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Former LPGA Tour player Danielle Downey was killed in a single car accident Thursday night in Auburn, Ala. She was 33.

Downey played on the Tour from 2006-10. She finished in the top 10 in seven tournaments. Her career-best finish was fourth at the 2008 Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

After caddying on the Tour for Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz, Downey returned to her alma mater at Auburn University for the 2012-13 season when head coach Kim Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Downey coached the Tigers to a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Championship, their best finish in eight years.

Evans returned as coach and Downey has been the program's director of operations.


---The University of Texas athletics had school-record figures in operating revenue and expenses in 2012-13, according to USA Today and Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center.

Texas reported to the NCAA that it recorded $165.7 million in revenue and $146.8 million in expenses. Those figures represent a $2.4 million increase in revenue and an $8.5 million hike in spending over the previous fiscal year.

According to the report, however, it was the school's smallest rise in nearly a decade.

---Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron told CBS radio host Jim Rome that some of the younger players on the team did not "buy into" the Crimson Tide's championship mission.

Alabama took itself out of contention for a third straight BCS title when it lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl and then ended its season by falling to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

"Myself and (linebacker) CJ Mosley, we were basically the two leaders of the team and we felt like it was a matter of time before it was coming," McCarron said Thursday. "It's definitely tough to lose, but it kind of shows when you don't have everyone buy into one system, one belief, then sometimes a team is going to struggle."


--- Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will not play Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers due to a setback in recovering from a left ankle sprain, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Walker has missed the last five games. He was initially expected to be out 10-14 days. He last played on Jan. 18.

--- Injured Los Angeles Lakers point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all practiced with the team on Thursday for the first time since early November as all three are close to returning, the Orange County register reported.

Nash could be the first to return. Nash, who turns 40 in a week, is targeting Tuesday's game in Minnesota as a possible return date.
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