Thursday's Sports In Brief

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, dealing the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar guard.

An MRI exam on Thursday revealed Bryant has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau - the top of his shinbone near his knee.

Bryant made his season debut with the Lakers Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. He apparently was hurt again Tuesday night in Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.

After playing six games in 10 days, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history is out again until February or longer - and the Lakers' already miserable run of injuries got even uglier.

MIAMI (AP) - Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James was relaxing with his wife not long ago when he looked around and was stunned to see someone wearing his Miami Heat No. 6 jersey.

They were on their honeymoon in Venice.

''It's kind of crazy, honestly,'' James said. ''There's a 'wow' factor.''

James is again on top of the NBA's list of top-selling jerseys in the newest rankings released. The rankings are based on overall sales from adidas and NBAStore.com in the fourth quarter of this year, along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday sales - both of which were record-setting, the league said.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is No. 2 on the list, followed by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

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OLYMPICS

Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.

The 1988 gold medalist had always kept his personal life private, saying in a statement that ''being gay is just one part of who I am.'' But President Barack Obama's decision to include openly gay athletes in the delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies - and not send high-ranking officials - was widely seen as a message to Russia about its treatment of gays and lesbians.

''First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance,'' Boitano said in his statement. ''As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.''

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - Shaun White qualified for slopestyle finals at the U.S. Grand Prix, guaranteeing himself the top-30 finish he needed to be eligible for the Sochi Olympics.

Less than a week after hurting his left ankle during a halfpipe contest, White tried a conservative first run, then added an extra revolution to his last jump on his second trip down the mountain. He scored 85.66 points to finish third in his heat and earn a place in the 16-man final Sunday.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Outfielder Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees have finalized a $45 million, three-year contract.

The agreement, reached Dec. 6, was announced by the team Thursday. The eight-time All-Star is to be introduced at a Yankee Stadium news conference Friday.

The 36-year-old played for the Mets from 2005-11, when he was dealt to San Francisco. He signed a $26 million, two-year contract with St. Louis before the 2012 season and reached the World Series for the first time this year.

Slowed by knee injuries, Beltran has retained a potent bat - especially in October. He hit .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for the Cardinals this year and added two homers and 15 RBIs in the postseason. Beltran injured ribs in the World Series opener when he banged into Fenway Park's right-fight fence while robbing Boston's David Ortiz of a grand slam.

New York seems to have a logjam among outfielders on its roster, a group that includes Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, Alfonso Soriano and Vernon Wells.

To open a roster spot, the Yankees designated right-hander Brett Marshall for assignment.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan and Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh have been selected to The Associated Press Little All-America team, which honors the top players in Division II, III and NAIA.

Vaughan and Quiteh are finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the Division II player of the year.

For Quiteh, it's the second straight year he has been selected to the Little All-America first team and third time in his career.

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NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee.

Cruz had an arthroscopic debridement of the knee Thursday afternoon in Pensacola, Fla. after getting a second opinion on the injury he sustained last weekend against Seattle.

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BOXING

CINCINNATI (AP) - A misdemeanor assault charge against Cincinnati boxer and former WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner has been dismissed.

Court records show the charge against 24-year-old Adrien Broner was dismissed Wednesday. Broner's attorney says the man who accused Broner of punching him in the face in May 2012 did not show up for the trial in Hamilton County Municipal Court in southwest Ohio.

Defense attorney William Welsh says the alleged assault never took place.

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