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USC's Kiffin fined, safety McDonald suspended

LOS ANGELES — Southern California coach Lane Kiffin has been reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 for criticizing the officiating in the 21st-ranked Trojans' triple-overtime loss to Stanford last weekend.

USC safety T.J. McDonald also was suspended for the first half of Friday's game at Colorado for a late hit on Stanford receiver Chris Owusu.

Kiffin was furious after officials declined to give him a timeout in the final second of regulation during USC's 56-48 loss to the Cardinal. Kiffin criticized the officiating after the game and again on Sunday, saying he told a Pac-12 official that he "was basically lied to."

Kiffin wanted a timeout when receiver Robert Woods went to the ground at the Stanford 33 with 1 second left in regulation, but the official ruled there wasn't enough time left.

LOS ANGELES — Griffen Kramer, a backup quarterback at Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High, was found dead Sunday at a friend's house, school officials said Monday. Kramer was 18.

Kramer is the son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, who started for the Chicago Bears from 1994-96.

In a statement, the school, with information it said was provided by the family, announced that "initial indications suggest his passing was due to alcohol poisoning."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that it did not "suspect any criminal activity contributed or led to his death."

Plane carrying NASCAR owner crash lands in Fla.

KEY WEST, Fla. — A small jet carrying the owner of NASCAR's top team and his wife lost its brakes and crash landed at a Key West, Fla., airport Monday evening, and the couple suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The Gulfstream 150 aircraft ran off the runway at the Key West International Airport Monday at 7:45 p.m. Rick and Linda Hendrick, a pilot and co-pilot were all taken to Lower Keys Medical Centers. The Hendricks had minor injuries and the pilot and co-pilot were taken in as a precaution, said county airport director Peter Horton.

The plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing II Incorporated in Charlotte, N.C. Johnson is a five-time defending NASCAR champion and drives for Hendrick Motorsports, which Rick Hendrick owns.

Besides Johnson, Hendrick also fields cars for four-time champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. The team recently celebrated its 199th career victory in the Sprint Cup Series.

In 2004, a plane Hendrick owned crashed en route to a race in Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 onboard. That included Hendrick's son, Ricky, his brother and twin nieces.

Federer easily beatsStarace at Swiss Indoors

BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer made a winning return from a six-week break, beating Potito Starace of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event on Monday.

The fourth-ranked Federer took time to find the rhythm in his ground strokes, and saved a break point at 5-all before winning the first-set tiebreaker.

The 30-year-old Swiss then broke the 54th-ranked Starace's serve in the opening game of the second.

Federer last played on Sept. 18 in a Davis Cup match on grass in Australia where he beat Bernard Tomic in four sets. After opting to rest and recharge, Federer played his first match ranked outside the top three since winning the 2003 Wimbledon title as the No. 5.

Uncle Mo made early 5-2 favorite in BC Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Uncle Mo is back at Churchill Downs as the early 5-2 favorite in a field of 13 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic nearly six months after he was knocked out of the Kentucky Derby on the eve of the race with what was later diagnosed as a life-threatening liver disease.

He was the second favorite for the Derby. Now all eyes are back on Uncle Mo to see if he can complete his comeback with a season-ending victory in North America's richest race.

Uncle Mo and John Velazquez will break from the No. 12 post in Saturday's 1 1-4-mile race.

Compiled from wire reports