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Basketball makes up the local Thursday schedule. On the high school level, Bakersfield's girls travel to Gainesville, the Lutie girls host Forsyth, Dora's girls entertain Mountain View-Liberty, St. Joe makes the trip to Western Grove, and Valley ...Read More
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says junior college defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter has signed national letter of intent and will join the Razorbacks in January. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Ledbetter is originally from ...Read More
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Arkansas State's Sean Gardner scored a game-high 22 points and Cameron Golden added 15 to lead the Red Wolves defeated Mississippi State 69-55 Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum. It was the second road win for Arkansas ...Read More
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Deshawn Delaney equaled his career in points with 22 and Hugh Greenwood added 14 to help New Mexico overcome an early deficit Wednesday night in a 76-55 win over Central Arkansas. Greenwood went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, ...Read More
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ James Woodard scored 26 points _ with a career-high six 3-pointers _ and Shaquille Harrison knocked down 23 points with seven assists as Tulsa defeated Missouri State 74-70 Wednesday night. Woodard snapped a 58-58 tie with ...Read More
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ New Missouri State coach Dave Steckel has hired four assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Mario Verduzco and defensive coordinator Marcus Yokeley. Steckel was hired Sunday to his first head coaching job ...Read More
High school bowling is the only sport on the local Wednesday schedule as Mountain Home hosts Izard County. Action begins at 3:30 at Driftwood Lanes. WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI ...Read More
Flippin was able to win both senior high games at Melbourne on Tuesday. In the boys' game, the Bobcats defeated the Bearkatz 44-26. Dean Smyser led Flippin with 11 points. The Bobcats improve to 15-5 on the season, and they remain undefeated in ...Read More
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $17 million, two-year deal with veteran slugger Kendrys Morales. Morales gives the Royals a new designated hitter after Billy Butler agreed to a free agent deal with Oakland. ...Read More
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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars 21 (3-12) – Tennessee Titans 13 (2-13)NBA: Chicago Bulls 103 (16-9) – New York Knicks 97 (5-23)New Orleans Pelicans 99 (13-12) – Houston Rockets 90 (19-6)Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Duke 66 (10-0) – Connecticut 56 (4-4)(6) Virginia 70 (10-0) – Cleveland State 54 (5-6)NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 4 (9-19-3; 21pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (19-10-3; 41pts)Florida Panthers 2 (14-8-8; 36pts) &nda
12/18/2014 10:24:00pm
Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals agreed to a two-year contract with free agent right-handed pitcher Kris Medlen, the club announced on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 29-year-old Medlen missed the entire 2014 campaign, recovering from Tommy John surgery, after suffering an elbow injury during spring training.  He also missed most of the 2011 season recovering from the same procedure.Medlen was originally selected by the Braves out of Santa
12/18/2014 09:00:00pm
iStockphoto(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Athletics acquired left-handed reliever Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday for cash considerations.In 25 games last season with the D-Backs, De La Rosa went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. He also struck 32 batters in 36 2/3 innings of work.De La Rosa opened the 2014 season at Triple-A Reno, where in 36 relief appearances  he had a 2.52 ERA while holding opponents to a .224 batting average.To make room for De La Rosa on the 40-man ros
12/18/2014 06:30:00pm
Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons can keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they take on the NFC South leading New Orleans Saints.The Falcons are 2-4 on the road this year, and they sit one game behind the Saints in the division.Quarterback Matt Ryan has faith that his team will be up for the game."Everybody understands the situation," Ryan said on Wednesday."Everybody understands what time of the year it is, where we're at," he continued. "I think [head coach Mike
12/18/2014 02:41:00pm
Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens enter Sunday's game against the Texans holding onto the final spot in the AFC playoffs.With the Chiefs and Chargers right behind them, Baltimore understands the importance of getting a win against Houston.Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he expects it to be a tough game on the body. "Every time we play Houston, it's always extremely physical," he said Wednesday.  "They're always committed to running the football; they have one of the best b
12/18/2014 11:40:00am
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers find themselves still in the thick of things in the AFC as they head into their game on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.San Diego sits in the eighth spot with the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers ahead of them.  Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is expecting the 49ers to be in spoiler mode, having been eliminated last weekend."Not only can they embrace that role if they so choose. I also know that there's a lot of prideful
12/18/2014 08:37:00am
David Stluka/Getty Images(MADISON, Wi.) -- The Wisconsin Badgers have found their replacement for the surprising departure of Gary Andersen.The Badgers football team announced Wednesday that Paul Chryst will take over as head coach, who leaves the University of Pittsburgh to return to the University of Wisconsin. Chryst was formerly the offensive coordinator of the Badgers from 2005 to 2011. Chryst is also a Wisconsin native who graduated from the University in 1988."To be able to do this a
12/18/2014 02:32:00am
Major League Baseball(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The American League pennant winners are adding to their rotation.Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will join the Kansas City Royals rotation on a two-year, $20 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of The right-handed pitcher spent 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a bounce back season as he posted a 3.04 ERA, 140 strikeouts and a 3.3 BB/ 9 over 192.2 innings pitched.Volquez, 31, had struggled after Tommy John Surgery in 2009.
