SAN DIEGO — Among the prizes afforded the Farmers Insurance Open champion is a cool trophy that features a Torrey pine, an even cooler check for $1.5 million and a surfboard with a coolness factor somewhere between the trophy and check.

Xander Schauffele, born and raised in San Diego, is well acquainted with the beach and the waves here, although more from the distant bluffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach.

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Jason Jitoboh won’t step foot onto a basketball court without his glasses. And he doesn’t even need them to see. The darkened lenses merely provide extra protection for what eyesight Jitoboh has remaining. Florida’s 6-foot-11 center took a finger to his left eye at Tennessee last January and spent the better part of a year trying to get right. He’s had four surgeries already and might have a fifth following the season. He faces the second-ranked Volunteers for the first time since his injury when Florida hosts Tennessee on Wednesday.

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The first week in February is becoming known as the split between Pebble Beach and the Saudi International. Pebble Beach now has only three players from the top 20 in the world. Leading the way are U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Jordan Spieth and Viktor Hovland. The Saudi International features all but a handful of the players who have signed on with Saudi-backed LIV Golf. That includes Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson. LIV is a month out from starting its season. The European tour wraps up its Middle East swing at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship.

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Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko has joined Ukraine’s fight against IOC plans to let some Russians compete at the 2024 Paris Summer Games. The former heavyweight champion has suggested in a video message that sports leaders will be accomplices to the war if athletes from Russia and its military ally Belarus can compete at the next Olympics. The International Olympic Committee wants to let Russians and Belarusians who have not openly supported the war to try to qualify for Paris. They would compete as neutral athletes with no flag or anthem. Olympic sports bodies must agree on their own policies.

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Batting champion Jeff McNeil and the New York Mets have finalized a four-year contract that prevents a salary arbitration hearing. The deal includes a club option for 2027. A two-time All-Star, McNeil led the majors with a .326 average last season. The second baseman asked for a raise from $3 million to $7.75 million this year while New York offered $6.25 million. McNeil turns 31 in April. He could have become a free agent following the 2024 season but agreed to push that back at least two years, possibly three.

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Nice signed Terem Moffi on the final day of the transfer window after beating southern rival Marseille for the prolific Nigeria striker. Nice says Moffi has signed a loan deal with a obligation to make the deal permanent. Moffi joins from French club Lorient and has been one of the best players in the league this season. Marseille was interested in signing Moffi and the striker had been set to be part of a reported swap deal that would see Bamba Dieng sign with Lorient. The Senegal forward did sign a four-year deal with Lorient last week but Moffi opted for Nice.

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The French basketball federation has opened a disciplinary case after a Black player was reportedly targeted by a racist insult during a lower-league game. Metz point guard Loic Akono said he was called a “bonobo” by a fan during a game at Charleville-Mezieres over the weekend. Bonobos are similar to chimpanzees. Akono left the court before the end of the third quarter after the referee threatened to charge him with a technical foul if he kept arguing with the crowd. The French federation says it opened a disciplinary case, noting its “zero tolerance” policy toward such behaviors. Metz plays in the fourth division.

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Britain’s police chiefs have promised a “cultural change” as they apologized to families of the victims in the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy. The U.K.‘s worst sports disaster saw 97 people killed during a crush of soccer fans at an overcrowded stadium. Authorities spent years blaming fans for the disaster, and an initial inquest ruled the deaths an accident. But a second inquest concluded in 2016 that the victims were unlawfully killed as a result of failings by police and others. The National Police Chiefs Council and College of Policing said Tuesday that the code of ethics used by police forces will be reviewed.

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Portugal left back João Cancelo’s switch to Bayern Munich and former Real Madrid star Isco Alarcón’s potential signing by Union Berlin have brought excitement to the last day of the winter transfer period in Germany. Bayern reacted after seeing its Bundesliga lead shrink to just a point by singing Cancelo on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. Union is reportedly on the verge of tying up an unexpected deal for Isco. The Spanish midfielder won the Champions League five times with Real Madrid. Eintracht Frankfurt signed former Germany left back Philipp Max on loan from PSV Eindhoven.

