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  • Chicago Cubs unveil Clark, its first mascot
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  • Chicago Cubs unveil Clark, its first mascot
    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are introducing a mascot for the first time in the team's long history.
    Drawings released by the Cubs on Monday show a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and a backward blue baseball cap. The mascot is named Clark; the team plays at Wrigley Field, located at Clark and Addison streets on Chicago's North Side.
    Team officials say they held focus groups before deciding on Clark, and fans told them they wanted a more family-friendly atmosphere at Wrigley Field.
    Clark will greet fans at the ballpark before and during games, and the mascot will have a Twitter account and Facebook page.
    The Cubs had a live bear mascot in 1916, nine years after formally adopting the Cubs moniker.
    NEW YORK — Jackie Robinson's 1947 Rookie of the Year award for the season he broke baseball's color barrier has sold for $401,968.
    Lelands auction house said Monday that Robinson's trophy he won with the Brooklyn Dodgers was sold to an anonymous buyer on Jan. 10. The award came with a letter from Robinson's widow Rachel.
    Also sold was the jersey worn by Christian Laettner when he made a last-second shot to lift Duke over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament. The jersey went for $119,500.
    A rare Honus Wagner baseball card went for $657,250. The 1997 World Series ring won by Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez was sold for almost $19,000.
    Coaches' poll will go on after the BCS is gone
    INDIANAPOLIS — The weekly college football coaches' poll will go on, though it won't have a direct say in which teams play for the national championship anymore.
    Grant Teaff, president of the American Football Coaches Association, said Monday the poll that started in 1965 will continue to be a part of college football. Sponsored for more than 20 years by USA Today, the coaches' poll had been part of the formula used by the BCS to determine which teams play in the championship game the last 16 seasons.
    The Bowl Championship Series is being replaced next season by the College Football Playoff. The four teams that will participate in the national semifinals will be picked by a selection committee.
    INDIANAPOLIS — Duke coach David Cutcliffe and former North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl have been selected national coaches of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.
    Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to a 10-4 season that included their first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game and a Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance.
    Bohl, who left North Dakota State for Wyoming, led the Bison to their third straight FCS national championship.
    Adam Dorrell won the Division II award after leading Northwest Missouri State to a 15-0 record and the national title.
    Lance Leipold of Wisconsin-Whitewater was the coach of the year in Division III. The Warhawks went unbeaten and won a fifth Division III national title.
    Mike Woodley of Grand Valley won for NAIA after leading Grand View to its first national title.
    Compiled from wire reports
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