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Tuesday August 22, 2017

MLB-DODGERS-PIRATES

Puig homers in 12th to send the Dodgers to a victory over Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) homered in the 12th inning, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Monday night.

Puig drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center for his 22nd of the season. The Pirates threatened in the bottom half, putting runners on first and second with two out, but Ross Stripling retired Max Moroff on a liner to right for his second save.

Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam off Gerrit Cole in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh, and Luis Avilan (2-1) pitched one inning for the win.

The Dodgers avoided taking a second consecutive loss for the first time since losing two straight to Atlanta on July 20 and 21. The Pirates have lost seven of their past nine games.

Since early June, the Dodgers have been the hottest team in baseball, winning 53 and losing 10. They had a 20-game lead over 2nd place Colorado entering Monday night’s play and seem likely to get ace Clayton Kershaw back in the pitching rotation soon.

In other games:

— Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer and Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings as the Texas Rangers cooled off the Los Angeles Angels with a 5-3 victory.

— Rookie Chris Stratton pitched six innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win. It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped 2 1/2 games back of the idle, NL Central-leading Cubs.

—Brandon Guyer scored when first baseman Brock Holt threw away Roberto Perez’s bunt in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in a matchup of first-place teams. After Guyer’s leadoff double against Brandon Workman (0-1), Holt fielded the bunted ball and tried to throw out Guyer at third. Guyer slid into the bag as the throw skipped past third baseman Rafael Devers, then got to his feet and raced across home plate. Teammates ran onto the field and doused Perez with water and white powder.

—A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets. J.D. Martinez had an RBI single and left fielder David Peralta threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate for the Diamondbacks, who began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.

—Adam Jones hit a pair of home runs, Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3. Wade Miley held the A’s to two runs on five hits and four walks over six-plus innings to pick up his first win at Camden Yards since June 17. Miley is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against Oakland this season.

—Andrew Albers worked into the sixth inning for his second straight win since coming up from the minors, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Albers (2-0) also had the first hit and RBI of his career — in his first big league at-bat. The 31-year-old left-hander beat his former organization, having spent most of the season at the Braves’ Triple-A club. He went 12-3 but never got a call to the big leagues.

—Yolmer Sanchez homered and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu hit his 25th of the season and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader. Carlos Rodon (2-4) pitched effectively into seventh inning for the fifth straight outing to earn his first win since July 3. The left-hander allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine. Jorge Polanco hit a three-run homer for the Twins off Derek Holland to cut it to 7-6 in the eighth.

Monday August 21, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — In most cases, replacing two record-holders at one position would be cause for concern. Oklahoma feels as if it is reloading. The Sooners need to fill the slots left open when running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon left for the NFL. The top two candidates to step in appear to be Rodney Anderson and Abdul Adams. Freshman Trey Sermon and junior college transfer Marcelias Sutton are talented and have made good impressions.

Friday August 18, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nomar Mazara drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Texas Rangers held on for a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Rangers reached .500 for the first time since July 15th with their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Not much went right for the New Orleans Saints on the first day of their joint practice with the Los Angeles Chargers. There were penalties, turnovers and issues with pass protection. Saints quarterback Drew Brees expects the two days of workouts to be valuable in the long run, even more so than a preseason game against the Chargers.

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of a six-game suspension over a domestic violence case will be heard by arbitrator Harold Henderson, who reduced Greg Hardy’s ban when the defensive end was with the Cowboys two years ago. Henderson is one of the people approved by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear appeals under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Long, the Philadelphia defensive end who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins as a show of unity during the national anthem before the Eagles’ exhibition game Thursday night against Buffalo. Jenkins stood with his right fist raised in the air as he’s done since last season. Long was to his right with his left arm on Jenkins’ shoulder. Long, who starred in Charlottesville in high school at St. Anne’s-Belfield and went to the University of Virginia, was critical of white nationalists and the violence in his hometown last week.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he does not expect Tigers single-season sack record holder Arden Key to have recovered enough from shoulder surgery to play in the opener against BYU. Key, an outside linebacker, had 12 sacks last season. Orgeron says he won’t rule Key out against BYU in Houston on September 2nd. He says Key’s rehabilitation is “ahead of schedule.”

Thursday 17, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus homered and drove in four RBIs Wednesday night to lead the Texas Rangers past the Detroit Tigers 12-6. Adrian Beltre, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara also went deep for the Rangers, who completed the three-game sweep. Ian Kinsler led off the game with a home run for Detroit.

BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts’ two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run in the ninth for Boston. Kolton Wong had three hits, including an RBI singled in St. Louis’ four-run second inning.

Wednesday August 16, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back home runs off Justin Verlander on Tuesday night to lead the Texas Rangers past the Detroit Tigers 10-4. Robinson Chirinos also went deep off Verlander, who fell to 8-8 on the season. Tigers starters have given up 19 homers over the last 11 games.

BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had three hits Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox topped the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4. Hanley Ramirez, Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. each added two RBIs for the Red Sox. Cardinals starter Mike Leake took the loss and has failed to win in his last four starts.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension. The union says it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.” The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out nine in six-plus scoreless innings to bounce back from his first home loss of the season, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros. Greinke suffered his first home loss last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers and followed with a dominating performance against the majors’ top-hitting team to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in nine games.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Houston Texans kicker Nick Novak, who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, is horrified by what happened in his hometown this weekend. Novak discussed the situation with reporters at Texans camp two days after a car crashed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run and the Texas Rangers also played some small ball in a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Martin Perez had a second straight solid start for Texas. The lefty settled down and made it through six innings after trailing 2-0 only three batters into the game. Rougned Odor had three hits and scored three times for Texas including go-ahead run on Delino Deshields’ squeeze bunt.

NEW YORK (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins will make an early season trip back to Sacramento, while Gordon Hayward will wait almost all season to see Utah again. Chris Paul’s return to his old Clippers home is part of a Martin Luther King Jr. day tripleheader that includes another NBA Finals rematch, while Paul George and Jimmy Butler also learned the dates of their return games Monday when the NBA released its full 2017-18 schedule.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Filling Vince Wilfork’s shoes is daunting. The good news for the Houston Texans and D.J. Reader is that he spent his rookie season being groomed for this job by the nose tackle before he retired this month.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s main quarterback candidates come from football families. Quinten Dormady’s father was his high school coach. Jarrett Guarantano’s dad played at Rutgers back when Tennessee coach Butch Jones was on the Scarlet Knights’ staff as a graduate assistant. Dormady and Guarantano are competing for the right to replace Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick Joshua Dobbs as Tennessee’s No. 1 quarterback.

UNDATED (AP) — Weston McKennie, an 18-year-old midfielder from Texas, made his first competitive start for Schalke in a 2-0 win at the fourth-tier team Dynamo Berlin in the first round of the Germany Cup.

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out nine in six-plus scoreless innings to bounce back from his first home loss of the season, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros. Greinke suffered his first home loss last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers and followed with a dominating performance against the majors’ top-hitting team to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in nine games.

Monday August 14, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas Keuchel took a shutout into the sixth inning, Jose Altuve homered and the AL-leading Houston Astros stopped their longest losing streak of the season at five games by beating the Texas Rangers 2-1. Keuchel struck out seven in six and two thirds innings for his first win since June 2 against Texas, just before his nearly two-month stint on the disabled list for neck soreness.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ivan Rodriguez has a plaque in Cooperstown and a retired number in Texas. Two weeks after the perennial All-Star catcher was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Rangers have retired his Number 7 jersey. Pudge and MLB strikeout king Nolan Ryan are the only Rangers players to have their numbers retired by the team. They are also the only players wearing the Texas “T” in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan was 44 when he pitched to the teenager catching his second career game in 1991.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tim Locastro hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Oklahoma City Dodgers a 2-0 win over the Round Rock Express in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday. The teams split the doubleheader after Round Rock won the first game 1-0. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 7-3 against Round Rock this season.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — J.P. Sportman hit a grand slam in the ninth inning, leading the Midland RockHounds to an 11-6 win over the Arkansas Travelers Sunday. For the Travelers, Chris Mariscal homered, doubled and singled, driving home three runs and scoring a couple.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Sophia Schubert birdied the first hole and cruised to a 6-and-5 victory over Albane Valenzuela in the final of the 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Schubert, 21, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who will be a senior at Texas, is the first Longhorn to win the title since Kelli Kuehne won two straight in 1995 and 1996.

Monday August 7, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Nationals ace Max Scherzer pitches for the first time since leaving his previous start because of neck spasms. Scherzer (12-5, 2.21 ERA) was pushed back to give him extra time to get ready going into this game at Miami. The right-hander leads the NL with 201 strikeouts.

UNDATED (AP) — Ian Kennedy (4-7) and the Kansas City Royals host Carlos Martinez (7-9) and the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game matchup. The Missouri postseason contenders play twice at Kauffman Stadium, then two more at Busch Stadium.

UNDATED (AP) — Cubs righty Jake Arrieta (10-8, 3.88 ERA) is 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA over his last six starts, showing flashes of the form that helped him win the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. He’ll pitch when Chicago opens a series at San Francisco.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55. Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. He had two tumors removed during brain surgery on July 1, 2013, but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Daulton played 14 1/2 of his 15 major league seasons with Philadelphia and finished his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Betty Cuthbert, the only runner to win Olympic gold medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints, has died following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 79. Cuthbert was dubbed the “Golden Girl” in Australia after her starring role as an 18-year-old at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, where she won the 100-200 double and anchored Australia’s winning 4×100-meter relay team. She was honored with a statue cast in bronze outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the main 1956 Olympic stadium.

Friday August 4, 2017

MLB-SCHEDULE

Red Sox, Indians win

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox were able to add a game to their lead in the American League East, thanks to a little help from the AL Central leaders.

Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts belted two-run homers as the Red Sox won their third in a row, 9-5 over the White Sox. Andrew Benitendi reached base in each of his five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The run support helped Rick Porcello get his first win since June 23. Porcello improved to 5-14 despite surrendering five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, including Nicky Delmonico’s three-run homer. It was Delmonico’s first big league blast.

Boston now sits two games ahead of the New York Yankees, who were 5-1 losers at Cleveland.

Corey Kluber struck out 11 and went the distance on a three hitter as the Indians kept their 2 ½-game lead over Kansas City. Kluber blanked the Yankees until Gary Sanchez homered in the seventh inning.

Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) lined a two-run double and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) added a solo homer to help the Indians end a three-game slide.

The Royals kept pace with the Indians by getting a pair of homers and three RBIs from Brandon Moss in a 6-4 decision over Seattle. Lorenzo Cain and Melky Cabrera each had two hits and an RBI as Kansas City stopped a three-game losing streak.

Trevor Cahill got a no-decision in his Royals debut, allowing two runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Also in the majors:

— Paul Goldschmidt’s career-high third homer of the day was a tiebreaking, two-run blast in the ninth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 10-8 triumph over the Cubs in Chicago. Goldschmidt tied a career high with six RBIs to help Arizona withstand Willson Contreras’ two home runs and six ribbies. Brandon Drury also homered for Arizona, which blew leads of 6-1 and 8-7 before staying a half-game ahead of Colorado for the top NL wild card.

— The Cubs’ lead in the NL Central is down to 1 ½ games over Milwaukee after Keon Broxton delivered a tiebreaking, RBI single and robbed Jose Martinez of a home run to help the Brewers beat the Cardinals, 2-1. Matt Garza gave up one earned run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings to give Milwaukee its first home series win over St. Louis since July 2012. Corey Knebel (kuh-NAY’-bul) worked the ninth and struck out Greg Garcia with runners on first and second to earn his 20th save in 25 opportunities.

— The Dodgers won for the 21st time in 24 games as Chris Taylor went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in a 7-4 decision over the Braves. Alex Wood improved to 13-1 by holding Atlanta to a run and seven hits over six innings. Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies slammed a three-run homer in the ninth for his first major league hit, two days after being recalled.

— Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rockies a 5-4 win over the New York Mets in Denver. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) each had three hits and an RBI as the Rockies took the rubber match of the three-game series. Blackmon and Mark Reynolds homered for Colorado, which remains 5 ½ games ahead of the Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot.

— Steven Souza Jr. hit a solo homer and delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning to complete the Rays’ rally from a 3-1 deficit in a 5-3 win over the Astros. Tampa Bay’s bullpen threw five shutout innings in helping the team stay 3 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox. The Rays took the last three games of the four-game series to drop the AL West leaders to 69-39, 15 games ahead of the second-place Mariners.

— Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton hit first-inning homers before the Tigers erupted for five runs in the third to take a 7-0 lead in a 7-5 verdict over Baltimore. Miguel Cabrera laced a two-run double that chased Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who is 1-7 after getting rocked for seven runs – five earned – in just two-plus innings. Manny Machado drove in two runs and Tim Beckham added a solo homer that got Baltimore with 7-5 in the eighth before the Birds ended a five-game winning streak.

— The Pirates were 6-0 winners over the Reds as Chad Kuhl scattered four hits while striking out six over seven innings. David Freese (freez) furnished three of Pittsburgh’s 13 hits, including a pair of RBI singles. Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs and Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with three runs scored to help the Pirates win for only the third time in 11 games.

— The Angels scratched a couple of runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Phillies, 5-4. C.J. Cron tied the game with an RBI grounder and Andrelton Simmons scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Mike Trout hit a two-run homer for the Angels, who remain three games out of a wild-card spot.

— Joey Gallo’s three-run homer was the difference in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over Minnesota. A.J. Griffin gave up just one run and two hits over six innings as Texas handed the Twins their eighth loss in 10 games.

— Pitcher Ty Blach launched a three-run homer and held Oakland to two runs and six hits over eight innings of the Giants’ 11-2 mauling of the Athletics. Brandon Belt added a two-run shot and Jarrett Parker had two doubles and three RBIs as part of San Francisco’s 13-hit attack.

MLB-TIGERS-FULMER

Tigers place Fulmer on disabled list with elbow injury

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tigers have placed right-hander Michael Fulmer on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

The 2016 AL rookie of the year has had been dealing with elbow discomfort for years before it worsened during his last start. An MRI revealed fluid around the elbow, but manager Brad Ausmus says there’s no ligament damage.

Fulmer is 10-9 with a 3.58 ERA in 21 starts..

NFL-PRESEASON

Cowboys prospects beat Cards subs in Hall of Fame game

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL preseason has begun with the Dallas Cowboys knocking off the Arizona Cardinals, 20-18 in the Hall of Fame game.

Rookie Sam Irwin-Hill hit a pair of field goals, including a go-ahead, 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Both teams rested their best players. The Cowboys were without Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jason Witten and Sean Lee, while the Cardinals gave Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu the night off.

NFL-NEWS

Cam Newton held out of passing drills for 3rd day

UNDATED (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held out of passing drills for a third straight day while battling soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Coach Ron Rivera was vague on if this is part of the team’s plan for Newton or if he’s had a setback.

Newton underwent surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. He participated in the first five training camp practices at Wofford College, but was held out of the second half of practice Sunday with shoulder soreness. He’s only thrown two warmup passes since then.

In other NFL news:

— Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill left practice after his left knee appeared to buckle on a scramble and he fell without being hit. Tannehill walked slowly off the field accompanied by trainers. He underwent an MRI, but results weren’t definitive regarding the extent of the injury, and further assessment was expected Friday. Tannehill missed last season’s final four games, including a playoff loss at Pittsburgh, after spraining two ligaments in his left knee. He decided against surgery and took part in all offseason drills with a brace.

— Tennessee Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray sat out practice with a sore hamstring. Coach Mike Mularkey says Murray is day-to-day and spent practice working inside.

— Titans rookie wide receiver Corey Davis is having an MRI exam on his hamstring after being hurt catching a pass during a 1-on-1 drill. He was the fifth overall pick out of Western Michigan and the first wide receiver drafted. Davis had been working with the first-team offense since signing his contract last weekend.

— New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sprained an ankle during practice and the severity of the injury was not immediately known — although it doesn’t appear serious. Coach Todd Bowles says the team’s first-round draft pick out of LSU was hurt during 7-on-7 drills and held out for the remainder of practice.

NBA-PISTONS-DOWNTOWN

NBA board approves Pistons’ downtown move

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA’s board of governors has formally approved the Detroit Pistons’ relocation to downtown Detroit.

The Pistons will begin playing next season at Little Caesars Arena, a new venue that will also house the Detroit Red Wings. The Pistons are moving there after 29 seasons playing their home games in the suburbs at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

NHL-PREDATORS-FISHER RETIRES

Predators captain Fisher retires after 17 seasons in NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have lost their captain.

Mike Fisher has announced his retirement after scoring 276 goals and 585 points in 1,088 NHL games over 17 seasons. He began his career with the Ottawa Senators before getting traded to Nashville in 2011.

The 37-year-old Fisher had 18 goals and 42 points in 72 games last season before helping the Predators reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.

GOLF-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

Thomas Pieters takes 1-shot lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth (speeth) each shot 3-under 67s that leave them two shots behind leader Thomas Pieters through one round of the PGA’s Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio.

McIlroy is playing for the first time since parting with caddie J.P. Fitzgerald and replacing him with Harry Diamond, his best friend.

Pieters birdied his final hole for a 65 and a one-shot lead over Russell Knox.

LPGA-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN

Wie off to great start

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Michelle Wie (wee) was the leader heading into the second round of the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland.

Wie posted nine birdies and shot a 30 on the back nine for an 8-under 64 that put her one stroke ahead of I.K. Kim. Lindy Duncan was two shots back and one ahead of a group that includes Lexi Thompson.

GOLF-STEPHEN CURRY

Curry shoots 74 in Web.com event

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry put his golf game on display as he competed in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in California.

Curry struggled early, carding bogeys on three of the first five holes. He birdied the par-5 15th hole and finished with a 4-over 74 that included a bogey on his final hole.

The top 65 and any ties from the 156-player field will make the cut to compete on the weekend. Curry is a sponsor exemption and one of three amateurs in the event.

TENNIS-DAVIS CUP-REFORMS

Davis Cup singles matches to remain best of 5 sets

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Davis Cup singles matches will remain best-of-five sets after a proposal for them to be played as best-of-three tiebreak sets was rejected at an annual general meeting of the International Tennis Federation on Friday.

The motion received 63.54 percent support from member nations, but reforms require a two-thirds majority in the voting.

ITF President David Haggerty says: “We respect the decision of the AGM but are disappointed that our member nations have not approved the full package of Davis Cup and Fed Cup reforms endorsed by the ITF Board.”

The ITF agreed that finalists in both Davis Cup and Fed Cup will be guaranteed the choice of hosting their first-round tie the following year.

SOCCER-NEYMAR

Neymar signs 5-year deal with PSG in world-record transfer

PARIS (AP) — Neymar has become the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday for 222 million euros, or $262 million.

PSG triggered the release clause in the forward’s Barcelona contract, which was more than double the previous transfer record set a year ago when Manchester United paid then $116 million for Paul Pogba.

PSG said in a statement that the 25-year-old Neymar had signed a five-year contract, until June 2022.

NASCAR-OBIT-SCOTT

Former NASCAR team owner Harry Scott Jr. dies at 51

UNDATED (AP) — Former NASCAR team owner Harry Scott Jr. has died at 51.

Scott owned HScott Motorsports, which ran teams in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series from 2013 until last season.

Clint Bowyer and Michael Annett had full-time rides with HSM in 2016.

Tuesday August 1, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robinson Cano had a two-run single in the ninth and the Seattle Mariners won 6-4 at Texas, only hours after the Rangers had traded pitcher Yu Darvish. The Mariners trailed 4-0 after two innings before getting even against Cole Hamels, the remaining ace for Texas now that Darvish is with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rangers struck out 13 times against four pitchers. They had five hits the first two innings against Felix Hernandez and only one hit the rest of the game.

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas safety Byron Jones caught bouncing tennis balls and tracked baseballs from the outfield of minor league batting practice during the offseason. The goal is to improve on the one interception he has produced in two seasons since the Cowboys drafted him late in the first round in 2015. And the immediate result was flashy grabs on consecutive days at training camp. The former cornerback is intent on catching balls in the secondary, not merely batting them down.

