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Providence upsets Villanova

Marshon Brooks scored 20 points and Providence upset a ranked team for the second time in five days with an 83-68 win over No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night.

The Friars (13-8, 2-6 Big East) had gone 51 weeks and 17 games without a Big East victory before beating No. 19 Louisville, 72-67, on Saturday but now have won two straight conference games. On Wednesday, they never trailed.

Villanova (17-3, 5-2) was led by Maalik Wayns with 18 and Antonio Pena with 17.

Elsewhere, Jimmer Fredette scored 43 points as No. 9 BYU (20-1) beat San Diego State (20-1), 71-58, in a battle of Mountain West powerhouses.


Stokes joins Erie D-League team

Former Turner-Carroll and Hofstra star Loren Stokes has been acquired by the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. He has played internationally, most recently in Belgium.

A former All-Western New York player at Turner-Carroll, Stokes scored 2,148 points at Hofstra in his four-year career that ended in 2007.

Stokes will be in the lineup when the BayHawks travel to play the Maine Red Claws on Friday.


Workouts hospitalize 13 Iowa players

The University of Iowa said that 13 football players had to be hospitalized this week with a muscle disorder following grueling offseason workouts that left them with extreme soreness and discolored urine.

The players have rhabdomyolysis, a stress-induced syndrome that can damage cells and cause kidney damage and even failure in severe cases, school spokesman Tom Moore said at a news conference two days after players were hospitalized at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

School officials said the players, whom they would not identify, were in stable condition and responding well to treatment, which includes bed rest and the administration of hydrating fluids. Moore said he did not know when the players would be discharged.


Yanks sign ex-Bison Colon

Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon, out of the major leagues since 2009, has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.

The 37-year-old right-hander was released by the Chicago White Sox in September 2009 after going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts. He went 21-8 for the Angels in 2005 and won the AL Cy Young, but is 14-21 since. He has also pitched for the Buffalo Bisons and Cleveland Indians.


Ban sought for Contador

Spanish cycling officials proposed a one-year ban for Alberto Contador for failing a Tour de France doping test, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

If banned, Contador would lose his third Tour title because of the positive clenbuterol result he blames on contaminated meat. The Spanish cyclist also would be ineligible to compete this year.

If Contador stripped of the 2010 Tour victory, the title would go to runner-up Andy Schleck.

From News and wire service reports.

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