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Kaepernick still the starter...More bounty appeal testimony...Spurrier gets extension

Monday - 12/3/2012, 8:50pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL'), Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh) and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Manziel is the favorite to win college football's most glamorous award when it is presented Saturday night in New York. He would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school's only Heisman in 1957.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says that Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) will remain the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Miami despite an overtime loss to the Rams yesterday. Harbaugh took the blame for a misfired pitch by Kaepernick that led to a St. Louis touchdown. The coach indicated that former starter Alex Smith is not out of the mix to be the starting quarterback again.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG'-lee-uh-boo) resumed hearings in the NFL bounty probe today, with former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma among those that testified. Tagliabue has scheduled the hearings to wrap up tomorrow in New Orleans.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Steve Spurrier has received a two-year contract extension that will keep him at South Carolina through 2017, although he won't receive more than they $3.3 million he earned this season. Spurrier has led the No. 11 Gamecocks to consecutive seasons with double-digit victories, a first in program history.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun says he had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs. Calhoun mentioned the surgery Monday while taping an episode of YES Network's Center Stage with Michael Kay in New York. Calhoun also told YES that he has not completely ruled out a return to coaching.

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