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March 4, 2015 - 3:33pm
2 min 43 sec ago

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tommy Armstrong Jr. remains Nebraska's No. 1 quarterback heading into coach Mike Riley's first spring practice with the Cornhuskers.

Besides that, the offense is going to look much different as Riley begins installing a pro-style system when practice begins Saturday.

Armstrong said Wednesday he won't get nearly the number of rushing attempts in the new offense. Armstrong ran 145 times in 2014, mostly on designed runs and zone-...

March 4, 2015 - 3:25pm
2 min 43 sec ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst jokes that if he can get a college degree, it's not too much to ask of his players.

Chryst made the quip Wednesday before hundreds of Wisconsin's business leaders at a meeting of the state chamber of commerce.

Chryst says he emphasizes to his players that it's important to get a degree. He says, "I got a degree from Wisconsin. It's not like you have to be a rocket scientist."...

March 4, 2015 - 3:21pm
2 min 43 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen says he will not play this season, though will consider returning to the NBA next season.

The two-time champion and all-time leading 3-point shooter made the announcement Wednesday through his agent, Jim Tanner.

Allen most recently played for the Miami Heat, helping the team win a championship in 2013 and reach the NBA Finals last season. He has kept a home in South Florida since.

The 39-yeaer-old Allen has...

March 4, 2015 - 3:21pm
2 min 43 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is strongly defending the city's 2024 Olympic bid, saying that win or lose the pursuit of the games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would not leave taxpayers to shoulder a massive bill.

Walsh acknowledges that debate over the bid has generated "more heat than light" and that many people believe it will distract from more pressing needs.

But he disputes critics' assertion that the Olympics could...

March 4, 2015 - 3:18pm
2 min 43 sec ago

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo.

Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014.

The signing of Beasley came two days after Dallas put the...

March 4, 2015 - 3:07pm
2 min 43 sec ago

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Adam Scott is playing for the first time this year at Doral, and everything feels new.

He has hired a new caddie. He is playing his first tournament as a father. And the biggest change is that he plans to use a short putter when the Cadillac Championship begins on Thursday.

Scott had enough time off during the final months of his wife's pregnancy that he tinkered with a conventional putter. He had been using a long putter the last...

March 4, 2015 - 2:59pm
2 min 43 sec ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The cheerleaders and dance teams for Albany State and Tuskegee were sent home from the SIAC tournament after fighting.

An SIAC statement Wednesday said the fight happened at halftime of the schools' first-round men's basketball game Tuesday at Bill Harris Arena.

The statement from league Commissioner Gregory Moore says that "the obligation to observe basic principles of sportsmanship and fair play extends to all participants...

March 4, 2015 - 2:25pm
2 min 43 sec ago

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Shaquille Johnson had 25 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to help No. 9 seed Longwood slip past eighth-seeded Presbyterian 65-61 in the opening game of the Big South tournament on Wednesday.

Leron Fisher added 16 points and Quincy Taylor 13 for Longwood (10-22), which will face top-seeded Charleston Southern on Friday in the quarterfinals. Fisher and Taylor hit four 3-pointers, and had four assists, apiece.

Fisher and Taylor...

March 4, 2015 - 2:20pm
2 min 43 sec ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A report released Wednesday on college sports has issued its lowest grade for racial and gender hiring practices in its nearly two-decade history.

The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport says NCAA member schools are hiring fewer women and minorities for sports jobs, while the scores for hiring women in particular have dipped significantly in two years.

The combined overall grade for college sports in...

March 4, 2015 - 2:15pm
2 min 43 sec ago

PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU quarterback McCoy Hill suffered a foot sprain on the first day of spring practice, leaving the team extremely short-handed.

He was taking the first-team snaps Monday as starter Taysom Hill eases back from a broken leg suffered in 2014.

The coaching staff brought back Christian Stewart on Wednesday to help run practices despite being ineligible to play in games. Stewart started in place of Taysom Hill as a senior last season but...

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