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December 1, 2015 - 1:40pm
12 min 40 sec ago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois now says that if its football team is invited to a bowl it would go.

The Illini are among the 5-7 teams that could fill out available bowl slots but spokesman Kent Brown had said Monday the team wasn't sure it would accept a bowl invitation.

There are 40 bowls but so far only 75 teams have the six wins usually needed for bowl eligibility. Kansas State, Georgia State and South Alabama could get there with wins Saturday...

December 1, 2015 - 1:15pm
12 min 39 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitcher Joe Wieland and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $590,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

The 25-year-old right-hander spent most of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA in 22 appearances. He made two starts for the Dodgers, allowing eight runs and 10 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

In 11 career big league games, Wieland is 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA.

He was selected by...

December 1, 2015 - 1:09pm
12 min 38 sec ago

ROME (AP) — While Hamburg's bid for the 2020 Olympics was rejected by German voters, leaders of Rome's bid are sticking to their plans of avoiding a referendum.

"The citizens in Rome are very particular," bid ambassador Fiona May said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "Italians are very passionate. I don't think you need to do a referendum. You feel it."

Rome's bid is centered around the Foro Italico complex that hosted the 1960...

December 1, 2015 - 1:03pm
12 min 38 sec ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has changed his plea to guilty in charges stemming from three separate incidents.

Taylor appeared in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors confirmed they had reduced charges to second degree battery in an incident where Taylor is accused of shooting and wounding his cousin last year.

Prosecutors removed a child enhancement for seven charges stemming from an incident...

December 1, 2015 - 12:53pm
12 min 38 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — So, Luke Walton can be recognized for what he's done in guiding the Golden State Warriors to a historic start even though his record as an interim coach is technically 0-0.

The NBA issued a statement Tuesday clarifying rules regarding coaching records. The league said the head coach of record, in this case Steve Kerr, is credited with team wins and losses. That means Kerr is 19-0 even though he's been sidelined since training camp because of...

December 1, 2015 - 12:52pm
12 min 38 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has moved referee Pete Morelli's crew off the upcoming Sunday night game between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Instead, Morelli's crew will work an afternoon game between the Eagles and Patriots, the person said on condition of anonymity because the NFL does not publicly announce such changes.

Morelli's group was heavily criticized by both sides after the 49ers at...

December 1, 2015 - 12:45pm
12 min 38 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Outfielder Justin Maxwell has agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

The 32-year-old hit .209 with seven homers and 26 RBIs this year in 249 at-bats with San Francisco. He has a .220 average, 41 homers and 133 RBIs in seven major league seasons that have included stints with Washington, Houston and Kansas City.

The agreement was announced Tuesday.

December 1, 2015 - 12:40pm
12 min 38 sec ago

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney says there pizza party he promised will be held at Clemson on Sunday — whether the Tigers win or lose the Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday night.

The Tigers coach said Tuesday his top-ranked team "deserves a celebration" for what they've already accomplished. Clemson is 12-0 for the first time in 34 years. Should the Tigers defeat No. 8 North Carolina (11-1) in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Tigers are headed to the College...

December 1, 2015 - 12:36pm
12 min 38 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger says he had a migraine. Mike Tomlin says the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has a concussion.

Either way, Roethlisberger will remain under the concussion protocol this week as the Steelers prepare to face Indianapolis.

Roethlisberger left Sunday's loss to Seattle in the fourth quarter after self-reporting a potential concussion. Roethlisberger said on his radio show Tuesday he had a "traumatic ocular migraine"...

December 1, 2015 - 12:24pm
12 min 38 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James says Kobe Bryant inspired him to greatness and he was "kind of sad" when he learned the Lakers star is retiring.

James spent much of his interview session Tuesday praising Bryant, who announced on Sunday that his 20th NBA season will be his last. James, who had posters of Bryant on his wall as a kid, said he was always motivated by his former Olympic teammate.

James said he even wore an afro when he was in high school so...

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