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22 Copperheads honored academically

Anaconda High School released a list of student-athletes who have been named to the fall Academic All-State teams. In order to qualify for the honor, the student-athletes earned a 3.5 or higher GPA and earned a varsity letter in their respective sport.

The following students received the honor:

Cross Country - Sarah Griffis (4.0), Ryan Hessler (3.82), Seamus Hoolahan (4.0), Joshua Ralph (4.0), Hailey Rasmussen (3.95), Hannah Schaefer (3.78), Amelia Wood (4.0).

Volleyball - Michaela Cortright (4.0), Johanna Forsberg (3.96), Shea Forsberg (3.61), Molly Huber (3.91), Randee Jo Johnson (3.57), Caitlyn Johnston (3.61), Bailee Oxnam (3.88), Kelsie Oxnam (3.67).

Football - Riley Cobban (3.71), Riley Heffernan (3.85), Lucus Jensen (3.77), Givani Molina (3.92), Colin Rogers (3.51), Brevlin Thompson (3.62), Ricco Ungaretti (3.88).

Germany, Netherlands match cancelled

The friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled 90 minutes before kickoff on Tuesday due to the suspected threat of a bomb at the stadium.

"We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device in the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German TV.

Referring to another bomb threat about an hour beforehand that turned out to be a false alarm, Kluwe said, "After the first object turned out to be harmless, we got a tip that had to be taken seriously that an attack was being planned."

Members of the German government including Chancellor Angela Merkel were not at the stadium, but had arrived in Hannover to attend the match to send a signal that Germany wouldn't bow to terrorism in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks on Friday.

Federer downs Djokovic at ATP Finals

Roger Federer stopped Novak Djokovic's ATP Finals winning streak at 15, beating the top-seeded Serb 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semifinals at the season-ending tournament on Tuesday.

Djokovic, who has already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking, had not lost at the ATP Finals since 2011, winning the last three elite titles for the top eight players in the world.

But Federer was strong at the O2 Arena, as he usually is on an indoor hard court.

The six-time champion broke Djokovic in the final game of the first set, and again early in the second. Although Djokovic broke right back, Federer regained the lead a short time later and won the final four games.

Cotto stripped of WBC title

Miguel Cotto has lost his piece of the middleweight title even before his fight Saturday night with Canelo Alvarez.

The WBC said Tuesday it has stripped Cotto of the title for not agreeing to the organization's rules, which reportedly included paying a sanctioning fee to the organization in return for the WBC title being at stake in the middleweight showdown.

The WBC issued a release saying that Alvarez will be regarded as its champion if he wins the fight, but the title will be vacated if Cotto wins.

Though the fight was technically a middleweight title bout, it is being fought at a catch weight of 155 pounds instead of the 160-pound limit.

Duke kicks 3 off team

Duke has kicked three players — including a starting receiver and his backup — off the football team.

Coach David Cutcliffe on Tuesday announced the dismissals of receivers Johnell Barnes and Terrence Alls and linebacker Chris Holmes for failing to meet program standards.

He says the dismissals weren't a response to anything that happened in the past few weeks. He says, "It was in their best interest, and certainly the program's best interest, to move forward somewhere else."

Barnes, the starter at one receiving position, was second on the team with 34 catches for 411 yards and two touchdowns. Alls, his backup, was suspended for the season's first six games but had six catches for 56 yards.

Cutcliffe also says he resigned his spot on the NCAA's football rules committee.

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