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Press Box: NHL's Dubinsky fined $10,000 for hit, Ole Miss gets No. 1 recruit

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was fined $10,000 but avoided a suspension for his hit Tuesday night on the Los Angeles Kings' Rob Scuderi. Dubinsky received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct when he hit Scuderi at 11:29 of the second period.

Scuderi was upset afterward but stopped short of saying Dubinsky deserved punishment from the league. "That's not my decision," Scuderi told the Los Angeles Times. "That's the league's decision, and it's in their hands."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 overall recruit, announced Wednesday that he signed with the University of Mississippi, joining his brother, defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche.

"It was important for me to make a family decision," Robert Nkemdiche said. "Those are the people who raised me and have always cared about me and always have my back. That was my parents' dream, to see us play together. Who wouldn't want to see their two sons playing together at the same school?"

Nkemdiche, a five-star recruit, was one of 24 commitments in the Rebels' Class of 2013, which was ranked as one of the best in the country by multiple recruiting services.

Ole Miss, which ESPN ranked fifth-best in this year's recruiting success, also landed the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle, 6-6, 295-pound Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla.; the No. 1 wide receiver, Laquon Treadwell of Crete, Ill.; and the No. 1 recruit in Mississippi, safety Antonio Connor.

OTHER

American skier Lindsey Vonn will undergo surgery next week in Colorado on her right knee. Vonn tore the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament and broke a bone in her right leg during a fall in the super-G event of the world championships on Tuesday.

Despite suffering the serious injuries, Vonn vowed to recover in time to compete in the Winter Olympics next February in Russia.

"I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi," Vonn said.

Vonn, an Olympic downhill champion, was released from a hospital in Austria on Tuesday and will return home to Vail, Colo., where the surgery will be performed. Her recovery could take up to eight months, according to doctors.
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