Missy Franklin wins Sportswoman of Year award
NEW YORK — Missy Franklin keeps piling up the awards.
The 18-year-old swimmer won the Sportswoman of the Year award presented Wednesday night by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Franklin won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. She won a record six gold medals at the world championships two months ago in Barcelona, Spain.
The freshman at California was nominated along with Serena Williams, figure skater Mao Asada and wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden.
49ers doctor, Stanford professor Daniel Garza dies
STANFORD, Calif. — Daniel Garza, a leading researcher in concussion and brain-related injuries at Stanford University and the medical director and team physician of the San Francisco 49ers, has died.
The university said in a news release Wednesday night that Garza died at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday night. The cause of death and his age were not immediately available.
Garza was an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. His primary research focused on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in athletes.
Pregnancy test required for female MMA combatants
PORTLAND — The Oregon State Athletic Commission has unanimously approved a rule requiring women to test negative for pregnancy before competing in boxing or mixed martial arts events.
The action taken Wednesday morning brings Oregon into line with industry standards.
The commission says about 10 women compete during each two-year budget cycle, so the cost of pregnancy tests and administrative overhead will be minimal.
The examining physician can waive the test if the fighter provides documentation that she has undergone a hysterectomy.
Mexican papers thank U.S. for soccer win over Panama
MEXICO CITY — America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans.
Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the U.S., normally a bitter rival, kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama.
Mexico lost its Tuesday match 2-1 against Costa Rica. If Panama had held onto its lead and beaten the United States, Mexico would have been eliminated from the World Cup qualifying rounds.
Compiled from wire reports