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Raiders' Carr Signs Richest Contract in NFL History

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finalized a five-year contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the team through the 2022 season. Carr tweeted that an agreement had been reached to add five years to his current…

Pacelli Names Brent Benefield Head Baseball Coach

Pacelli has announced the hiring of 33 year old Brent Benefield as head baseball coach. “We are excited to welcome Coach Benefield to the Viking family,” says St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School Athletic Director…

Lions Prepare to Open Playoffs Friday Night

After wrapping up a 9-3 regular season the Lions are set to open the postseason on the road Friday when they take on Lehigh Valley. Earlier this season the Lions dropped a heart…

Fulmer Named Special Adviser to UT President

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations. DiPietro announced the hiring Tuesday. The part-time job will pay Fulmer $100,000…

$192 Million Renovation Begins on Philips Arena

ATLANTA (AP) — A $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, has begun a day after funding was approved by the Atlanta City Council. About $110 million for the renovation will be generated from the car…

Georgia Finalizes 2019 Non-Conference Schedule

The Georgia Bulldogs have finalized their 2019 non-conference schedule by adding a date against Murray State according to a report from Kevin Kelley. In addition to playing the Racers Georgia will also welcome…

Pitino Defends Program, Blasts NCAA Over Louisville Ruling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the NCAA ruling in the Louisville basketball investigation (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Louisville coach Rick Pitino blasted the NCAA's ruling and defended his program while saying he will continue to move forward "because…

Braves 3B Adonis Garcia to Miss 2 Months

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia is expected to miss about two months after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his left ring finger. The Braves announced Wednesday that Garcia had the procedure Monday in Atlanta.…

Retailer Tied to Ole Miss NCAA Case Files Civil Complaint

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — An Oxford-based clothing retailer has filed a civil complaint against three people, including two Mississippi State football players, alleging they provided false statements to the NCAA about receiving free merchandise. Attorney Charles Merkel is representing Rebel…

Date Finalized for Georgia Dome Implosion

ATLANTA (AP) — With construction of the Atlanta Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium moving closer to completion, the implosion of the Georgia Dome has been set for Nov. 20. Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Falcons owner Arthur Blank's AMB Group,…

SunTrust Park to Host College Football in 2018

ATLANTA (AP) — SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, is moving into the college football business.  Kennesaw State will play Jacksonville State on Nov. 17, 2018. Braves president of development Mike Plant says the only necessary modifications…

Falcons to Honor Michael Vick and Roddy White

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are planning a retirement ceremony for two of the team's most prominent players — Michael Vick and Roddy White. The Falcons say Monday's ceremony at team owner Arthur Blank's offices will recognize the "contributions…

IOC Adds 3-on-3 Basketball to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program on Friday in an effort to give the games a more youthful and urban appeal. In another move toward street sports, BMX Freestyle cycling will…

Alabama Sportswriters Name Julio Jones Pro Athlete of the Year

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Julio Jones is the Alabama Sports Writers Association's pro athlete of the year. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver earned the award after helping the Falcons make their first Super Bowl appearance since 1998 and second in…

Doctor Advises Nick Fairley to Give Up Football

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley is seeing multiple heart specialists after one physician advised him to stop playing football, Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday. "Obviously, there's concern," Payton said. "But there isn't a final answer."…

Former Shaw Raider Edwin Jackson Joins Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Right-hander Edwin Jackson will resume his lengthy major league career with Baltimore, which will be his 12th different big league team. The Orioles on Wednesday selected Jackson's contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The 33-year-old launched his career in…

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops Retiring After 18 Years

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, a stunning offseason move by the 56-year-old future Hall of Famer who led the Sooners to 11 conference championships and a national title in 18 seasons. Stoops…

USA Football Introducing New Developmental Youth League

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Football is introducing a new developmental pilot program in 11 youth leagues this fall. Participants in Rookie Tackle leagues will play on a 40-yard by 35-yard field and with six to eight players on each team.…

Ole Miss Disputes NCAA Lack of Institutional Control Charge

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi has contested the NCAA's charges of lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by head coach Hugh Freeze. The Ole Miss football program released its response Tuesday to a second NCAA…

Southern Union's Jackson Hesterlee Lands National Honor

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Southern Union outfielder Jackson Hesterlee is the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Community College Athlete of the Year. A North Carolina signee, Hesterlee will be presented the statewide award at the organization's banquet Sunday night in Hoover,…

Predators Officials: Don't Throw Catfish on the Ice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Peter Laviolette has a message for Nashville Predators fans attending Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final: Don't throw anything onto the ice. Five catfish, several towels, a stuffed penguin and a cowboy hat hit…

SEC Adjusts Grad Transfer Rule, Opens Door for Zaire

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference tweaked its grad transfer policy Friday, making changes that would allow former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire to land at Florida. School presidents and chancellors voted to reduce penalties for programs whose grad…

Central Names Kehoe Head Baseball Coach

Central has named AJ Kehoe as new varsity head baseball coach. The announcement comes just over a week after former head coach Bobby Howard resigned following back-to-back playoff appearances. Kehoe…

UPDATE: Missing Elderly Harris County Man Found Dead

An elderly Harris County man suffering from dementia has been found dead in his truck. Herbert Groover is 91 years old and was last seen in the Hopewell Church Road area of Pine Mountain around 5am Thursday morning. Police found…

