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  • 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 Jan. 1. Helfrich acknowledged the senior, a first-team All-America selection, won’t play after he was injured during a noncontact drill Tuesday. “Very…

  • Michigan State’s Dawson has fractured wrist

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Branden Dawson has a non-displaced fracture on his left wrist and will miss the team’s next two games. The school released details on Dawson’s injury Thursday, one day after he was hurt in No. 25 Michigan State’s 66-46 win over Eastern Michigan. The Spartans face Texas Southern…

  • Thursday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Kris Medlen on a two-year contract. Designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Acquired LHP Eury De La Rosa from Arizona for cash considerations. Designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment. Released RHP Jorge De Leon. SEATTLE MARINERS — Signed RHP Justin…

  • Women’s Top 25 College Basketball Schedule

    All Times EST Friday’s Games No. 2 UConn vs. No. 25 DePaul at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn., 7:30 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina vs. Maine at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center, 7 p.m. No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 19 Syracuse at Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center, Winter Park, Fla., 7 p.m. No. 13…

  • Women’s College Basketball Schedule

    All Times EST Friday, Dec. 19 EAST Yale at Bucknell, 4:30 p.m. Portland St. at Princeton, 5:30 p.m. Siena at Binghamton, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Manhattan, 7 p.m. NJIT at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. Lafayette at Stony Brook, 7 p.m. DePaul vs. UConn at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn., 7:30 p.m. SOUTH ETSU at UNC…

  • Top 25 College Basketball Schedule

    All Times EST Friday’s Games No. 3 Arizona at UTEP, 11 p.m. No. 18 Miami vs. Eastern Kentucky, 7 p.m. No. 20 St. John’s vs. Saint Mary’s (Cal), 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games No. 1 Kentucky vs. UCLA at the United Center, 3:30 p.m. No. 4 Louisville at Western Kentucky, Noon No. 7 Villanova vs. Syracuse…

  • College Basketball Schedule

    All Times EST Friday, Dec. 19 EAST Case Reserve at Bucknell, 7 p.m. Niagara at Buffalo, 7 p.m. N. Illinois at Dartmouth, 7 p.m. Saint Mary’s (Cal) at St. John’s, 7 p.m. Lipscomb at Princeton, 8 p.m. SOUTH Jackson St. at Tulane, 2 p.m. Siena at Radford, 6 p.m. Stillman at Alabama, 7 p.m. North…

  • College Football FBS Bowl Glance

    All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN) New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque UTEP (7-5) vs. Utah State (9-4), 2:20 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Colorado State (10-2) vs. Utah (8-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force…

  • Australia’s Richardson leads Dubai Open

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australia’s Kalem Richardson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Asian Tour’s season-ending Dubai Open. Richardson had an eagle, five birdies and a bogey at The Els Club Dubai. Englishmen Craig Hinton and Christopher Cannon were a stroke back along with Thailand’s Pavit…

  • Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

    BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against Fenway Sports Group and Otis Elevator Co.…

  • Dubai Open Leading Scores

    Thursday At The Els Club Dubai, United Arab Emirates Purse: $500,000 Yardage: 7,538; Par: 72 First Round Kalem Richardson 66 Christopher Cannon 67 Pavit Tangkamolprasert 67 Lam Chih Bing 67 Craig Hinton 67 Scott Barr 68 Mardan Mamat 68 Nathan Holman 68 Pariya Junhasavasdikul 68 Panuphol Pittayarat 69 Hamza Amin 69 Bryce Easton 69 Javi…

  • 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…

  • Wisconsin RB Gordon wrapping up college career

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melvin Gordon is happy the whirlwind is over. The junior running back for Wisconsin relished the chance to put a chaotic week behind him with work on the practice field as the Badgers prepare for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Auburn. Gordon spent time in Florida at the College Football…

  • Jones leads Ohio State vs. Alabama as 3rd stringer

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cardale Jones realizes many people weren’t even aware he was still playing football. It had been five years between big games — a state championship game as a junior in high school to the Big Ten title game Dec. 6 — and the only time people heard of him was because…

  • 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…