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Freestyle ski champion Burke remains comatose

SALT LAKE CITY — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remained comatose in critical condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday afternoon, following a crash during training in Park City, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The trailblazing 29-year-old — a gold medal hopeful for the 2014 Olympics — was preparing for this month's 2012 X Games when she crashed during a run on the resort's Eagle Superpipe on Tuesday.

Details of Wednesday's operation, at Salt Lake City's University Hospital, were not immediately reported and Burke's prognosis remains unknown.

Earlier Wednesday, Burke was in an induced coma with a breathing tube in her throat, Utah neurointensivist Safdar Ansari said in a statement. Robert Foxford, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's team doctor, said the treatment was standard when dealing with a serious brain injury.

NCAA broadens definition of agent, includes family

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has broadened the definition of agents to include parents, closing the loophole that allowed 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to keep playing despite his father's pay-for-play scheme.

The Division I Amateurism Cabinet sponsored legislation that would include family members and other third parties who shop an athlete's services to schools for financial gain. The Division I Legislative Council passed the proposal Wednesday.

The NCAA determined that Cecil Newton — Cam's father — wanted money from Mississippi State when Cam Newton was being recruited out of junior college. Cam Newton, who now plays for the Carolina Panthers, was reinstated after a one-day suspension because the NCAA found he didn't know about the scheme. He was cleared to play in the SEC and national championship games that season.

Pens coach: Sidney Crosby set to resume skating

WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is ready to resume skating.

Coach Dan Bylsma said before Pittsburgh's game at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night that Crosby will skate when he joins the team on its current road trip.

That includes visits to the Panthers on Friday and the Lightning on Sunday.

Out with lingering concussion symptoms, Crosby hasn't played since Dec. 5. He was sidelined for nearly 11 months before that because of a concussion before returning Nov. 21 with two goals.

Selig ready for another term as MLB commissioner

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Baseball's owners are expected to offer Bud Selig a contract to stay on as commissioner another two years during meetings today, a deal that would keep him in office until after he turns 80.

After signing each of his previous contract extensions, Selig said he planned to retire when it concluded. He changed his mind in 2006 again in 2009, signing a deal that took him through 2012.

Selig said after signing the latest extension that he would likely retire and reiterated it again before Game 7 of the World Series in October, adding that he didn't think anyone would believe him.

Compiled from wire reports