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  • Sports deaths in 2014

    Notable sports deaths in 2014: ___ Administrators: Peter Dalis, 76; Dave Strack, 90; John Toner, 91. ___ Auto Racing: Raymond Beadle, 70; Gary Bettenhausen, 72; John Bishop, 87; Jack Brabham, 88; Andrea de Cesaris, 55;…

  • Sports deaths: elegant Tony Gwynn, Jean Beliveau

    For one, the tool of choice was a bat. For the other, a stick. Tony Gwynn and Jean Beliveau died in 2014, unparalleled craftsmen who made the supremely difficult look almost easy. They played with…

  • UCF fails in bid for 10-win season with bowl loss

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida’s rally fell well short in a bid for a 10-win season. Jacoby Brissett threw for 262 yards and one touchdown and Matt Dayes scored on runs of 24…

  • NC State wins Bitcoin Bowl to cap turnaround year

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A turnaround season got a little sweeter for North Carolina State in the Bitcoin Bowl. The Wolfpack took another step forward under second-year coach Dave Doeren on Friday night with…

  • Bowl Capsules

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — North Carolina State took another step forward in its turnaround under coach Dave Doeren with a strong performance in the Bitcoin Bowl. Jacoby Brissett threw for 262 yards and one…

  • Vikings stadium builders work on career highlight

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have been in transition all year. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is learning on the job. Coach Mike Zimmer is shaping his new team’s mindset. Dave Mansell is making sure…

  • 2014-15 Conference Bowl Records

    Through Dec. 26 Conference W L Pct. Pac-12 1 0 1.000 Conference USA 4 1 .800 Independents 1 1 .500 American Athletic 1 1 .500 Atlantic Coast 1 1 .500 Big Ten 1 1 .500…

  • Friday’s College Basketball

    EAST No scores reported from the EAST. SOUTH No scores reported from the SOUTH. MIDWEST No scores reported from the MIDWEST. SOUTHWEST No scores reported from the SOUTHWEST. FAR WEST No scores reported from the…

  • Rutgers beats North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl

    DETROIT (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora knew that his team was going to have to play a very good game to beat Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl. That didn’t happen, and the…

  • Rutgers beats North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl

    DETROIT (AP) — Josh Hicks and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights capped their first season in the Big Ten with a dominating effort in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl. The freshman running back rushed for 202…

  • Illini learn about Tech’s turnover penchant the hard way

    DALLAS (AP) — Illinois learned all about Louisiana Tech’s knack for getting turnovers this season. Even the Bulldogs’ offense got involved. Trailing by three with less than 9 minutes to play in the Heart of…

  • Southern California Nebraska meet in Holiday Bowl

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says he has always been a fan of the Holiday Bowl. He remembers watching Barry Sanders running wild against Wyoming in 1988 and then BYU’s Ty…

  • La. Tech beats Illinois 35-18 in Heart of Dallas Bowl

    DALLAS (AP) — Louisiana Tech’s Houston Bates had a career day against his former team — his 4 1/2 sacks in the Heart of Dallas Bowl matched the number he had in three seasons at…

  • Narduzzi officially takes over at Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi stood just outside the doorway, hands stuffed inside his pants pockets, and glanced at nine national championship trophies highlighting the proud history of a program churning in mediocrity. The youngest…

  • Vols seek to build on momentum with winning season

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The fact that Tennessee is still practicing at this time of year reflects the strides the Volunteers have made under coach Butch Jones. Their next step is to end a string…