HOUSTON (AP) — Jake Marisnick had three hits, including two homers, and a career-high five RBIs as the Houston Astros coasted to a 14-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays cut the lead to 1 after a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson in the third inning before an RBI single by Tyler White made it 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Marisnick’s first shot _ a three-run homer which bounced off the wall above the seats in left field _ came next to push the lead to 7-2.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have put right-hander Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list with back discomfort. This will be the second stint on the disabled list with the same problem for McCullers, who was also out from June 12-24. McCullers is 7-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts this season.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have traded star pitcher Yu Darvish to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers for three minor league players. The 25-year-old Darvish is a four-time All-Star. He is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts this season as he comes back from Tommy John surgery.

HOUSTON (AP) — The AL West-leading Houston Astros have acquired lefty Francisco Liriano from the Toronto Blue Jays, adding him to a rotation that’s been banged up this season. The Astros traded outfielders Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez to get Liriano.

HOUSTON (AP) — Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer and Houston Astros mascot Orbit have never been friends. But in the series opener they took their distaste for each other to another level when Archer presented the furry green alien with a “declaration of unfriendliness” before Tampa’s game against the Astros.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers have reacquired right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, a year after sending their former closer and first-round draft pick to the Texas Rangers. In a deal announced at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Rangers sent Jeffress back to Milwaukee for Double-A pitcher Tayler Scott.

 

Monday July 31, 2017.

MLB SCHEDULE-ORIOLES-RANGERS-BELTRE

Beltre gets 3,000th hit in Rangers’ 10-6 loss to Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre (BEHL’-tray) says it was a feeling like none other he has experienced on a baseball field when he saw his three children coming toward him after he reached his 3,000th career big league hit in a Texas Rangers home game.

Beltre reached the milestone in the fourth inning of a 10-6 loss Sunday to Baltimore Orioles, who got homers from Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo in a five-run fifth.

A banner was unfurled high above straightaway center field congratulating him. His teammates, who had crowded on the rail of the first-base dugout to be as close as possible to the historic moment, flooded onto the field to celebrate with him.

Beltre is in his 20th big league season. The only other current active player in the 3,000-hit club is Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who began the day tied with Hall of Fame player Craig Biggio (BIH’-zhee-oh) for 22nd all-time at 3,060.

Friday July 21, 2017

FBC–MISSISSIPPI-FREEZE RESIGNS

Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach over “personal misconduct”

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a “pattern of personal misconduct” that started with the school’s investigation into a call to an escort service.

Freeze’s resignation brings a stunning end to a five-year tenure that saw a Sugar Bowl victory, but also a wide-ranging NCAA investigation into rules violations. His ultimate downfall came after school officials investigated Freeze’s phone records and found misconduct.

Athletic director Ross Bjork says the school’s investigation started last week after an outside Freedom of Information request revealed a concerning phone call that lasted less than a minute. The school then looked into the rest of his phone records and found more problems.

Freeze’s university cell phone records obtained by The Associated Press show a 1-minute call made on Jan. 19, 2016, to a Detroit-based number. An internet search shows the number linked to a site that offers various escort services.

MLB SCHEDULE-YANKEES-MARINERS

Severino, Gardner lead Yankees to 4-1 win over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Severino pitched around trouble to throw seven shutout innings, Brett Gardner hit a solo home run off Felix Hernandez and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1.

Severino was overpowering when he needed to be, striking out six and getting his fastball to flash triple-digits on the stadium scoreboard even in the seventh inning. He scattered eight hits but was outstanding when in trouble. Severino pitched out of jams in the first, second and most notably the fourth inning.

In games elsewhere around the majors

— Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) outpitched Madison Bumgarner. Cory Spangenberg hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning that chased MadBum from his first home start in more than three months and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Thursday night. Bumgarner struck out five and walked one over 6 1/3 innings, taking his home mound for the first time since spraining his pitching shoulder in an April 20 dirt bike accident. The 2014 World Series MVP is winless after six 2017 starts.

— Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves finally cooled off the sizzling Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-3 victory that snapped their 11-game winning streak. The Dodgers had won 31 of their last 35 games but could not overcome another shaky start by Brandon McCarthy, who was bothered by a blister and could be headed to the disabled list.

— Brandon Moss drove in four runs, Mike Moustakas had three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals routed the error-prone Detroit Tigers 16-4 on Thursday night.

Eric Hosmer and Whit Merrifield homered for the Royals, who moved within 1½ games of first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. The 16 runs and 19 hits were season highs for Kansas City.

Detroit committed three errors in the Royals’ four-run first inning, when only one run was earned. It was the most errors the Tigers have made in an inning since May 1, 2010.

— Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones both homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers 9-7 to complete a four-game sweep. Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis also homered for the Orioles, who trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning before coming back to hand Hamels his first loss in 10 starts this season. Baltimore hit 10 home runs in the series and outscored Texas 34-11.

—Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Boston second baseman Brock Holt lost his popup in the sun, and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on Thursday. The teams split the four-game series. Including the 15-inning game on Tuesday with Toronto, the AL East-leading Red Sox played 76 innings in about 144 hours — the equivalent of 8 1/2 games in six days.

— Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of the Brewers. Milwaukee has lost five straight.

— Jake Lamb hit a pair of three-run homers and Patrick Corbin pitched into the eighth inning during an emergency start, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 12-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Arizona stabilized itself by taking two of three in the series. The Diamondbacks had dropped eight of nine heading into the set, falling behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot.

— Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was late covering first base on a two-out grounder by Jose Reyes that turned into a game-winning single in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Mets over St. Louis 3-2. Reyes’ fourth career walkoff RBI gave the Mets a split of the four-game series.

In other MLB news:

— The Miami Marlins have traded right-hander David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners for four prospects, including highly regarded outfielder Brayan Hernandez. Also going to the Marlins in the deal are right-handed pitching prospects Pablo Lopez, Brandon Miller, and Lukas Schiraldi. Phelps is 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 44 games and 47 innings this season, all out of the bullpen. He’s a six-year veteran with 64 career starts.

— A person with knowledge of his plans tells The Associated Press that Pablo Sandoval plans to sign a minor league contract to return to the San Francisco Giants. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Sandoval technically will not be free to agree to a deal with a team until 1 p.m. Eastern Friday. The Boston Red Sox released Sandoval on Wednesday when the third baseman didn’t report after being designated for assignment last week.

NBA-CAVALIERS-ROSE

Cavaliers talking contract with Derrick Rose

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a contract with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

The team is discussing a one-year deal with Rose, said the person who spoke Thursday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Cleveland is limited in what it can offer the free agent guard, whose career has been slowed by knee injuries. Rose made $21.3 million while playing in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season.

ESPN.com first reported the Cavs’ interest in the 28-year-old Rose.

The Cavs signed free agent Jose Calderon last month as a backup to All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. Rose, if healthy, would be a better option than the 34-year-old Calderon.

Cleveland struggled to fill the backup role after allowing Matthew Dellavedova to leave as a free agent following the 2016 championship season.

In other NBA news:

— The Utah Jazz signed big man Eric Griffin to a two-way contract Thursday. Contract details were not released. Griffin was a member of the Jazz during NBA summer leagues in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in Vegas.

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound center/forward played in the Israeli Basketball Premier League last season, averaging 14.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. This is the first time the Jazz have used the two-way contracts implemented by the NBA for the upcoming season.

— Udonis Haslem believes he can still play, and the Miami Heat apparently agree. The three-time NBA champion has signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal to remain with the Heat for what will be his 15th season. Haslem was already the longest-tenured player in Heat history, with all of his NBA seasons coming for his hometown team.

NFL-PANTHERS-OHER

“The Blind Side” subject Oher released by Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Michael Oher saga in Carolina has come to an end.

The Panthers released the former starting left tackle — the subject of the movie “The Blind Side” — after he failed a physical on Thursday. The move comes six days before the Panthers are scheduled to report to training camp and 10 months since Oher last played.

Oher started 16 regular games and three playoff games for the Panthers during their Super Bowl run in 2015. However, he sustained a concussion in the third game of last season and hasn’t played since. He remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

Oher tweeted after being released that “The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it.”

Oher’s release did not come as a surprise. The Panthers signed free agent tackle Matt Kalil to take Oher’s spot at left tackle earlier this offseason.

In other NFL news:

— The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed nine-year NFL veteran Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old running back is expected to provide backup support for All-Pro David Johnson at the position. Chris Johnson spent the last two seasons with Arizona. He played in only four games last season before a groin injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.

Johnson is a three-time Pro Bowl player and is one of only seven players to top 2,000 yards rushing in a season. He rushed for 2,006 yards for Tennessee in 2009.

—The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back linebacker Justin Durant again with training camp just a few days away. Durant signed Thursday for a second season in his second stint with the Cowboys. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with Dallas before going to Atlanta as a free agent for one year. He returned to the Cowboys last season, finishing with 54 tackles in a reserve role. The Cowboys released defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon of Florida.

FBN–BROWNS JACKSON-FOUNDATION

Browns coach launches foundation to combat human trafficking

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is tackling a disturbing problem that’s not always visible.

Jackson and his wife, Michelle, have launched a foundation to support organizations that combat human trafficking and aid its victims, women who are exploited, abused and scarred for life. Jackson says they want to make a difference in this area.

On Thursday, The Hue Jackson Foundation announced a partnership with the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland to provide secure housing for women who have been victimized by human trafficking — modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

The 12-bed recovery facility, named in honor of Jackson, will offer a safe environment for victims to heal and focus on treatment. Officials say there are less than 100 beds available nationwide for the estimated 100,000 identified trafficking victims annually.

GOLF-BRITISH OPEN

Watching the weather for second round of British Open

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy got into contention in the British Open with three birdies on the front nine. He stayed there with three pars that were just as critical.

McIlroy holed par putts of about 10 feet on the 10th and 11th holes to start the back nine. His tee shot on the par-3 12th tumbled into a pot bunker, and he nearly holed that one.

He remained at 2 under for the tournament.

Matt Kuchar reached 6 under for the second time Friday, only to make bogey on the 16th hole to fall back to 5 under. Of the 24 players who have finished the second round, Jamie Lovemark (69) was the only one to break par.

ALABAMA-EMMONS

RB B.J. Emmons transfers to Hutchinson Community College

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama running back B.J. Emmons has transferred to Hutchinson Community College.

Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said Thursday that Emmons has already arrived at the Kansas junior college.

Emmons was one of the nation’s top running back recruits in 2016 and rushed for 173 yards as a freshman. He sustained a foot injury against Texas A&M.

He was the 36th-rated prospect overall and No. 2 running back in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Emmons was stuck in a crowded backfield where Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and freshman Najee Harris are all former five-star recruits.

Sophomore Josh Jacobs was a less heralded recruit, but he also topped 500 yards rushing last season.

Emmons would be able to transfer to another FBS program after one season.

SOC–MLS-VIDEO REVIEW

MLS will start video review for all league matches on Aug. 5

NEW YORK (AP) — As if 90 minutes isn’t long enough. Major League Soccer will begin using video review for all matches on Aug. 5.

MLS has been testing the system at matches throughout the first half of the season. The league announced Thursday that it would be implemented following the All-Star game in Chicago on Aug. 2.

All matches will now include a video assistant referee, who will be allowed to review video to confirm calls in four situations: goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Tuesday July 18, 2017

MICHAEL VICK-COLIN KAEPERNICK

Michael Vick: Kaepernick needs a haircut for job search

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Vick has some advice for Colin Kaepernick if he wants another shot in the NFL; get a haircut.

During an appearance on Fox Sports 1 Monday, Vick said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback needs to shed his afro and cornrows look for a “clean cut” style in order to get a job.

The former Falcons and Eagles quarterback said he was speaking from his own personal experience. Vick was suspended for two seasons beginning in 2007 after pleading guilty to charges in a dog fighting investigation.

Kaepernick parted ways with the 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team. His decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest police shootings of black people became a topic of national conversation.

COWBOYS-WHITEHEAD-DOG

Cowboys’ Whitehead: Stolen dog is safely back home

DALLAS (AP) — Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead says his beloved dog Blitz is back home after someone took the pitbull and demanded a $10,000 ransom.

Whitehead has posted a video of Blitz on his Snapchat account with the note: “Look who made it home safely!!! THANKS EVERYONE.”

Whitehead told NBC 5 in Dallas he was in Florida last week when Blitz was taken from his Texas home, along with some shoes and bags. Whitehead says he got phone calls demanding he “cut a check” if he wanted to get Blitz back alive, but he refused to pay $10,000 without first getting proof that Blitz was OK.

Whitehead brought Blitz home nine weeks ago and has created an Instagram account for the pup, including photos of him in superhero costumes and a Cowboys shirt.

Monday July 17, 2017

OJ SIMPSON-PAROLE

OJ Simpson faces good chance at parole in Nevada robbery

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson could have a good chance at parole when he asks officials this week to let him out of a Nevada prison after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia.

Now 70, Simpson has history in his favor and a clean record behind bars while serving his sentences for a 2007 armed robbery.

He is due to appear by videoconference Thursday from the Lovelock Correctional Center to be questioned by parole commissioners who sided with him once before.

Prison was a stunning fall for the charismatic celebrity with sports, acting and advertising careers.

He was one of the world’s most famous people even before his 1995 trial and acquittal in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

CAMPBELL RETIRES

Campbell announces his retirement after 17 NHL seasons

CHICAGO (AP) — Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

The Blackhawks say Campbell will join their front office, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing.

Campbell had 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in 1,082 regular-season games with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Buffalo drafted him in the sixth round in 1997.

Friday July 14, 2017

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — South Carolina’s Jake Bentley, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Georgia’s Jacob Eason and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald form an impressive group of young quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference. They had good numbers in 2016 and figure to be even better this fall with a year of starting experience.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze spent much of his time at the podium during SEC media days taking questions about the off-the-field issues swirling around the program. Freeze didn’t give much insight into the NCAA’s long-running investigation into the football program. The Rebels are facing 21 allegations that include academic, booster and recruiting misconduct and have already self-imposed several sanctions, including a one-year postseason ban.

 

Thursday July 13, 2017

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tuesday’s Games

AL 2, NL 1, 10 innings

Friday’s Games

Chicago Cubs (Montgomery 1-6) at Baltimore (Gausman 5-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (TBD) at Boston (Pomeranz 9-4), 7:10 p.m.

Toronto (Sanchez 0-2) at Detroit (Verlander 5-6), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Berrios 8-2) at Houston (Morton 6-3), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Paxton 7-3) at Chicago White Sox (TBD), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Perez 4-6) at Kansas City (TBD), 8:15 p.m.

Cleveland (Carrasco 10-3) at Oakland (Gray 4-4), 10:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (Faria 4-0) at L.A. Angels (TBD), 10:07 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Texas at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

Cleveland at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.

Sunday’s Games

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.

Minnesota at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Texas at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, 3:37 p.m.

Cleveland at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 8:05 p.m.

Wednesday July 12, 2017

MLB-YANKEES-CARTER

Carter DFA’d by Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Carter has been released by the Yankees, just one season after leading the National League with 41 home runs.

The 30-year-old first baseman batted only .201 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and a .284 on-base percentage in 208 plate appearances for New York this year. He signed a $3.5 million deal with the Yankees after Milwaukee declined to offer him a 2017 contract.

MIAMI MARLINS-SALE

Michael Jordan latest to show investment interest in Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter’s bid for the Miami Marlins now includes a new investor: Michael Jordan.

The NBA Hall of Famer’s commitment to Jeter’s bidding group has been confirmed by Jordan’s spokeswoman and comes a day after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the former New York Yankees shortstop was among three investment groups seeking to buy the team. Manfred said the three groups are working on financial structuring, legal issues and due diligence in preparation for a purchase.

Loria on Tuesday declined to say when he will sell the team, although Manfred said the Marlins are expected to make a decision soon.

Tuesday July 11, 2017

MLB-ALL-STAR GAME

Judge, AL try to even All-Star rivalry, at last

MIAMI (AP) — Home Run Derby champ Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa and their teammates have a chance to do something the American League hasn’t accomplished in more than five decades — pull even in the All-Star Game rivalry. The AL has won four in a row, but still trails 43-42 with two ties going into the Midsummer Classic at Marlins Park.

It was 17-all going into the 1965 game at Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota. Willie Mays hit a leadoff home run and with Juan Marichal starting, Sandy Koufax getting the win and Bob Gibson earning a save, the NL posted a 6-5 victory that put the Senior Circuit ahead to stay.

Major league ERA leader Max Scherzer of the Nationals and big league strikeout king Chris Sale of the Red Sox will be the starting pitchers in Miami. Along with matching up in the All-Star Game, they have another common thread: both played for the La Crosse Loggers in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer loop. Scherzer was there in 2004 and Sale in 2008. “So that’s pretty interesting, too. We’ve had some ties for a while and played against each other for a while, too,” Sale said.

For the first time since the wacky tie in 2002 at Milwaukee, the league that wins the All-Star Game won’t get home-field advantage in the World Series. Instead, that’ll go to the pennant winner with the best record. So what’s this game worth to Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado and the rest of the guys? Well, the players on the winning side each get a $20,000 bonus — the losing side gets nothing.

Monday July 10, 2017

MLB SCHEDULE

Stanton, Judge set for All-Star Home Run Derby

MIAMI (AP) — Fresh off launching two more longballs in Miami’s final game before the break, Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park to defend his All-Star Home Run Derby crown.

No doubt, many fans want to see Stanton swing away against Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge for the title.

The first-round matchups are: Stanton vs. Gary Sanchez, Judge vs. Justin Bour, Cody Bellinger vs. Charlie Blackmon, and Mike Moustakas vs. Miguel Sano.

Maybe someone will light up the kooky home run sculpture beyond the outfield wall in Miami. Josh Hamilton put on quite a show in the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium, homering on 13 straight swings.

But not every slugger does damage — Mike Piazza, Jim Thome and defending champ Robinson Cano are among those who whiffed in shutout rounds.

Friday July 7, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes say Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma, two days after the Brazilian defender was rescued from Lake Tahoe.

Silva came out of the coma Thursday morning. He was responsive and able to speak, but will undergo additional testing. The 20-year-old was playing this season on loan for Reno 1868 FC, which is part of the United Soccer League.

Silva struggled while swimming at a Fourth of July gathering. He was pulled from the water by teammates and bystanders but was unresponsive and did not have a pulse.

He was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe before he was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, where he was joined by members of his family and Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli.

“The entire Earthquakes organization is grateful for the invaluable effort by the doctors, players and staff at Reno 1868 FC and bystanders on the beach that contributed to Matheus being alive and well today,” Fioranelli said.

Thursday July 6, 2017

NBA-PLAYER NEWS

Waiters stays in Miami

UNDATED (AP) — Dion Waiters is staying with the Miami Heat.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the shooting guard has accepted a four-year, $52 million contract.

Waiters averaged 15.8 points in 46 games for the Heat last season, a shade below his career high set with Cleveland in 2013-14. He was a key figure as Miami went 30-11 in the second half after losing 30 of its first 41 games.

The Heat went 27-19 when he played, 14-22 when he did not.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

— The Warriors have deepened their reserve pool by working out a one-year, $5.2 million contract with veteran Nick Young. He averaged 13.2 points in 60 games for the Lakers last season before declining the player option in his contract.

— Cavaliers reserve forward Richard Jefferson says he will return to the club for his 17th NBA season. Jefferson averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 79 games for the Cavs, serving mostly as a backup for LeBron James.

— The Knicks have signed guard Frank Ntilikina (tee-lih-KEE’-nuh), the eighth player taken in the NBA draft last month. The 18-year-old averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 18.5 minutes in 31 games last season for Strasbourg in the French Pro A league.

— The Mavericks have signed first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr., who averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists as a freshman at North Carolina State last season. Smith was taken with the ninth pick in the draft.

Wednesday July 5th, 2017

PACQUIAO-HORN

Pacquiao backs call for WBO review of his loss to Horn

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manny Pacquiao (PAK’-ee-ow) has asked the World Boxing Organization to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating.”

While Pacquiao has accepted his defeat to Horn, who was fighting in his first world title bout in Sunday’s so-called ‘Battle of Brisbane,’ the Philippine senator on Wednesday said that as a leader and boxer “I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”

The 11-time world champion cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board to WBO President Francisco Valcarcel for a thorough review of the refereeing and judging.

Friday March 17, 2017

The Arkansas Razorbacks held their annunal pro day Wednesday at the Fred W. Smith Center. Camden Fairview product Dominique Reed dazzled scouts as he ran a 40-yard dash clocked at between 4.37 to 4.40 range, leaped 40 inches, and delivered an 11 for 4 broad jump.

