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9:00 PM: Tennis player Simona Halep was the top-searched subject by Google users in Romania this year.

8:45 PM: Chris Erskine of the L.A. Times profiles Ann Schranz, a 58-year-old Unitarian minister who has taken up boxing as a hobby.

8:30 PM: The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle notes that the Rochester Red Wings were the last American baseball team to play in Cuba before the U.S. embargo began in 1960. The July 25 game against the Havana Sugar Kings ended in a 3-3 tie after fans began firing weapons to celebrate Fidel Castro's revolution.

8:15 PM: A Lee County, Alabama judge on Thursday ordered Toomer's Corner tree poisoner Harvey Updyke to pay Auburn $700 by February 11 or be thrown in jail for contempt of court. Updyke owes Auburn over $800,000 in restitution for the tree poisonings.

8:00 PM: After The Independent reported that AFC Bournemouth soccer player Baily Cargill "lost his wig" during Wednesday's match against Liverpool, Bournemoth officials clarified that Cargill actually lost a head bandage that was covering his stitches.

7:45 PM: KTNV reports police in Las Vegas are dressing up officers as Santa Claus to help catch drivers who don't yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

7:30 PM: Dion Earl - owner, coach & player of the Seattle Impact FC indoor soccer club - is a facing a lawsuit on accusations that he sexually assaulted two members of the club's dance team.

7:15 PM: The Chicago Sun-Times reports city officials are trying to stop three private parking companies that have been using city-owned lots near the United Center without paying rent or taxes.

7:00 PM: Boston College announced on Thursday that Eagles football coach Steve Addazio has received a contract extension through the 2020 season.

6:45 PM: Former Angels 2010 first-round draft pick Ryan Bolden was shot & killed during a children's fight over candy in an Atlanta apartment complex Wednesday night.

6:30 PM: Former California head coach & Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will reportedly become the new head coach of the CFL's B.C. Lions.

6:15 PM: Borussia Dortmund & Germany national soccer team player Marco Reus was fined $673,000 for repeatedly driving without a license.

6:00 PM: Tennessee Volunteers football coach Butch Jones said that freshman RB Jalen Hurd will play in the Taxslayer Bowl despite being cited for underage drinking on December 3: "We've handled that internally and we'll continue to handle that. That's a few weeks old. It's just like raising your children."

5:45 PM: Former New York Yankees teammates Derek Jeter & Hideki Matsui are scheduled to take part in a March 21 baseball charity event at the Tokyo dome to benefit the children of the 2011 Japan earthquake & tsunami.

5:30 PM: Injured Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Witherspoon took to Twitter on Thursday to call out the New Orleans Saints and their fans before Sunday's game: "The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth! Our team will be bringing a broom to the bayou!"

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