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Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

BALTIMORE — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

NBA: Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

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College football: New format, same old angst: Ohio St. sneaks into playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Joy filled Ohio as woe flecked Texas on Sunday with the release of the inaugural College Football Playoff field. The Ohio State Buckeyes, moored at No. 16 in the rankings Oct. 28, finished a long climb into the four-team playoff by snaring the coveted No. 4 spot. Baylor and TCU, Big 12 members whose conference cannot stage a championship game to advance their case with the selection committee, landed on the melancholy fringe at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

Baseball meetings to open with stress on offense

SAN DIEGO — When baseball officials last gathered in San Diego for the winter meetings, the session took place at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. No free agents reached agreements and players claimed collusion, which led to the first of three grievances against owners and eventually a $280 million settlement.

US lands in tough group for Women’s World Cup

The United States drew seemingly the most difficult group for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, with an opener against familiar foe Australia, a match with Sweden and former American coach Pia Sundhage and a first-round finale against perennial African champion Nigeria.