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December 26, 2011

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By Lexi Thompson, a homeschooled 16-year-old who lives with her parents in Coral Springs, Fla., last week's Dubai Ladies Masters, making her the youngest professional golfer to capture a Ladies European Tour event. (In September she won the Navistar LPGA Classic, becoming the youngest player to win an LPGA event.) The product of a golfcentric family, Thompson (above) employed her father, Scott, as her caddie in Dubai. In 2012, Thompson will be a card-carrying LPGA member, having received a special exemption in September from commissioner Mike Whan, who dispensed with the tour's minimum-age requirement of 18.


By former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, a preliminary hearing in the case in which he is accused of molesting at least 10 boys over a span of 15 years. The surprise decision moved Sandusky closer to a trial and forfeited his opportunity to publicly confront his accusers. Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, said he felt the hearing would have been one-sided. Some legal experts, however, contend that a preliminary hearing would have been Amendola's best chance to challenge Sandusky's accusers. Meanwhile, Penn State assistant Mike McQueary testified, reiterating what he had told a grand jury, that he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the Penn State showers in 2002 and that he reported the incident to coach Joe Paterno in graphic detail, a claim that has fallen under some dispute.

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By the Bears following his arrest on Dec. 14 on federal drug-dealing charges, receiver Sam Hurd (below). According to a criminal complaint, Hurd and another associate were distributing roughly four kilos of cocaine per week in the Chicago area. When their supplier struggled to meet demand, Hurd is alleged to have sought five to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week from an informant and undercover officer posing as drug suppliers. Hurd was arrested after agreeing to buy an initial kilo of cocaine for $25,000. He was released on a $100,000 cash bond and next will face a grand jury. Following the arrest, reports surfaced that police possess a list of at least 10 NFL players who allegedly bought drugs from Hurd. The league said it is not aware of such a list.


With assault and battery of a child, threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct at a youth hockey game, former Bruins player and coach Mike Milbury. On Dec. 9, Milbury, who is an assistant coach for his 12-year-old son's Boston-area peewee-league team, was on hand for an outdoor exhibition game during which an opponent is said to have argued with Milbury's son. Police say that video footage from after the game shows that Milbury grabbed, shook and threatened the boy. Milbury, who is employed as an NHL commentator (and who has denied any wrongdoing) has since been removed from NBC's broadcast team for the Jan. 2 Winter Classic.


To the English Premier League club Everton in a two-month deal that will return him to the U.S. two weeks before the MLS season, Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, who scored the only goal in L.A.'s MLS Cup win over the Dynamo in November. The highest-scoring American in World Cup history, Donovan has had four previous sessions in Europe: two unsuccessful stints, starting at age 16, with Germany's Bayer Leverkusen; another poor run with Bayern Munich in 2009; and a fourth tour, with Everton two years ago, during which he scored twice in 13 games and won a team player of the month honor.

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