All of these measurements were better than any of the 300 players at the NFL combine in Indianapolis earlier this month.

“I feel this was very, very important” said Reed. ” A lot of people were telling me that but I knew that from my season not going as well as I wanted it to. So I felt like it was very important.”

Offensive tackle Dan Skipper impressed scouts with his stamina and agility as he was the only offensive lineman to participate in the pro day.

Wednesday March 1, 2017

The Razorbacks womens bball coach, Jimmy Dykes says he is happy where is is in his career and will continue his job coaching next season.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dykes says “I have no plans to do anything but continue to coach this team.”

Dykes played @ Fayetteville HS and was a walk on @ University of Arkansas. He was hired as the Razorbacks womens basketball team sonce 2014 after spending 15 years as an ESPN television analysist.

Tuesday February 28, 2017

T25-BAYLOR-OKLAHOMA

No. 2 Baylor rolls Oklahoma 103-64 days after Mulkey’s rant

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Alexis Prince scored 24 points to help No. 2 Baylor roll past No. 19 Oklahoma 103-64 on Monday night, just two days after Baylor coach Kim Mulkey’s rant defending her school.

After Baylor defeated Texas Tech on Saturday, Mulkey complained about the negative coverage and the dip in reputation that have followed the sexual assault scandal involving the school and its football program. She told Baylor fans if people tell them they will never send their daughters to Baylor, they should “knock them right in the face.”

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale was among those who spoke out against Mulkey’s comments. She told The Oklahoman she was “disappointed” in Mulkey and that women have a responsibility to fight for one another. Mulkey has since apologized in interviews for using violence in her statement, saying she didn’t mean to appear insensitive to the women involved in the cases.

Monday February 27, 2017

PELICANS-THUNDER

Westbrook scores 41 in triple-double as Thunder top Pelicans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 41 points in his 29th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-110 on Sunday night.

Westbrook had 21 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 7 for 19 from the field the first three quarters and was 7 for 10 in the fourth. He also had 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the 66th triple-double of his career.

Enes Kanter had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Steven Adams added 13 points and 10 boards for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

Anthony Davis scored 38 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 10 rebounds, but he played just 22 minutes and fouled out while getting dunked on by Westbrook. The Pelicans fell to 0-3 since acquiring Cousins in a trade with Sacramento.

Friday February 24, 2017

BULLS-THUNDER TRADE

Agent: Thunder acquire Gibson, McDermott in trade with Bulls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have added some help for Russell Westbrook acquiring Chicago Bulls forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott just before the NBA trade deadline.

Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Gibson and McDermott, confirmed the deal in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday. He said the Thunder sent Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to Chicago. The Bulls also will send a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder.

Gibson adds the athleticism and experience to the front line that the Thunder lost when they traded Serge Ibaka in last year’s draft. McDermott improves the Thunder’s shaky outside shooting.

Payne was a promising backup to Westbrook but had missed much of the season with a foot injury. Morrow, primarily a 3-point shooter, lost playing time to rookie Alex Abrines this season.

Thursday February 23, 2017

HUTCHINSON-RAZORBACKS

Governor renews call for more Razorback games in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation giving Arkansas’ Parks and Tourism Department control of War Memorial Stadium and renewed his call for the Arkansas Razorbacks to play football there each year.

The Razorbacks will play one game at Little Rock’s 54,000-seat stadium this year and next, but the school said Wednesday there is no timeline for a discussion or decision on games after 2018. The school has said it makes more money at its on-campus 72,000-seat stadium.

Hutchinson signed the bill Wednesday. He previously planned to cut the stadium’s $900,000 budget in half, then said parks department management would give it “more stability.” He says football, soccer and other events could make the 69-year-old stadium self-sufficient, and has ordered a study.

Arkansas formerly played several games yearly in Little Rock.

TEXAS A&M-ARKANSAS

Barford’s 16 points leads Arkansas past Texas A&M, 86-77

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jaylen Barford scored 16 points as Arkansas took another step toward solidifying an NCAA Tournament berth with an 86-77 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

The win is the fourth straight for the Razorbacks (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference), giving them two separate four-game SEC winning streaks in the same season for the first time since the 1997-98 season. It’s also Arkansas’ 10th straight win over the Aggies (14-13, 6-9) in Fayetteville.

Barford scored 10 of his points in the second half, including six straight after Texas A&M cut Arkansas’ lead to 69-67 in the closing minutes. Manuale Watkins added a season-high 13 points for the Razorbacks, while Daryl Macon had 12, Dusty Hannahs 11 and Moses Kingsley 10.

Tyler Davis scored 21 points to lead the Aggies, who shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61 percent) in the loss.

Wednesday February 22, 2017

AMSTRONG-LAWSUIT

Facing lawsuit, Armstrong says he ‘loved’ wearing Postal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he “loved” representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams.

After years of legal wrangling, the federal government’s $100 million lawsuit against Armstrong is expected to go to trial later this year. The Postal Service sponsored Armstrong’s team when he was six of his seven Tour de France titles from 1999-2005.

Armstrong later admitted using performance-enhancing drugs and was stripped of those titles.

Speaking on his podcast Tuesday , Armstrong said it was an honor to wear the Postal Service jersey as he competed in Europe and to hear the national anthem played when he won.

Armstrong says the lawsuit can’t “undo all of the good that was done all of those years.” Armstrong claims the government made more money in publicity from the sponsorship than the $32 million it paid his teams.

Tuesday February 21, 2017

ALL-STAR-RATINGS

All-Star game ratings are best since 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA All-Star game drew an average audience of 7.8 million viewers, making it the most-viewed All-Star broadcast since 2013.

Turner Sports announced the numbers on Monday. The number of viewers peaked at 8.5 million and the total audience was up 3 percent from last year’s game.

The hype surrounding the game centered on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing on the Western Conference team together. Durant left Oklahoma City last summer to join Golden State, leaving his longtime teammate Westbrook behind with the Thunder. Westbrook did not hide his dissatisfaction with Durant, which ratcheted up the intrigue heading into the game on Sunday.

The two shared the court for just 81 seconds and Oklahoma City posted the highest local market rating with a 10.9.

Monday February 20, 2017

BKN-ALL STAR GAME

Davis scores 52 in Pelicans’ arena as West defeats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 Sunday night.

Davis broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

Russell Westbrook was gunning for his third straight All-Star MVP honors. He scored 41 points, including seven 3-pointers, but West coach Steve Kerr subbed Westbrook out of the game for the final minutes while leaving Davis in, and the Pelicans’ star scored eight more points. Westbrook’s highlights included an alley-oop dunk set up by former teammate Kevin Durant

Milwaukee’s emerging 22-year-old star, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East squad with 30 points. LeBron James highlighted a 23-point night with emphatic dunks and shot from nearly half court.

Friday February 17, 2017

ARKANSAS-SEASON OPENER

Arkansas’ season opener at War Memorial moved to a Thursday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ season opener for football — and only game in Little Rock next season — has been moved to a Thursday night.

The university announced Wednesday that Arkansas’ season opener against Florida A and M will be played Thursday, August 31st, at War Memorial Stadium. The game had originally been set for Saturday, September 2nd.

Arkansas says the game will be aired on the Southeastern Conference Network. Athletic director Jeff Long says opening the season on a Thursday night with a televised game was “an exciting opportunity.”

It’s the first time since 2001 that Arkansas opens its season on Thursday night.

Thursday February 16, 2017

T25-ARKANSAS-SOUTH CAROLINA

Barford, Arkansas beat No. 21 Gamecocks 83-76

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jaylen Barford tied his career high with 23 points and Arkansas got its first road win over a ranked opponent in almost three years with an 83-76 victory over 21st ranked South Carolina Wednesday night.

Dusty Hannahs added 20 points for the Razorbacks (19-7, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) including nine straight after the Gamecocks had cut a 10-point deficit to 55-54 with less than 11 minutes remaining to restore the margin. South Carolina (20-6, 10-3) closed to 77-76 on PJ Dozier’s lay up with 1:04 to go. But Manuale Watkins hit a running jumper that rattled home with 29.3 seconds left as the shot clock sounded.

Thornwell had another monster game for South Carolina with 27 points. But like his 44-point, 21-rebound effort last week in a four-overtime home loss to Alabama, it was not enough. The Gamecocks dropped a game behind SEC leaders No. 13 Kentucky and Number 15 Florida in the race for a league title.

Wednesday February 15, 2017

OKLAHOMA STATE-WOZNIAK

Oklahoma State hires Wozniak as running backs coach

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has hired John Wozniak as its running backs coach.

The school announced Tuesday that Wozniak is replacing Carlos Arroyo.

Wozniak, a former offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State under Les Miles in 2004, won a national title as an offensive quality control coach for Miles at LSU in 2007. He won another national title as a special teams analyst under Nick Saban at Alabama in 2012.

Wozniak spent the past four seasons coaching wide receivers and special teams at Southern Mississippi. At Oklahoma State, he inherits a group that features running back Justice Hill, the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year, who rushed for 1,142 yards last season.

Tuesday February 14, 2017

T25-BAYLOR-TEXAS TECH

Texas Tech starts fast, rallies to beat No. 4 Baylor 84-78

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 23 points, Niem Stevenson had 21 and Texas Tech toppled fourth-ranked Baylor 84-78 on Monday night.

The Red Raiders rallied in the second half after blowing an early 12-point lead. Texas Tech opened the game with an 11-0 run and used an identical spurt late in the second half to go ahead to stay.

Devon Thomas converted a tying three-point play with 7:09 left, his only points of the game coming after he was originally whistled for charging while making a layup before officials reviewed the play. The call was overturned after it was determined that Jake Lindsey was in the restricted area when he drew contact, and he instead was given the foul.

Aaron Ross then hit a 3-pointer, and his layup with five minutes left put Texas Tech (17-9, 5-8 Big 12) up 69-61.

 

Monday February 13, 2017

T25-BAYLOR-TCU

No. 2 Baylor women top TCU 91-73 following 1st Big 12 loss

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alexis Prince scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists, and the No. 2 Baylor women bounced back from their first Big 12 loss with a 91-73 victory against TCU on Sunday.

Playing six days after a loss to 11th-ranked Texas that ended a 54-game home winning streak, the Lady Bears (24-2, 13-1 Big 12) kept a safe distance after a sluggish first quarter in front of a pro-Baylor crowd in Fort Worth, about 100 miles north of their campus.

Freshman Natalie Chou, in her first game near her high school in the Dallas suburb of Plano, had 14 points, including 3-pointers to start and finish a 22-5 run that covered the first and second quarters and turned a two-point deficit into a 30-15 lead.

AJ Alix scored 21 points for the Horned Frogs (12-12, 4-9), whose first conference winning streak ended at two games with their 22nd consecutive loss to Baylor.

Friday February 10, 2017

RANDLE-JAIL

Former football player charged with assaulting fellow inmate

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with assaulting a fellow inmate in a Kansas jail.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charges filed Wednesday stem from a confrontation Friday in the Sedgwick County Jail. He now has five criminal cases pending against him in the county, where he has been jailed since June.

County prosecutors also allege that he purposely hit people with a car after being asked to leave a housewarming party; dodged law enforcement attempts to serve him with a warrant; threatened to kill a jail deputy; and damaged a jail television.

During a court appearance on the latest charge, Randle said he defended himself when another inmate punched him in the face. His bonds now total $59,000.

Thursday February 9, 2017

T25-BAYLOR-OKLAHOMA ST

Motley scores 24; No. 6 Baylor holds off Oklahoma St. 72-69

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Johnathan Motley scored 24 points to help No. 6 Baylor hold off Oklahoma State 72-69 Wednesday night

The Bears led by 13 points with 4:13 to play, but Oklahoma State’s pressure defense made it a game. The Cowboys could have taken the lead in the final minute, but one of Baylor’s players blocked Jawun Evans layup.

*****Jo Lual-Acuil blocked Jawun Evans’ layup. After Baylor’s Manu Lecomte made two free throws with 14 seconds to play, Evans and Phil Forte missed 3-point attempts that could have tied the game for Oklahoma State.

The Bears (21-3, 8-3 Big 12), who had lost their previous two games, trail conference leader Kansas by one game. Baylor also defeated the Cowboys 61-57 in Waco on January 7th.

Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points and Evans added 16 for the Cowboys (15-9, 4-7). Oklahoma State had won five straight and were coming off an 82-75 win at then-No. 7 West Virginia .

Wednesday February 8, 2017

ARKANSAS-SCOTT JR

Arkansas hires Scott Jr. as its new defensive line coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has announced the hiring of former New York Jets assistant John Scott Jr. as the new defensive line coach for the Razorbacks.

Scott Jr. replaces former Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest, who Bielema said last week wouldn’t return as the school switches to a 3-4 base defensive alignment.

The 41-year-old Scott Jr. spent the last two seasons with the Jets, previously coaching at stops such as Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and his alma mater, Western Carolina. He joins a defensive staff led by coordinator Paul Rhoads, who was promoted from defensive backs coach last month.

Arkansas was 76th in the country in total defense last season, allowing 426.6 yards per game and 6.75 yards per play while finishing 7-6.

Tuesday February 7, 2017

EX-PLAYER ARRESTED

Ex-Oklahoma State, NFL player arrested in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma State and Detroit Lion football player Brandon Pettigrew has been arrested in Oklahoma on misdemeanor complaints of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Police Sgt. Gary Knight says Pettigrew was arrested about 2 a.m. Sunday after officers found him pushing and arguing with two men outside a downtown Oklahoma City bar. Knight says the men were friends trying to get Pettigrew to leave and that he then refused orders from the officers to leave before being arrested.

He was released later Sunday.

Pettigrew played at OSU from 2005-2008 and was selected by Detroit with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

He caught 301 passes for 17 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Lions. He didn’t play in 2016 after suffering a torn ACL and was released.

 

ARK-PINE BLUFF-ALABAMA A&M
Arkansas-Pine Bluff breaks 3 game skid, beats Alabama A&M

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Joe’Randle Toliver scored 21 points and Arkansas-Pine Bluff snapped a three-game losing streak with a 65-49 win over Alabama A&M on Monday night.

The win also gives the Golden Lions the season sweep over the Bulldogs.

All seven of Toliver’s field goals came from behind the 3-point arc. Jaquan Lynch added 10 points for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-19, 5-6 SWAC), which shot only 42.6 percent but hit 12 of 24 from long range.

Quinterian McConico scored 16 points for Alabama A&M (1-21, 1-10), which finished with just three more field goals (16) than turnovers (13). Deederick Petty and Adrian Edwards each had 11 points for the Bulldogs.

The Golden Lions took a double-digit lead on a 3 by Toliver with 17:28 left. A 3-pointer by Charles Jackson extended the Pine Bluff lead to a game high 18, 54-36, with 6:06 left and the Golden Lions cruised to the finish.

Monday February 6, 2017

SUPER BOWL

Pats pull of biggest Super Bowl comeback

HOUSTON (AP) – Tom Brady has a record fifth Super Bowl win for a quarterback after the biggest comeback in the game’s history, and one of the greatest catches.

James White ran 2 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, and the Patriots came back from 25 points down for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.

The Patriots drove to the tying score with help from a unbelievable catch by Julian Edelman, who somehow kept the ball off the turf on a diving grab of a tipped pass that bounced off a defender’s shoe.

James White ran 1 yard for a touchdown, and Brady’s 2-point conversion pass to Danny Amendola tied the score at 28-all with 57 seconds left.

The Falcons, who lost again in their second Super Bowl, led 28-3 in the third quarter after Matt Ryan’s second touchdown pass. Robert Alford had an 82-yard interception return in the first half.

SUPER BOWL-BRADY’S JERSEY

Brady suspects game jersey was stolen after Super Bowl win

HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady thinks his Super Bowl jersey has been picked off.

The Patriots quarterback, selected the MVP of New England’s 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, couldn’t find his game-worn No. 12 jersey in the locker room after the big win. He told a Patriots equipment manager that he remembered placing it in his locker, adding that “someone stole it.”

After looking through his bags to no avail, Brady told owner Robert Kraft that “someone stole my game jersey.” Kraft told Brady: “You better look online.”

While Brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. Brady said he hadn’t and added: “Yeah, it’s going to be on eBay at some point.”

Friday February 3, 2017

SUPER BOWL-UNION

Union to look at equipment, concussion protocols

HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL players’ union will be making a push for improved equipment and for more consistent compliance with the concussion protocol.

At their annual Super Bowl news conference Thursday, the NFL Players Association also insisted there will be no extension of the 10-year labor agreement signed in 2011. But the union would be open to a renegotiation before that deal expires.

Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston, the union president, said he believes there’s a “need to up research and what sort of equipment we can look at.”

Winston also noted that the NFLPA has to “work with the teams because there has to be better adherence to the concussion protocol.”

Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said that “no one is going to slip an addendum that is going to extend this (CBA) another few years.”

Thursday February 2, 2017

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS

Hannahs leads hot-shooting Arkansas past Alabama, 87-68

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dusty Hannahs scored 19 points in 16 minutes of action off the bench as Arkansas matched its best start to the season in the last 19 years with an 87-68 win over Alabama on Wednesday night.

Jaylen Barford added 13 points — all in the second half — for the Razorbacks (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference), who equaled the 22-game start to the season of the 2014-15 team that went on to win 27 games and finish second in the SEC.

Hannahs was 7-of-9 shooting, including 5 of 6 on 3-pointers, while Moses Kingsley finished 11 of 12 on free throws with 15 points for Arkansas.

Dazon Ingram scored 14 points to lead the Crimson Tide (13-8, 6-3), which has now lost nine of its last 10 games in Bud Walton Arena, while Braxton Key added 12 and Ar’Mond Davis 10 in the loss.

Wednesday February 1, 2017

CONCUSSION LAWSUITS

Lawsuit says NCAA, Riddell didn’t educate on head injuries

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA and helmet maker Riddell are named as defendants in separate class-action lawsuits alleging they failed to protect football players from long-term head injuries and didn’t educate them about the risks.

The Fort Worth firm of Circelli, Walter & Young filed the lawsuits Monday in federal courts in Indianapolis and San Francisco.

The lawsuits ask for damages for health care costs, lost wages and other personal injury damages.

The Big 12 Conference is listed as co-defendant with the NCAA. Named plaintiffs are former players Cory Brandon (Oklahoma), Kelvin Chaisson (Oklahoma), Derrick Cherry (Texas Tech), Jarrod Blake Roberts (TCU) and Joe Walker (Texas).

The Riddell lawsuit alleges the helmet maker misrepresented the safety of its helmets.

The NCAA, Big 12 and Riddell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tuesday January 31, 2017

ARKANSAS ST-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Arkansas St. rolls in 2nd half, beats ULL 88-69

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Devin Carter and Deven Simms combined for 42 points to lead Arkansas State to an 88-69 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Monday night to move into a tie atop the Sun Belt Conference.

Carter drilled 6 of 8 from beyond the arc to total 22 points and Simms added 20 for Arkansas State (16-6, 7-2), which has won five straight and now sits in first place with Georgia Southern, which lost to Troy 83-76 on Saturday.

The Red Wolves held a slim 28-26 lead at the half but broke out to dominate the second period 60-43. Arkansas State scored 55 points in the final 13 minutes, shooting 70 percent in the second half and finished hitting 31 of 59. Louisiana-Lafayette (14-8, 4-5) was held to 25-of-58 (43 percent) shooting.

Rashad Lindsey added 17 points and Tamas Bruce chipped in 11 for Arkansas State.

Frank Bartley IV led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 18 points.

Monday January 30, 2017

ROCKETS-PACERS

George’s big night leads Pacers to 120-101 rout of Rockets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George had 33 points and nine rebounds while hounding James Harden on defense most of the night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 120-101 rout of the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Indiana has won three straight.

Clearly, Harden was not himself on the last leg of a five-game road trip. He was 3 of 17 from the field, 2 of 10 on 3-pointers, and scored 15 points with eight turnovers. Harden also had five rebounds and eight assists.

Ryan Anderson led the Rockets with 27 points.

Friday January 27, 2017

MAVERICKS-THUNDER

Westbrook scores 45 points, Thunder beat short-handed Mavs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 45 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday night.

The NBA scoring leader made 16 of 29 shots after being named an All-Star reserve earlier in the night. He had eight rebounds and three assists, ending his triple-doubles streak at three games.

