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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young will miss the season finale after leaving Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions because of an Achilles tendon injury.

There is no mercy rule in college basketball, but if ever it were needed, it was Saturday. When UCLA scored its first points in the 83-44 loss, with about 12 minutes left in the first half, the crowd cheered, even the Kentucky fans. By that point, it was the polite thing to do. Kentucky led, 24-2.

Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell is suspended from the fourth-ranked Cardinals' next game after being ejected Saturday at Western Kentucky for throwing an elbow.

Kevin Durant is sitting out of the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Lakers on Friday night to rest his sprained right ankle.

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.

Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion with a big run. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed the victory with the most rewarding sack of his career.

Jarell Martin and Keith Hornsby combined to score 49 points to help LSU overcome an early 11-point deficit and defeat UAB 79-70 Thursday night.

Two possessions into the second half, Mike Krzyzewski had seen more than enough from his young and talented Duke team and let them know it in forceful terms that any young man would understand.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.

Faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have drafted a no-confidence resolution against the president following his decision to kill the school's football program despite it finishing with its best record in years.

Lauren Hill's basketball career is finished. The freshman at Mount St. Joseph decided Wednesday to give up her playing career after achieving her goal of scoring in a game even as she fights an inoperable brain tumor.

Michigan is apparently making a serious run at San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to fill its open coaching position.

The school made it official on Wednesday, hiring Chryst away from Pittsburgh. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State.

Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday, alleging the organization is a monopoly that chokes off competition, crushes athletes' earnings and controls the right to market their names even after their deaths.

A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL Wednesday, writing that the agreement between the league and the union should address the dangers involved when teams give painkillers to players.

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released Wednesday by the San Francisco 49ers amid an investigation by San Jose police into McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.

The Oklahoma City Thunder know as well as anybody this season how difficult it is to overcome adversity, so forgive them if they have no sympathy for the Sacramento Kings right now.

A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder's multimillion-dollar salary.

The Cowboys don't lose on the road, where the Bengals and Colts aren't slouches, either. The Patriots, Broncos, Packers and Cardinals don't lose at home. For most of the other playoff contenders, well, it's who knows?

Hawaii men's basketball freshman forward Sammis Reyes has decided to leave program for a second time -- and this time for real.

DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four World Cups, said Monday he is retiring from the U.S. national team after 14 years. The 32-year-old scored 17 goals and made 121 international appearances.

Khris Middleton didn't have a good feeling when the ball left his hand right before the final buzzer sounded. But the craziest shot of his career hit the backboard and hung on the rim momentarily before dropping into the net.

Fans viewed New York's win as costly, with their team falling to sixth in the NFL draft order and maybe out of reach for top quarterback prospects Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, both Heisman Trophy winners.

NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray has a broken left hand in what could be a damaging blow to the playoff hopes of the Dallas Cowboys. Murray was set for surgery Monday and might be sidelined Sunday at home against Indianapolis, already a playoff qualifier.

Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC South lead. The Saints (6-8) moved into first place ahead of Carolina (5-8-1) and Atlanta (5-9) and came away with the win after dropping four of five.

Along with being sacked, taunted, embarrassed and generally mistreated Sunday by the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnny Manziel got humbled.

Slava Voynov's wife told police the Los Angeles Kings defenseman hit, choked and pushed her into a television in their bedroom during a fight in October, an officer testified Monday.

The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Monday for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL's suspension of the star running back.

Derrick Rose was fouled on a fast break, staggered off the court and kept going out a tunnel. He came back unhurt, but the Chicago Bulls hardly needed him.

Tennessee guard Josh Richardson realized he needed to give his team a spark. The 6-foot-6 senior proceeded to produce the kind of pyrotechnics that left No. 15 Butler's four-game winning streak in ashes.

The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Five-time world player of the year Marta scored three goals to lead Brazil to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the U.S. women's soccer team in the International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday.

Greg Chalmers parred the seventh hole of a playoff on Sunday while Adam Scott three-putted for bogey to give the Australian his second Australian PGA championship in four years.

The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire.

Timothy Bradley fought to a draw against Diego Chaves in a 12-round welterweight match on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan. It was another disappointing night for the former welterweight and junior welterweight champion who lost for the first time in his pro career in his previous fight against Manny Pacquiao in April.

Skiing | Hirscher chalks up 26th win • Auto Racing | Hamilton wins BBC award • Tennis | Kozlov and Kenin win at Orange Bowl • Men's Soccer | Virginia tops UCLA on penalty kicks

Baltimore sacked rookie Blake Bortles eight times and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to squeeze out a lackluster 20-12 victory Sunday.

Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards to surpass his previous high for a season, capping his performance with a third-down pass to Heath Miller that clinched the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Wilson Chebet pulled away from a tight pack in the final miles and fellow Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui took control around midway through the course to win the 42nd annual Honolulu Marathon men's and women's races in rainy conditions Sunday.

Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was carted off the field with an air cast covering his left leg early in the second quarter at Indianapolis.

The Oakland Raiders have promoted safety Ras-I Dowling and linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu from the practice squad to the active roster.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's ready to fight Manny Pacquiao next May in a long anticipated bout that would be the richest ever in boxing.

Unlike his millionaire teammates, Brett Brackett doesn't go to a mansion after work. Home for the Tennessee tight end is a bedroom in an apartment shared with three Titans practice squad players -- any of whom could be gone in 24 hours. He's bounced himself from practice squad to roster and back again with the Titans and Seattle Seahawks nine times since September.

