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USA Swimming banned coach Rick Curl for life for an improper relationship with a teenage swimmer in the 1980s, another ugly chapter in a sexual abuse scandal that rocked one of America's most successful Olympic sports.

Curl, who ran one of the nation's largest swim clubs near Washington, D.C., and coached 1996 and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Tom Dolan, was scheduled for a hearing Wednesday before the National Board of Review. But he informed the governing body he was waiving his right to challenge the case.

Curl voluntarily gave up his membership and will be added to USA Swimming's list of banned individuals.

The coach was accused of starting a relationship with a 13-year-old female swimmer in the 1980s.

That swimmer, Kelley Davis Currin, said she was pleased with the ruling and hopes it is the beginning of truly meaningful change throughout the sport.

PRO HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL canceled its entire September preseason game schedule, the first on-ice casualty of the four-day lockout.

The league is wiping out all games through Sept. 30, a move it deems "necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement" with the players' association.

The NHL also said the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed until 2013, bringing the total to 60 games called off on Wednesday.

The regular season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 11.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has "no set policy on cancellations" of other games.

Also Wednesday, a person familiar with the plan says NHL employees at the league offices will switch to a four-day work week Oct. 1 because of the lockout.

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexander Ovechkin is returning to his former Russian team Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout.

The KHL team said in a statement that it has signed the Washington Capitals star to a contract that lasts until the lockout ends. It said Ovechkin has undergone medical exams and has already participated in training. It did not disclose the financial terms of his contract.

Ovechkin joined the Capitals in 2005 and was the NHL's MVP in 2008 and 2009.

PRO FOOTBALL

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous messages on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Morgan received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. The penalty cost the Redskins valuable field position during the team's final drive in Sunday's 31-28 defeat.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner apologized to the team for his drunken driving arrest, saying he made "a bad decision" and was prepared to deal with the consequences.

Turner was pulled over by police in suburban Gwinnett County around 5 a.m. Tuesday — just hours after scoring a touchdown in Atlanta's 27-21 win over Denver. Police say he was clocked doing 97 mph in a 65-mph zone and booked him into jail on a DUI charge after a field sobriety test.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is ready to move on from the flattening block he took from Seattle receiver Golden Tate, who has apparently been fined by the NFL.

In a radio interview with KJR-AM in Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tate has been fined and intends to appeal. The Seahawks were off Wednesday as they prepared for a Monday night home game against Green Bay.

Lee doesn't blame Tate for blocking him and said that it was just part of football. The linebacker says the only issue he had "a little bit" was how Tate celebrated, but acknowledged that's part of football, too.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots signed tight end Kellen Winslow and re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch to add depth to a pass-catching group that lost Aaron Hernandez to a right ankle injury.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson's divorce from reality TV star Evelyn Lozada was finalized a little more than a month after his arrest on a domestic battery charge, his lawyer said.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is nearing agreements with Fox and Turner Sports on eight-year contracts through 2021, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Under the deals, which are likely to be announced before the postseason, Fox will retain rights to the World Series and to a league championship series every year, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.

The amount baseball receives from the two networks is likely to double to an average of about $800 million annually, with Fox's share averaging about $500 million.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and was expected to stay overnight in a Chicago hospital.

Baker left Wrigley Field in street clothes more than two hours before Wednesday night's game, and a team spokesman said he would have chest X-rays to "rule out pneumonia."

Baker will not be with the team on Thursday and his return is uncertain.

PENN STATE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — ABC will interview the young man whose 2009 allegations of sexual abuse led to the Penn State scandal and the criminal conviction of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Attorney Michael Boni, who represents the teenager known in court papers as Victim 1, said that ABC landed the first interview with his client, who has a book coming out this fall.

It's unclear when the ABC interview would air.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is developing a process for settling civil lawsuits filed against the university by people who claim they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

University President Rodney Erickson said after a student forum that the university wants to develop a process "fair to everyone and much so (that) the victims are dealt with in a just manner." He said the university hopes to release details soon.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams had surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney and is expected to be on the sideline when the season starts.

Still, the coach might need another operation to remove another tumor from his left kidney.

"I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come," Dr. Eric Wallen said in a statement. "He could miss some practice time if we perform another procedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coaching duties prior to the start of the regular season."

It's unclear exactly how much time the 62-year-old Williams will miss leading up to the start of preseason practice Oct. 13.

GOLF

ATLANTA (AP) — Fred Couples, a former Masters champion and one of the most popular figures in the game, was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Couples described himself as a good player, but not a great player, though he's turned in some amazing performances.

Among his 15 wins on the PGA Tour are the 1992 Masters and two at The Players Championship, including an eagle-birdie-par finish in 1996. He played in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup five times each, and next year will be captain of the Presidents Cup for the third time. He was No. 1 in the world for four months in 1992.

BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay about $114,000 for avoiding questioning from rival fighter Manny Pacquiao's lawyers in a defamation case.

Attorneys for Pacquiao earlier lost a bid to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction — a default judgment for Pacquiao.

But on Monday they won more than $113,000 in legal fees and $774 in costs for what U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks bluntly called "Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition."

TENNIS

METZ, France (AP) — Fourth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany advanced to the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open, beating James Blake 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Second-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan was eliminated in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open, losing to Lukasz Kubot of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Laura Robson of Britain topped second-seeded Zheng Jie of China 6-3, 6-3, and the remaining seeds breezed into the quarterfinals of the Guangzhou Open.