Victor Oladipo added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 15 for the Thunder. They have won three straight.

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, and Justin Anderson added 17 for the Mavericks. They had won five of seven.

Dallas was without four of its top five scorers. Forward Wesley Matthews sat out with a right hip strain, forward Dirk Nowitzki rested on the second game of a back-to-back, guard J.J. Barea was out with a left calf strain, and guard Deron Williams was out with a sprained left big toe.

Thursday 26, 2017

CENT ARKANSAS-STEPHEN F AUSTIN

Stephen F. Austin outlasts Central Arkansas comeback bid

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — TJ Holyfield scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Stephen F. Austin withstood a late comeback bid by Central Arkansas to earn a 78-76 win on Wednesday night.

Holyfield added 12 rebounds for the Lumberjacks (10-10, 5-3 Southland Conference), including eight on the offensive end. Overall Stephen F. Austin was outshot by Central Arkansas 55.8 percent to 42.4 percent, hit two less 3s, and four fewer free throws. But the Lumberjacks won the rebounding battle 43-23, including 23-2 on the offensive end, which led to a plus-23 advantage in field goal attempts.

Isaiah Traylor hit four 3s and added a career-high 18 points for Stephen F. Austin, which is 15-0 all-time against the Bears.

The Lumberjacks led 71-58 with 6:52 to go, but Central Arkansas trimmed it to two with 1:24 remaining. Three straight free throws pushed it back to 78-73, and Stephen F. Austin survived.

Jordan Howard led the Bears with 25 points.

Wednesday 25, 2017

ARKANSAS-VANDERBILT

Arkansas rallies from 15-point deficit, stuns Vandy 71-70

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Daryl Macon hit three free throws with 1.6 seconds left, and Arkansas rallied from a 15-point deficit in beating Vanderbilt 71-70 Tuesday night for the Razorbacks’ fourth straight win.

Vanderbilt led 58-43 with 6:02 left after finishing a 20-3 run with 15 straight points, taking advantage of the Razorbacks going without a point for over 7 minutes, 24 seconds.

But the Razorbacks (16-4, 5-3) already had won twice on the road in the SEC this month after trailing by 12 or more points, and they simply ran their way back into their fourth straight victory over Vanderbilt.

Nolan Cressler’s 3-pointer from about 35 feet hit harmlessly off the rim as time expired. Vanderbilt (9-11, 3-5) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Dusty Hannahs paced Arkansas with 17 points off the bench and led five Razorbacks in double figures.

Riley LaChance led Vanderbilt with 16 points.

Monday January 23, 2017

LAKERS-MAVERICKS

Nowitzki starts Mavericks toward 122-73 rout of Lakers

DALLAS (AP) — Justin Anderson scored 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 to help the Dallas Mavericks rout the Los Angeles Lakers 122-73 on Sunday.

It was the Mavericks’ 13th straight win over the Lakers, who have lost six of their last seven games this season.

The game was close for 10 minutes, with Dallas leading 23-22 before the Mavericks scored the next 15 straight to blow the game open. Nowitzki had seven during the run.

The Mavericks led 67-33 at the half and never looked back.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 15.

Friday January 20, 2017

TNT-PLAYERS ONLY GAMES

TNT to launch NBA coverage featuring ex-players

NEW YORK (AP) — TNT will use broadcast teams featuring only former players and no traditional play-by-play men during five NBA doubleheaders later this season.

The “Players Only” schedule runs Monday nights from Feb. 27 to March 27 and includes matchups such as Golden State-Oklahoma City on March 20 and Cleveland-San Antonio a week later.

Brent Barry will serve as the primary host of one team with Derek Fisher and Grant Hill, while Greg Anthony partners with Kevin McHale and Richard Hamilton on the other.

Lisa Leslie and Dennis Scott will serve as reporters.

Turner Sports says Thursday that Chris Webber will anchor the studio coverage with Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis, and that additional NBA players will contribute to the five-week program.

Thursday January 19, 2017

THUNDER-WARRIORS

Durant dazzles against former Oklahoma City team once more

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant dazzled against his old team once again with a season-best 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Oklahoma City 121-100 on Wednesday night despite Russell Westbrook’s 21st triple-double for the Thunder.

Westbrook had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in an improved showing from his 20-point outing on 4-for-15 shooting when OKC first faced Durant in the other jersey here 2 1/2 months ago and watched him dismantle the Thunder from every which way.

In his two games against OKC, Durant has scored 79 points on 28-for-50 shooting. He hit seven 3-pointers in the first meeting, a 122-96 Warriors rout Nov. 3 at Oracle Arena. Durant also had 12 rebounds Wednesday.

Stephen Curry added 24 points and eight assists, and Klay Thompson had 14 points after he arrived back in the Bay Area just in time to play after a short absence dealing with a personal family matter.

Wednesday January 18, 2017

ARKANSAS TEXAS A&M

Arkansas rallies in 2nd half, holds off Texas A&M 62-60

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Daryl Macon scored 16 points and Moses Kingsley followed with 12 as Arkansas overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to defeat Texas A&M 62-60 on Tuesday night.

Arkansas (14-4, 3-3 Southeastern) led 61-60 with 26 seconds remaining when the Razorbacks’ Jaylen Barford missed two free throws. On the second, A&M’s D.J. Hogg and Robert Williams became entangled in fighting for the rebound under the basket, and the ball rolled out of bounds on the Aggies.

Following the inbound pass Macon dribbled out of bounds trying to escape a trap, and the Aggies (9-8, 1-5) had another chance. But Hogg’s long-range, off-balanced offering missed and Macon was fouled.

Macon made his first free throw and missed his second, and a runner by A&M’s Admon Gilder bounced off the rim as time expired. Gilder led the Aggies with 16 points, and Tyler Davis followed with 14.

Tuesday January 17, 2017

ARKANSAS-RHOADS

Arkansas tabs Rhoads as new defensive coordinator

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says on Twitter that the school has promoted former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator.

The hiring was confirmed by a school spokesman.

Rhoads, who worked as the defensive backs coach last season for the Razorbacks, replaces Robb Smith, who was hired last week for the same position at Minnesota. Arkansas was 76th in the country in total defense last season, allowing 426.6 yards per game and 6.75 yards per play while finishing 7-6.

Rhoads, 49, was 32-55 in seven seasons with the Cyclones before being fired following the 2015 season. He previously served as the defensive coordinator at Auburn, Pittsburgh and Iowa State.

Monday January 16, 2017

MISSOURI-ARKANSAS

Arkansas snaps 2-game SEC losing skid, beats Missouri 92-73

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon scored 17 points and Dusty Hannahs added 16 as Arkansas snapped a two-game conference losing streak with a 92-73 win against Missouri on Saturday.

The Razorbacks (13-4, 2-3 SEC) led by as many as 23 points early in the second half behind one of their best shooting performances of the season (56 percent). Arkansas made 10 of 23 3-pointers, led by Macon’s four.

Arkansas assisted on 18 of its 33 made field goals and outscored Missouri 21-6 in fast break points. Guard Jaylen Barford scored 13 points and Moses Kingsley added 10, eight in the second half.

Jordan Barnett scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (5-11, 0-4), who have lost eight straight. Terrence Phillips and Jordan Geist scored 13 points apiece.

Missouri entered shooting a league-worst 22.2 percent from 3-point range, but connected on 9 of 26 (35 percent).

CENT ARKANSAS-TEXAS A&M-CC

Thomas has 27, A&M-CC pulls away late, beats C. Ark. 88-81

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Rashawn Thomas was 10 of 17 from the floor and made 7 of 11 free throws for 27 points as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pulled away late to take an 88-81 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night.

Thomas also had eight rebounds and three blocks. Ehab Amin finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Jake Kocher added 13 points for the Islanders (9-7, 2-3 Southland Conference) who remain perfect at home this season.

A&M-CC held a 37-36 halftime advantage and led 60-56 midway through the second period. The teams traded jabs in the latter part of the second half until Amin slammed home a dunk for a 75-72 lead with 4:21 left. Kocher added a free throw and Thomas had a layup for a 78-74 lead with 2:58 remaining. Central Arkansas did not mount a late rally.

Mathieu Kamba led the Bears (4-13, 3-2), with 26 points.

ARKANSAS ST-UALR

Thomas scores late, sparks Arkansas State past UALR, 77-72

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Donte Thomas gave Arkansas State the lead with a 3-point play and helped ice a 77-72 win over Arkansas-Little Rock with a pair of late free throws in a Sun Belt battle Saturday night.

Thomas gave the Red Wolves the lead with 3:22 left when he got to the basket for a layup and tacked on a free throw to make it 72-70. He added on two more free throws with :16 left and Jahmiah Simmons added another from the line to set the final score.

Devin Carter scored 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including 3 of 8 from distance, and Devin Simms added 22 points, converting 9 of 10 from the line to lead Arkansas State (12-6, 3-2).

Marcus Johnson Jr. scored 15 points off the bench to lead Arkansas-Little Rock (11-7, 2-3). Deondre Burns added 14 points.

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF-SOUTHERN U

Free throw gives Southern win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 76-75

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jared Sam hit the first of two free throws with :04 left and Southern University held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 76-75 in a Southwestern Conference battle Saturday night.

Deshon Bayless’ layup with 1:05 left tied the game at 75-75, but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark.

Shawn Prudhomme hit 6 of 11 shots from behind the 3-point arc and was 8 of 13 overall from the field to total 22 points and lead Southern (7-11, 3-2). Chris Thomas, Tre’lun Banks and Sam each added 11 points.

The Jaguars shot a crisp 53.5 percent from the field (23 of 43), including 8 of 19 from distance.

Trent Steen scored 18 points off the Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-14, 3-1) bench, knocking down 6 of 8 shots from the field and converting 6 of 10 from the free throw line. Charles Jackson added 14 points.

Friday January 13, 2017

CENT ARKANSAS-HOUSTON BAPTIST

Central Arkansas beats Houston Baptist 89-78

HOUSTON (AP) — Jordan Howard had 27 points and Central Arkansas held off Houston Baptist 89-78 despite giving up 51 second-half points Thursday night.

Mathieu Kamba and Derreck Brooks added 20 points each for the Bears (4-13, 3-1 Southland), who led by as many as 21 in the first half and 46-27 at halftime. The Huskies (7-8, 3-2) cut the difference to 69-60 with 5:58 left but got no closer.

Howard made 5 of 8 from 3-point range and Brooks hit 4 of 6. Central Arkansas finished 10 of 18 from long range.

Colter Lasher had 19 points, Josh Ibarra scored 15, and Reveal Chukwujekwu and Asa Cantwell added 12 points each for Houston Baptist. Ibarra and Chukwujekwu also had 10 rebounds apiece.

The Bears opened the game with a 16-5 lead and later had runs of 13-0 and 7-0 before the end of the half.

Thursday January 12, 2017

ARKANSAS-MOUNTING PRESSURE

Arkansas’ NCAA hopes in jeopardy following another home loss

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Despite a once-promising start to the season, Arkansas’ hopes for returning to national prominence have never seemed as far as away as they did following an 84-78 home loss to Mississippi State.

The Razorbacks (12-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) dropped from 27th to 41st in the NCAA’s RPI ratings with Tuesday night’s loss, which marked the first time since the 2008-09 season the school has started conference play with back-to-back home defeats.

Arkansas has reached the NCAA Tournament only once in coach Mike Anderson’s first five seasons.

The expectations this season were that the Razorbacks would make it for a second time under Anderson, particularly with the return of preseason SEC Player of the Year Moses Kinglsey and three of the top junior-college recruits in the country.

Wednesday January 11, 2017

MISSISSIPPI ST-ARKANSAS

Weatherspoon leads Mississippi State past Arkansas, 84-78

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 25 points as Mississippi State won for the second straight time on the road in Southeastern Conference play with an 84-78 victory at Arkansas on Tuesday night.

It’s the first time the Bulldogs (11-4, 2-1 SEC), who beat LSU on Saturday, have won back-to-back road conference games since 2011.

Weatherspoon was 8-of-11 shooting and hit a career-best six 3-pointers, nearly equaling his career-best of 27 points — set in December against Morehead State. Lamar Peters added 14 points, while Aric Holman had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Moses Kingsley had a season-high 19 points to lead the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-3), who have lost back-to-back games to open the conference season for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

HORNETS-ROCKETS

Harden’s triple-double leads Rockets to 9th straight win

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his second straight triple-double and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight win.

The Rockets missed 10 straight shots and let an 18-point lead evaporate before coach Mike D’Antoni called a timeout with 2:26 left. Ryan Anderson made Houston’s first shot in more than four minutes with a 3-pointer out of the timeout, and after a block on the other end, Harden’s layup put Houston up 115-111 with just over a minute to play.

Kemba Walker cut the deficit to one with a 3-pointer, but another layup by Harden made it 117-114 with 28.6 seconds left. Charlotte missed three 3-point tries in the final seconds.

Walker had 25 points for the Hornets, who dropped their third straight.

Tuesday January 10, 2017

T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Baylor is No. 1 in AP poll for 1st time, ‘Nova falls to 3rd

UNDATED (AP) – Baylor is No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll for the first time.

The Bears (15-0) have made a meteoric rise in the poll, going from a team that didn’t receive a vote in the preseason poll to one that received 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

Villanova, which received one first-place vote, had been No. 1 for the last five weeks, but the Wildcats (15-1) dropped to third after losing at Butler last week.

Kansas (14-1), which was No. 1 on eight ballots, moved up from third to second, giving the Big 12 the top two teams in the poll.

UCLA (16-1), which got the other first-place vote, stayed fourth.

Gonzaga (15-0), the only other unbeaten Division I school, and Kentucky remained fifth and sixth, while Duke, Creighton, Florida State and West Virginia rounded out the top 10

T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

Kentucky’s run in AP women’s poll ends; UConn stays on top

NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky’s run in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll has come to an end while UConn remains No. 1.

The Wildcats fell out of the Top 25 on Monday, ending a streak of 132 consecutive weeks in the poll. It was the fifth longest active streak and eighth overall. Kentucky split a pair of games this week, edging Missouri before losing to Texas A&M.

The Huskies have the longest current run, being ranked for 441 straight weeks — behind only Tennessee’s record 565 consecutive polls. UConn can break its own NCAA record 90-game winning streak this week. The team faces No. 20 South Florida on Tuesday to tie the mark, and a win at SMU on Saturday would break the record.

Following the Huskies in the poll again were Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State and South Carolina.

North Carolina State entered the poll at No. 23.

Monday January 9, 2017

ROCKETS-RAPTORS

Harden powers Rockets past Raptors for 8th straight win

TORONTO (AP) — James Harden had 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 10th triple-double of the season, and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-122 on Sunday night for their eighth straight victory.

Montrezl Harrell added 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes, and fellow reserve Eric Gordon had 19 points to help Houston win consecutive road games over the Raptors for the first time.

DeMar DeRozan had 36 points for the Raptors, setting a career high with his 18th 30-plus-point game of the season. DeMarre Carroll tied a career high with 26 points and set a career high with six 3-pointers on 10 attempts

Friday January 6, 2017

CENT ARKANSAS-ABILENE CHRISTIAN

Kamba, Howard lead Cent. Arkansas over Abilene Christian

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Mathieu Kamba and Jordan Howard scored 28 each — a career best for Kamba — and Central Arkansas beat Abilene Christian 81-76 Thursday night.

The Bears (3-13, 2-1 Southland) never trailed after halftime and had their largest lead at 55-43 with 13:47 left. The Wildcats (6-8, 0-3) had a 10-point deficit at 54 seconds and cut it down to 79-76 on Jaylen Franklin’s 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. The Bears’ Jeff Lowery made a pair of free throws to ice it.

Tanner Schmit added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who won their second in three games after a nine-game losing streak.

Jalone Friday led the Wildcats with 17 points and 10 boards. Isaiah Tripp added 16 points, Franklin scored 12 and Jaren Lewis had 11.

Central Arkansas had 19 turnovers, but Abilene Christian made 7 of 20 from the foul line and got outrebounded 44-26.

T25-MISSISSIPPI STATE-ARKANSAS

Okorie helps No. 4 Mississippi State down Arkansas, 59-51

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Chinwe Okorie had 14 points and a career-best 15 rebounds as No. 4 Mississippi State led throughout and remained undefeated with a 59-51 victory over Arkansas on Thursday night.

The win puts the Bulldogs (16-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) two victories from matching the school record for best start — 18-0 in 2014-15.

Morgan William had 15 points to lead Mississippi State, which has ascended to a program-best ranking with its fast start, while Victoria Vivians added 13 points despite 5-of-19 shooting.

Malica Monk led the Razorbacks (11-4, 0-2) with 17 points, while Jessica Jackson added 12 — her 15th straight game in double figures.

Thursday January 5, 2017

OKLAHOMA STATE-TEXAS

Mack, Davis lead Texas over Oklahoma State 82-79

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tevin Mack scored 16 of his career-best 27 points in the second half, lifting Texas to an 82-79 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Eric Davis Jr. scored 16 points for Texas — 14 in the second half. Kerwin Roach Jr. added 11.

Jeffrey Carroll led Oklahoma State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) with a career-best 24 points. Jawun Evans added 19.

Mack, a sophomore, scored eight points during a 15-0 push that gave Texas (7-7, 1-1) a 61-50 lead with 11:32 remaining in the game.

But Evans brought Oklahoma State back with a 3-pointer and three free throws, leaving the Cowboys trailing by only four.

Then Davis went to work, making a driving shot and two 3-pointers for a 10-point lead with 3:21 left.

Oklahoma State led only 39-37 at halftime despite outshooting Texas 46.9 to 35.7 percent. Texas compensated for its poor accuracy from the field by taking advantage of Oklahoma State’s foul difficulty. The Cowboys were called for 14 fouls in the half, and Texas converted 14 of 17 free throws, an 82.4 percent mark that is much better than its 66.1 for the season.

Wednesday January 4, 2017

ARKANSAS-TENNESSEE

Free throws help Arkansas outlast Tennessee 82-78

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Anton Beard scored 16 points and Arkansas hit its free throws down the stretch to erase an early 13-point deficit and outlast Tennessee 82-78.

Arkansas (12-2, 1-1 SEC) has beaten Tennessee (8-6, 1-1) five straight times for the longest winning streak by either team in the 38-game history of this series.

The Volunteers trailed 71-64 with 2:52 left when Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley missed the front end of a one-and-one to set the stage for a Tennessee rally. Tennessee got to within 71-70 with 1:50 remaining when Robert Hubbs dunked on a fast break after Grant Williams blocked a Kingsley shot on the other end of the floor.

Tennessee cut the lead to one again on Detrick Mostella’s 3-point play with 24.7 seconds left, but Daryl Macon went 6 of 6 on free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Tuesday January 3, 2017

LOUISIANA-MONROE-ARKANSAS ST

Carter’s 20 leads Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe 76-45

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Devin Carter scored 20 points with four 3-pointers, Tamas Bruce scored career highs with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Arkansas State never trailed in beating Louisiana-Monroe 76-45 on Monday night to win their second straight.

Donte Thomas scored 12 points and made nine assists, C.J. Foster had a career-high 10 boards, and Arkansas State (11-4, 2-0 Sun Belt) outscored the Warhawks 34-20 in the paint.

Carter’s first 3-pointer put the Red Wolves up 13-8 and Arkansas State led 32-26 at halftime. Carter scored 17 points in the half and Arkansas State made 10 of 13 free throws.

The Red Wolves opened the second half with an 11-2 run and led by as many as 31 points.

Arkansas State held Louisiana-Monroe to 18 of 57 field goals (31.6 percent) and outrebounded them 45-32, including 12-8 on offensive boards for 10 second-chance points.

Travis Munnings scored 19 with four 3-pointers for the Warhawks (6-9, 0-2), who have lost two straight.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-UALR

Louisiana-Lafayette cruises to 69-52 win over UALR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Justin Miller scored 15 points and Bryce Washington got his third-straight double-double to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 69-52 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Monday night.

Frank Bartley IV added 14 points with 6-of-8 shooting for Louisiana-Lafayette (11-4, 1-1 Sun Belt), which shot 59.4 percent in the first half and finished 57 percent overall to pick up its first conference win of the season. Washington finished with 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to get his 11th double-double of the season.

