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No decision made on future of Texas coach

– Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week’s end.

“We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football,” Patterson said. “Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made.”

Joe Jamail, Brown’s longtime friend and attorney, told The Associated Press on Tuesday: “Mack Brown has not resigned.”

He said Brown’s future with Texas is still up to the coach., a Texas recruiting website, reported that Brown denied the report in a text from Florida, where he was recruiting.

Brown wrote to Horns247: “I have not decided to step down.”


Champions coming back to Coliseum

Dave Darland, a two-time winner at Memorial Coliseum, heads the entry list for the 16th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne USAC midget races at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center Dec. 27-28. Darland will be one of a record nine former winners competing, including defending champions Billy Wease and Derek Bischak and Jim Anderson, Lou Cicconi Jr., Rich Corson, Bobby East, Tony Elliott and Mike Fedorcak. Except for Tony Stewart, sidelined by a broken leg, every feature winner since 2004 is entered.


Wayne graduate being honored

Wayne’s Nate Tubbs is among the 18 men on the 2014 men’s Silver Anniversary team for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Tubbs will be recognized March 26 at a banquet in Indianapolis. A 1989 Wayne graduate, Tubbs was an Indiana All-Star and also played at Minnesota.

Players of the Month named

Derek Wanner from South Adams and Brandi Dawson from Garrett are the McDonald’s High School Players of the Month, an award bestowed by McDonald’s and the Mad Ants.

Connecticut wins WNBA draft lottery

Connecticut won the top pick in the WNBA draft lottery. Indiana has the fifth selection.

Around the court

Derrick Randall, a former Rutgers player, claimed in a lawsuit that he was subjected to abuse at the hands of fired coach Mike Rice. … New York’s Tyson Chandler started practicing after suffering a broken right leg.


Defending champ to miss Olympics

Reigning Olympic men’s champion Evan Lysacek will miss the Sochi Games because of a torn labrum in his left hip.


On campus

Adam Scheier was named interim coach at Bowling Green after Dave Clawson left to take over at Wake Forest. … Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze received a new contract that includes a one-year extension through 2017. … Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi won the Broyles Award given to the top college assistant coach. … Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (turf toe) did not practice.


Maple Leaf given 2-game suspension

Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf was suspended two games for his hit from behind on Boston’s Kevan Miller.


Support for gay athletes sought

Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to support gay athletes at a special event for International Human Rights Day.

Prank-caller gets released from jail

A Los Angeles man who placed prank calls about job openings for prominent professional coaches was released from jail. Police said their investigation includes coaches from across pro sports.


Russia to set up protest zones

IOC President Thomas Bach said Russian organizers agreed to set up protest zones in Sochi, during the Winter Olympics.


Snider sophomore to Junior Nationals

Snider sophomore Gabriel Swardson will be competing in the USA Swimming Junior National Championships from Thursday-Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. Swardson will be swimming the 200-yard butterfly, 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.