Chelsea Earns $195 Million for Winning Premier League

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea collected 150.8 million pounds ($195 million) in broadcast revenue and prize money for winning the English Premier League. That's almost two-thirds more than Leicester banked for winning the previous year's title, with Chelsea profiting from new…

2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Released

IRVING, Texas (June 1, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from…

Alabama Names Bohannon Head Baseball Coach

Alabama has named Brad Bohannon the program's 32nd head baseball coach.  Athletic Director Greg Byrne made the announcement Thursday morning. “I am excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with…

Berry Names Sydney Weaver Grad Assistant

Former Brookstone standout and Berry College All-American golfer Sydney Weaver has been named a grad assistant for the Vikings program. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Weaver became the first golfer in the history of the program to…

Lee Corso Signs Multi-Year Extension with ESPN

(AP) - ESPN has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Lee Corso, the 81-year-old star of "College GameDay." Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and has been part of the popular college football Saturday pregame show ever since. His head-gear…

Retrieval of Mt. Everest Bodies Stirs Debate

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Indian man wept as a helicopter landed in Nepal's capital carrying the body of his brother, one of hundreds of climbers who have died while attempting to climb Mount Everest. The body had been left…

Tiger Woods Latest: Police Reveal Car Showed Fresh Damage

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Tiger Woods' arrest in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence (all times local): 5 p.m. Police say Tiger Woods' car showed fresh damage on the driver's side when officers found him…

ESPN Signs College Gameday's Desmond Howard to Extension

ESPN has re-signed Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard to continue his role on "College GameDay." The network announced Tuesday a multiyear agreement with Howard. The former Michigan receiver has been part of "College GameDay" since joining ESPN in 2005. He…

Several Dates Announced for SEC on CBS Lineup

The SEC on CBS will kick off its first season with Brad Nessler as lead play-by-play announcer on Sept. 9 when TCU visits Arkansas. CBS announced Tuesday the games it has already locked into its 13-week SEC schedule. Nessler is replacing…

Tiger Woods Arrested on DUI Charge, Released

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released. Woods, the 14-time major champion who ranks second with his…

Maryland Beats Ohio State in NCAA Lacrosse Championship

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Dylan Maltz had two goals and an assist and top-seeded Maryland beat Ohio State 9-6 on Monday in the NCAA men's lacrosse championship, ending a 42-year title drought for the Terrapins. Playing in the championship game…

Alabama-FSU to Open Season in Primetime

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football’s season opener against Florida State in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has been scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC, the network announced on Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are scheduled…

Carver's Daniel Melvin Signs with St. Petersburg JUCO

Carver basketball standout Daniel Melvin signed scholarship papers to play at St. Petersburg Junior College Thursday afternoon. Melvin just wrapped up a stellar senior campaign that saw him average 17.4 points per game while helping lead the Tigers to…

NFL Pro Bowl Returning to Orlando in 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year. Orlando will host the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN and…

Alabama's Braxton Key to Return for Sophomore Season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama forward Braxton Key is returning for his sophomore season. Key announced the decision on Twitter Tuesday after considering turning pro. He had declared for the NBA Draft but didn't hire an agent. Key wasn't among the…

NFL Moves 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa Bay

CHICAGO (AP) — The 2021 Super Bowl has been moved by the NFL from Los Angeles to Tampa. Five days after the opening of the $2.6 billion football stadium in Inglewood, California was pushed back to 2020 because of construction…

Johns Creek Wins Appeal, Game 3 Wednesday

Johns Creek baseball has new life after a controversial ruling that led to their elimination in last week's 6-A state semifinal series against Lee County was overturned Monday morning. An initial release from the GHSA last Thursday described the play in…

Dick Vitale Signs Contract Extension with ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale has signed a contract extension with the network through the 2019-20 season. In adding a year to his previous deal, Vitale will be the main analyst on many network games, including…

Braves' Freddie Freeman Fractures Wrist, Out 10 Weeks

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a fractured left wrist when he was hit by a pitch and is expected to miss about 10 weeks. Freeman was hit by Toronto's Aaron Loup during the fifth inning of an…

GHSA to Hear Appeal on Controversial Ending Friday

The GHSA Appeal Board has a pivotal decision to make. With Lee County having already won game one, game two of their state semifinal series versus Johns Creek ended in controversial fashion Wednesday night after an apparent Gladiators win was…

Eight Hardaway Athletes Sign Scholarships

It was a busy Wednesday afternoon at Hardaway as eight Hawks student-athletes signed scholarships to play at the next level. The sports of volleyball, soccer, football and cheer were all represented.  The signings…

Peyton Manning Set to Host ESPY Awards in July

Peyton Manning will take the stage to host the ESPY Awards. The retired two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will preside over the July 12 show honoring the past year's best athletes and sports moments. The show will air live on…

UGA Police Investigating Tennis Program

Associated Press The University of Georgia police department is investigating the possible theft of prescription drugs within the school's tennis programs. Georgia has suspended men's and women's assistant coaches, Bo Hodge and Drake Bernstein, respectively. The investigation and suspensions of…

Updates Aplenty as SEC Holds Spring Teleconference

On Monday's SEC teleconference Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn offered a timetable on the return of receiver Kyle Davis.  “We do expect him to be back this summer, and we expect it to be fairly soon," Malzahn said. Davis posted…

NCAA Panel: Halves, not Quarters for College Hoops

Associated Press The NCAA basketball rules committee will keep the men's game at two halves and not recommend that it be broken into four quarters. It is also encouraging conferences to experiment with widening the lane and moving back the…