Louisiana-Lafayette dominated in the opening half, taking a 44-22 advantage into the break. Washington hit back-to-back buckets to open the second half and while UALR (10-5, 1-1) narrowed the gap over the final 20 minutes, the lead was never challenged, even after Miller fouled out with 4:47 left.

Arkansas-Little Rock, the defending conference champion, was led by Kemy Osse’s 15 points.

Friday December 30, 2016

T25-BELK BOWL-SUSPENDED PLAYER

Player suspended from Belk Bowl for shoplifting at Belk

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Arkansas senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle was suspended from the Belk Bowl game Thursday night against No. 18 Virginia Tech after police accused him of shoplifting from the department store that sponsors the game.

Sprinkle was charged by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police with shoplifting by concealment Tuesday at the Belk department store and was released.

As a perk of the game, Belk gave players on both teams a $450 gift card to one of their department stores and 90 minutes to spend it. The police report indicates that Sprinkle shoplifted $260 worth of merchandise.

Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema announced the decision to suspend Sprinkle about two hours before the game.

“Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly,” Bielema said in a statement. “Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program.”

Sprinkle had 33 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns and is projected as one of the top 10 tight ends available in next year’s NFL draft.

FBC-T25-BELK-BOWL

No. 18 Va. Tech stages epic comeback, tops Arkansas 35-24

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jerod Evans threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores and No. 18 Virginia Tech pulled off the largest comeback in its 124-year history, erasing a 24-point halftime deficit to beat Arkansas 35-24 on Thursday night in the Belk Bowl.

After being limited to 180 yards in the first half, Hokies (10-4) took advantage of three of Austin Allen’s interceptions and scored touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions of the second half.

Evans scored on a 4-yard run and threw touchdown strikes to Sam Rogers and Chris Cunningham to cut it to 24-21 In the third quarter. Travon McMillan put the Hokies ahead for good with 12:03 left in the game when he scored on a 6-yard run. Evans sealed the win with an 8-yard touchdown scamper

Virginia Tech came in averaging 35 points, but the Razorbacks (7-6) set the tone early by turning Evans’ fumble and interception into 10 points to take a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Arkansas extended the lead to 24-0 at halftime and it looked as if it might cruise to an easy victory.

But Evans had other ideas.

He completed 12 of 16 passes for 129 yards and two TDs in the second half, helping Justin Fuente became the first coach in school history to win 10 games in his first season.

Thursday December 29, 2016

BELK BOWL

With three wins against Top 25 teams this season, Arkansas turns attention to stopping No. 18 Hokies in the Belk Bowl

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks have three wins against Top 25 teams this season.

Razorbacks Coach Bret Bielema knows to earn a fourth Thursday night in the Belk Bowl his team will need to find a way to slow down Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans.

Evans has been Mr. Everything for the 18th-ranked Hokies (9-4) this season, establishing single-season school records for yards passing (3,303), TD passes (27) and total offense (4,062) while also leading the team with 759 yards rushing and 10 TDs.

“His size and mobility in the run game — you don’t have a quarterback that runs with that much authority a lot of times,” Bielema said. “You usually face a guy who slides or avoids contact. He seems to thrive off contact.”

Evans said one of players he patterns his game after is Panthers 6-foot-5, 245-pound quarterback Cam Newton, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn and NFL Most Valuable Player. On Thursday night, Evans will play in the same stadium where Newton now plays on Sundays.

BELK BOWL-WILLIAMS

Williams ready to run for Razorbacks, SEC leader with 1,326 yards rushing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Arkansas is expected to attack the Virginia Tech Hokies on the ground with Rawleigh Williams III at the Belk Bowl on Thursday evening.

Williams leads the SEC with 1,326 yards rushing and 68 total first downs. He’s also tied for third with 12 TD runs. But the Hokies know they can’t just key on Williams as a runner. He’s the only non-quarterback in college football to run for four touchdowns in a game and throw a TD pass, accomplishing that feat against Mississippi State.

Williams will get some help in the backfield from running back Kody Walker, who has been cleared to play the bowl game following an injury-plagued career at Arkansas. Walker broke a bone in his foot in a 49-30 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 8. Walker has been through eight surgeries during his college career.

Wednesday December 28, 2016

DALLAS BOWL

ARMY 38, NORTH TEXAS 31, OT

DALLAS (AP) — Jordan Asberry ran for a 3-yard touchdown on fourth down in overtime, giving Army the win over North Texas in a rematch at the Heart of the Dallas Bowl.

Asberry’s score was the sixth rushing touchdown in the game for the Black Knights (8-5) and 46th of the season. That broke the school record held by the 1945 national championship that had two Heisman Trophy winners in the backfield. They rushed for 480 yards.

Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 129 yards and a touchdown for Army while Darnell Woolfolk had 119 yards and two TDs.

North Texas (5-8) had its chance in overtime. But after Alec Morris scrambled for 4 yards and Jeffery Wilson lost 3, consecutive incomplete passes followed. Morris threw for 304 yards and three scores, but his desperation fourth-down throw on the run ended the game.

MILITARY BOWL

Wake Forest 34, Temple 26

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Wake Forest attached a positive ending to a season marred by scandal, using a strong performance by quarterback John Wolford to beat heavily favored Temple 34-26 on Tuesday in the Military Bowl.

After throwing an interception on the first series of the game — a turnover Temple used to take a 7-0 lead — Wolford helped the Demon Deacons rattle off 31 straight points before halftime.

Wolford left with a neck strain in the third quarter with the score 31-17. Wake Forest (7-6) then withstood a comeback bid by Temple (10-4) to secure its first bowl victory since 2008.

The Demon Deacons snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time since Oct. 8.

Wolford, a junior, completed 10 of 19 passes for 183 yards and two scores.

HOLIDAY BOWL

MINNESOTA 17, WASHINGTON ST. 12

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shannon Brooks caught a tipped pass from Mitch Leidner for a 13-yard, go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and Minnesota, beset by turmoil after 10 players were suspended after a sexual assault investigation, held on for the upset in the Holiday Bowl.

WSU cornerback Marcellus Pippins reached up with his right hand and deflected Leidner’s pass in the end zone but it went right to Brooks for the TD and a 10-6 lead. That capped an 84-yard, 10-play drive on Minnesota’s first possession of the second half.

The Golden Gophers (9-4) were looking to regroup after backing down from a threat to skip this game if 10 teammates suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated. Their boycott lasted less than 36 hours.

WSU (8-5) ended on a three-game losing streak and was held to its lowest point total of the season.

Luke Falk was held to 264 yards — 86 below his average — on 30-of-51 passing.

CACTUS BOWL

BAYLOR 21, BOISE ST. 12

PHOENIX (AP) — KD Cannon had 14 catches for a Cactus Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns to help Baylor end a difficult season with a victory.

Baylor (7-6) went into a downward spiral the last half of the season after opening with six straight wins. Quarterback Seth Russell suffered a season-ending ankle injury, the sexual assault scandal that cost coach Art Briles his job continued to linger and the losses piled up, six straight to end the regular season.

The Bears ended on a positive note by revving up their quick-hitting offense again behind freshman quarterback Zach Smith, who threw for 375 yards and three scores.

Boise State (10-3) tried to keep up with the Bears, but struggled in the red zone: two field goals, an interception in the end zone and a failed fourth down try.

Boise State started with single coverage on Cannon and the Bears exploited it throughout the first half. Cannon had eight catches for 182 yards and two TDs by halftime.

Tuesday December 27, 2016

YEAR END AWARDS

UNDATED (AP) — Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has been named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes.

Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.

Biles became the fifth gymnast to win the honor, joining Olga Korbut in 1972, Nadia Comaneci in 1976, Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and Gabby Douglas in 2012. It’s company Biles joined while completing a run of dominance that included three straight all-around World Championships, an unprecedented run at the top in a sport where peaks are often measured in months, not years.

PLAYOFF-PEACH BOWL

Alabama, Washington arrive in Atlanta for semifinal matchup

ATLANTA (AP) — No. 1 Alabama and coach Nick Saban are the closest the College Football Playoff has to seasoned veterans.

The fourth-ranked Washington Huskies are new on the scene. Both teams arrived in Atlanta Monday to resume preparation for Saturday’s Peach Bowl semifinal game at the Georgia Dome.

The Crimson Tide (13-0) is 3 for 3 in making the playoffs so far, winning it all last season and falling to eventual champion Ohio State two years ago.

The Huskies (12-1) are two-touchdown underdogs, the biggest spread of any of this week’s bowl games. Washington coach Chris Petersen is no stranger to being the underdog, or of pulling off big upsets going back to his days at Boise State.

The Pac-12 champions bring a high-powered offense led by quarterback Jake Browning against the nation’s top defense, which helped power the Tide to an SEC championship at the same stadium four weeks before the semifinal matchup.

Friday December 23, 2016

TRUMP-SWITZER

Switzer pulls one over on media about meeting with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer figured when he told reporters he was going to be the Secretary of Offense for Donald Trump he assumed they knew he was joking about meeting the president-elect.

Switzer said Thursday that “I think they need to learn the cabinet positions.”

He was in New York City last week when he dropped by Trump Tower to see all the action around the building, which has been under heavy security since the November election.

Switzer stopped to speak with reporters and threw them off track by saying he had met with Trump, whom he has known for more than 20 years. And when he was leaving the building it looked as if he were getting off the elevators. Actually, he had gone to Starbucks.

SAM HOUSTON ST-ARKANSAS

Homegrown stars shine as Arkansas beats Sam Houston State

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It was a neutral-site game on the schedule, but Thursday’s trip to central Arkansas brought three Razorbacks home — and the trio helped lift their team to a 90-56 over Sam Houston State in both teams’ final game before conference play.

Daryl Macon, from Little Rock, scored 17 points and Anton Beard from North Little Rock added 16 as the Razorbacks (11-1) took advantage of the Bearkats’ poor shooting for an easy victory.

Dusty Hannahs, also from Little Rock, had been leading the Razorbacks in scoring at 15.7 points per game but had only six points in Arkansas’ annual game at Verizon Arena. The victory raised the Hogs’ record to .500 after 18 games in the building.

Dakarai Henderson scored 13 points for Sam Houston State (9-4).

In one stretch of the second half, the Bearkats missed 14 of 15 shots from the floor as Arkansas stretched a 41-29 halftime lead to 73-41 lead.

BKC-CENT ARKANSAS-ARIZONA ST

Graham, Sun Devils cruise past Central Arkansas

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Torian Graham’s 26 points and Arizona State’s 18 3-point goals helped the Sun Devils down Central Arkansas 98-62 in the non-conference finale for both teams Thursday afternoon.

Point guard Tra Holder added 22 points and nine assists and Obinna Oleka scored 18 points and grabbed a career high 17 rebounds for the Sun Devils (7-6). Shannon Evans II had 23 points, hitting seven 3s, and eight assists.

The 18 3s tied a school single-game record for Arizona State and the 45 attempts are a season high.

Central Arkansas (1-12) went 3-for-24 on 3s and shot 38.6 percent overall. Jeff Lowery led the Bears with 15 points, Mathieu Kamba 13 points and 15 rebounds and Jordan Howard had 13 points.

When Holder knocked down ASU’s 12th 3-pointer of the first half with a second to play, the Sun Devils led 51-28.


Thursday December 22, 2016

ARKANSAS ST-ALABAMA

Taylor sparks Alabama off bench in win over Arkansas State

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Jimmie Taylor came off the bench to score 12 points and Arkansas State went over seven minutes in the second half without a field goal as Alabama downed the Red Wolves 67-52 on Wednesday night.

Braxton Key added 11 points and seven rebounds and Dazon Ingram scored 10 for the Tide (6-5), which had lost three of its last four.

Deven Simms led Arkansas State with 15 points and Devin Carter scored 14. The Red Wolves, with a six-point victory at Georgetown on Nov. 17 on their resume, are 9-3.

The Rocket City Classic, a neutral site game in front of a sellout crowd at Von Braun Center, was only the second meeting between the two, with Alabama winning by 24 in a 1969 game in Tuscaloosa.

Wednesday December 21, 2016

N DAKOTA ST-ARKANSAS

Macon, Hannahs’ second half surge leads Arkansas over Bison

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon scored 15 points as Arkansas used a second-half surge to pull away from North Dakota State and win 71-55 on Tuesday night.

Dusty Hannahs, Anton Beard and Moses Kingsley each added 11 points as Arkansas (10-1) shot 9 of 21 from 3-point range and got 31 points from its bench players.

Paul Miller scored a game-high 17 points for North Dakota State (8-5), which shot just 33 percent for the game. Tyson Ward added 10 points for the Bisons.

The Razorbacks led by as many as 20 points in the second half after Hannahs and Macon led a 16-0 Razorbacks surge.

One of Mike Anderson’s prized junior college recruits, Macon followed up a 23-point performance last Saturday against Texas, knocking down three 3-pointers. Over his last four games, Macon is averaging 17 points after a two-game stretch in which he totaled just 15 points against Stephen F. Austin and Austin Peay.

Tuesday December 20, 2016

ARKANSAS-KINGSLEY’S STRUGGLES

Arkansas’ Kingsley struggling to regain his offensive touch

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Moses Kingsley emerged from the shadow of former teammate Bobby Portis to become one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference last season.

This year, the Arkansas center — the preseason SEC Player of the Year — has struggled to adapt to his new role as one of many offensive options for the rebuilt Razorbacks (9-1).

Kingsley’s offensive struggles haven’t slowed a surging Arkansas, which won its sixth straight game with a 77-74 victory over Texas on Saturday. However, they have left many wondering if the 6-foot-10 Nigerian has regressed or if he’s simply finding his way with new teammates.

After averaging 15.9 points per game last season, Kingsley is averaging only 10.7 per game this season. His shooting percentage has also dropped from 54.8 percent last season to 48.7 this year.

Monday December 19, 2016

BUCCANEERS-COWBOYS

Red-letter day: Elliott, Cowboys bounce back, top Bucs 26-20

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a short touchdown run by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle and the Dallas Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

The Cowboys (12-2) bounced back after their franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended, hanging on after what looked to be a festive night following Elliott’s antics turned tense when Jameis Winston rallied the Bucs from a 17-3 deficit to a 20-17 lead.

Making his debut in the Sunday night spotlight, Winston threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns but had four turnovers, including an interception that led to Dan Bailey’s 38-yard field goal that gave Dallas a 23-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Friday December 16, 2016

BUCCANEERS-COWBOYS

Cooled-off Cowboys set to host hot Buccaneers in prime time

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys, with rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, were the hottest team in the NFL before their 11-game winning streak ended last week.

Now they’re playing one of the hottest teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose five-game streak is the club’s longest since the Super Bowl-winning season of 2002.

The Cowboys (11-2) are struggling for the first time with Prescott and Elliott. Even though they beat Minnesota two weeks ago, Prescott had a season low in passing yardage and Elliott needed a 30-yard run late to get to 86.

Then came the 10-7 loss to the New York Giants, Prescott’s worst game as a pro when Dallas had a chance to wrap up the NFC East title and a first-round bye. The Cowboys will try again this week, but will need this time a Giants loss or tie against Detroit.

Darren McFadden, Dallas’ leading rusher last season, is active for the first time in 2016 after breaking his right elbow in a household accident during the offseason. Garrett isn’t saying whether the former Arkansas Razorback will make the game-day roster, or what role he will have if he does. Backup running back Alfred Morris’ role has diminished significantly in recent weeks.

COWBOYS-DAK TO EARTH

Cowboys’ Prescott unfazed by Romo talk, and owner knows it

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — If Dak Prescott hears the chatter about Tony Romo after his worst game as a pro, Dallas’ rookie quarterback isn’t letting on.

And if Jerry Jones is irritating franchise icon Troy Aikman by giving the Romo talk more life with comments on his radio show, the Dallas owner doesn’t really care.

“He might have had sensitivity but Dak doesn’t,” Jones said Thursday, referring to the quarterback who won him three Super Bowls in the 1990s.

“I’m serious. I don’t mean that negatively. I appreciate him saying it. I respect him. But Dak Prescott’s Number 1 quality is that he doesn’t get distracted.”

The 23-year-old who assumed Romo’s job and kept it with an 11-game winning streak after the 36-year-old hurt his back again in the preseason was right on cue a day earlier.

“Everybody has the option to listen to it, so I just don’t listen,” Prescott said. And it doesn’t matter if those close to him are listening. “My family definitely knows not to come to me with he said, she said,” Prescott said. “And the teammates know, not just me, but throughout this locker room, we don’t pay attention to that. Ya’ll get paid to do that. We don’t.”

Thursday December 15, 2016

ARKANSAS ST-UT MARTIN

Carter hits 10 3s, Arkansas State beats UT Martin 87-68

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Devin Carter made a school-record 10 3-pointers and Arkansas State pulled away in the second half to beat UT Martin 87-68 on Wednesday night.

Carter finished with 33 points and his 10 treys, on 19 attempts, tops the nine made by three previous Red Wolves — Adrian Banks in 2007 against Troy, Dewarick Spencer in 2003 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Tevoris Thompson in 2002 against Lyon. His 19 attempts exceeded Adrian Banks’ 17 attempts against Troy on Jan. 13, 2007.

UT Martin’s Javier Martinez tied it at 35 early in the second half, but the Red Wolves steadily pulled away. Carter hit back-to-back 3s and the Red Wolves led by 14, then by 22 on his 10th 3 with 4:39 to go.

Deven Simms scored 16 points and C.J. Foster added 14 points for the Arkansas State (8-2).

Martinez scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Skyhawks (8-4).

ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF-OKLAHOMA ST

Carroll, Hammonds lead Oklahoma St past UAPB, 102-66

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Jeffrey Carroll scored 18 points and Leyton Hammonds added 16 to help Oklahoma State defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 102-66 on Wednesday night.

A pair of freshmen posted season high point totals — Thomas Dziagwa with 14 points and Lindy Waters with 13. The Cowboys (8-2) shot 47 percent and scored at least 100 points for the fifth time this season and at least 97 points for the seventh time.

Oklahoma State forced 31 turnovers and outscored the Golden Lions 32-19 from the free-throw line on coach Brad Underwood’s 53rd birthday.

Oklahoma State guards Jawun Evans and Phil Forte played despite recent injuries. Evans missed last Saturday’s game against Tulsa with a left AC joint bruise. Forte injured his tailbone before the Tulsa game.

Deshon Bayless led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-10) with 18 points and Jaquan Lynch added 12. Marquis Cunningham was ejected in the second half after a skirmish with Waters.

Wednesday December 14, 2016

COWBOYS-MCFADDEN

Cowboys activate McFadden, but role behind Elliott uncertain

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys activated running back Darren McFadden from the non-football injury list Tuesday and waived rookie Darius Jackson, a sixth-round draft pick.

McFadden was the team’s leading rusher last season but broke his elbow in a household accident during the offseason. That was after the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick. Elliott is now the NFL’s leading rusher.

The 29-year-old McFadden returned to practice last month, but the Cowboys waited until they had to make a move to add him to the 53-man roster. Coach Jason Garrett hasn’t said how he might fit into a rotation that includes backup Alfred Morris and change-of-pace back Lance Dunbar.

Jackson had been inactive for all 13 games in his first season out of Eastern Michigan.

Tuesday December 13, 2016

SMU-AUSTRALIAN LEAVING

Australian Harry Froling leaving SMU, disappointed in role

DALLAS (AP) — SMU freshman Harry Froling of Australia is leaving the program and expressing disappointment over his role under new coach Tim Jankovich.

Froling said Monday it was a “big sacrifice” to leave his home country to play for the Mustangs and the change has been difficult. The 6-foot-11 forward said he was “going to look at all of my options collegiately and professionally back home.”

The 18-year-old Froling averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds while playing almost 15 minutes per game for the Mustangs. He signed with SMU in May when Larry Brown was still coach. Brown abruptly resigned in July, and Jankovich had been the coach in waiting as his top assistant.

Froling has two older sisters who have played for the SMU women, including current player Alicia Froling.

T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Villanova, top 11 remain the same in AP men’s hoops poll

UNDATED (AP) – Villanova remains on top of The Associated Press college basketball poll while Southern Cal makes its first appearance this season. Florida State returned to the rankings.

The Wildcats (10-0) received 56 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel to stay No. 1 for a second straight week.

The top 11 teams remained the same from last week, with UCLA (10-0) second with three first-place votes.

