State & National News

March 3, 2015 - 2:01pm
12 min 45 sec ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guard Cameron Payne of Murray State has been named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, and Steve Prohm is the league's coach of the year after leading the Racers to a perfect season and a Top 25 ranking.

The OVC announced their awards and all-league team Tuesday.

Payne averaged 20.2 points and 5.7 assists helping Murray State win its 24th OVC regular season title and first since 2012. With Prohm, the No. 25 Racers...

March 3, 2015 - 1:56pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city building ordinances don't allow the renovation project at Wrigley Field to have construction crews working around the clock.

Emanuel's Tuesday announcement is a blow to a Chicago Cubs team that says it needs to quicken construction to get the iconic ballpark ready for next month's opening day.

The mayor made his statement a day after team officials said they planned to ask for city permission to work 24-...

March 3, 2015 - 1:43pm
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The Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament has a Big East feel to it.

The tournament begins Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, and three of its top five seeds are relative newcomers to the ACC.

Notre Dame (28-2) is the top seed, tournament and regular season defending champion and nation's second-ranked team.

Third-seeded and No. 10 Louisville (24-5) is in its first season in the league while 22nd-ranked...

March 3, 2015 - 1:35pm
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DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have fired coach Brian Shaw after 1½ seasons.

General manager Tim Connelly said in a statement Tuesday: "You won't find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I've ever been around. Unfortunately things didn't go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him."

Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will serve as interim coach....

March 3, 2015 - 1:28pm
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois basketball coach John Groce (GROHS) has his hands full trying to coax his team into the NCAA Tournament over the next couple of weeks. But his priorities could change in the next few days.

Groce's wife, Allison, is expecting the couple's third child any day now. They have two young sons.

Groce said Tuesday that his wife could deliver "any time now." The Illini (18-8, 8-8 Big Ten) are preparing to play Nebraska on...

March 3, 2015 - 1:17pm
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Tick, tock, baseball is on the clock.

Major League Baseball's new pace of play rules have begun with Tuesday's exhibition games in Arizona and Florida.

The subtle changes are designed to speed a game long embraced for its leisurely pace. Hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box between pitches, and pitchers must complete warmup tosses between innings in a specific time.

Digital clocks, though some...

March 3, 2015 - 12:39pm
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Wofford guard Karl Cochran was named the Southern Conference player of the year and the Terriers' Mike Young the league's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Cochran and Young won honors in separate voting from league coaches and media.

Furman guard Devin Sibley was named the league's freshman of the year by coaches and media. The coaches also voted for a defensive player of the year, which went to Chattanooga forward Justin Tuoyo...

March 3, 2015 - 12:36pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A person with knowledge of the agreement says Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne has agreed to a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because an announcement is not anticipated until Hayne signs. He is expected to receive $100,000 guaranteed.

Hayne is giving up his sport to pursue an NFL career. He likely will compete for a job as a running back and...

March 3, 2015 - 12:36pm
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A group of 20 university presidents and college athletics administrators is crafting a proposal to better define when the NCAA should investigate cases of academic cheating by student athletes.

Ohio University President Rod McDavis, the chairman of the NCAA's Committee of Academics, says the group plans to have a proposal ready by the end of June. A final vote could happen by April 2016.

NCAA head of enforcement Jon Duncan said in January academic...

March 3, 2015 - 12:28pm
12 min 44 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is questionable against Boston after missing two games with a strained left shoulder.

Irving participated in the team's shoot-around Tuesday and his status will be updated prior to the game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of last week's home win over Golden State. An MRI confirmed the strain and he did not travel to road games at Indiana and Houston to get treatment.

Irving is...

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