed in his hotel.

Woods did not play the back nine of his pro-am Wednesday at The Barclays. He still walked with his amateur partners, but only chipped and putted at Liberty National.

He says his neck and back were stiff in the morning.

He attributes it to a soft bed in his hotel and says he didn’t want to push it.

US’ HENDRICKSON INJURES KNEE

OBERSDORF, Germany—The U.S. Ski Team says women’s ski jump world champion Sarah Hendrickson, 19, has injured her right knee during training in Germany and will fly back home.

The team says in a statement Wednesday that she hurt her knee during a training jump in Obersdorf, but did not give any details on the severity of the injury.

GOOGLE, NFL TALKING SUNDAY TICKET?

PORTLAND, Ore.—Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the Internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television, possibly with the NFL’s Sunday Ticket package.

The contract is currently held by DirecTV, which pays about $1 billion annually for the rights. That contract, however, expires at the end of the 2014 season.

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