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PRESS BOX: Williams apologizes for comments, Manziel arrest revealed

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Tennis star Serena Williams apologized Wednesday on her website for comments she made in a magazine interview about a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, that made national headlines.

"What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me," the world's No. 1-ranked women's player said in a statement. "I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only 16, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved -- that of the rape victim and of the accused."

Two Steubenville High School football players were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl. After the rape took place last August, students boasted about it using social media, creating widespread public ire.

In an excerpt from a Rolling Stone interview that the magazine released to the public on Tuesday, Williams said the girl should not have put herself in that situation.

"She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously, I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy might never have come to pass in 2012 if Texas A&M had not lifted a school suspension before the season.

The quarterback considered transferring after he was arrested last June 29 in College Station's bar district on misdemeanor charges and suspended by the university for the season, The Dallas Morning News reported. But Manziel won an appeal and the punishment was overturned by the dean of student life.

According to the story, Manziel would not have wanted to sit out another season with a suspension after redshirting as a freshman. That would have meant two years of game inactivity.

Going into the 2012 season, Manziel was a backup quarterback. But he emerged as the starter and not only won the Heisman but led Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory in its first second as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Manziel later called the offseason incident in which he was charged with fighting, failure to identify and possession of fake IDs a big mistake in his life.

NHL

The Nashville Predators announced they have signed defenseman Victor Bartley to a three-year, $2 million contract.

Bartley, 25, will make $600,000 in each of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons and $800,000 in 2015-16.

Seeing his first NHL action this season, Bartley had seven points in 24 games and led Nashville defensemen in plus-minus rating at plus-2.

The undrafted free agent started the season with Milwaukee in the American Hockey League and led the team's defensemen in points with 26 in 54 games. As an AHL rookie in 2011-12, Bartley had 39 points to tie for 10th among the league's defensemen. He also has played in Sweden's second division.
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