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  • AP Sportlight

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:00:33 GMT

    1936 — Maribel Vinson wins her eighth U.S. figure skating singles championship and Robin Lee wins his second consecutive men's title.

  • Baylor regents set measures to curb sexual assault

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:27:08 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents announced on Friday that they have approved added measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and additional training for faculty and staff.

  • It's Kobe's world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:03:33 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. He announced plans to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, thanked fans from Japan and even asked a reporter how to say a phrase in Mandarin.

  • Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:57:24 GMT

    Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October.

  • APNewsBreak: Feds open broad bias probe into Iowa athletics

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:51:37 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is facing a wide-ranging federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes, correspondence obtained by The Associated Press shows.

  • FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:00:32 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.

  • Rio de Janeiro Olympic doping lab could lose accreditation

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:18:26 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The drug-testing laboratory for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could lose its accreditation just a few months before the games.

  • McCoy's lawyer: No decision on charges until next week

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:06:54 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An attorney for Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he's been told no decision will be made until next week on charges over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured.

  • Jackie Robinson West parents sue league, ESPN, whistleblower

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:29:12 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of 13 members of the Chicago Little League team stripped last year of its 2014 U.S. championship are suing team officials, Little League Baseball, an ESPN sportscaster and the man who exposed the team's residency violations.

  • Texas to let Baylor keep sex assault records private

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:48:57 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Baylor University can keep private campus police records that detail sexual assaults committed by two former football players against students, according to an opinion issued this week by the Texas attorney general's office.

  • Family awarded $53M in Kyle Field deadly demolition accident

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:26:30 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a demolition worker have been awarded $53 million over his 2013 death after he fell four stories during renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field.

  • Ex-president's lawsuits target Penn State, Sandusky report

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:54:55 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's ex-president has sued the university, saying it reneged on an agreement they struck when he stepped down in 2011, and filed another claiming former FBI director Louis Freeh defamed him through a blisteringly critical report about how the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal was handled.

  • Ex-president sues Penn State over Sandusky scandal backlash

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:28:41 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's former president has gone on the legal offensive, filing one lawsuit that alleges the university violated an agreement they made when he stepped down four years ago and a second defamation claim over a university-commissioned report that was blisteringly critical of his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

  • Ex-Olympian to argue self-defense in domestic violence case

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:19:50 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawyer for Olympic gold-medalist skier Picabo Street said Thursday that she was defending herself during a December fight with her father and will demand a jury trial on domestic violence and assault charges.

  • Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:48:47 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016.

  • North Carolina's NCAA academic case stuck in holding pattern

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:41:37 GMT

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo.

  • USC AD Pat Haden suffers episode of light-headedness

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:34:58 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Outgoing Southern California athletic director Pat Haden became faint on campus Wednesday and was hospitalized to undergo tests.

  • Religion news in brief

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:05:13 GMT

    Franklin Graham urges S Carolina Christians to vote biblically

  • Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant indicted on drug charges

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:14:12 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant has been indicted on two felony drug charges.

  • Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker charged in payday loan scam

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:27:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges accusing him of living the high life on the backs of millions of desperate people who used his payday lending operation to get quick cash over the Internet.

  • California court throws out caddie lawsuit against PGA Tour

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:50:28 GMT

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Caddies lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a federal judge in California ruled they signed a contract with the tour that requires them to wear bibs as part of their uniform and cannot claim that corporate sponsorship on the bibs makes them human billboards.

  • School board: Basketball team can play during hazing probe

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:32:57 GMT

    LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania high school basketball team can play while police investigate alleged hazing-related assaults over the last decade, a school board decided.

  • Ex-OSU star Clarett admits DUI, gets 2 years' probation

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:08:16 GMT

    MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett has admitted driving under the influence.

  • The Latest: Ex-execs of Haslam-owned chain charged

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:54:22 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the case against the former president of the truck stop chain Flying J (all times local):

  • Haslam-owned chain exec advised 'say one thing, do another'

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:50:48 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former top executive of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam advised sales staff to "Say one thing, do another," when it came to dealing with customers, according to an indictment.

  • Woman claims that coach, Ohio school ignored rape allegation

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:52:42 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A student and former softball player at Kent State University said in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that her coach tried to cover up allegations the player was raped and that university officials failed to follow school policy and federal law after the woman reported being attacked.

  • Lawsuit alleges Tennessee has 'hostile sexual environment'

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:25:57 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a group of women alleges that the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.

  • Rams owner buys historic Waggoner Ranch, largest in US

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:21:03 GMT

    VERNON, Texas (AP) — A billionaire sports mogul has purchased a Texas mega-ranch that has been operated by one family for nearly a century.

  • TV viewers choose Simpson over Madoff in crime stories

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:37:44 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a television competition between notorious criminals, O.J. Simpson topped Bernard Madoff.

  • Browns deny lying about Johnny Manziel's concussion

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:54:58 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are defending their handling of Johnny Manziel's late-season concussion.

  • Louisville's Pitino awaits NCAA interview about sex scandal

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:33:36 GMT

    Coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday morning that he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about an escort's book allegations that a former Louisville staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team's dormitory.

  • Juvenile justice commissioner relieved of duties amid probe

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:06:38 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's juvenile justice commissioner was relieved of his duties amid an investigation into a teenager's death at a detention center, which reportedly occurred hours after she was restrained through a martial arts hold.

  • NFL owner buys historic Waggoner Ranch, largest in US

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:04:53 GMT

    VERNON, Texas (AP) — A billionaire NFL owner has purchased a Texas mega-ranch that has been operated by one family for nearly a century.

  • Ex-exec of Haslam-owned chain pleads not guilty to fraud

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:27:50 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former president of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to defraud customers.

  • Former executives of Haslam-owned chain face fraud charges

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:08:52 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former president of a Tennessee company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is charged along with seven others with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:13:45 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

  • Indianapolis coach facing sex charge remaining in custody

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:36:24 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former boys basketball coach in Indianapolis who's charged with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship told other students after he was forced to resign that the girl was trying to slander him and that he would turn his head if someone were to "mess her up," prosecutors said Monday.

  • MLB player Delmon Young charged with attacking attendant

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:01:33 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested after he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel Sunday night, police said.

  • Manziel's ex-girlfriend says she lost some hearing in attack

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:31:20 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend said in an affidavit the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation she lost hearing in one ear.

  • Affidavit: Manziel's ex-girlfriend lost hearing after attack

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:54:49 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend says in an affidavit the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation she lost hearing in one ear.

  • Campaigns target Super Bowl viewers in early primary states

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:12:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Among Super Bowl advertisements for Doritos, dachshunds chasing ketchup bottles and Dame Helen Mirren encouraging responsible alcohol consumption, football fans in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada also got a dose of presidential politics.