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August 8, 2014 - 2:55pm
1 week 6 days ago

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Creating turnovers is a point of emphasis during Nebraska's preseason practices.

The Cornhuskers have had one of the worst turnover margins in the nation the last two years. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said it's important for his charges to become a more ball-hawking unit.

The Huskers were tied for 119th out of 125 Bowl Subdivision teams in turnover margin. They gave up the ball 11 more times than they took it away last...

August 8, 2014 - 2:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The only hint Tennessee coach Butch Jones has offered about the status of the Volunteers' quarterback competition is that he isn't satisfied with the performance of each contender.

Senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman all struggled in the first week of training camp. That represents a major concern for a Tennessee program that ranked 111th among Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing efficiency last season....

August 8, 2014 - 1:54pm
1 week 6 days ago

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Maryland have settled their legal dispute over the Terrapins' exit from the league.

Under terms announced Friday, the ACC will keep the roughly $31.4 million it had previously withheld from Maryland and the school will not owe the conference any more money.

In addition, lawsuits filed by both sides will be dismissed.

"This agreement allows everyone to...

August 8, 2014 - 1:50pm
1 week 6 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 16 for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.

Arizona, which has charged Sharper in a similar case, wants to extradite him there for trial. He's also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. But in May authorities in Florida found insufficient evidence to pursue charges there.

He has...

August 8, 2014 - 1:47pm
1 week 6 days ago

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Tuskegee has hired former Penn State coach and New York Knicks assistant Jerry Dunn to lead the basketball program.

Dunn replaces former NBA player Leon Douglas. The Division II school announced his hiring Friday.

Dunn was Penn State's coach from 1995-2003 and had worked as an assistant at Michigan and West Virginia before going to the Knicks in 2012. He was Michigan's associate head coach from 2007-10.

He...

August 8, 2014 - 1:40pm
1 week 6 days ago

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants backup offensive lineman Eric Herman has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Herman said in a statement Friday that he tested positive for a stimulant. He says he has a therapeutic use exemption for a different stimulant that treats the same condition, but not for the one he tested positive for.

Herman spent most of last year on...

August 8, 2014 - 1:18pm
1 week 6 days ago

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger's Sprint Cup ride in the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing just got a boost.

The one-car team announced Friday that Kimberly-Clark Corp. has extended its sponsorship through the 2017 Sprint Cup season with their SCOTT, Viva, Kleenex, Cottonelle, and Huggies brands. Kimberly-Clark has been with the team for five years.

JTG co-owner Tad Geschickter says he's "excited that they saw a positive return on...

August 8, 2014 - 1:09pm
1 week 6 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James will play his first preseason game with the Cavaliers at home before he faces his former team, the Miami Heat, in Brazil.

The Cavs will open their exhibition season Oct. 5 against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Israeli club formerly led by new Cleveland coach David Blatt. It will be James' first game with the Cavs since re-signing with them last month as a free agent.

On Oct. 12, James and the Cavs will play the Heat in Rio De...

August 8, 2014 - 1:09pm
1 week 6 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans left guard Andy Levitre will be playing Saturday despite having an appendectomy two weeks ago.

Center Brian Schwenke and right guard Chance Warmack are ready to show how much better they can be in their second year. And tackles Michael Roos and Michael Oher are playing well enough that rookie Taylor Lewan may spend this season on the bench.

Their first test comes Saturday night in the preseason opener against Green Bay...

August 8, 2014 - 12:50pm
1 week 6 days ago

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Tyus Jones doesn't view the point guard position at Duke as a competition.

More like a collaboration.

Once the season gets started in a few months, Jones could beat out senior Quinn Cook for the starting position, but the freshman says he's not working against him.

"We're looking at it as, we're both trying to get better," Jones said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We're both pushing each other to...

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