Around the Nation (Dec. 7): Former Ohio State football star gets six months for battery

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FOOTBALL

Former Ohio State WR Boston gets six months in prison for battery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Former NFL wide receiver David Boston has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation for punching a woman last year.

His attorney, Guy Fronstin, confirmed that the 34-year-old Boston was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery last month. Fronstin says his client has turned his life around and been fully committed to treatment since his arrest.

Authorities say Boston had been drinking at a Boca Raton home in November 2011 when he punched a woman twice in the head, leaving a wound requiring 10 stiches.

Lashlee to coordinate Ark. St. bowl offense against Kent State

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will continue to coordinate the Red Wolves' offense through its bowl game despite being hired as offensive coordinator at Auburn.

Lashlee was named Auburn offensive coordinator on Friday by new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn -- who was hired away from Arkansas State by the Tigers earlier this week.

Interim Arkansas State coach John Thompson said later Friday that Lashlee will continue to coach the ASU offense in practices and through the Red Wolves GoDaddy.com Bowl game against No. 25 Kent State on Jan. 6.

The move leaves ASU with both its offensive and defensive coordinators for the bowl game. Thompson was defensive coordinator before being named interim coach after Malzahn's departure.

BASEBALL

MLB average salary up 3.8 percent to $3.2M

NEW YORK -- Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million.

According to final figures released Friday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the rise was the steepest since 2007. The boost was helped by an increase in the minimum salary from $414,000 to $480,000.

The New York Yankees had the highest average for the 14th consecutive season at $6.88 million.

TENNIS

Minor rule changes may be up for 2016 Olympics

ROME -- Tennis officials are considering adding third-set tiebreakers at the 2016 Rio Olympics after marathon matches in London this year.

Also, bronze-medal matches could be eliminated to lighten the loads of players entered in multiple events.

ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti tells The Associated Press at the European Olympic Committees meeting in Rome that the matches this year were "very balanced and very long and that ruins the scheduling somewhat."

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