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North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.

The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."

Davis compiled a 28-23 record in four seasons with the Tar Heels after taking over for John Bunting. His program looked ready to contend for an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a BCS berth last year before NCAA investigators arrived on campus last July.

Rooney sets up 2 as Man U beats MLS in All-Star game

HARRISON, N.J. — Wayne Rooney set up two goals with magnificent passes and Ji-Sung Park danced around a defender for another and Manchester United put on another show during its tour of the United States with a 4-0 victory over the MLS All Stars on Wednesday night.

Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck also scored for the reigning English Premier League champions, who have outscored their opponents 18-2 in winning the opening four games on their U.S. tour.

Sir Alex Ferguson's powerhouse will wrap up its preseason tour in Washington on Saturday against FC Barcelona in a rematch of the Champions League final which the Spanish team won 3-1. Then it's back to England for the Community Shield game and then start of another season the following week.

Instant replay planned for College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — In a move praised by coaches, the NCAA plans to use instant replay on an experimental basis to review certain calls at the College World Series next year.

Reviewable plays would be limited to deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul, whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double, or whether there is fan interference on apparent home runs.

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee proposed the rule, which must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

Man who posed as Texas student gets prison

LUBBOCK, Texas — A former star athlete who posed as a teenager to play high school basketball in West Texas was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after reaching a plea deal, a prosecutor said.

Guerdwich Montimere, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and three counts of tampering with government records, said Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.

Officials say the naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti had graduated from high school in Florida, where he also played basketball, years before he moved to Odessa and presented himself as a ninth-grader named Jerry Joseph. Montimere was 21 and 22 when he played one season at Odessa Permian High, helping lead the Panthers to the 2010 state playoffs, but the team had to forfeit after his story unraveled.

Compiled from wire reports

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