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Pac-12 Conferencehires head of TV network

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The Pac-12 has hired veteran television executive Lydia Murphy-Stephans to run the conference's television network.

The conference announced the move Monday to make Murphy-Stephans executive vice president and general manager of the Pac-12 Networks. She will hire and manage a team to program and produce live events, as well as create studio shows and other original programming.

Pac-12 Networks will include a national network and six regional networks and will launch next August.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The plane involved in the crash that killed Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others banked to the right and disappeared from radar before its nose dipped sharply, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday.

The report by the National Transportation Safety Board cites witnesses who saw the single-engine plane flying at a low altitude and making turns before its nose dipped and the plane crashed into a heavily wooded area of the Ouachita National Forest on Nov. 17 near Perryville, Ark. The crash killed Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, pilot Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula.

Postseason shares on Cardinals worth $323,170

NEW YORK — A full postseason share for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals was worth $323,170, up slightly from last year but still below the record set in 2009.

A full share was worth $317,631 on the 2010 San Francisco Giants and $350,030 on the 2009 New York Yankees.

The commissioner's office said Monday a full share on the losing Rangers was $251,516, up from $246,280 on Texas last year but down from $265,358 for the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies.

The players' pool was $57.3 million, up from $54.9 million last year but below the record $59.1 million in 2009. It includes 60 percent of the ticket money from the first three games of each division series, and the first four games of each league championship series and the World Series.

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rangers are erecting a statue of Shannon Stone, the Texas firefighter who died after falling over an outfield railing at a game in July.

The 39-year-old Stone, a Brownwood Fire Department firefighter, had taken his 6-year-old son Cooper to the ballpark in hopes of catching a ball. The Rangers said Monday the life-size statue will be created by sculptor Bruce Greene, who is based in Norse, Texas, and will be placed outside the home plate gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Lindsey Vonn, husband begin divorce proceedings

ASPEN, Colo. — After four years of marriage, Lindsey Vonn is splitting with Thomas Vonn, who also serves as her chief adviser and assists as a coach.

The Olympic gold medalist skier confirmed Sunday night the couple has started divorce proceedings.

Lindsey Vonn was known as Lindsey Kildow before marrying Sept. 29, 2007. It's unclear whether she will keep her name or go back to Kildow. The U.S. Ski Team did not have an answer and emails left for Vonn's representatives were not returned.

She skipped the season-opening World Cup slalom Sunday after slightly injuring her back during training.

Compiled from wire reports