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WRESTLING

33 governors ask IOC to rethink cut to wrestling

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is hoping support from dozens of governors will help a campaign to keep wrestling in the Olympics.

Branstad sent a letter Tuesday co-signed by 33 governors to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. It urges that the committee reconsider its decision to remove wrestling in 2020.

Branstad says in the letter the Olympics should respect key traditions. Wrestling was featured in the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. He also says the committee should be more transparent about how it votes when cutting sports from the program. The IOC's decision earlier this year to remove wrestling has drawn criticism. More than 23,000 people have signed an online petition supporting Branstad's campaign to save the sport, which is beloved in Iowa.


FOOTBALL

Von Miller guarantees Super Bowl title for Broncos

DENVER — It's only March and Von Miller is already guaranteeing a Super Bowl title for the Denver Broncos next season.

Miller says he's dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident with his mother and older brother in West Texas.

On Monday, Miller tweeted: "You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl" in the 2013 season. He added hash tags "4UJEREMIAH" and "IGUARANTEEIT58."

The linebacker later told The Associated Press that when the boy, Jeremiah Clark-Martinez, came out of his coma he remembered he had a cousin who played for the Broncos. That inspired Miller to make his pledge.


Dayne, Tomlinson head College Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK — Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, the late Jerome Brown and LaDainian Tomlinson are on the final ballot for College Football Hall of Fame for the first time.

The National Football Foundation on Tuesday announced the 77 former players and five former coaches who will be considered for induction.

The ballot is distributed to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes are tabulated and submitted to the 14-member NFF's honors court, which selects the class.

Dayne is the career rushing leader in major college football and won the Heisman for Wisconsin in 1999. Tomlinson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back in 2000 for TCU. Brown anchored the defensive line for the great Miami teams of the mid-1980s.


BASKETBALL

Stanford's Ogwumike wins Pac-12 Player of Year

STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike has become the first player to win Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.

The conference also announced Tuesday that Stanford's Tara VanDerveer won coach of the year for the 13th time in her Hall of Fame career. Colorado's Arielle Roberson earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.

Ogwumike is averaging 22.9 points and 12.7 rebounds while shooting 59 percent for fourth-ranked Stanford (28-2). She also won defensive player of the year last season. Her older sister, Nneka Ogwumike, twice won Pac-12 Player of the Year — including last season. She now plays for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

Compiled from wire reports


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