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December 1, 2015 - 12:45pm
9 hours 58 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — Outfielder Justin Maxwell has agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

The 32-year-old hit .209 with seven homers and 26 RBIs this year in 249 at-bats with San Francisco. He has a .220 average, 41 homers and 133 RBIs in seven major league seasons that have included stints with Washington, Houston and Kansas City.

The agreement was announced Tuesday.

December 1, 2015 - 12:40pm
9 hours 58 min ago

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney says there pizza party he promised will be held at Clemson on Sunday — whether the Tigers win or lose the Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday night.

The Tigers coach said Tuesday his top-ranked team "deserves a celebration" for what they've already accomplished. Clemson is 12-0 for the first time in 34 years. Should the Tigers defeat No. 8 North Carolina (11-1) in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Tigers are headed to the College...

December 1, 2015 - 12:36pm
10 hours 8 min ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger says he had a migraine. Mike Tomlin says the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has a concussion.

Either way, Roethlisberger will remain under the concussion protocol this week as the Steelers prepare to face Indianapolis.

Roethlisberger left Sunday's loss to Seattle in the fourth quarter after self-reporting a potential concussion. Roethlisberger said on his radio show Tuesday he had a "traumatic ocular migraine"...

December 1, 2015 - 12:24pm
10 hours 18 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James says Kobe Bryant inspired him to greatness and he was "kind of sad" when he learned the Lakers star is retiring.

James spent much of his interview session Tuesday praising Bryant, who announced on Sunday that his 20th NBA season will be his last. James, who had posters of Bryant on his wall as a kid, said he was always motivated by his former Olympic teammate.

James said he even wore an afro when he was in high school so...

December 1, 2015 - 12:04pm
10 hours 28 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the agreement says wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is expected to sign Tuesday with the Browns.

Pryor, a former starting quarterback with Oakland, will join the struggling Browns for the remainder of this season, said the person who spoke Tuesday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.

Pryor was in training camp this summer with Cleveland but was one of the...

December 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
10 hours 28 min ago

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Record-setting wide receiver Cooper Kupp will return for his senior year at Eastern Washington.

The FCS school has announced that Kupp decided against entering the NFL draft early.

Kupp caught 114 passes for 1,642 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Kupp had been projected to be taken between the fourth and sixth rounds of the NFL draft.

December 1, 2015 - 11:57am
10 hours 28 min ago

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have placed defensive tackle Kyle Williams on season-ending injured reserve and signed three players to shore up an injury-depleted defense.

Defensive tackle T.J. Barnes was signed off the New York Jets practice squad. Defensive end Lavar Edwards was signed off Dallas' practice squad. And Buffalo signed free-agent linebacker Kevin Reddick, who was on the Bills practice squad earlier this season.

The moves...

December 1, 2015 - 11:55am
10 hours 28 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Five of FIFA's sponsors have written to the executive committee of soccer's scandal-battered governing body demanding "independent oversight" of the reform process.

Sponsors were originally promised places on the FIFA reform committee. But instead of being invited into meetings discussing the overhaul of the organization, they have only been offered seats on an advisory board which is yet to be appointed.

The sponsors' letter was sent...

December 1, 2015 - 11:33am
10 hours 48 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO has promoted Peter Nelson to run its sports department.

Ken Hershman announced in October that he was stepping down as president of HBO Sports. The network said Tuesday that Nelson's title will be executive vice president of HBO Sports.

Nelson joined HBO Sports in 2011 and has been vice president of programming since 2013.

December 1, 2015 - 11:16am
11 hours 8 min ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A former high-ranking South African sports official was shot and killed early Tuesday by armed robbers at his Johannesburg home, the national Olympic committee said.

Banele Sindani, who was a former chief executive of the South African Olympic committee, was 60. He also worked with Athletics South Africa and the Soweto Marathon.

"His passing was sudden and shocking to all of us," South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said...

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