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SPORTS IN BRIEF: Ice Hawks pick up victory

Ice Hawks pick up victory

Mill Creek’s club ice hockey team defeated Columbus 6-4, improving to 8-2-2 on the season. The Ice Hawks got three goals from Matthew Bradshaw, two goals from Mike Linkowski and a single goal from Zach Batt.

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Georgia State to play Houston

ATLANTA — For the second straight season, Georgia State’s Division I-AA (FCS) football program will play a Division I (FBS) after a Wednesday announcement that the Panthers will take on Conference USA member Houston on Sept. 24 at the 32,000-seat Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Kickoff time is yet to be determined.

The Panthers, 6-5 in the school’s inaugural season of football in 2010, will play four other road games and six home games at the Georgia Dome this fall in its second season, and last as an Division I-AA independent before joining the Colonial Athletic Association in 2012.

The remainder of the Panthers’ 2011 scheduled will be released in the coming weeks.

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Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas on Wednesday announced a 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN for a 24-hour television network that will broadcast Longhorn sports and other content.

The deal includes Texas’ licensing and marketing partner IMG College, with more than 80 percent of revenue set to go to the university.

The network contract will not replace existing deals between the Big 12 and ESPN-ABC and Fox. The network has not yet been named.

ESPN will handle distribution in Texas and other states, and will own the Austin-based network, which will broadcast at least 200 Texas sporting events, including at least one football game each season and multiple replays from other networks, and the annual spring football scrimmage.

Calipari apologizes for cursing player

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari has apologized for his profanity-laced tirade toward freshman Terrence Jones.

Calipari apologized on his Twitter and Facebook pages early Wednesday after cameras caught him cursing Jones on Tuesday night during Kentucky’s 68-66 loss.

Calipari says he ‘‘got caught up in the emotion of the game,’’ but added that it isn’t an excuse.

The talented Jones has raised Calipari’s ire lately for what the coach deems as selfish play. Jones finished with a team-high 17 points against Alabama, but also committed four turnovers and deviated from the final play as time expired — taking the final shot that Calipari wanted Doron Lamb to shoot.

Woods to open golf season in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods will be starting his season in San Diego.

Woods officially entered the Farmers Insurance Open on Wednesday, which has become the traditional start of his season since 2006. He has won the last five times he played Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.

He has not played the PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines the last two years, missing in 2009 while recovering from knee surgery and last year while dealing with personal problems related to his extramarital affairs.

NFL’s Goodell, union’s Smith meet in New York

WASHINGTON — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union executive director DeMaurice Smith are meeting in New York.

Union spokesman George Atallah said Wednesday’s session is ‘‘an effort to advance the bargaining,’’ rather than a formal negotiating session toward a new labor contract.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment. Goodell said Tuesday at an owners’ meeting that ‘‘there’s not enough communication’’ between the sides.