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  • NCAA executive backs athlete image compensation

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oliver Luck is ready to embark on another rebuilding project. He hopes to rebuild trust and confidence in the NCAA. He’s pushing for clearer rules, a more efficient enforcement system and punishments that are easy to understand. And he wants to protect the “fundamental” right of college athletes to get paid for…

  • Minnesota freshman Diedhiou admitted to university

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota freshman forward Gaston Diedhiou (Gas-TOHN’ JAY’-joo) has been admitted to the university and added to the roster. The Gophers made the announcement Thursday that the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Diedhiou has joined the team and will be immediately eligible to play. The native of Dakar, Senegal, was denied admission for the fall semester…

  • 17-year-old golf star Brooke Henderson turns pro

    TORONTO (AP) — Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old Canadian who topped the world amateur golf ranking, turned professional Thursday and signed with International Management Group and Ping equipment. Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ontario, made the announced Thursday with help from the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and defenseman Mark Borowiecki. She has signed with PING and will be…

  • 39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

    Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here’s why: Saturday, Dec. 20 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (minus 1) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Why watch? Someone thought it would be fun to…

  • BC extends coach Addazio’s contract through 2020

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston College has extended football coach Steve Addazio’s contract by two years through 2020 after he led them to 14 wins in his first two seasons. The Eagles (7-5) will face Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27. Addazio replaced Frank Spaziani after the Eagles went 2-10 in 2012 and…

  • Helfrich: Ekpre-Olomu won’t play against FSU

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game next month. Helfrich acknowledged the senior All-America’s college career is over after he was injured during a noncontact drill on Tuesday. The…

  • After concussion, WVU QB Trickett cleared for bowl practice

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said quarterback Clint Trickett has been cleared to play in the Liberty Bowl after being sidelined with a concussion. But Holgorsen said sophomore Skyler Howard’s impressive play will put the quarterback rotation up for grabs as the Mountaineers (7-5) prepare to meet Texas A&M (7-5) on…

  • Williams: time to get tougher on No. 24 Tar Heels

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams says it’s time to get tougher on his team. The No. 24 Tar Heels (7-3) just haven’t looked like one of the favorites in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship so far, leaving their Hall of Fame coach displeased with everything from turnovers to a lack…

  • Glantz-Culver Line

    FAVORITE OPEN TODAY O/U UNDERDOG Nevada 1 1 (61) La.-Lafayette New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Utah St. 11 10 (46

  • No-confidence for UAB head over football scuttling

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have drafted a no-confidence resolution against the president following his decision to kill the school’s football program despite it finishing with its best record in years. The document, released Thursday by the university, accuses UAB President Ray Watts of failing to share…

  • CSU-Pueblo, Minnesota State-Mankato meet for title

    There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007. He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Moments in world sports in 2014

    LONDON (AP) — With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014. The World Cup was in Brazil, but the five-time champions couldn’t make it past the semifinals, losing big to eventual champion Germany 7-1. For the country itself, the World Cup was a success. Hosted…

  • ECU’s Carden, Hardy ready for 1 final test from Florida

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Shane Carden has spent the past five years flinging footballs to Justin Hardy at East Carolina. Now one final test looms in the last college game for one of the nation’s most productive pitch-and-catch combos. The Pirates (8-4) face Florida (6-5) in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3. Hardy set the…

  • Bernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO

    LONDON (AP) — Bernie Ecclestone’s control of Formula One was fully restored on Thursday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series. The 84-year-old Ecclestone stepped down as a board member of F1’s holding company this year while standing trial for bribery in Germany. The case was closed in August when…

  • Harlon Hill finalist Vander Laan leads AP Little All-America

    Harlon Hill Trophy finalists Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State and Anthony Bilal of Lake Erie highlight The Associated Press Little All-America team, honoring the top players in Divisions II and III and NAIA. Vander Laan is responsible for 50 touchdowns (30 TD passes and 20 touchdowns rushing) and led Ferris State to the Great…