State & National News

April 15, 2014 - 5:49pm
20 hours 54 min ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A panel of college administrators agree the NCAA business model has to change to survive.

Three administrators participated in a discussion Tuesday on integrity and the commercialization of college athletics — Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart and former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe.

Many athletic departments are flush with cash thanks to multi-million dollar TV deals...

April 15, 2014 - 5:42pm
20 hours 54 min ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Murray's vision of rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres should involve less anguish and more talent. And the rookie general manager doesn't expect it will take a long time to accomplish.

Murray delivered his message Tuesday, two days after the Sabres closed one of the worst and most tumultuous seasons in their 44-year history.

Murray was direct in calling the Sabres' last-place finish "unacceptable," and laid the blame on everyone,...

April 15, 2014 - 5:40pm
20 hours 14 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tuesday's night game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles was postponed by rain.

A steady downpour and low temperatures were predicted for much of the night.

No makeup date was immediately announced, although it was determined that the game will not be part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Baltimore won the opener of what was to be a three-game set 7-1 Monday, and the series will conclude Wednesday afternoon....

April 15, 2014 - 5:26pm
20 hours 54 min ago

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Starting guard Royce Woolridge and reserve center James Hunter have left the Washington State basketball program, while recruit Jermaine Morgan has been released from his letter of intent.

New coach Ernie Kent said Tuesday that Woolridge wants to play his final season of college basketball closer to his family in Arizona. Woolridge averaged 7.3 points per game as a junior last season.

Kent says Woolridge is on schedule to...

April 15, 2014 - 5:25pm
20 hours 54 min ago

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Mollie Marcoux has been hired as Princeton's athletic director, leaving her job as a sports management executive and returning to the school where she starred in two sports.

She succeeds Gary Walters, who said last fall he would be retiring after 20 years. Marcoux is Princeton's first female athletic director since the position was first held in 1941.

For the past 19 years, Marcoux worked at Chelsea Piers Management, which owns...

April 15, 2014 - 5:21pm
20 hours 54 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has had season-ending left shoulder surgery.

The White Sox said doctors at Rush Oak Park Hospital on Tuesday repaired a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in Garcia's left shoulder.

The 22-year-old Garcia was injured when he attempted a diving catch on April 9 at Colorado. Garcia is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next season, without any restrictions.

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April 15, 2014 - 5:18pm
15 hours 44 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.

Retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday alleging that the league has promoted fighting and downplayed the risk of head injuries that come...

April 15, 2014 - 5:09pm
20 hours 54 min ago

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.

The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.

He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 forward scored a career-high 26 points in an NCAA tournament win over Harvard and had 24 points in his next game, helping the fourth-seeded Spartans beat top-seeded Virginia in the round of 16.

After scoring in double digits for six straight games,...

April 15, 2014 - 5:06pm
20 hours 54 min ago

Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are leaving Arizona for the NBA.

One of the top freshmen during the 2013-14 season, Gordon was widely expected to leave after one season in Tucson. Johnson built up his draft stock with a superb junior season, earning numerous All-America honors and the Pac-12 player of year award.

Johnson led Arizona with 16.3 points per game last season while proving to be one of the nation's best perimeter defenders....

April 15, 2014 - 5:00pm
21 hours 14 min ago

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois has hired Billy Wright as its basketball coach.

The school said he will be introduced at a campus news conference Tuesday.

Wright joins a team that went 10-20 this season. He succeeds Jim Molinari, who resigned last week. Wright was an assistant under Molinari before working as an assistant at Ball State last season.

Molinari took Western Illinois to its only two postseason appearances as a...

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