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Cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue goes to Upton

NEW YORK — All-American beauty Kate Upton has landed the coveted spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2012 Swimsuit Edition.

Upton, 19, appears on the issue donning a teeny-tiny bikini on a beach while her bleach blonde hair blows in the wind.

The model was previously featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, when she was named Rookie of the Year. The cover was a closely-guarded secret that was leaked Monday just hours before the announcement was to air on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

The former flame of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, 25, is an equestrian from Michigan.

Wide receiver Moss says he wants to unretire and play

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Six months after retiring, veteran NFL wide receiver Randy Moss wants to play again.

Moss announced on a webchat Monday — his 35th birthday — that he's planning a comeback.

His agent, Joel Segal, wouldn't go into his client's available options.

"Randy and I have discussed it," Segal said of Moss coming out of retirement. "He still has his fire and he's looking forward to playing football. He's excited."

Moss posted on his Twitter page: "Now back to biz!! There's good an bad an u have to b ready for both! its in gods hand now."

Moss retired last August, compiling 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns in 13 seasons.

He last played in 2010, getting traded by the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings before finishing the season with Tennessee. That year he had career lows of 28 catches for 393 yards.

SAN FRANCISCO — Freddie Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as "Fabulous Freddie" and committed himself to community service for decades, died Monday. He was 59.

The 49ers announced the passing of Solomon, who lived in Florida and had battled cancer over the past year. He played on the first of the franchise's four Super Bowl championship teams in the 1980s during an 11-year NFL career.

The Dolphins selected Solomon in the second round of the 1975 draft out of the University of Tampa. He spent his first three NFL seasons with Miami and his final eight in San Francisco, finishing with 371 receptions for 5,846 yards and 48 touchdowns in 371 games.

U.S. tabs 21 players for women's basketball pool

NEW YORK — Baylor junior Brittney Griner was among 21 finalists announced Monday for the U.S. women's basketball team that will compete at the London Olympics.

The 6-foot-8 Griner is looking to become the first college women's basketball player to compete in the Olympics for the U.S. since 1988, when Vicky Bullett (Maryland) and Bridgette Gordon (Tennessee) played.

Griner has led No. 1 Baylor to an undefeated season so far, averaging 22.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.4 blocks while shooting 61.7 percent from the floor and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. She played for the U.S. on a European training tour in September.

She joins, among others, WNBA stars Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi, all of whom won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Other members of that Olympic team who are part of the 2012 pool include Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Kara Lawson, Candace Parker and Cappie Pondexter.

The 12-member roster for the Olympics will be chosen this spring.

Compiled from wire reports