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Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen could miss most of the remainder of the season because of an ankle injury. United says he will be sidelined for “an extended period” — likely until late April or early May. The 30-year-old Denmark international sustained the injury during United’s 3-1 win against Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday. The midfielder has become a key figure under new United manager Erik ten Hag, making 31 appearances this season.

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The men’s professional tennis tour says Alexander Zverev will not face disciplinary action after an investigation into domestic abuse allegations against him found “insufficient evidence” to substantiate the claims. The ATP had commissioned the investigation in October 2021 after Zverev’s former girlfriend accused the 2020 U.S. Open runner-up of abuse. The 25-year-old Zverev is a German who won the singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He is currently ranked 14th.

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Authorities say nearly two-dozen people including players have been arrested as part of an investigation into match-fixing in lower-division soccer matches in Spain, Andorra and Gibraltar. The European Union police agency Europol says those arrested are alleged members of a betting syndicate where “several footballers are suspected of having used their position to steer the outcome of games in which they participated in.” Authorities say 30 games are under investigation, with profits from the betting estimated at more than 500,000 euros.

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Massachusetts sports fans who want to wager on their favorite teams are finally getting their chance as the state kicks off sports betting at casinos Tuesday. Online betting is likely to follow in a few months. The kickoff comes just weeks ahead of the Super Bowl being held in Arizona. Lawmakers have estimated sports betting could generate about $60 million in annual tax revenue and $70 million to $80 million in initial licensing fees that must be renewed every five years. At first, sports betting will be allowed only at kiosks set up at the state’s three casinos.

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It’s transfer deadline day and clubs around Europe are aiming to get the last of their business done before the midseason window shuts. January is traditionally a difficult time to make major signings, with prices inflated as desperation grows for teams in the hunt for silverware or survival. The Premier League has dominated the window so far as Chelsea’s spending spree under American owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital has carried on where it left off last summer.

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Kenyan marathon runner Georgina Rono has been banned for four years for evading a doping test. Rono was third at the Boston Marathon in 2012 and also has podium finishes at the Eindhoven and Frankfurt Marathons. She was banned until Jan. 25, 2027, and had all her results since May 27 stripped from her record in a ruling by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya. Kenyan authorities are battling a doping crisis. There are more than 50 athletes from the East African country currently suspended.

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Bayern Munich has bolstered its struggling team with the loan signing of Portugal left back João Cancelo from Manchester City. Bayern says the 28-year-old Cancelo is joining “on an initial deal through to the end of the current season.” Bayern has the option to make the transfer permanent for a fee of $76 million. Cancelo will give Bayern more security in defense and an added attacking threat on the left. He scored five goals and set up 11 more in 98 Premier League games for City but lost his place as a starter in recent games.

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American midfielder Korbin Albert has signed a contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain until 2025 after forgoing her remaining eligibility at Notre Dame. The Grayslake, Illinois native was regarded as one of the best midfielders in college soccer. The 19-year-old Albert scored 16 goals last season as a sophomore and helped her team reach the NCAA quarterfinals.

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An apology has been issued on behalf of Chelsea player Mykhailo Mudryk after he appeared to use the N-word in a video posted on social media. The forward, who joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk this month in a deal worth $108 million, was reciting the lyrics to a song on TikTok in a post from last year.  He has now deleted the video. His representative reportedly told the Sun newspaper in Britain, “Mykhailo is deeply sorry for any offense caused by the video posted on his TikTok account last July."

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs prevailed on championship weekend to reach Super Bowl 57. But the NFL didn't exactly have a stellar weekend as infuriating flags and non-calls dominated both the NFC and AFC title games. The NFC championship was a blowout because the San Francsico 49ers lost all their quarterbacks. An emergency third quarterback would have come in handy Sunday but the league and its players ditched the third quarterback designation more than a decade ago. The AFC title game went down to the wire but questionable calls including an intentional grounding on Joe Burrow proved crucial.

