State & National News

July 25, 2014 - 5:44pm
2 min 37 sec ago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has finalized its nonconference basketball schedule and will open Nov. 7 with an exhibition against Quincy.

According to a news release Friday, that will be followed by home dates on Nov. 14 against Georgia Southern, Nov. 16 against Coppin State, Nov. 21 against Austin Peay and Nov. 24 against Brown.

Previously announced games in the Las Vegas Invitational and against Miami in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will be followed...

July 25, 2014 - 5:40pm
2 min 37 sec ago

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon has reported to training camp as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.

Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league on Aug. 1. He's facing an indefinite suspension for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season.

He entered the league with a history of marijuana abuse after failing two...

July 25, 2014 - 5:38pm
2 min 37 sec ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Dragged to the ground after trying to evade arrest on a street in Florida, swimmer Dan Wallace was in handcuffs and fearing his dream of reaching the pinnacle of his sport had just ended.

Not only was his future at the University of Florida in jeopardy but his place in Scotland's swimming team also hung in the balance with the Commonwealth Games approaching.

Redemption, though, has come quickly.


July 25, 2014 - 5:36pm
2 min 37 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed power forward Adreian Payne, the team's first-round pick last month.

The 6-foot-10 Payne, from Michigan State, was the 15th overall pick.

Payne averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks' Las Vegas summer league team this month.

He finished his college career as Michigan State's career leader with 141 blocked shots. He averaged 16.4 points and 7....

July 25, 2014 - 5:28pm
2 min 37 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic filled out their rotation in the backcourt with the signing of free agent guard Luke Ridnour.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan announced the addition on Friday. Details were not disclosed. He is expected to serve as Orlando's third point guard behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.

The 33-year-old Ridnour appeared in 61 games last season with Milwaukee and Charlotte. He started the season with the...

July 25, 2014 - 5:27pm
2 min 37 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Veteran right-hander Jerome Williams is the next on the mound for the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers purchased Williams' contract from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday to start the opener of a series against AL West-leading Oakland.

Williams was set to be the 52nd different player, and 31st pitcher, used by Texas this season. He was signed by the Rangers two weeks after being released by Houston.

To make room on...

July 25, 2014 - 5:19pm
2 min 37 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — Goalie James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract Thursday.

Reimer, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to go to arbitration Monday. He will get $2.6 million this season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season, but was forced into service with Toronto's playoff hopes on the line when Bernier sustained a knee injury that ended...

July 25, 2014 - 5:15pm
2 min 37 sec ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are closing their much-ballyhooed pools for one game this season.

The Jaguars will shut down both pools in the north end zone and the eight surrounding cabanas for their Oct. 26 game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Jaguars made the decision to facilitate the annual Florida-Georgia game, which will be played Nov. 1 at EverBank Field. The six-day turnaround between games would have been too close to...

July 25, 2014 - 5:10pm
2 min 37 sec ago

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Jared Allen insists it's about more than just one player when it comes to Chicago Bears and their defense.

Never mind that he was the big prize, the shiny new centerpiece in an offseason rebuild.

For a team aiming high after finishing 8-8 a year ago, there is no bigger symbol of hope than the 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end. And that symbol was on display Friday as the Bears conducted their first training camp practice....

July 25, 2014 - 5:09pm
2 min 37 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

One night only in a guest star role for Team Penske,

The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

Montoya is not looking for a good points day on Sunday and doesn't care about a top-10 finish. It's checkered...

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