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October 5, 2015 - 4:15pm
1 day 14 hours ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx missed eight free throws, turned the ball over 15 times and were outscored by the Indiana Fever 22-12 on second-chance points to drop Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

Had they gotten production even close to what they're used to getting from stars Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus, they still might have been able to pull off the victory.

Whalen and Augustus combined for 13 points on 4 for 14 shooting in the loss on...

October 5, 2015 - 4:13pm
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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten officials' organization says a third-quarter officiating mistake cost Illinois a down in its 14-13 win Saturday over Nebraska.

Collegiate Officiating Consortium Coordinator of Officials Bill Carollo said Monday that replay officials should have given Illinois another down when they reviewed a situation in which field officials lost track of the down and distance.

Instead the play that Illinois thought was third down...

October 5, 2015 - 4:10pm
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse is expected to have freshman quarterback Eric Dungey and hybrid back Ervin Philips back in the lineup on Saturday at South Florida.

Coach Scott Shafer says both players are "ready to go" in an interview posted Monday on the school's website.

Dungey was injured last month in a jarring helmet-to-helmet hit against Central Michigan. Philips underwent knee surgery for a slight tear and has missed three games....

October 5, 2015 - 4:09pm
1 day 14 hours ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics wanted to make sure they could keep David Forst in the front office after other clubs sought to hire him, so they promoted him to general manager Monday and elevated Billy Beane to executive vice president of baseball operations.

Forst just completed his 16th years with the low-budget franchise and 12th as assistant GM, though Beane insists his right-hand man has been assuming general manager duties behind the scenes for some...

October 5, 2015 - 3:48pm
1 day 14 hours ago

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart is out with a shoulder sprain and Deondre Ford is done for the season with a thumb injury, forcing freshman Ryan Willis to start Saturday's against No. 3 Baylor.

Jayhawks coach David Beaty made the announcements Monday.

The Jayhawks (0-4) also lost top quarterback Michael Cummings to a season-ending knee injury during the spring game. Cozart was injured in last Saturday's loss at Iowa State,...

October 5, 2015 - 3:45pm
1 day 14 hours ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Admitting his San Diego Padres "didn't have the right formula" this season, general manager A.J. Preller says he's looking for a manager who can get the underachieving team to play at a high level.

Preller fired interim manager Pat Murphy on Sunday after the Padres finished 74-88 and fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Padres were a disappointment. Despite the addition of stars such...

October 5, 2015 - 3:21pm
1 day 14 hours ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is back on the practice field following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Bryant was cleared to return after last Thursday's 23-20 loss to Baltimore. The second-year receiver spent three weeks getting counseling in Houston at a facility operated by former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

Bryant says he learned from his mistakes and has a better...

October 5, 2015 - 3:16pm
1 day 14 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ramogi Huma and Kain Colter refuse to allow one decision to derail their mission to unionize college athletics.

On Monday, the two former college football players who now represent the College Athletes Players Association walked into the NCAA's own backyard and stated their case at Indiana's AFL-CIO state convention.

Huma said a decision from the National Labor Relations Board against a football players' union at Northwestern is a...

October 5, 2015 - 3:13pm
1 day 14 hours ago

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback despite his recent struggles.

Mallett threw an interception and didn't lead the Texans to any points before was replaced by Brian Hoyer late in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Hoyer threw two touchdown passes and directed three scoring drives late against a Falcons defense that had pulled most of its starters. Hoyer won the job out of camp,...

October 5, 2015 - 3:07pm
1 day 14 hours ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed goaltender Ken Appleby to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the deal Monday.

The 20-year-old Appleby attended training camp as an amateur tryout, after previously attending the team's development camp in July. He had spent the past three seasons with Oshawa (OHL), where he helped lead the Generals to the 2015 Ontario Hockey...

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