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Favre sacked with $50,000 fine from NFL

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Down to the last few days of the season and maybe Brett Favre's career, the NFL ended a slow-paced investigation of tawdry allegations against the quarterback with a $50,000 fine and a rebuke for not being candid.

The league punished one of its marquee players for failing to cooperate with investigators who were trying to determine if the 41-year-old quarterback sent inappropriate messages and below-the-belt photos to Jenn Sterger in 2008, when both worked for the New York Jets.

The ruling came days before what could be the final game for the three-time MVP. He'll start for Minnesota at Detroit on Sunday if he's recovered from a concussion sustained Dec. 20 against Chicago, and has said this will be his final season, though he's unretired in the past.

Commissioner Roger Goodell "could not conclude" that Favre violated the league's personal conduct policy based on the evidence currently available to him, the league said in a statement announcing the fine.

Vick might miss Eagles' season-finale

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick may get a game day off after all — only because of injury instead of earning a bye.

A day after the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles squandered their chance at a postseason bye, it became clear that Vick may have taken his last snap until the playoffs. His severe leg bruise might be enough to keep him out of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Vick limped around the field and the locker room after he sustained a quad contusion on the first play of the Eagles' 24-14 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Eagles coach Andy Reid hasn't decided if he'll keep Vick out the game. The Eagles are locked into the NFC's No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed on Jan. 8 or 9.

Top swimming coach to leave program

One the nation's top swimming coaches is leaving the Southern California program where he trained several top young women on the U.S. team, amid speculation he was forced out because of an intimate relationship with one of his pupils, The Associated Press has learned.

Sean Hutchison denied he was involved with one of his swimmers, saying "there is no truth to that," insisting his departure was a long-planned move to form his own pro team near his current job at the Fullteron Aquatics Sports Team (FAST).

Liddell says he'll retire from pro fighting

LAS VEGAS — Former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, one of the pioneers of modern mixed martial arts, has retired from professional fighting.

The "Iceman" said Wednesday that he will become an executive vice president for business development with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the promotion that rocketed him to stardom in the United States more than a decade ago. Liddell announced his retirement during a news conference for UFC 125 on Saturday night.

Schild wins World Cup women's slalom

SEMMERING, Austria — Marlies Schild of Austria won a women's World Cup night slalom Wednesday for her third victory of the season and 26th overall, while Maria Riesch finished second to extend her lead in the overall standings on Lindsey Vonn.

Schild finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 42.06 seconds to beat Riesch, the Olympic and world slalom champion by 0.32. Christina Geiger of Germany was 0.52 back in third for her first career podium finish.