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February 5, 2016 - 5:28pm
8 min 56 sec ago

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hank Hughes is out as Nebraska's defensive line coach.

Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley announced in a statement Friday that Hughes wouldn't return. Riley thanked Hughes for his hard work and contributions. Riley, who's entering his second year at Nebraska, said he would look for "a great coach, teacher and recruiter to enhance our defense."

Before joining Riley at Nebraska, Hughes was co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach...

February 5, 2016 - 5:27pm
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Big 12 presidents and chancellors came to one agreement Friday: While working through the possibility of a football championship game, expansion and a league-wide television network, they are going to defer comments to Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

The meeting of the Big 12's board of directors came about a week after outspoken Oklahoma President David Boren again publicly raised questions about the state of the league.

Boren...

February 5, 2016 - 5:21pm
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Former major champions Corey Pavin and Todd Hamilton shot 6-under 66s in blustery conditions Friday to share the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship.

Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open among his 15 PGA Tour titles. He made four birdies in a five-hole stretch on The Old Course despite 20-mph winds and temperatures in the 50s at the start of the PGA Tour Champions event.

Hamilton, the 2004 British Open champion, reeled off...

February 5, 2016 - 4:46pm
8 min 56 sec ago

DENVER (AP) — A graduate of a Colorado university banned from putting Bible citations on a fundraising plaque in the school's football locker room is dropping a federal lawsuit now that the school has removed the original plaques.

Lawyers for Michael Lucas withdrew the case against the Colorado School of Mines on Friday.

The former Mines football player donated $2,500 and wanted his plaque to read Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9. The school agreed to...

February 5, 2016 - 4:41pm
8 min 56 sec ago

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Ashley Cole freely acknowledges that he once compared Major League Soccer to relaxing on a beach.

The LA Galaxy's new defender intends to show the world he didn't move to Hollywood to sit in the sand.

The Galaxy formally welcomed the English star and Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme on Friday, adding two major talents to the five-time MLS champions' rebuilt roster.

The 35-year-old Cole says his dismissive...

February 5, 2016 - 4:32pm
8 min 56 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela midfielder Juan Anor scored a goal and was involved in another as Malaga beat Getafe 3-0 in the Spanish league Friday.

Anor scored in the ninth minute when he skillfully dribbled past three Getafe players before sending a low shot inside the far post past goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

The 22-year-old Anor later threaded a superb pass to an onside Charles for the Brazilian forward to then cross the ball to unmarked Ghana...

February 5, 2016 - 4:32pm
8 min 56 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Two minor league pitchers have each been suspended 50 games for drug violations.

Arizona right-hander Austin Mason and Chicago White Sox righty Lucas Shearrow were banned Friday by the commissioner's office. They tested positive for a second time for a drug of abuse.

The 22-year-old Mason went 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 26 games for Missoula in the rookie Pioneer League.

The 24-year-old Shearrow as 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA...

February 5, 2016 - 4:25pm
8 min 56 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Danish defender Andreas Christensen scored twice as Borussia Moenchengladbach ended its losing streak with a 5-1 rout of Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Lars Stindl put the home side in front in the 12th minute after being picked out from the right by Thorgan Hazard.

Mahmoud Dahoud set up Christensen's first Bundesliga goal in the 31st minute and the 19-year-old Dane claimed his second in the 50th, with a header from Raffael'...

February 5, 2016 - 4:14pm
8 min 56 sec ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state lawmaker who has sponsored bills targeting synthetic marijuana is calling on the NFL to require players to take drug tests for the substance.

State Sen. Jeff Klein on Friday cited reports of NFL players using synthetic marijuana because existing drug screenings don't test for it.

Klein, who has sponsored state laws prohibiting the substance, says the NCAA has already added synthetic pot to its list of banned...

February 5, 2016 - 4:03pm
8 min 56 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — The German football federation opened legal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, former members, and FIFA in a bid to limit potential damages arising from the 2006 World Cup corruption affair.

The DFB told The Associated Press in a statement on Friday that it has "taken the necessary measures to prevent a possible limitation of claims" that it can make against former head of the German World Cup organizing committee Beckenbauer and his then vice-president...

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