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Donna Kelce is going to have to pull out that now-familiar custom jersey — the one with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s front stitched to Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce’s back — one more time this season. For the first time in Super Bowl history, a pair of siblings will square off on the NFL’s grandest stage. Kelce helped the Chiefs return to their third championship game in four seasons on Sunday night when they beat the Bengals for the AFC title, while Jason has the Eagles back for the second time in six years after their NFC title win over the 49ers.

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Brace yourself. There’s going to be some angry people in the NBA on Thursday night. With good reason, too. The votes from the coaches are now in, and on Thursday, the NBA will reveal the 14 players, seven apiece from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, who got picked to be reserves for the All-Star Game. Here's the problem. There's about 25 or so guys who have serious arguments for those 14 remaining All-Star spots. That's going to lead to some hurt feelings.

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Baylor coach Scott Drew and the rest of his Big 12 counterparts probably felt a bit of a reprieve last Saturday, when the league took a break from beating up on itself by taking seven of 10 games from the Southeastern Conference. But the Big 12 is back to hammering each other now. It began with the No. 11 Bears facing No. 10 Texas on Monday night. On Tuesday, seventh-ranked Kansas State tries for a regular-season sweep of eighth-ranked Kansas, which lost to the Wildcats in overtime in Manhattan. And that’s just the start of a tough week for first-year coach Jerome Tang’s bunch, who get the Longhorns back at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday for a second straight top-10 showdown.

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Chelsea has already spent more in the January transfer window than every club in the top leagues in Spain, Italy, Germany and France combined and the London team might not finished. The final day of the window could be another busy one for Chelsea and its new American ownership. The club is linked with a move for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez and potentially looking to balance the books by offloading Jorginho and Hakim Ziyech. Seven players have arrived at Stamford Bridge this month for more than $200 million. They include Ukraine winger Mykhailo Mudryk in a deal worth around $108 million and France center back Benoît Badiashile for $40 million.

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New Hampshire plays the NJIT Highlanders after Clarence O. Daniels II scored 22 points in the Wildcats' 69-65 win against the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. The teams play Wednesday for the first time this season. NJIT is 3-4 against the America East, and New Hampshire is 5-3 against conference opponents.

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Akron visits the Buffalo Bulls after Enrique Freeman scored 32 points in the Zips' 83-77 victory against the Ohio Bobcats. Tuesday's meeting is the first of the season between the squads. Buffalo is 4-4 against the MAC, and Akron is 7-1 against conference opponents.

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UMass-Lowell will try to keep its 11-game home win streak alive when the River Hawks take on Albany (NY). Wednesday's game is the second meeting this season between the two teams. The Great Danes won the previous matchup 89-63. UMass-Lowell is 5-4 against the America East, and Albany (NY) is 1-7 against conference opponents.

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New Mexico State hosts the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks after Anthony Roy scored 23 points in New Mexico State's 77-72 loss to the Utah Valley Wolverines. Wednesday's game will be the second meeting this season between the two teams. The 'Jacks won the last matchup 69-60. New Mexico State is 0-9 against the WAC, and SFA is 7-2 against conference opponents.

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Utah State plays the New Mexico Lobos after Daniel Akin scored 23 points in Utah State's 70-53 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs. Wednesday's matchup is the first this season for the teams. Utah State is 6-3 against the MWC, and New Mexico is 6-3 against conference opponents.

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Western Michigan hosts the Northern Illinois Huskies after Lamar Norman Jr. scored 27 points in Western Michigan's 70-69 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas. Tuesday's meeting is the first this season for the two squads. Western Michigan is 2-6 against the MAC, and Northern Illinois is 4-4 against conference opponents.

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Boise State faces the Air Force Falcons after Tyson Degenhart scored 22 points in the Broncos' 80-59 victory against the Colorado State Rams. Tuesday's matchup is the first this season for the teams. Air Force is 3-6 against the MWC, and Boise State is 7-2 against conference opponents.