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February 12, 2016 - 3:02pm
41 min 25 sec ago

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones and four-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward are among eight who will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this month.

Jones retired in 2012 after spending his entire career with the Braves. He recently returned to the team as a special assistant.

Ward played wide receiver, running back and quarterback at the University of Georgia before 14 seasons with the Steelers. He was MVP of Super...

February 12, 2016 - 2:53pm
41 min 25 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have re-signed defensive tackle Letroy Guion, a move that could impact the return of fellow lineman B.J. Raji.

General manager Ted Thompson announced the signing on Friday.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that Guion agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.25 million. The person requested anonymity because the team does not release contract terms.

ESPN.com first...

February 12, 2016 - 2:51pm
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is facing a broad federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Office for Civil Rights is looking into gender bias allegations in 13 areas, including how the department counts participation levels, awards scholarships, and schedules practices and games. Investigators will visit...

February 12, 2016 - 2:47pm
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Greg Warren is sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The club announced Friday it has signed the veteran long snapper to a one-year contract that will bring Warren back for a 12th season in 2016.

Warren is one of four Steelers remaining from the team that won the franchise's fifth Super Bowl title after the 2005 season. Warren hasn't missed a game in six straight years and served as the long snapper this season for kicker Chris...

February 12, 2016 - 2:36pm
41 min 25 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the start location of this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Organizers have decided that a lack of snow in the Anchorage area won't force a route change for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The decision was made Friday by the race board of directors.

The start of the race will be staged as usual in Willow, about 50...

February 12, 2016 - 2:30pm
41 min 25 sec ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, says he feels perfectly healthy but isn't sure when he'll make his first regular-season start.

"Can't really say," Tanaka said through a translator Friday after his first workout at the Yankees' minor league complex. "We'll take it day by day. I feel that I can't really talk about that at this point. I just want to...

February 12, 2016 - 2:16pm
41 min 25 sec ago

IGLS, Austria (AP) — German bobsledder Anja Schneiderheinze and pushing partner Annika Drazek built a commanding lead in the first two heats of the women's competition at the world championships on Friday.

After setting a track record in the opening heat, Schneiderheinze and Drazek finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 46.07 seconds to lead Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz of Canada by 0.31.

Defending champion Elana Meyers...

February 12, 2016 - 2:11pm
41 min 25 sec ago

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn point guard Kareem Canty has left the team and is turning pro.

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said Friday that Canty has left school for "personal reasons." He says the frustrations of a struggling team contributed to Canty's frustrations.

Pearl had suspended his leading scorer indefinitely last week before the Georgia game for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Canty sat out last season after transferring...

February 12, 2016 - 1:53pm
41 min 25 sec ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed first-year cornerback Josh Johnson to a free-agent contract, making him part of the team's 90-man offseason roster.

The 5-foot-10 Johnson most recently played for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. Over the past two seasons, Johnson totaled 100 tackles and three interceptions in 34 games. After going undrafted in 2013, Johnson signed with the San Diego Chargers before being released...

February 12, 2016 - 1:36pm
41 min 25 sec ago

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — When Oslo pulled out of the bidding for the 2022 Winter Games, it seemed that the relationship between the Norwegian public and the International Olympic Committee had suffered lasting damage.

The Norwegian capital had been one of the favorites in the 2022 race but dropped out over concerns about the cost of the games. In addition, stinging criticism was leveled toward the IOC after the nation's largest daily newspaper, VG, published a list...

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