Franz-Peter Jerosch, 13, of Yarmouth, and partner Lindsey Stevenson, 15, of Southborough, Massachusetts, earned eighth place in Juvenile Pairs at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Lindsey and Franz represent the Skating Club of Boston. It was their first trip to nationals. Earlier this season, they won gold at the Boston Open. The team earned its berth by winning silver at the U.S. Eastern Sectional Championships in November.

COLLEGES

Powerhouse conferences increase scholarship value

The five most powerful and wealthiest conferences in college sports passed NCAA legislation that increases the value of an athletic scholarship by several thousand dollars to cover the federally determined actual cost of attendance.

Legislative autonomy for the Big Five – the Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference – was voted in last year, and Saturday at the NCAA convention in Oxon Hill, Maryland, was its first chance to use it.

And that they did by a 79-1 margin.

The group of 65 schools is now allowed to pass legislation on its own, without the support of the schools in the other 27 conferences that make up Division I.

FOOTBALL: Terrell Watson and Channing Fugate had short touchdown runs to help the National team beat the American squad 17-0 in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at Carson, California.

n South Florida’s Marvin Kloss made four field goals to help the East beat the West 19-3 in the 90th East-West Shrine Classic in St. Petersburg, Florida.

TENNIS

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL: Viktor Troicki of Serbia beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 6-3 to win the title in the first ATP final between two qualifiers.

HOBART INTERNATIONAL: Britain’s Heather Watson defeated American Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4 to win the title in Australia without dropping a set.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

UFC: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was fined $25,000 for failing a drug test.

Jones tested positive for the main metabolite of cocaine one month before his fight against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3. He was allowed to fight because cocaine is not a banned out-of-competition substance under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Felix Neureuther took advantage of a rare mistake by Marcel Hirscher of Austria to win a slalom in Wengen, Switzerland, and retake the discipline standings lead from his great Austrian rival, who skied out.

LUGE

WORLD CUP: Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt edged compatriots Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken by 17 thousandths of a second in doubles at Oberhof, Germany, for their third successive luge World Cup victory.

HORSE RACING

ECLIPSE AWARDS: California Chrome took the top honor at the ceremony in Hallandale Beach, Florida, winning horse of the year.

His bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 was foiled in the Belmont Stakes, when he tied for fourth.

Todd Pletcher won the training award for the seventh time. Javier Castellano won the jockey Eclipse for the second straight year.

– From staff and news services