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EVANSTON - Northwestern suspended defensive tackle Trevor Schultz, cornerback Deante Battle and receiver Kim Thompson for the Sun Bowl against No. 17 UCLA.

Schultz, who started six games, was suspended for academic reasons. Battle missed the final game against Illinois for academic reasons. He had started five straight games before the suspension.

Thompson was suspended for a violation of athletic department policy. He also has started six games.

Leinart eligible after NCAA violation

LOS ANGELES - USC quarterback Matt Leinart had his eligibility temporarily revoked after appearing in a promotional segment on ESPN earlier this month, a violation of an NCAA rule.

The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was reinstated Tuesday after Southern California petitioned the NCAA.

The school declared him ineligible after the segment aired on ESPN. It was recorded after the Trojans' victory over UCLA in the final game of the regular season.

Wisconsin player arrested, suspended

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin running back Booker Stanley was suspended from the team Wednesday after his arrest for allegedly choking a woman at his apartment.

The suspension could mean the Badgers will be without Stanley when they play Auburn in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 in Orlando, Fla. Reserve Stanley has 69 carries for 340 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The 22-year-old junior could face charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, two counts of battery and intimidation of a victim, Madison police spokesman Mike Hanson said.

Michael Andretti to make Indy return

INDIANAPOLIS - The Andrettis are coming back to race again in the Indianapolis 500.

Michael Andretti said this week that he will compete at Indy in 2006, ending a two-year absence from the driver's seat and taking another shot at a victory that so famously eluded him during a great career.

His son, Marco, will become a third-generation Andretti driver with a full-time spot in the IRL for Andretti Green Racing. The team is co-owned by Michael Andretti.

The team won this year's race with driver Dan Wheldon, who also took the 2005 IRL championship. But Wheldon said last month that he's moving next season to Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

Bulger officially out for season

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

The Rams also placed middle linebacker Chris Claiborne on injured reserve, raising the number of St. Louis players on IR to nine.

Bulger will miss his fifth straight game on Sunday with an injury sustained against Arizona on Nov. 20.

Bertuzzi on Canadian team; Crosby left off

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Todd Bertuzzi is an Olympian. Sidney Crosby is not. Canada announced its Olympic team for the Turin Games on Wednesday and Crosby, a Pittsburgh Penguins rookie widely touted as the future face of the NHL, wasn't on the list.

Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks forward known infamously for the blindside attack that left Colorado's Steve Moore with broken bones in his neck in March 2004, made the cut.

From Associated Press

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