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March 4, 2015 - 2:25pm
1 min 6 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
1 min 6 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
1 min 5 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...

March 4, 2015 - 1:56pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A girls' high school basketball team barred for wearing unofficial jerseys will play in the Los Angeles city championship after all — but without its coach.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1ENxerh ) that Narbonne High's coach, Victoria Sanders, has been suspended for the remainder of the season. Sanders says she accepts the punishment.

Officials disqualified Narbonne from the City Section competition after the...

March 4, 2015 - 1:41pm
1 min 5 sec ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Rob Tufano says Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not a person of interest following a weekend shooting at a Charlotte nightclub.

According to the police report, two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night after gunshots were fired at Label nightclub.

WSOC-TV in Charlotte published photos and video Tuesday night that showed Newton on stage with Young Jeezy...

March 4, 2015 - 1:34pm
1 min 5 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The Manor Formula One team will be on the grid for the opening race in Australia on March 15 after securing enough backing for the season ahead.

The team missed the last three races of last season after going into administration, but Manor — which has raced under the Marussia and Virgin names since entering F1 — has secured new investment from energy entrepreneur Stephen Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, the team's main investor, founded...

March 4, 2015 - 1:09pm
1 min 5 sec ago

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have selected right-hander Alex Cobb as their opening day starting pitcher.

Manager Kevin Cash made the announcement Wednesday. Cobb was 10-9 with 2.87 ERA in 27 starts last season and ascended to the top of Tampa Bay's rotation when David Price was traded last summer.

Price was the opening day starter three of the past four years.

Cobb will take the ball at home against Baltimore on...

March 4, 2015 - 12:58pm
1 min 5 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first big gymnastics event for 2016 is heading to New Jersey.

The 2016 American Cup will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 5, 2016. The invitational is considered the kickoff of the run up to the Olympic Games.

Gabby Douglas posted the highest score in the 2012 American Cup and later went on to win the all-around title at the 2012 London Games. This is the first time since 2000 that the American Cup will not...

March 4, 2015 - 12:53pm
1 min 5 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed with the Buffalo Bills to trade quarterback Matt Cassel next week for an undisclosed draft pick.

The Vikings announced the deal on Wednesday, six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. The trade can't be completed until then, but the announcement wouldn't have been made if there were potential roadblocks for the deal.

The trade also wouldn't have been...

March 4, 2015 - 12:35pm
1 min 5 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Johnson, who won the American League batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died. He was 72.

Alex Johnson Jr. said Wednesday that his father died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer.

The elder Johnson, a Detroit native, played for eight teams in his 13-year career. He won the American League batting crown with a .329 average in 1970 as a member of the Angels.

Johnson had 78 home...

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