Kansas State's Pullen, Kelly suspended by NCAA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Preseason All-America guard Jacob Pullen, who had made 82 consecutive starts for No. 11 Kansas State, was suspended by the NCAA for three games just before the Wildcats' game against UNLV on Tuesday night.

In a statement, the school said Pullen and senior forward Curtis Kelly were being punished for receiving impermissible benefits in connection with the purchase of clothing at a local department store.

It said the length of Kelly's suspension had not been determined by the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement staff.

Woods has cortisone shot in his sore right ankle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods had a cortisone shot in his right ankle 10 days ago to relieve lingering soreness. By Tuesday, he was back to work hitting balls and filming a commercial.

Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG, said Woods had intended all along to have the shot after the Chevron World Challenge, which ended Dec. 5. Woods has nearly two months off before his next tournament at Torrey Pines.

At this year's Masters, Woods revealed he ruptured the Achilles' tendon in his right leg in December 2008 while recovering from knee surgery. Steinberg says it still causes soreness, prompting the cortisone shot.

Paterno celebrates 84th birthday with practice

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — No special plans for Joe Paterno on his 84th birthday — just two Penn State practices.

The Nittany Lions spent Tuesday drilling in the morning and afternoon in Clearwater, Fla., as they get ready for the Outback Bowl against Florida on Jan. 1.

Major college football's winningest coach is wrapping up his record 45th season on the sideline. He's also the all-time leader in bowl wins with 24. Paterno is under contract through the 2011 season.

Federer beats Nadal to open exhibition series

ZURICH — Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday to open a two-match exhibition series for charity between the world's top ranked tennis players.

Federer sealed victory on Nadal's serve with a backhand crosscourt return in front of 10,000 fans at sold-out Hallenstadion indoor arena.

The match in Switzerland raised money for Federer's foundation, which backs educational work with children in Africa.

Landon Donovan will forgo loan this offseason

CARSON, Calif. — Landon Donovan is staying put this offseason, forgoing the chance to be loaned to a European club for the third straight winter.

Donovan scored two goals in 13 matches during a loan to Everton from last January to March, helping the Toffees beat Chelsea and Manchester United, and draw against Arsenal. Everton manager David Moyes appeared open to having the 28-year-old return.

Donovan spent the early part of 2009 on loan to Bayern Munich, then rejoined the Galaxy. After a summer in which he played for the U.S. at the Confederations Cup, he returned to the Galaxy, took a short break, then joined Everton.

Compiled from wire reports

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