Florida dropped out from 21st after losing to Duke and Florida State. Iowa State, which was 25th, lost to Iowa last week and also dropped out of the rankings. The Cyclones had been ranked for 61 consecutive polls, the third-longest active streak behind Kansas (148) and Arizona (84).

Kansas was third followed by Baylor (8-0), which got the other six first-place votes, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Indiana, Creighton and Louisville.

Monday December 12, 2016

COWBOYS-GIANTS

Giants snap Cowboys’ 11-game winning streak 10-7

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys’ 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn’t lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn’t stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York’s pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained — he fumbled away the ball on that play — and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

The Giants had three sacks, continually made Prescott uncomfortable, and he threw two picks.

Friday December 9, 2016

COWBOYS-GIANTS

Dallas Cowboys can clinch NFC East with win over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have everything in front of them, and one little nagging thing behind them: the New York Giants.

The winners of 11 straight games, the Cowboys (11-1) can clinch the NFC East and move a step closer to nailing down home-field advantage for the conference playoffs if they can beat the Giants (8-4) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

While the Cowboys insist this is just another game, you know there has to be some churning inside them in facing their division rivals.

After all, the Giants are the reason Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company aren’t perfect.

New York posted a 20-19 win in Dallas in the season opener, and one has to believe Jason Garrett’s crew wants payback. And if not that, the Cowboys certainly don’t want to go into the playoffs wondering if they can beat the Giants.

The Giants know the Cowboys will be motivated.

The challenge got bigger for the Giants on Wednesday when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was lost for at least the rest of the regular season after having surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Thursday December 8, 2016

SUN BELT-ARKANSAS ST

Arkansas State’s Rolland-Jones is Sun Belt Player of Year

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State defensive lineman Ja’Von Rolland-Jones is the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

Rolland-Jones was named winner of the award Wednesday after tying for first in the conference with 18.5 tackles for a loss and tying for second with 11.5 quarterback sacks. In conference games, Rolland-Jones had 9.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss as ASU tied for the conference championship.

He’s joined on the All-Conference first team by Red Wolves defensive lineman Chris Odom, defensive back Money Hunter and center Jemar Clark.

ASU will play Central Florida on Dec. 17 in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

ARKANSAS STATE-PLAYER KILLED

Man pleads guilty in Arkansas St. football player’s slaying

(Information in the following story is from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com )

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars for killing an Arkansas State football player in Tennessee nearly three years ago.

The Jackson Sun reports 25-year-old Derrick Wade pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges, including two counts of second-degree murder. He will not have the possibility of parole.

Markel Owens and his stepfather Johnny Shivers were fatally shot in Jackson in January 2014 during a suspected drug-related robbery in which Shivers was the target. Owens’ mother, Chermaine Owens, was also shot.

Markel Owens was a junior defensive lineman for Arkansas State at the time.

Wade’s cousin Johnny Wade and Craig Taylor are also charged in the case. Wade’s trial is scheduled for January 2017, while Taylor is serving a life sentence for a separate killing.

Wednesday December 7, 2016

HOUSTON-ARKANSAS

Macon, Hannahs lead Arkansas’ surge over Houston

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon and Dusty Hannahs scored 17 points each as Arkansas pulled away in the second half for an 84-72 win over Houston on Tuesday night.

It was the fourth straight win for the Razorbacks (7-1), who shot 59.3 percent (16 of 27) in the second half to rally from a 35-34 halftime deficit.

Moses Kingsley added 14 points and eight rebounds for Arkansas, while Dustin Thomas had 11 points. The Razorbacks shot 50.8 percent overall (30 of 59).

Rob Gray scored 22 points to lead the Cougars (6-2), whose two losses this season have both come on the road against Southeastern Conference opponents. Damyean Dotson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Galen Robinson had 14 points and Wes Vanbeck scored 10.

AP ALL-BIG 12

AP All-Big 12: 10-time champ Oklahoma has 7 1st-team picks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has seven first-team selections on The Associated Press All-Big 12 team after winning its 10th league title.

Big-play receiver Dede Westbrook was selected the Big 12 offensive player of the year. He finished just ahead of repeat AP first-team quarterback Baker Mayfield, his Oklahoma teammate and fellow Heisman Trophy finalist.

D’Onta Foreman, a 2,000-yard rusher at Texas, joined Westbrook as the only unanimous first-team picks on offense for the All-Big 12 team announced Tuesday.

Kansas State had three first-team picks on defense, including defensive end Jordan Willis, the AP defensive player of the year by one vote over cornerback Rasul Douglas of West Virginia. Willis and Douglas were the only unanimous defensive picks.

Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is coach of the year for a record fifth time.

COACHES ALL-SEC

Alabama lands 11 players on coaches All-SEC, including Hurts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts was among 11 Crimson Tide players making the coaches All-Southeastern teams. LSU tailback Leonard Fournette was a second-team pick, behind teammate Derrius Guice.

Hurts helped lead the top-ranked Tide to a third straight SEC title and playoff berth. He and six teammates were first-team selections, including left tackle Cam Robinson, wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, defensive end Jonathan Allen, linebacker Reuben Foster, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and punter JK Scott.

LSU had nine players selected while Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M each had six.

Guice and Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway were the first-team tailbacks. Pettway moved from fullback in the offseason and didn’t log a carry last season or in the opener against Clemson.

The AP All-SEC team will be released on Thursday.

Tuesday December 6, 2016

SUN BELT PLAYER-ODOM

Arkansas State’s Odom is Sun Belt defensive player of week

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State defensive end Chris Odom has been named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Odom was announced Monday as the winner of the award after ASU defeated Texas State 36-14 on Saturday and claimed a share of the conference championship.

Odom had five tackles, including four for loss and three quarterback sacks in the Red Wolves’ win.

ASU improved to 7-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play with the win and will play Central Florida in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 17 in Orlando, Florida.

BIG 12-PLAYERS

OU’s Perine, OSU’s Sanders, win Big 12 player awards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine and Oklahoma State kick returner Barry J. Sanders have been named the Big 12 Offensive and Special Teams players of the week.

Perine and Sanders were named winners of the awards Monday following Saturday’s OU-OSU game won by the Sooners 38-20.

Perine is Offensive Player of the Week after rushing 37 times for 239 yards and a touchdown in the win. Twenty-seven of his carries, 204 of his yards and the touchdown came in the second half as OU pulled away for the win.

Sanders is Special Teams Player of the Week after totaling 138 all-purpose yards, including kick returns of 56 and 49 yards.

West Virginia safety Marvin Gross Jr. is the Defensive Player of the Week.

BIG 12 PLAYER-EVANS

Oklahoma State’s Evans named Big 12 co-Player of the Week

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans has been named co-Player of the Week in Big 12 basketball.

Evans and Baylor’s Manu Lecomte were named Monday as co-winners of the weekly award.

Evans was selected after averaging 20.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two games last week.

OSU was 1-1 in those games with a win over Rogers State and a loss to Maryland.

Monday December 5, 2016

FBC-T25-COLLEGE-FOOTBALL-POLL

Alabama positioned to become 3rd wire-to-wire AP No. 1

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

The selection committee stayed with the same top four as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten championship and beat Ohio State earlier in the season.

The unbeaten Crimson Tide is in the playoff for the third straight season and is the top seed for the second time. They will play the fourth-ranked Huskies in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31.

No. 2 Ohio State is making its second playoff appearance and No. 3 Clemson is in for the second consecutive season. The Buckeyes and Tigers will meet at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Dec. 31.

Oklahoma will take on Auburn in the Sugar Bowl as the Big 12 champs. Oklahoma State faces Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Arkansas will play Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl. Tulsa will take on Central Michigan in the Miami Beach Bowl. Arkansas State will also take on Central Florida in the Cure Bowl.

Friday December 2, 2016

CENT ARKANSAS-SE MISSOURI

Kellum scores 21, SE Missouri tops Central Arkansas 87-63

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Trey Kellum scored 17 of his 21 points after halftime as Southeast Missouri opened the second half with a 36-1 run to beat Central Arkansas 87-63 Thursday night.

Jaylen Benton and Antonius Cleveland had 13 points apiece, Denzel Mahoney scored 12 and Jamaal Calvin had a career-best nine of SEMO’s season-high 28 assists on 33 field goals.

The Redhawks (4-3) shot just 38 percent and committed eight turnovers in the first half and trailed by seven at the break. Central Arkansas missed its first 12 second-half shots and went scoreless for nearly 6½ minutes during SEMO’s decisive run. Benton had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kellum scored 10 during that stretch.

Jordan Howard led UCA (1-6) with 15 points.

STEPHEN F AUSTIN-ARKANSAS

Hannahs, Kingsley lead Arkansas past Stephen F. Austin 78-62

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dusty Hannahs scored 15 points as Arkansas pulled away in the second half for a 78-62 win over Stephen F. Austin Thursday night.

Ten players scored for the Razorbacks (5-1), who have won two straight games after a loss at Minnesota and forced 21 turnovers in defeating a Lumberjacks team that has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments.

Moses Kingsley added 12 points — 10 in the second half — for Arkansas, which scored 29 points off turnovers. Anton Beard and Dustin Thomas each finished with nine points for the Razorbacks.

Ivan Canete led Stephen F. Austin (2-3) with 14 points and Kevon Harris had 11 in the loss.

Thursday December 1, 2016

CLEVELAND ST-ARKANSAS ST

Arkansas State cruises by Cleveland State 78-51

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Tamas Bruce scored 16 points, Deven Simms added 15 points, and Arkansas State beat Cleveland State 78-51 on Wednesday night for its seventh straight victory.

Arkansas State went on an early 13-2 run to build a 16-9 lead and the Red Wolves closed the half on a 9-0 spurt to extend their lead to 32-17. In the second half, the Red Wolves went up 51-29 for their seventh game this season with a 20-point lead.

Donte Thomas added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for Arkansas State (7-1), which plays undefeated TCU (7-0) on Saturday.

Thomas had his 200th career assist in the first half when he found C.J. Foster for a 3-pointer. Thomas is the 13th player in program history to reach the mark.

Demonte Flannigan led Cleveland State (1-5) with 14 points and six rebounds. The Vikings committed 23 turnovers and shot just 39 percent from the field.

Wednesday November 30, 2016

UALR-CENT ARKANSAS

Johnson scores 18 as UALR tops Central Arkansas 89-87 in OT

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A Marcus Johnson free throw with three seconds left in overtime lifted the University of Arkansas-Little Rock to an 89-87 victory at Central Arkansas Tuesday night — UALR’s first win on the road this season.

Johnson scored 18 points — including six of UALR’s final seven points in overtime — and added five assists for the Trojans (5-2). Kemy Osse and Jalen Jackson each added 15 points, Lis Shoshi 13 and Andre Jones 10.

Tanner Schmit scored 22 points in 24 minutes for Central Arkansas (1-5) and Derreck Brooks added 17. It was a Brooks jumper that forced OT at 82-82.

The Trojans trailed by four to start the overtime until Johnson hit a 3-pointer, then added a floater for an 88-87 lead with 13 seconds left.

Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard (19 points), the Southland Conference’s top 3-point shooter last season, missed a trey in traffic as time expired.

Tuesday November 29, 2016

MOUNT ST MARY’S-ARKANSAS

Macon’s 15 points paces Arkansas past Mount St. Mary’s

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon scored a career-high 15 points as Arkansas rebounded from its first loss with an 89-76 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Monday night.

The victory improves the Razorbacks to 50-1 at home against unranked nonconference opponents under coach Mike Anderson, and it came after an 85-71 loss to Minnesota last week.

Macon, coming off the bench for the first time this season, topped his previous best of 13 points in just 18 minutes of action. Jaylen Barford and Dustin Thomas added 13 points each for Arkansas, while Dusty Hannahs finished with 12.

Arkansas entered Monday following a six-day layoff after a disappointing 85-71 loss at Minnesota, and it did so with a new starting look — with talented junior college transfers Barford and Macon coming off the bench.

Monday November 28, 2016

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

AP TOP 25: USF, Pitt among 6 teams to enter rankings

UNDATED (AP) — South Florida and Pittsburgh were among six teams to enter The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, matching a record for the Top 25 era.

USF and Pitt are tied for No. 24. No. 17 Stanford, No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 20 Navy and No. 22 Iowa also entered the rankings in the second-to-last regular-season poll.

This is the fourth time six teams entered the rankings in one week since 1989, when the AP poll expanded to include 25 teams.

Alabama remained a unanimous No. 1 and Ohio State was No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Washington jumped two to No. 4. Michigan dropped two to fifth after its double-overtime loss to Ohio State.

No. 6 Wisconsin was followed by Oklahoma, Penn State, Colorado and Southern California.

LEHIGH-ARKANSAS ST

Carter’s 25 points lead Arkansas State past Leigh 97-89

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Devin Carter hit 7 of 12 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Arkansas State turned back Lehigh 97-89 on Sunday.

Deven Simms was 9 of 15 from the field and scored 19 points for the Red Wolves (6-1). Three others scored in double figures and Donte Thomas had 11 assists to go with nine points.

Arkansas State shot 58 percent, making half of its 14 3s and Carter and Simms combined for 27 points to produce a 53-32 lead at the half. The advantage was 29 with 11:26 to play when the Mountain Hawks charged back, closing within six with 11.8 seconds remaining.

Lehigh (2-3) shot 63 percent (22 of 35) in the second half with Tim Kempton going 8 of 8 from the field and scoring 18 of his 30 to match his career high. Kahron Ross added 21.

The Red Wolves blunted the rally by going 15 of 19 from the line in the second half.

Wednesday November 23, 2016

ARKANSAS-MINNESOTA

Minnesota routs turnover-prone Arkansas 85-71

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Amir Coffey scored all 19 of his points in the second half, after Akeem Springs made three 3-pointers over the final 5 minutes of the first half to finish with 11 points and help Minnesota pull away for an 85-71 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.

Nate Mason had 13 points and seven assists, Eric Curry made all eight of his free-throw attempts to score 12 points and Reggie Lynch and Jordan Murphy each added 10 points for the Gophers (5-0), who haven’t won five straight games to start a season in three years.

Dusty Hannahs scored 20 points and Moses Kingsley had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Razorbacks (3-1), whose first road trip of the season was rough. They didn’t make a 3-pointer until Hannahs hit one at the 4-minute mark and finished 1 for 8 after entering the game 24 for 54 from behind the arc (44.9 percent).

T25-FLORIDA-ARKANSAS ST

Christinaki has 23, No. 16 Gator women top Arkansas St 71-60

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Eleanna Christinaki scored 23 points and No. 16 Florida ended Arkansas State’s 25-game home winning streak with a 71-60 win on Tuesday night.

Delicia Washington and Haley Lorenzen added 11 apiece for the Gators (4-0).

Leading 17-12 after one quarter, Florida made 7-of-11 shots, with two 3-pointers, in the second but couldn’t shake the Red Wolves, who made 5 of 7 behind the arc to stay within 36-31.

The Red Wolves trailed by three with 7:23 to play but went cold, missing their last six shots. Florida also cooled off but made 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Arkansas State (0-4) had the fourth-longest home streak in the nation, but graduated all five starters off last year’s Sun Belt Conference championship team. Coach Brian Boyer is one win shy of 300 career wins, all with ASU.

Dominique Oliver had a career high 23 for the Red Wolves.

Tuesday November 22, 2016

MISSOURI-CROCKETT SUSPENDED

Mizzou freshman RB arrested on pot charge, suspended vs Hogs

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri freshman running back Damarea Crockett has been suspended for the season finale against Arkansas on Friday after he was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession hours after setting the program’s freshman single-season rushing record.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/2fLD1sf ) reports that university police found less than 35 grams of pot on Crockett at 4:17 a.m. Sunday as he and others were sitting in a vehicle parked in a campus lot.

Crockett ran for a career-high 225 yards Saturday in a 63-37 loss at Tennessee to push his season total to 1,062 yards. Quarterback Brad Smith previously held the record of 1,029 yards his freshman season.

Coach Barry Odom says team policy requires a one-game suspension for any in-season arrest.

Monday November 21, 2016

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Big Ten places 3 in AP top 5 for 1st time in 56 years

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten placed three teams in the top five of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in 56 years, setting up a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup for Ohio State and Michigan.

Alabama was a unanimous No. 1 in the poll released Sunday. The Buckeyes were No. 2 and Wolverines No. 3. They meet in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday in a game with Big Ten and national championship implications.

Clemson is No. 4, and No. 5 Wisconsin gives the Big Ten three of the first five for the first time since Nov. 7, 1960, when Minnesota was No. 1, Ohio State was No. 3 and Iowa was No. 5.

Louisville dropped eight spots to No. 11 after getting trounced by Houston, which jumped in at No. 18. Oklahoma is ranked 8th and Oklahoma State is 10th heading into their matchup in two weeks.

T25-OKLAHOMA ST-BIG 12 BEDLAM

More Big 12 Bedlam for Oklahoma State to seek league title

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has made an impressive recovery to again go into Bedlam with a chance to win the Big 12 title.

And Cowboys coach Mike Gundy still insists that their record is even better than what officially is 9-2 with a seven-game winning streak since losing their conference opener.

“You don’t get to 10 wins very often, and double digits is a pretty special place to be,” Gundy said after their 31-6 victory at TCU.

This is the fourth time in six seasons since the Big 12 went to 10 teams without divisions, and second year in a row, that 10th-ranked Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) will prepare for its rivalry game against seventh-ranked Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0) still in title contention. But the Cowboys’ only Big 12 championship was five years ago.

Oklahoma State took 10-1 records into Bedlam in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Gundy truly believes the Cowboys are 10-1 again this season since officials admitted after their 30-27 loss to Central Michigan on Sept. 10 that the game-ending Hail Mary touchdown pass on an untimed play should have never happened.

Oklahoma, which is going for its 10th Big 12 title, won 56-28 at West Virginia late Saturday night to win its eighth game in a row since two non-conference losses.

CENT ARKANSAS-ARMY

Central Arkansas beats Army for 1st win of season

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Howard had 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals, Derreck Brooks scored 20 points with seven assists and Central Arkansas beat Army 81-76 on Sunday in the mainland Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Army pulled to 79-76 with 25 seconds left on John Emezie’s 3-pointer but Tanner Schmit sealed it at the line. It was Army’s only points in the final 2:30.

Mathieu Kamba added 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Central Arkansas (1-3). Howard and Brooks combined to make all seven of Central Arkansas’ 3-pointers and the duo had 13 of the Bears’ 21 assists.

Luke Morrison had 19 points and six rebounds for Army (1-3). Matthew Wilson added 13 points and seven boards.

Army struggled early, only making three of its first 14 3-pointers but finished 12 of 36 — with five from Morrison and three from Emezie.

Friday November 18, 2016

ARKANSAS ST-GEORGETOWN

Arkansas State holds off Georgetown 78-72

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deven Simms, fouled after stealing an inbounds pass, made two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to help Arkansas State hold off a furious Georgetown rally for a 78-72 victory on Thursday night.

Georgetown (1-2) trailed by double figures most of the game, used a 22-7 run, capped by two free throws from L.J. Peak, to close within 74-72 with 50 seconds remaining.

A free throw by Foster made it 75-72 before Simms’ steal and free throws. Arkansas State got the ball back on a charge then lost it on a steal by Jagan Mosley but Pryor’s rushed 3-pointer with four seconds left missed.

The Red Wolves (2-1) took the lead for good at 13-12 with 11:47 left in the first half and were up 48-33 at halftime.

Devin Carter scored 25 points for Arkansas State, which shot 56 percent, hit half its 12 3-point attempts and won the boards 35-30.

Jessie Govan scored 20 points and Peak 18 for the Hoyas, who were only 3 of 18 from the arc.

FOOTBALL TEAM-FIRE

Arrest made in fire that destroyed school’s football gear

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been arrested for a fire at the Little Axe High School Field House that destroyed much of the school’s football equipment.

Norman public safety spokeswoman Sarah Jensen says the man was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Cleveland County jail on five counts of arson after admitting to setting four other fires in the area.

Online court records do not show that the man has been formally charged.

The Aug. 22 fire at the field house caused an estimated $50,000 to $80,000 in damage to a locker room and heavily damaged football helmets, jerseys, pads, cleats and other gear.

Several Oklahoma schools donated equipment and gear to the school to allow the team to play this season.

