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As Rebs win, Ole Miss balances Dixie and diversity

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that's bringing new attention to Mississippi's flagship university.

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Friday 10/24/2014
Rating the Nation-Best Coaches
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

There will never be another Bear.

Ole Miss hopes it's not Tiger Bait in Baton Rouge
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

It's midterm election time and football teams are campaigning in their own ways.

Leipold makes history at Division III Whitewater
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — Lance Leipold has a picturesque view of the football field where he has had so much success.

New-Look NBA: A coach's perspective, Quin Snyder
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from varied perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. An interview with first-year Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder is the second installment of the series:

MetLife Stadium security a trendsetter
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A shoving match breaks out in a section of the MetLife Stadium stands. While security officers hustle to the scene, a beyond state-of-the-art surveillance system is recording every detail.

Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

DENVER (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders is speedy, not greedy.

College player with brain tumor ready to play
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — A clock above the court reminds everyone that it's only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women's basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly.

Injured Matt Cain is Series spectator for Giants
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Well after the rest of his teammates put on their uniforms, Matt Cain wandered into the San Francisco clubhouse and changed clothes for a recent World Series practice.

Royals might need a rare pinch hit in Series
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Playing under American League rules with few reliable options on the bench this season, no manager had as little use for pinch hitters as Kansas City's Ned Yost.

PGA president refers to Poulter as 'lil girl'
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.

Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

DENVER (AP) — With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up.

Steve Nash ruled out for season with back injury
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Failures in oversight worsened UNC academic fraud
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal's fallout.

At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.

Giants' Hudson to face Royals' Guthrie in Game 3
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.

Compton among early leaders at Sea Island
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.

Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades.

Holland named AL’s top reliever
Posted: October 23, 2014

Add another achievement to Greg Holland’s ever-growing list: Mariano Rivera Award winner.

Resurgent Rockets visit Titans
Posted: October 23, 2014

Note: "Tonight" in the story refers to Friday.

Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe's body
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 6:00 am

Jim Thorpe's body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Alleged MLB drug supplier pleads not guilty
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 5:16 am

MIAMI (AP) — A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal.

Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 2:16 am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.

Serbia protests IOC Kosovo provisional recognition
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 1:30 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia lodged a formal protest Thursday against the International Olympic Committee decision to grant provisional recognition to Kosovo, calling it a "precedent of dangerous proportions."

Serena bounces back to best at WTA Finals
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 1:30 am

SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams awoke on Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals crown.

Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 11:46 pm

The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.

Serena receives Tarpischev apology
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 9:46 pm

SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams says she has received a written apology from Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for offensive comments in which he called her and sister Venus the "Williams brothers."

The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 9:16 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.

Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 8:46 pm

BAGSHOT, England (AP) — Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London.

How a small club like Freiburg makes ends meet
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 8:05 pm

FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Financially disadvantaged, Freiburg deploys an array of coping strategies to stay in Germany's top division. Here, at a glance, is how one of the Bundesliga's most modest clubs makes ends meet:

Would football be richer without small clubs?
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 7:45 pm

FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — From a corner office of Freiburg's homely stadium, club chairman Fritz Keller gazes over one of the loveliest views in football. Autumn's reds, browns and golds streak the surrounding Black Forest. Buzzards wheel in the air above.

AP source: Goodell told to testify in Rice appeal
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:46 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Royals take first battle of bullpens from Giants
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:46 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first showdown of brilliant bullpens went to the Kansas City Royals.

Olympic hero Rulon Gardner mementos up for auction
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:16 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mementos from the career of Olympic hero Rulon Gardner, including a USA Wrestling robe and a commemorative ring, will be auctioned off Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Schumacher's doctor sees progress after injury
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm

PARIS (AP) — A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years.

Royals clobber Giants 7-2 to even World Series
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from their own. And for a tense moment in the sixth inning Wednesday night, Kauffman Stadium was consumed by chaos.

AP source: Goodell told to testify in Rice appeal
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Royals beat Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of World Series
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Greg Holland strikes out three in a one-hit ninth to close out the Royals' 7-2 victory that evens the bets-of-seven World Series 1-1.

Royals beats Giants 7-2 to tie World Series 1-all
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:46 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

Attorney says Kings' Voynov didn't hit girlfriend
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenseman never hit his girlfriend, and blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding caused partly by the couple's limited ability to speak English.

Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:30 am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday.

Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 1:16 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

Giants-Royals square off in Game 2 of World Series
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Another nice fall night in Kansas City for Game 2. There's some wind tonight — these fans dressed head-to-toe in blue are hoping this World Series doesn't become a blowout.

No. 9 Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:01 pm

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Richt said he was optimistic on Wednesday as Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

Hazing history allowed at Florida A&M trial
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:01 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A history of hazing among Florida A&M band members can be mentioned by prosecutors in the trial of four ex-members charged in a drum major's 2011 death, but the judge said Wednesday there should be no mention that the student killed was gay.

Request denied to remove judge on Peterson case
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 9:46 am

CONROE, Texas (AP) — A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was denied on Wednesday.

Beaten Giants fan shows significant progress
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 9:46 am

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) — Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 beating by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans, is cracking jokes, fist-bumping and hoping to one day discard his walker and run on his own.

World Series rating for opener drops to low
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 9:02 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons.

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 8:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

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