Monday, December 22, 2014
Professional Sports
South Korea forward Ji returning to Augsburg

South Korea forward Ji Dong-won is returning to Augsburg only half a season after he moved to Borussia Dortmund.

Augsburg said Monday that the 23-year-old Ji signed a 3 ½-year contract with the club. Neither team gave details of the transfer deal.

Top stories of 2014 from the Ohio Associated Press

A list of the top 10 stories of 2014 from the Ohio Associated Press, as voted on by member newspapers and broadcasters around the state:

1. Toxins from algae in Lake Erie contaminated Toledo's water supply, leaving 400,000 people without tap water for two days in August. The crisis led to an effort by the state Legislature to stop farmers from spreading manure on top of frozen or saturated fields, and to plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with similar situations.

Wounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela

The team coached by former NBA player Carl Herrera says his condition is improving following a shooting in Venezuela.

The Gigantes de Guayana team said in a Twitter post that Herrera is no longer in critical condition and is "completely out of danger."

A dozen football fans injured in lightning strike

A dozen people are recovering after they were injured by an indirect lightning strike at Raymond James Stadium after a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers.

Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the lightning strike happened Sunday afternoon as fans were walking back to their cars in Lot 14. The department received a 911 call at 4:11 p.m.

Ex-NFL's Benson charged with public intoxication

Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson has been charged with public intoxication.

An Austin police spokesman says Benson was booked early Saturday and released several hours later. Police records show Benson was arrested following a verbal disturbance between a male and a female in a taxi.

Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer to return to Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen says Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer will return to the club next season and has signed a two-year contract extension through 2019.

The 23-year-old Kramer, currently on loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach, was part of Germany's World Cup winning team this year. He played in the final against Argentina for the opening half-hour before going off injured.

Germans set 10-year plan, want Euro 2024

At a reception shortly before Christmas, German football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach said his plan for the holidays was to sit back on a sofa, shut off the radio and television and think about the wonderful year behind him.

After winning a fourth World Cup title, Germany has plenty of reason to celebrate 2014 as an extraordinary year. But the Germans don't want to rest on their laurels and again end up waiting 24 years for a World Cup title.

Weekend Sports In Brief

PRO FOOTBALL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

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