12/18/2014 02:00:00am
Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers in a three-team trade.In a deal with the Nationals and Rays, the Padres also obtain young pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes, as well as veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from Tampa Bay.In return, the Rays receive Burch Smith, a right-hander who was drafted by the Padres in 2011, first baseman Rene Rivera, catcher Jake Bauers, a 2013 draft pick of the Padres and outfielder Steven So
12/18/2014 01:00:00am
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill) -- The Bears will bench Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen as Chicago prepares to face Detroit Sunday.According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Chicago is making the switch after Cutler leads the NFL with 24 turnovers and has shown a clear regression in head coach Marc Trestmann's offense."Our whole football team isn't where it needs to be," Trestmann said, during Wednesday's press conference when talking about the offense."Quarterback's always going to be t
12/18/2014 12:00:00am
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 111 (13-14) – Charlotte Hornets 106 (6-19)Atlanta Hawks 127 (18-7) – Cleveland Cavaliers 98 (14-10)Boston Celtics 109 (9-14) – Orlando Magic 92 (10-18)Dallas Mavericks 117 (19-8) – Detroit Pistons 106 (5-21)Utah Jazz 105 (7-19) – Miami Heat 87 (12-14)Toronto Raptors 105 (20-6) – Brooklyn Nets 89 (10-14)Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (12) Ohio State 97 (9-1) – North Carolina A&T 55 (1-11
12/17/2014 10:05:00pm
Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres signed free agent right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.In 13 appearances last season for the Blue Jays, Morrow went 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA.Morrow was originally selected out of University of California, Berkeley by the Mariners with the fifth overall pick of the 2006 MLB draft. In 231 career games with Seattle and Toronto, the eight-
12/17/2014 09:30:00pm
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for minor league pitcher Matt Brazis.In 81 games last season with the Cubs, Ruggiano batted .281 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. He also scored 29 runs and had an OBP of .337.Ruggiano’s best season came in 2012 for the Miami Marlins, when he hit .313 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs. The six-year veteran also swiped 15 bases and had an OBP of .374.Brazis was select
12/17/2014 07:30:00pm
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers cut defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Wednesday after new allegations of sexual assault against him were announced.In October prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him with domestic violence against his pregnant fiancee.  Now police are investigating the new sexual assault charge.McDonald had played all season long despite calls for him to be benched due to the investigation.San Francisco
12/17/2014 05:46:00pm
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will square off on Thursday night in a game that could decide their draft position.Both teams enter the game at 2-12 and want to take home the win during the national spotlight.The Titans will go with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback after Zach Mettenberger went out with a shoulder injury."I feel good about Charlie and what he's done. ...He started against Jacksonville the last time and played a pretty g
12/17/2014 02:30:00pm
Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Suspended Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was cleared to use Adderall next season, manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday."It's a good thing," Showalter said in reference to Davis gaining therapeutic use exemption for Adderall. "Yeah, he told me he was approved for it."Davis was suspended 25 games in September for the use of Adderall in September after failing a drug test for the second time. Davis missed the final 17 games
12/17/2014 11:05:00am
Kelly Kline/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday.Parker, 19, underwent an MRI that showed a complete tear in his left knee.  The injury occurred in the third quarter of Monday's 96-94 win over Phoenix.Parker was averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games, and was a rookie of the year contender.He spent one season with the Blue Devils befo
12/17/2014 08:05:00am
Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Former Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is taking the same job at Youngstown State.Youngstown State University president James P. Tressel and executive director of intercollegiate athletics Ron Strollo made the announcement Tuesday.Pelini, who was fired from Nebraska after serving as their head coach for seven years, went to high school in Youngstown, Ohio."It is with great passion and enthusiasm that I become the head football coach at Youngstown
12/17/2014 06:00:00am
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out until at least February with an upper-body injury, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday.Maurice did not explain when the injury occurred, but said no surgical procedure will be required."He's had a kind of pre-existing condition that most players deal with and what you're hopeful for is that it heals and gets better and progresses and he had the opposite experience," Maurice said. "Th
12/17/2014 04:47:00am
Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians signed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract Tuesday.The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the deal is worth $4 million and could earn Floyd another $6 million in incentives.The 31-year-old Floyd made only five starts in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He made nine starts for Atlanta the following season before suffering a fracture in the same elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season."His
12/17/2014 02:38:00am

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