Thursday November 17, 2016

T25-ARK-LITTLE ROCK-OKLAHOMA

No. 16 Oklahoma women edge Arkansas-Little Rock 68-58

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Peyton Little made three 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Vionise Pierre-Louis had her second career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Oklahoma held off Arkansas-Little Rock 68-58 on Wednesday night.

Little Rock pulled to 56-52 early in the fourth quarter on Sharde Collins’s basket, but that’s as close as the Trojans would get the rest of the way. T’ona Edwards scored four points during Oklahoma’s 6-0 run to take a 10-point lead with 4:26 left. It was the first double-digit lead for either team.

Maddie Manning added nine points and five rebounds for Oklahoma

Little scored 10 straight Oklahoma points — including back-to-back 3-pointers — to give the Sooners a 28-24 lead late in the second quarter. The Sooners had a 34-33 lead at halftime and it was 54-48 after three quarters.

Collins was 9-of-22 shooting for 23 points for Arkansas Little Rock, Kaitlyn Pratt added 10 points and Raeyana DeGray had eight points and seven rebounds.

T25-OKLAHOMA-WALKER

Oklahoma defensive lineman Charles Walker leaves program

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma defensive lineman Charles Walker has chosen to leave the program and enter the NFL draft.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops made the announcement after Tuesday’s practice.

Walker, a second-team All-Big 12 pick by the coaches last season, missed the national semifinal last season against Clemson with a concussion. This season, Walker played in only four games, also because of a concussion. As of Monday, his playing status was uncertain, and he was to meet with trainers.

Walker is the second defensive lineman the Sooners lost for good this week. Coach Bob Stoops announced Monday that Matt Dimon and the program have agreed to part ways. Dimon has suffered from a strained Achilles and hasn’t played since the Ohio State game in September.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BURLSWORTH AWARD-FINALISTS

Mayfield, Carr, Falk named finalists for Burlsworth Award

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Northwestern receiver Austin Carr are this year’s finalists for the Burlsworth Award, which honors the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

Mayfield is the 2015 winner of the award that’s named for former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who worked his way from walk-on to All-American before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999. He was killed in a car accident 11 days after the draft.

Mayfield has thrown for 3,212 yards with 33 touchdowns this season for the No. 8 Sooners, while Carr has 1,102 yards and 12 touchdowns for Northwestern. Falk has 3,610 yards passing and 33 touchdowns this season for No. 20 Washington State.

The winner will be named Dec. 5.

MISSISSIPPI ST-NO CONSISTENCY

Mississippi State needs 2 straight wins to be bowl eligible

The past two weekends of Mississippi State’s football season have been a dramatic roller coaster ride: ascending to a euphoric high and dropping to a sobering low.

First, there was a stunning 35-28 win over then-No. 4 Texas A&M on Nov. 5 that shook up the national playoff picture. Then last weekend, the Bulldogs were totally dominated in a 51-3 loss to No. 1 Alabama.

There’s certainly no shame in losing to the Crimson Tide, but the fact that the Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) weren’t competitive was frustrating for the program. Now Mississippi State must win its final two games, starting with a home game against Arkansas (6-4, 2-4) on Saturday, to become bowl eligible for a seventh straight season.

“We just have our backs in a corner and we have to find a way to win,” Mullen said.

Mullen didn’t seem concerned that the lopsided Alabama loss blunted momentum from the Texas A&M win. Sometimes, he said, you just have to acknowledge a tough game and move on.

Tuesday November 15, 2016

ILLINOIS-ARKANSAS

Hannahs leads Arkansas 3-point barrage in 90-65 win over SIU

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dusty Hannahs had 19 points as 10 players scored for Arkansas in a 90-65 win over Southern Illinois on Monday night.

Southeastern Conference preseason Player of the Year Moses Kingsley added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for the Razorbacks (2-0), who improved to 48-2 in nonconference games under sixth-year coach Mike Anderson.

Hannahs, Arkansas’ leading scorer last season, hit 5 of 6 3-point attempts — helping the Razorbacks finish 13 of 23 overall from behind the arc. The senior also had five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Daryl Macon finished with 12 points for the Razorbacks, while C.J. Jones added 11 in his season debut.

Armon Fletcher led the Salukis (0-2) with 13 points, while Leo Vincent and Sean Lloyd added 10 each in the loss.

Monday November 14, 2016

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

AP Top 25: Ohio St, Louisville rise after surprise Saturday

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State and Louisville moved up behind No. 1 Alabama in The Associated Press college football poll after the most surprising Saturday of the season gave the rankings a major makeover.

Three of the top four (Michigan, Clemson and Washington), five of the top 10 and seven teams overall in last week’s rankings lost to unranked opponents. Oklahoma moved up one spot to 8th while its opponent this coming weekend, West Virginia, moved up to 10th. Oklahoma State is No. 13.

On Sunday, Alabama was a unanimous No. 1 for the first time this season, receiving all 61 votes. Ohio State is No. 2, a season best for the Buckeyes, and Louisville is No. 3, matching its best ranking ever.

No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson each dropped two spots and No. 7 Washington fell three after losing for the first time. Wisconsin moved up a spot to No. 6.

T25-AP TOP 25

BC-FBC–T25-AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 12, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (61) 10-0 1525 1

2. Ohio St. 9-1 1455 6

3. Louisville 9-1 1357 5

4. Michigan 9-1 1323 2

5. Clemson 9-1 1304 3

6. Wisconsin 8-2 1214 7

7. Washington 9-1 1150 4

8. Oklahoma 8-2 1064 9

9. Penn St. 8-2 961 12

10. West Virginia 8-1 920 11

11. Utah 8-2 807 13

12. Colorado 8-2 797 16

13. Oklahoma St. 8-2 659 17

14. W. Michigan 10-0 634 14

15. Southern Cal 7-3 584 NR

16. LSU 6-3 582 19

17. Florida St. 7-3 569 20

18. Auburn 7-3 543 8

19. Nebraska 8-2 504 21

20. Washington St. 8-2 501 23

21. Florida 7-2 435 22

22. Boise St. 9-1 315 24

23. Texas A&M 7-3 238 10

24. San Diego St. 9-1 97 NR

25. Troy 8-1 63 NR

Others receiving votes: Houston 49, North Carolina 40, Virginia Tech 36, Tennessee 21, Navy 20, Stanford 16, W. Kentucky 11, Pittsburgh 9, South Florida 8, Arkansas 7, Iowa 4, Mississippi 2, Minnesota 1.

Friday November 11, 2016

HS PREDICTS

Morrilton, Wynne meet in first-round playoff matchup

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — One of the top teams in Class 5A will make an early exit from the state playoffs when Morrilton travels to Wynne on Friday night for a first-round matchup.

The Devil Dogs finished as the fourth seed from the West because of four forfeits during the season, but they still enter the playoffs ranked No. 4 in Class 5A.

They’ll face a difficult matchup against the undefeated Yellowjackets, winner of the East and runner-up for the state title two years ago. Wynne, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, has scored more than 38 points in every game this season and enters the playoffs coming off a 48-0 win against Nettleton.

Whoever wins this game will still likely have to deal with No. 3 Sylvan Hills in the semifinals, but it would avoid top-ranked Pulaski Academy until the championship game.

Thursday November 10, 2016

OKLAHOMA SIGNINGS

Oklahoma programs add early signees

UNDATED (AP) – Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa all signed basketball players Wednesday, the first day of the 2016-17 early signing period.

The schools made the announcements in news releases.

Oklahoma signed Brady Manek and Hannes Polla. Manek, a 6-foot-9 forward from Harrah, is a four-star recruit (ESPN, Scout.com). Polla, a 6-11 center, has played for Finland’s U16 and U18 national teams.

Oklahoma State signed 6-7 forward Souleymane Diakite. The 6-8 forward from Mali who now lives in Spain has ballhandling skills and a 7-1 wing span.

Tulsa signed DaQuan Jeffries and Elijah Joiner. Jeffries, a 6-5 wing from Edmond, spent a year at Oral Roberts before transferring to Western Texas College. Joiner, a 6-3 combo guard, led Chicago’s Curie High School to a state title last season.

 

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — James Harden had 24 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds as the Houston Rockets held off San Antonio 101-99 on Wednesday night to hand the Spurs their third straight home loss.

Ryan Anderson was 4 for 6 on 3-pointers in scoring 20 points, and Houston snapped a four-game skid in San Antonio. Eric Gordon had 15 points and fellow reserve Sam Dekker added 12.

Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points for the Spurs but missed his final jump shot, which could have tied the game. LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 14 points, also missed a tip-in attempt at the buzzer.

Danny Green made his season debut for San Antonio, scoring eight points in his return from a strained left quadriceps. He missed his first 3-point try but drained his second from the right corner and finished 2 for 8 on 3s.

Wednesday November 9, 2016

ARKANSAS-NATIONAL ANTHEM

Arkansas players face backlash after kneeling during anthem

(Information in the following story is from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com )

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas and six women’s basketball players have been criticized after they kneeled during the national anthem before an exhibition game.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has said the university is backing the players who kneeled on Nov. 3 in protest of police killing of blacks and other minorities.

Women’s basketball coach Jimmy Dykes says he spoke with the players about their plans ahead of time, and offered his support for their right to express their feelings.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Republican state Sen. Alan Clark, Rep. Kim Hammer and Rep. Laurie Rushing suggested they would either decline to increase the university’s budget or cut it.

The university’s athletic department says its athletic program is self-sustaining and doesn’t receive money from the state general fund.

PLAYOFF RANKINGS

Washington takes over playoff position

UNDATED (AP) — Washington moved into fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the four remaining unbeaten teams from the Power Five conference at the top of the selection committee’s second top 25.

Alabama, Clemson and Michigan still hold the top three spots.

The committee’s first ranking of the season caused a bit of a stir because the unbeaten Huskies were behind Texas A&M last week. The Aggies then went out and lost at Mississippi State to clear up the mini-controversy.

Ohio State is behind Washington, but the Buckeyes are still in fine shape. Ohio State plays Michigan on Nov. 26 in a game that could decide the Big Ten’s East division.

No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 13 Oklahoma State both have two losses and could win the Big 12, but there is no reason to think the Big 12 is getting a two-loss team in the playoff without some madness down the stretch.

Tuesday November 8, 2016

ARKANSAS-WILLIAMS

Arkansas’ Williams honored by Southeastern Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Rawleigh Williams has been named the Southeastern Conference’s co-offensive player of the week after leading the Razorbacks to a 31-10 win over Florida last weekend.

Williams rushed for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 26 carries, marking the fifth time this season he has topped the 100-yard mark. It’s the second time this season that Williams has received the weekly honor from the SEC.

Saturday’s win is the first over Florida for Arkansas since the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl, and it was the Razorbacks’ first SEC victory over the Gators, who are now ranked No. 22.

Arkansas next faces No. 19 LSU at home on Saturday.

Monday November 7, 2016

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

AP Top 25: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington at top

UNDATED (AP) — Texas A&M tumbled three spots to No. 10 while the top six teams remained intact in The Associated Press college football poll released Sunday.

Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State remained in front in the Top 25 rankings.

Oklahoma has climbed back into the top 10, with the Sooners now at No. 9. Oklahoma State moved up five spots to No. 17 with Arkansas just outside the top 25. No new teams made the top 25 this week.

Texas A&M had been ranked fourth in the first College Football Playoff rating released last week. The Aggies dropped from No. 7 after losing to Mississippi State 35-28. Washington is considered likely to replace the Aggies in the top four when the next college football playoff rankings come out.

Friday November 4, 2016

ARKANSAS-FLORIDA

No. 10 Florida faces Arkansas

FAYETEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — No. 10 Florida is at Arkansas on Saturday. Credibility, at least for Florida, is at stake for this one. Florida doesn’t have any wins this season over an opponent that is currently ranked.

While Arkansas is also unranked following a 56-3 drubbing at the hands of No. 11 Auburn two weeks ago, the Razorbacks are the first SEC West team the Gators have faced, and their only losses are to the Tigers, No. 1 Alabama and No. 7 Texas A&M.

One of the key matchups is Arkansas’ passing attack vs. Florida’s secondary. The Razorbacks are third in the SEC in passing, gaining 256.4 yards per game though the air. Meanwhile, the Gators — led by a combined seven interceptions by defensive backs Jalen Tabor Quincy Wilson — are second in the country in pass defense (134.4 passing yards allowed per game).

ARKANSAS ST-GEORGIA ST

Arkansas State beats Georgia State 31-16

Johnston White had two touchdown runs, and Arkansas State blocked two kicks and scored on two returns to beat Georgia State 31-16 on Thursday night.

White scored his second touchdown from 3 yards with 2:06 left after the Red Wolves (4-4, 4-0 Sun Belt) forced Georgia State (2-7, 1-4) into a four-and-out deep in the Panthers’ territory.

White put the Red Wolves in front for good at 17-10 on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Blaise Taylor made it a 14-point advantage on a 68-yard punt return with 13:30 left in the fourth.

Georgia State’s Tra Barnett took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to cut it to 24-16, but Arkansas State blocked the extra-point attempt.

Cody Brown blocked Rogier Ten Lohuis’ 50-yard, field-goal attempt late in the first quarter, and Chris Humes returned it 57 yards to give the Red Wolves their first lead at 10-3.

Taylor moved into second place in Sun Belt history with 669 career punt return yards.

Thursday November 3, 2016

No. 12 Oklahoma takes Big 12 title quest to Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) — At one time, Oklahoma’s early November trip to Iowa State might have looked like a potential upset that could turn the playoff picture upside down.

The Sooners will need to do a lot more than beat the lowly Cyclones on Thursday night to even think they can reach football’s Final Four.

But a loss would put No. 12 Oklahoma’s only realistic remaining goal, a Big 12 title, in serious jeopardy.

The Sooners (6-2, 5-0 Big 12, No. 14 CFP ) have recovered well enough for an ugly 1-2 start to put themselves in position to win yet another league title.

And while visiting Ames to play Iowa State (1-7, 0-5) still looks somewhat dangerous on paper, the reasons why Cyclones haven’t beaten Oklahoma at home in decades remain in play.

Iowa State has talent at the skill positions and in the secondary. But the Cyclones have yet to learn how to win under first-year coach Matt Campbell.

Iowa State has led at halftime in three of its five Big 12 games. It has also been within seven points three times in the conference, but its inability to close teams out has doomed the Cyclones to a seventh straight losing season.

Wednesday November 2, 2016

PLAYOFF RANKINGS

CFP Rankings: Texas A&M 4th behind ‘Bama, Clemson, Michigan

UNDATED (AP) — Texas A&M is ranked fourth behind Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings.

The Aggies (7-1) are surprisingly a spot ahead of unbeaten Washington on Tuesday in the first of six selection committee rankings. The Crimson Tide (8-0), Tigers (8-0), Wolverines (8-0) and Huskies (8-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams from Power Five conferences and hold the top four spots in the latest Associated Press poll.

The 12-person committee, however, gave a nod to Texas A&M’s strength of schedule.

Oklahoma is 14th in the poll, while Oklahoma State is No. 18.

The final rankings will be released Dec. 4, with the top four teams moving on to the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 31 at the Fiesta and Peach bowls.

T25-OKLAHOMA-MIXON SUSPENDED

Oklahoma RB Mixon suspended for Thursday’s Iowa State game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has been suspended for the 12th-ranked Sooners’ Thursday night game against Iowa State for violating team rules.

The team made the announcement Tuesday night. Mixon apologized in the statement for having an altercation with “parking attendants,” but the team did not provide any other details.

The sophomore ranks third nationally in all-purpose yards with 184.8 per game. He gained 377 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns against Texas Tech.

With Samaje Perine already sidelined with an injury, Abdul Adams should be the team’s primary ballcarrier Thursday. Adams ran for 91 yards on 13 carries in last Saturday’s 56-3 win over Kansas.

Mixon was suspended for an entire season after punching a woman in the face at a restaurant before the start of his freshman year.

Tuesday November 1, 2016

ARKANSAS-REGROUPED

Allen back at practice for Arkansas, ready for No. 10 Gators

A week off couldn’t have come at a better time for Arkansas, both physically and mentally following a 56-3 drubbing at the hands of No. 11 Auburn two weeks ago.

The Southeastern Conference grind doesn’t get any easier this week for the Razorbacks (5-3, 1-3 SEC) as they prepare to host No. 10 Florida on Saturday, but at least they’ll have quarterback Austin Allen under center as they try to end a nine-game losing streak to the Gators (6-1, 4-1).

That likely wouldn’t have been the case had Arkansas played last week, with Allen still recovering from an injury he suffered to his right knee in the blowout loss to the Tigers.

BIG 12-NOT TOP 10

No top-10 team for Big 12 with No. 12 Oklahoma atop league

UNDATED (AP) — While there is nothing unusual about Oklahoma leading the Big 12 and being the conference’s highest-ranked team, there is a big difference with that scenario this season.

For the first time in the history of the 20-year-old conference, the Big 12 is going into November without a top-10 team.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops told reporters Monday that’s “just where it is today.”

Baylor and West Virginia both dropped out of the top 10 — to 13th and 14th respectively, right behind the Sooners— after suffering their first losses of the season within a matter of hours Saturday. Oklahoma (6-2, 5-0 Big 12) moved up four spots in the latest poll.

Still, the Big 12 title is far from settled since those three teams all have to play each other.

Monday October 31, 2016

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

AP Top 25: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington at top

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington are at the top of The Associated Press Top 25 college football poll and the Big 12 was left without a top-10 team after a weekend during which four unbeaten teams lost.

Oklahoma is now the highest ranked Big 12 team, at No. 12.

Two days before the College Football Playoff selection committee unveils its first rankings of the season, the AP Top 25 provided a likely preview.

Alabama is No. 1, receiving all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel. Michigan received a first-place vote. Both No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington won road games against ranked teams Saturday.

West Virginia and Baylor from the Big 12 were not so fortunate. The Mountaineers slipped to No. 14 after their first loss, to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are back in the rankings at No. 22. The Bears dropped to 13th after losing to Texas.

Friday October 28, 2016

COWBOYS-ARKANSAS POLICE

Dallas Cowboys owner offers North Little Rock police tickets

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has offered tickets for any of the NFL team’s five remaining home games, including travel and hotel costs, to North Little Rock uniformed police officers and their families as a gesture of gratitude.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2e1mGyf ) reports that Jones grew up in North Little Rock. A city spokesman says a little more than 100 of the department’s 179 uniformed officers plan to attend one of the remaining games with family members.

Mayor Joe Smith says this was a way to say thank you to the officers and their families.

City attorney Jason Carter says that because of state ethics laws regarding gifts valued at more than $100, the North Little Rock City Council had to approve a resolution for the city to accept Jones’ gift.

ARKANSAS PREVIEW

Kingsley, transfers, lead Arkansas’ renewed NCAA hopes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Anderson had plenty of good will with Arkansas fans when he was hired in 2011, thanks to his time as an assistant coach during the school’s glory days.

Those 17 years next to former coach Nolan Richardson, including the 1994 national championship, never seemed as far away as they did during last season when Arkansas finished 16-16.

That’s why, in an attempt to reclaim some of that good will lost over the course of five seasons with only one NCAA Tournament appearance, Anderson brought in an influx of top junior-college talent this year to go along with Southeastern Conference preseason Player of the Year Moses Kingsley .

Whether the additions of guards Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon, along with forward Arlando Cook, are enough to return the Razorbacks to their 27-win level of two seasons ago is unclear. But it’s a start.

“The thing that excites me is we’ve got more pieces now,” Anderson said. “Pieces to the puzzle that fit what we want to do.”

Arkansas spent much of last season unable to recover from the early departures of former SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis and All-SEC performer Michael Qualls.

This season, the Razorbacks hope to mesh quickly around Kingsley, who considered leaving for the NBA before deciding to come back for his final season.

The 6-foot-10 Nigerian center emerged from Portis’ shadow last season to average 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and he had an early glimpse of his new teammates during a 10-day, four-game team trip to Spain over the summer. He liked what he saw, just as Arkansas fans hope the same in Anderson’s sixth season.

“I feel like the team has help now,” Kingsley said.

Some other things to watch as Arkansas attempts to return to the NCAA Tournament after missing it last season:

Thursday October 27, 2016

SEC-SENIOR RETURNS

Jackson’s injury shows risk of returning for senior year

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — There’s not always a right-or-wrong answer to the question of whether they should stay or go, even with hindsight.

