LAS VEGAS - The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined and suspended boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Thursday over a failed drug test last year before a Mexican Independence Day fight in Las Vegas.

The popular, 27-year-old fighter tested positive for marijuana in September after his first professional loss. Chavez (46-1-1) was suspended for nine months from the date of the fight and fined $900,000, which amounts to 30 percent of his $3 million purse for the bout against Sergio Martinez.

Chavez, who spoke by phone from Mexico, said through a translator that he was sorry for his actions and had taken the drug to curb his stress eight or nine days before the much-anticipated fight.


Utah suspends coach due to abuse allegations

SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah swim coach Greg Winslow was suspended because of allegations that he sexually abused an teenage girl he coached in Arizona six years ago.

Utah AD Chris Hill announced the suspension Thursday of Winslow, who was an assistant men's swim coach at Arizona State from 2003 to 2007. Though no charges have been filed, Hill said he believes the allegations are serious enough to warrant the suspension pending further investigation.

The ASU Police Department released a statement Thursday saying it investigated allegations that Winslow sexually abused a teenage girl in 2007 who was a member of a swim club coached by Winslow. Campus police said the abuse occurred at an ASU swimming center rented by the club and the club isn't affiliated with the university.

• UA junior Margo Geer won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.78 seconds and helped the Wildcats win the 200 free relay during Thursday's action at the Pac-12 championships in Federal Way, Wash. Geer, Kait Flederbach, Megan Lafferty and Alana Pazevic took home the title in 1:27.93. After two days, the UA women were third with 407.5 points. Stanford was first with 491.5 points.


Eagle on No. 18 gives Villegas lead at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Camilo Villegas drilled a 3-wood into 8 feet on the par-5 18th hole and made the eagle putt for a 6-under 64 to give him a one-shot lead at the Honda Classic.

Rickie Fowler, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet and Robert Streb are all one off the pace, while defending champion Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods each had a 70.

• Spain's Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 Thursday for a two-stroke lead in Singapore after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions, which features 17 of the top 20 LPGA players.

• Darren Fichardt of South Africa birdied the longest par-5 in European Tour history (685 yards) Thursday to lead the inaugural Tshwane Open by one stroke after the first round in Centurion, South Africa.


Woman to participate in NFL combine

Lauren Silberman is set to become the first woman to participate at an NFL combine. The 28-year-old Silberman will kick Sunday at the New York Jets' training facility in Florham Park, N.J. She has never kicked anything more than a soccer ball in an organized game and she just started practicing long-range field goals.

• The Pima College men's tennis team was shut out 9-0 at Scottsdale on Thursday.

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