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Nebraska volleyball player is selected top female athlete in nation: Nebraska volleyball standout Sarah Pavan maintained a 4.0 grade-point average in biochemistry while leading the Cornhuskers to a 33-1 season and the NCAA Division I title.

Those achievements earned the junior from Kitchener, Ontario, the 31st annual Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation’s female college athlete of the year Monday in New York. She is the fourth volleyball player to win the award.

Which was tougher, earning a 4.0 or winning a national championship?

“They’re both so difficult in different ways,” the 6-foot-5 Pavan said. “I’d probably say winning the national championship because there are so many factors that you can’t control.”

Pavan beat out Tennessee’s Candace Parker (basketball) and Monica Abbott (softball), Maryland’s Paula Infante (field hockey) and North Carolina’s Heather O’Reilly (soccer).

Golf

Champions Tour to follow PGA Tour’s policy on steroids: Champions Tour president Rick George doesn’t think the 50-and-older circuit has a problem with performance-enhancing drugs. But George said the Champions Tour will follow whatever steroid policy the PGA Tour implements.

Sailing

Best-of-nine America’s Cup, tied 1-1, resumes today: Alinghi and Emirates Team New Zealand studied video footage of the first two races of the America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, searching for clues to help them gain an advantage in the best-of-nine series that is tied 1-1.

The Kiwis came from behind to win Sunday, giving themselves a psychological boost entering today’s race.

Soccer

State Department warns travelers to Copa America: The U.S. State Department advised travelers to the Copa America to be aware of “security concerns,” and organizers of the tournament in Venezuela moved one of the semifinals from Caracas to Maracaibo because of fears of crowd trouble.

The decision to move the July 10 match was made days after the U.S. State Department advised fans traveling to the tournament they could end up caught in violent street protests against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The U.S. team is scheduled play its first Copa America match against Argentina on Thursday in Maracaibo. The tournament is South America’s championship, but invited guests include the United States and Mexico.

Violence in Argentina: One man was killed, 14 people were injured and at least 78 were arrested as fans swinging metal pipes and throwing rocks clashed after Tigre beat Nueva Chicago 2-1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Henry feels welcome: A crowd of nearly 30,000 came to Barcelona’s stadium to greet superstar Thierry Henry, who completed his $32 million transfer to the Spanish team from Arsenal of the English Premier League after passing a medical exam. Henry, 29, has agreed to a four-year contract.

Wrestling

Police reportedly are investigating deaths as murder-suicide: WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and 7-year-old son were found dead in Fayetteville, Ga. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported authorities are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

Results of autopsies on the 40-year-old Benoit, his wife, Nancy, 43, and Daniel were expected today. Scott Ballard, Fayette County district attorney, said, “The details, when they come out, are going to prove a little bizarre.”

Horse racing

Jockey who kicked colt is suspended, fined: Jockey Victor Molina, who kicked 2-year-old colt Yes Yes Ohyes in the stomach after a starting-gate incident June 18 at Philadelphia Park, was suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 by stewards at the Bensalem, Pa., track.

Molina has 10 days to appeal.

Molina’s kick was seen at simulcast sites around the country and on racing channel TVG. Some viewers called the track to complain.

Seattle Times news services