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Meola among Hall honorees

Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Tony Meola, captain Claudio Reyna and defender Desmond Armstrong were inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday, along with former women's national team coach Tony DiCicco.

The four were honored before the United States' 4-1 exhibition loss against Brazil. Neymar converted a penalty kick and assisted on goals by defenders Thiago Silva and Marcelo as Brazil took advantage of a sloppy American backline.

Meola, who played 12 games with the Buffalo Blizzard of the National Professional Soccer League in the 1994-95 season, made 100 appearances for the U.S. and was the starter at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups -- the first two trips for the Americans since 1950 to soccer's showcase event.


Ex-Amerk McMorrow sentenced

A former professional hockey player has been sentenced to two years in prison for smuggling large quantities of marijuana across the border from Canada for distribution in the United States. U.S. Attorney William Hochul says 30-year-old Sean McMorrow of Toronto has also been sentenced Wednesday to pay a $2,000 fine.

McMorrow, who played for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League from 2003-06, pleaded guilty in September to a drug distribution conspiracy charge. Prosecutors say McMorrow hid up to 176 pounds of marijuana in hockey bags inside his SUV when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. Prosecutors say he hired people to act as drug couriers.


Big 12 in favor of playoff

The Big 12 favors a four-team playoff to decide college football's national champion, and supports some kind of selection committee to determine its participants.

Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas also said the league is content with 10 members after inviting TCU and West Virginia, though he left open the possibility of revisiting expansion.

Several configurations of a four-team playoff are being presented at conference meetings around the country.

From News Staff and wire service reports