Barner, Klein, Manziel lead Walter Camp finalists
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.
Southern California receiver Marqise Lee is the other finalist. The award will be presented Thursday Dec. 6.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck won last year's Walter Camp Award.
TAMPA, Fla. — Former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens has been arrested for a parole violation in Florida.
According to booking records, Stevens was arrested in Hillsborough County, Fla., on Wednesday morning.
Two weeks ago, Stevens was arrested in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Wash., for investigation of assault following what police said was an argument with U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo. A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. Stevens and Solo were married that night.
Solo said Tuesday in Portland that she and Stevens are happy.
Stevens was arrested in 2010 while playing for Tampa Bay. He was pulled over and arrested the night before a game for possession of marijuana. He was almost immediately released by the Buccaneers.
Center Joshua Smith leaves UCLA basketball team
LOS ANGELES — Center Joshua Smith is quitting UCLA's basketball team and the school gave him his immediate release.
He's the second player to leave the program recently. Junior guard Tyler Lamb said last weekend that he would transfer to another school to pursue more playing time.
Smith says he's leaving the Bruins for "personal reasons," although he says he enjoyed his two-plus seasons with the program.
The junior averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while playing 13.5 minutes a game in UCLA's six games this season.
Coach Ben Howland called Smith "a fine young man who has meant a lot to this program."
Smith started 24 of 65 games during his first two seasons, which were marked by struggles with weight and conditioning.
MLB union head: Drug test announcements on deck
NEW YORK — The head of the baseball players' union says there have been talks with Major League Baseball about increasing the sport's drug testing program.
Michael Weiner spoke Wednesday after a meeting of the union's executive board. He said he expected announcements about the drug program "before too long."
Weiner says the union and MLB have spoken about adding in-season tests for human growth hormone next year. There also is discussion about making the tests more sophisticated for all performance-enhancing drugs.
Earlier this week, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the big league drug program. The eight bans are the most since 2007 and Weiner said the increased number of positive tests has "caught the attention of both sides."
Compiled from wire reports