Around the Nation (Nov. 15): Browns recover lost championship trophy from 1946

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FOOTBALL

Browns recover lost title trophy from 1946

BEREA -- The Browns have recovered a lost championship trophy from 1946.

The trophy, engraved with the names of six Hall of Fame players as well as coach Paul Brown, was one of two awarded to the team after the Browns won their first title in the defunct All-American Football Conference. It was found in a box in the garage of the grandson of one of the team's former minority owners in Raleigh, N.C. A member of the team's staff retrieved the trophy this week and showed it off on Friday.

Because the NFL didn't award permanent trophies until 1966 -- two years after Cleveland won its last title -- the 1946 trophy is the only one believed to exist for the team's eight championships.

Alumni relations manager Tony Dick said it's "special that we have something that says we won a championship."

HOF lineman Mike McCormack dies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.

McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions in the NFL, including president of the Carolina Panthers.

Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton says he spoke with McCormack's wife, Ann, and was informed of McCormack's death of natural causes.

McCormack spent 12 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, helping the franchise win NFL championships in 1954 and 1955. He played with Otto Graham and blocked for running back Jim Brown.

McCormack later coached the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-75), Baltimore Colts (1980-81) and Seattle Seahawks (1982). He served as president and general manager of the Seahawks.

McCormack was instrumental in helping the Panthers land an NFL franchise in 1993 and is the first person selected into the team's Hall of Honor.

COLLEGE

Maryland women's hoops coach Frese signs extension

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese, whose coaching career began in 1994 as an assistant under Bob Lindsay at Kent State University, has signed a four-year extension to her contract, which now runs through 2021.

The deal, announced Friday, includes the potential for four additional years.

Frese took over at Maryland in 2002 and won the national championship in 2006. Entering Friday night's game against No. 1 Connecticut, Frese compiled a 280-81 record with the Terrapins.

Maryland has won two Atlantic Coast Conference titles under her direction and advanced five times to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins reached that point last season before losing to Connecticut, the eventual national champion.

Athletic director Kevin Anderson said the extension "will enable us to remain as one of the top programs in the country for many years to come."

Maryland is currently ranked eighth.

ICE HOCKEY

Gaborik to miss 4-6 weeks with injury

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik will miss four to six weeks because of a sprained left knee.

Gaborik was injured in the club's 3-2 overtime loss at Boston on Thursday night.

Gaborik shares the team lead with five goals and has six assists in 17 games this season.

The 31-year-old Slovak player has scored 40 goals or more three times and has at least 30 goals in a season seven times in his NHL career. The three-time All-Star. He has 341 goals and 344 assists in 786 career NHL games with the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Blue Jackets.

AUTO RACING

Kenseth wins pole at Homestead for finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Matt Kenseth has won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's season-ending and championship-deciding race.

It was a massive turnaround for Kenseth following his worst performance of the season last week at Phoenix. He finished 23rd to fall 28 points behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson leading into the finale.

Now he's got his third pole of the season and will start in front of Johnson Sunday.

Johnson qualified seventh. But he needs only to finish 23rd or higher to win his sixth championship.

Kevin Harvick is the only other driver mathematically eligible to win the title and goes into the race 34 points behind Johnson. He qualified one spot ahead of Johnson in sixth.

GOLF

Karlsson, Stadler share lead at OHL

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico -- Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler topped the OHL Classic leaderboard at 12 under Friday when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Karlsson played 36 holes Friday, shooting an 8-under 63 in the rain-delayed first round and adding a 67 in the afternoon on Mayakoba Resort's El Camaleon course.

Stadler had rounds of 67 and 63. He birdied five of the last seven holes in the second round.

Trio tied for lead in Ochoa Invitational

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and South Korea's So Yeon Ryu closed with birdies for a share of the second-round lead with Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum on Friday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Nordqvist and Ryu shot 5-under 67 to match Phatlum at 9-under 135 at Guadalajara Country Club. Phatlum, the first-round leader in the 36-player event, had a 69.

South Korea's Inbee Park was a stroke back along with Americans Lexi Thompson and Gerina Piller. Thompson had a 64 for the best round the first two days.

Piller shot 65, and Park had a 68.

Tournament host Lorena Ochoa won 27 LPGA Tour titles before retiring in 2010.

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