Syracuse Andre Cisco wins award

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse safety Andre Cisco is the ACC defensive rookie of the year.

Cisco received 40 votes in the balloting announced Tuesday to easily win the award over runner-up Xavier Thomas of Clemson.

Cisco had seven interceptions in the regular season to tie for the national lead and also had nine pass breakups. His 16 total passes defended ranked second nationally among freshmen in the Bowl Subdivision and is a school record for a first-year player.

Cisco also had 51 tackles (41 solo) to rank fifth on the team and forced one fumble. Voting was conducted by a panel of 46 media members and the conference’s 14 head coaches.

Pat Fitzgerald voted coach of year

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year.

The conference on Tuesday announced half its postseason awards based on voting by coaches and media. Fitzgerald led the Wildcats (8-4) to the West Division title after going winless in nonconference play and losing several starters to injuries.

Michigan’s Devin Bush is defensive player of the year and top linebacker. Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes was voted top defensive lineman and Iowa’s Amani Hooker top defensive back.

EMU reinstates women’s tennis

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan University is reinstating its women’s tennis team after a lawsuit filed by two former athletes.

The university announced in March that it was dropping softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and wrestling at the end of the spring season, but two former athletes sued, alleging Title IX laws banning sex discrimination were violated. The university had said the moves were made due to budget cuts.

A federal judge ordered a preliminary injunction in September, ruling that financial hardship is not a defense for a Title IX violation. EMU said in a statement Tuesday it continues “to work productively with the plaintiffs and the court” — and that it has hired a tennis coach and is working to bring that sport back this spring. The statement did not mention softball.

Broncos call up Hemingway

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Temarrick Hemingway is the latest tight end to get his shot with the Denver Broncos, who have lost three tight ends to season-ending injuries.

The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) this weekend, promoted Hemingway from their practice squad Tuesday when they placed Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve.

Heuerman broke three ribs and bruised a lung in the Broncos’ 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

South Africa earns trip to WWC

South Africa earned its first trip to the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Mali in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana.

Forward Thembi Kgatlana, who also plays for the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League, scored in the 31st minute to put South Africa out in front before Lebohang Ramalepe’s goal sealed it with 10 minutes left. It was Kgatlana’s fifth goal of the tournament.

Banyana Banyana, as the team is known, will play Nigeria in Saturday’s final. Nigeria also secured a spot in the World Cup in France next summer, advancing on penalties after a scoreless draw against Cameroon earlier Tuesday at Accra Sports Stadium.

S.C. forward Minaya to have surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina starting forward Justin Minaya will have surgery on his right knee this week and be out indefinitely.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Minaya’s status Tuesday. Martin says the 6-foot-5 sophomore Minaya would begin rehab immediately, although a timetable for his return would be determined after the operation. Minaya hurt himself in practice this past Sunday. He missed Monday night’s 81-61 loss to Southern Conference opponent Wofford.

Minaya is the son of ex-New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya. The younger Minaya started 30 games as a freshman for the Gamecocks (3-2) where he averaged nearly eight points and more than four rebounds.

Los Angeles activates goalie Quick

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have activated goaltender Jonathan Quick off injured reserve.

Quick, who is the Kings’ regular goalie, has missed the last 12 games due to a lower-body injury. The 32-year-old Quick has played in only four games this season. He is 0-3-1 with a 4.55 goals-against average and .845 save percentage. Los Angeles opens a three-game road trip on Tuesday against Vancouver.

The Kings have assigned goaltender Peter Budaj to their AHL Ontario affiliate and placed forward Trevor Lewis on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 16. Lewis broke his foot during practice.

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