Just ask Alabama senior safety Eddie Jackson, the Crimson Tide’s All-American safety who elected to bypass the NFL draft following last season and return for his senior year — only to have that season cut short by a broken left leg last week.

“He’s done a fantastic job for us, and I’m just sick for him and his family,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I hate it that it’s one of the things about sports, all sports, and that we have to deal with sometimes as injuries.”

Across the Southeastern Conference and the nation, players like Jackson weigh the benefits and risks of leaving school early.

For some, the decision is largely a result of an immediate need for financial stability, for themselves and their families. Others see a potentially greater payday if they wait one more season before turning pro, with possibly 13 games — as many as 15, in the case of Alabama last season — to prove themselves on the collegiate level.

Jackson’s gamble ended with a season-ending injury. It was a heartbreaking moment for one of the SEC’s best, but the truth is it wasn’t a worst-case scenario.

Jackson still has the chance to recover from leg surgery and prove himself to NFL scouts, and he has eight games as a senior, filled with highlights for talent evaluators to study.

The situation was much different for former Arkansas offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, who was a junior when he left the Razorbacks and declared for the NFL following last season — only to go undrafted.

Wednesday October 26, 2016

BIG 12 EXPANSION-BOWLSBY

Bowlsby disagrees with Iowa State AD’s synopsis of Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby bristled at the suggestion that without Oklahoma and Texas the league is akin to the Mountain West.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard made that assertion during a radio interview last week, shortly after the Big 12 decided against expansion . Pollard also said the only difference between Iowa State and schools that wanted into the 10-member league is that the Cyclones are already in.

Asked about Pollard’s comments at the conference’s annual basketball media day Tuesday, Bowlsby tersely replied: “I don’t share that vantage point.”

Some league athletic directors have been critical of the Big 12’s expansion process, arguing they should have had a bigger role in the deliberations, while others wonder if the league is built to last . Discussions were conducted at the level of university presidents and chancellors, in some cases career academicians with little background or knowledge of college sports.

“Our composition process was like every other one I’ve been around. It was managed at the presidential and chancellor level,” Bowlsby said. “We shared as much information with the athletic directors in as timely a manner as we could, but the board was clear that this was going to be managed at their level. They run this league and (boards) run every league.”

The league spent three months analyzing, vetting and interviewing possible members before deciding last week to take expansion off their agenda. Bowlsby said it was not a decision “not to expand,” but rather an “endorsement and reinvestment in the 10 that we had.”

Oklahoma President David Boren said the decision was unanimous and that no school was discussed or voted on during roughly five hours of deliberations. Among the 11 schools that sought to join the league were Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, BYU and Colorado State.

Tuesday October 25, 2016

BIG 12-HOT SEATS

Big 12 hot seats topped by Charlie Strong at Texas

UNDATED (AP) — Texas football coach Charlie Strong began his weekly news conference Monday by spending a couple of minutes discussing the multitude of self-inflicted wounds that cost Texas in its lost to Kansas State on Saturday.

Turnovers. Penalties. Blown assignments. It could eventually serve as the epitaph for his tenure leading the Longhorns.

Strong dropped to 14-18 in his third season with the 24-21 defeat in Manhattan. And with eighth-ranked Baylor rolling into town, the chances of turning things around this week appear bleak.

Strong isn’t the only coach whose grasp of their job is tenuous.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury could be headed for another losing season after a shootout loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. He is just 22-23 in his fourth season, and 11-20 in the Big 12, which makes the tenures of Spike Dykes, Mike Leach and Tommy Tuberville before him appear even more impressive. All those coaches had winning records in Lubbock.

Then there is Kansas coach David Beaty, who still has just one win in his second season. There is little doubt he took over the worst program in major college football, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest he’s making progress. But the Jayhawks suffered another blowout loss last weekend, this time to Oklahoma State.

Monday October 24, 2016

T25-COLLEGE-FOOTBALL-POLL

AP Top 25: Ohio State slips, Penn State in, Houston out

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State dropped four spots to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its first loss of the season, and Penn State moved into the rankings for the first time since 2011 after upsetting the Buckeyes.

Alabama is No. 1 again, receiving all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel on Sunday. Michigan moved up to No. 2, Clemson is No. 3 and Washington No. 4.

Oklahoma remains at No. 16 in the poll after its win Saturday night in a high-scoring contest at Texas Tech. Arkansas dropped out of the rankings after its 56-3 throttling by Auburn.

Louisville moved up to No. 5 ahead of the Buckeyes, who blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and lost 24-21 against Penn State on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions entered the rankings at No. 24.

Friday October 21, 2016

T25-ARKANSAS-CLUTCH ALLEN

Allen proving clutch at QB late in games for No. 17 Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — It’s not like Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen is boring or above showing emotion on the football field.

Far from it, as evidenced by his self-described first two years of “having fun” in college and occasional outbursts following disappointing play this season.

In the huddle, though, the junior is about at stale as it gets. There’s no pre-snap cutting up like the Razorbacks became accustomed to when Allen’s older brother, Brandon, was the quarterback. No fiery speeches before a do-or-die play.

“Brandon had more personality in the huddle,” left tackle Dan Skipper said. “Brandon was a little funnier, he would always crack a joke. Austin just kind of looks at everyone and is like, ‘All right,’ and goes about it.”

Whatever Austin Allen’s preferred method, just about no one with the No. 17 Razorbacks (5-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) is going to argue with his results at this point — particularly in late-game situations.

Allen is one of the SEC’s top quarterbacks in his first season as a starter and he’s been ever better when Arkansas has needed him the most. Three times already, the junior has led the Razorbacks on game-winning drives in either the fourth quarter or overtime.

His latest late-game exploits came during Arkansas’ 34-30 win over No. 23 Mississippi last week, a game in which the Razorbacks trailed with less than five minutes remaining before earning their third straight victory over the Rebels.

“Never give up on that kid, because he is going to stay in that pocket until the last second,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s going to get out of the pocket, he’s going to do whatever he has to do.”

Allen was 4-of-5 passing for 35 yards on Arkansas’ game-winning drive, including a 10-yard completion to Keon Hatcher on a fourth-and-4 at midfield.

Thursday October 20, 2016

WALTON-COACHING AWARD

Oklahoma State’s Walton named Assistant Coach of the Year

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State pitching coach Rob Walton has been named the 2016 Assistant Coach of the Year.

The OSU pitching staff included Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-American Thomas Hatch and a total of seven pitchers who were selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

The OSU pitching staff ranked fourth in the NCAA and led the Big 12 with 10 shutouts. They also led the conference in opponent batting average, strikeouts, complete games and saves.

Oklahoma State reached the College World Series for the first time since 1999 and finished third.

 

BIG 12 THIS WEEK

Big 12 this week: TCU always close at WVU; Mayfield to Tech

Here are some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference in Week 8:

BEST MATCHUP

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield vs. Texas Tech. Mayfield plays in Lubbock for the first time since he was a Red Raider in 2013, the season he became the first true freshman walk-on quarterback to start a season opener for an FBS team. Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma after that season, and was redshirting when the No. 16 Sooners last played in Lubbock in 2014. In last year’s 63-27 win in Norman, Mayfield threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Tech junior QB Patrick Mahomes is the national leader with 2,579 yards passing, and is fifth with 21 TDs.

 

Wednesday October 19, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A memorial has been set for a former NFL defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, who was killed in a car accident in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Byrd died Saturday in a two-vehicle collision on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore. Byrd starred at the University of Tulsa before playing for the New York Jets. His career was ended by a neck injury. The Tulsa World reports that the memorial service is scheduled for Oct. 25 in Tulsa.

Tuesday October 18, 2016

BIG 12 EXPANSION

Big 12 presidents decide to pass on expansion

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has decided against expansion from its current 10 members.

The announcement came after a six-hour meeting Monday with the conference’s university presidents and Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

The Big 12 has been analyzing expansion options for the last three months, but it never made a commitment to expand.

Conference officials held interviews in September with Air Force and Colorado State from the Mountain West; Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, South Florida, SMU and Tulane from the American Athletic Conference; and BYU, which is a football independent with its other sports in the West Coast Conference.

Monday October 17, 2016

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

AP Top 25: Michigan up to No. 3 as Ohio State holds at No. 2

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — (AP) — Michigan moved up to Number 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, right behind number 2 Ohio State, to give the Big Ten rivals their best combined ranking since the 2006 season, when they played the only 1-vs.-2 game in the series.

Alabama remained Number 1 on Sunday with a season-high 60 first-place votes. The Buckeyes stayed second-ranked after an overtime victory against Wisconsin, which fell two spots to 10th. The Wolverines moved up in an off week with Clemson slipping to fourth. The Tigers had their own overtime escape at home against North Carolina State.

Number 5 Washington, Number 6 Texas A and M and Number 7 Louisville held their spots.

NHRA

Friday October 14, 2016

ARKANSAS-OPEN PRACTICE

Arkansas basketball team to hold open practice for fans

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas basketball team has scheduled an open practice for fans.

Head coach Mike Anderson says the Razorbacks will work out Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena prior to the Arkansas-Ole Miss football game.

The only access to the arena will be through the south doors and no additional parking will be available for the practice.

The Razorbacks open the regular season on November 11th with a home game against Fort Wayne.

 

COWBOYS-PACKERS

Cowboys, rookie QB Prescott, look to keep rolling vs Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott’s NFL career is off to a great start. Veteran Aaron Rodgers is looking for more consistency in Green Bay.

It’s a surprise that the Cowboys’ young signal-caller has been more accurate than the two-time NFL MVP more than a month into the season. They’ll meet for the first time on Sunday when Dallas (4-1) visits Lambeau Field to face the Packers (3-1).

Prescott, fourth in the league in completion percentage at 69 percent, has yet to throw an interception. Rodgers is 31st in the NFL at 56 percent, with three picks.

“He looks like he’s played in the offense for quite some time,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said about Prescott. “He’s done a really good job particularly … as far as his decisions with where he goes with the football.”

Quite impressive for a rookie who took over after Wisconsin native Tony Romo went down with a back injury in the preseason. Prescott has attempted 155 passes without an interception, second most by a quarterback to start his NFL career behind New England’s Tom Brady (162.) Prescott is off to the best interception-free start for a rookie.

 

Thursday October 13, 2016

ALLEN-MANNING AWARD

Arkansas quarterback Allen added to Manning Award watch list

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas junior quarterback Austin Allen has been added to the watch list for the Manning Award.

Allen is one of 10 quarterbacks named a midseason addition to the list for the award given to the player chosen as the top college quarterback in the nation.

Allen has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards and a Southeastern Conference-leading 15 touchdowns this season.

The award is named in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning

 

Wednesday October 12, 2016

T25-MISSISSIPPI-SOLVING ARKANSAS

No. 12 Ole Miss tries to end 2-game skid vs. No. 22 Arkansas

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s rise in the SEC has turned the Rebels into a formidable opponent for just about everyone in the league’s Western Division.

Arkansas, however, remains the program’s kryptonite. The Razorbacks are the only program to beat Ole Miss in each of the past two seasons, both times putting a huge dent in the Rebels’ aspirations of finally making a trip to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference championship game.

No. 12 Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) travels to face No. 22 Arkansas (4-2, 0-2) on Saturday.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze readily acknowledges that the Razorbacks always cause problems for the Rebels and says that match-ups are important in college football, with some teams just seeming to give the Rebels more of a “problem.”

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

T25-ARKANSAS-ROAD AHEAD

Arkansas faces tough second half against all SEC opponents

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas fell to 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference with its loss to No. 1 Alabama last week, a precarious position if coach Bret Bielema hopes to improve the school’s win total for a fourth straight season.

The schedule doesn’t lighten up this week for the No. 22 Razorbacks (4-2, 0-2 SEC), who host No. 12 Mississippi and have only conference games remaining in the second half of the season.

Arkansas has improved its win totals in each of Bielema’s first three seasons, from three in 2013 to seven in 2014 and eight a season ago. Last year’s improvement came after a 2-4 start to the season, bolstered by a stretch of six wins in seven games to close out the season.

 

ARKANSAS-ARRESTED PROFESSOR

Arkansas professor arrested after screaming at Bielema

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas professor has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication after screaming obscenities at Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema following a 49-30 loss to No. 1 Alabama.

Lawton Nalley, listed on the school’s website as an associate professor of business and economics specializing in agriculture, was charged with the misdemeanors after screaming at Bielema as the coach was walking off the field Saturday night. Nalley, 37, was released from the Washington County Jail later that night.

A university spokesman said Monday morning that a statement on Nalley’s arrest would “probably be forthcoming” later.
Arkansas (4-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) hosts Mississippi on Saturday.

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions as Number 1 Alabama extended its nation-best winning streak to 18 games with a 49-30 victory over 16th ranked Arkansas Saturday night. The win is the 10th straight for the Crimson Tide over the Razorbacks, and Fitzpatrick’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown was Alabama’s 10th non-offensive score of the season.

DALLAS (AP) — Dede Westbrook had three touchdown catches longer than 40 yards while setting an Oklahoma single-game record with 232 yards receiving, and the Number 20 Sooners held on for a 45-40 victory over Texas in the Red River rivalry Saturday. Samaje Perine added 214 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 35 carries for the Sooners, who rolled up 672 total yards against Longhorn coach Charlie Strong’s beleaguered defense.

 

Friday October 7, 2016

T25-ALABAMA-ARKANSAS

Arkansas to measure its progress against new-look Alabama

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)- Arkansas has come a long way since losing 52-0to Alabama in coach Brett Bielema’s first season in 2013.

The Number 16 Razorbacks (4-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) will have a chance to see just how far when they host the Number 1 Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0) Saturday night.

Arkansas has won 10 of its last 12 games, but it hasn’t defeated Alabama since a 24-23 overtime victory in Fayetteville in 2006- loosing nine straight match ups since then.

Alabama, meanwhile, has showed no signs of slowing down following last seasons national championship. The Crimson Tide has won 17 straight games, the current longest streak in the country and the school’s longest since a 19-game stretch under Saban over the 2009-10 seasons.

 

Thursday October 6, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Moses Kingsley emerged from the shadow of former teammate Bobby Portis to become one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference a season ago.
Now, after considering a jump to the NBA, the Arkansas center is back and plans to lead the Razorbacks back to the NCAA Tournament
Kingsley, a 6-foot-10 senior from Nigeria, was second in scoring for Arkansas last season with an average of 15.9 points per game. He also led the team in rebounding with an average of 9.3 in 29.5 minutes per game — up from 10.9 minutes two seasons ago.
Arkansas finished 16-16 last season after winning 27 games and making the NCAA Tournament two seasons ago, and it opens the season against Fort Wayne on Nov. 11.

 

Wednesday October 5, 2016

Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have decided who their starting pitcher will be for the AL Division Series opener. Manager Jeff Banister just wasn’t ready Tuesday to make it public.

Before the Rangers worked out at home, and before finding out who they will play, Banister said he didn’t feel the need to announce Thursday’s starter.

It will be All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA) or right-hander Yu Darvish (7 -5, 3.41).

“I don’t think there’s any competitive disadvantage, and I don’t really believe there’s any competitive advantage,” Banister said. ” I just feel like that until we know who we are going to play, we’ll keep that in the house.”

Hamels, who pitched his regular-season finale last Wednesday, threw a bullpen session Monday. Darvish had a session Tuesday, four days after his last start.

 

Tuesday October 4, 2016

NBA PRESEASON RDP

Wade’s Bulls debut highlights Monday NBA preseason slate

UNDATED (AP) — Dwyane Wade was in Chicago and Tim Duncan wasn’t with San Antonio as players and teams around the NBA began adjusting to new circumstances Monday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder played for the first time since Kevin Durant’s departure, losing to Real Madrid in Spain. Frank Vogel made his Orlando coaching debut against Memphis, which played its opener under David Fizdale.

The first full night of exhibition action featured seven games, including the first Wade played as a professional for anyone but the Miami Heat. The 14-year veteran and Chicago native signed with his hometown team in the offseason and was the first Bulls player introduced before scoring six points in their 93-91 loss to Milwaukee.

Duncan retired after last season, but the Spurs will wait at least one more game to gauge what they will look like without their longtime stalwart. They left LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Patty Mills and newcomer Pau Gasol behind when they traveled to Phoenix to face the Suns.

 

T25-TEXAS-OKLAHOMA COACHES

Texas’ Strong, Oklahoma’s Stoops need victory to calm fans

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There will be more at stake than usual for Texas coach Charlie Strong and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops at this year’s showdown game Saturday in Dallas. Both schools have traditionally ranked among college football’s top programs, but both are off to disappointing starts by their standards.

“The bottom line is we’re both 2-2 going into this game,” Stoops said. “So both of us, it’s critical for both of us in how we move forward.”

Texas athletic director Mike Perrin told a reporter after Saturday’s 49-31 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State: “We need to evaluate what happened here.” A Longhorns spokesman, John Bianco, later said Perrin’s comments were about the coaching staff needing to evaluate the game and the issues the team had on the field.

Strong has been under intense scrutiny since taking over at Texas. Strong has a 13-16 record at Texas and a 9-10 mark in Big 12 play. He said Perrin hasn’t assured him that his job is safe.

 

TEXAS-RUNNING BACKS

Texas RB Chris Warren III out indefinitely; Foreman to play

UNDATED (AP) — Texas running back Chris Warren III is out indefinitely after injuring his right knee Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Texas coach Charlie Strong made the announcement Monday.

Warren missed the second half against Oklahoma State after rushing for 106 yards on 10 carries in the first half. For the season, he has rushed for 366 yards and three touchdowns with a 5.9-yard average per carry.

Leading rusher D’Onta Foreman left the game against Oklahoma State in the third quarter with an abdominal injury after rumbling for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Strong said he expects Foreman to play Saturday against No. 20 Oklahoma.

 

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS

Alabama set to begin brutal stretch with visit to No. 16 Arkansas

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama breezed through most of its early schedule with lopsided wins and one big comeback.

Now, the top-ranked Crimson Tide enters the meat of its schedule with three straight games against Top 20 teams, two of them on the road. The stretch begins Saturday at No. 16 Arkansas, with the Tide then going to No. 9 Tennessee before a home game with No. 8 Texas A&M.

“The next three weeks will be a grinder,” center Bradley Bozeman said Monday.

A grinder, indeed. Alabama (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) has been tested only once this season, though it’s taken a quarter or so to get going in several games.

That lone challenge, incidentally, came in the only SEC road game so far. That’s when Alabama overcame a 24-3 deficit and a late charge to edge No. 14 Mississippi snare a 48-43 and end a two-year losing streak to the Rebels. Three of the next four are road games, closing with a trip to LSU.

COWBOYS-ROMO OR DAK

Cowboys have Romo-Dak question looming if wins keep coming

DALLAS (AP) — Dak Prescott never gets tricked by the question, no matter how someone asks what happens when Tony Romo returns from his latest back injury. The answer will only get more complicated for the Cowboys if the rookie keeps playing this well in his record-setting debut.

With a victory at home against Cincinnati on Sunday, Dallas (3-1) will be guaranteed a winning record for the widely projected Romo return date of Oct. 30.

Then again, maybe it’s not complicated if you listen to tight end Jason Witten, Romo’s favorite target, close friend and teammate for all of their 14 seasons since they came into the NFL together with the Cowboys in 2003.

“I think it’s really simple,” Witten said Monday. “I said how I feel about Tony, and I think there’s only a few people that are on this planet that can do the things at that position what he’s done in his career. He’ll continue to come back and play at a high level.”

And Witten isn’t trying to downgrade the performance of Prescott, who has an NFL rookie record of 131 pass attempts without an interception to start in his career. Prescott has led the Cowboys to three straight wins after a loss in the opener dropped them to 1-14 without Romo since the 2013 finale.

MLB-PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP

Giants, Blue Jays, Orioles grab playoff spots on final day

UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles grabbed the last three playoff spots Sunday, and the October matchups are set.

Neat and clean, and no need for all sorts of tiebreakers. It opens Tuesday night when the Orioles visit Toronto in the AL wild-card game.

“All we asked for is an opportunity, and right now, we have an opportunity,” Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones said after a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees.

On Wednesday night, aces duel as Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants vs. Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets at Citi Field in the NL wild-card game. On Thursday, the best-of-five AL Division Series begins: David Ortiz and Boston at Cleveland, and the wild-card winner at Texas. And on Friday night, Clayton Kershaw starts Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington, and the NL wild-card winner plays the best-in-the-majors Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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