The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursday's game that they would be without LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Lakers were in a great mood, winners of one in a row, when they were asked about Magic Johnson's comments after beating the Sacramento Kings.

Professional poker player Dan Bilzerian is no stranger to the spotlight, but usually it's for his hard-partying antics, not his card-playing acumen.

Drew Stanton hopped off the field to the bench and was carted off with a right knee injury. For the second straight meeting against the St. Louis Rams, the Arizona Cardinals lost a quarterback.

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry shook off slow starts to finish with a flurry, and the Golden State Warriors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games by beating the Houston Rockets 105-93 on Wednesday night.

Jamal Crawford scored 18 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, helping the Los Angeles Clippers hold off the Indiana Pacers 103-96 on Wednesday night.

University of Hawaii women's volleyball associate coach and head sand coach Scott Wong has taken the head coaching job at Pepperdine.

LeBron James acknowledged that it didn't look good for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. As usual when his team is in trouble, he did something about it.

Heisman Trophy finalist Marcus Mariota was announced Tuesday as the inaugural recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

Arizona's slow starts in games this season don't bother guard Elliott Pitts. The No. 3 Wildcats made Pitts' point by getting off to a slow start and then routing Utah Valley 87-56.

Magic Johnson wants the Los Angeles Lakers to lose every game this season for their own good. Coach Byron Scott thinks they are better off learning how to win.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a two-car crash Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday.

Shane Conlan and Derrick Thomas, two of the most dominant college linebackers of the 1980s, are part of a class of 14 former players and two coaches being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Baseball | White Sox making moves at meetings; Lester, Cubs agree to $155 million deal; Cubs get All-Star catcher Montero • Soccer | U.S. men set spring exhibition schedule • Rodeo | Jones gets first national finals win

University of Hawaii-Manoa chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman and athletic director Ben Jay announced Tuesday that Norm Chow would return for his fourth season as head coach of the Rainbow Warriors football team.

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine has decided to play Manziel this week against Cincinnati over slumping starter Brian Hoyer, who has thrown eight interceptions in his past four games.

Kevin Klein lost part of his ear in the first period, then found the back of the net in overtime to give the New York Rangers a stirring victory.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will make the trip to New York for the Heisman presentation after the finalists were announced Monday.

Ken Niumatalolo learned the X's and O's of college football from a variety of mentors, most notably Paul Johnson, his predecessor at Navy.

Another big first half helped the Green Bay Packers withstand a furious rally by the desperate Atlanta Falcons.

As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseball's winter meetings began Monday with Oakland trading another All-Star.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a close game into a clinic after Prince William and his wife, Kate, grabbed courtside seats to watch them, beating the Brooklyn Nets 110-88 on Monday night.

Interim coach Chris Holtmann knew Butler was going to have a big night. Roosevelt Jones had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the No. 15 Bulldogs beat Kennesaw State 93-51 on Monday.

Football | Arizona LB Wright wins Nagurski award; 'Bama's Cooper, Mizzou's Ray earn SEC awards; TCU's Boykin, Dawson named top Big 12 players • Hockey | NHL explores expansion team in Las Vegas • Tennis | Navratilova to coach on Radwanska's team

Calling it a "dream come true," Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been named one of three finalists today for the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious award in college athletics.

Eddie Lacy and Aaron Rodgers powered the Green Bay Packers to another big first half in a home victory. But the Atlanta Falcons' furious late rally provided the Packers' potential playoff foes some hope.

Jim Harbaugh isn't budging, even if his new broken tooth offers a symbolic glimpse into the story of his disappointing year. After two straight demoralizing defeats, Harbaugh's future is the hottest topic around his team.

What if the people who make their living rating teams every day were in charge of seeding the college football playoffs? What if the inaugural playoff season wasn't decided by a group of people with different agendas that might factor into their judgment?

LAS VEGAS >> Prosecutors in Las Vegas might be swayed by findings of a defense investigation into a man's claim that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub eight weeks ago, a lawyer suggested Monday.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has won a national championship, the Heisman Trophy and every single game he's played in college.

The bowl game is the third straight postseason berth for the Conference USA-member Owls (7-5), who rebounded from three straight losses to open the season. They won six straight at one point before losing two of their final three games.

Lorenzo Romar and Washington are tired of being an afterthought. They want to return the Huskies to the Pac-12 elite and the national conversation. Sunday night was a good start.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 96-94 on Sunday night.

The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power.

Three years ago at Isleworth, Jordan Spieth was making the turn in the final round when he looked over at the scoreboard on the 18th fairway that showed he had a big lead. So it was eerie when he caught himself doing the same thing Sunday.

Tiger Woods tied for last place in his return to golf after four months and found at least one reason for optimism.

Soccer | Galaxy beats Revs in MLS Cup; Messi scores another hat trick; Florida State wins NCAA title • Skiing | Ligety wins giant slalom at Beaver Creek • Gut beats Vonn in super-G • Swimming | More world records fall

Bottled up all afternoon by Cleveland's defense, Luck threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left, rallying the Indianapolis Colts to a 25-24 win on Sunday over the Browns.

Seahawks center Max Unger, tight end Cooper Helfet and cornerback Jeremy Lane are out for Seattle's game against Philadelphia.

The St. Louis Rams have back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1945, beating the Washington Redskins 24-0 Sunday and giving them their first winning streak of the season.

Former professional wrestler C.M. Punk has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, and he intends to make his mixed martial arts debut in 2015.

Alabama is the top seed and will play Ohio State in one semifinal at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Oregon is the second seed and will play Florida State in the other semifinal at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Both games will be played New Year's Day.

Blake Sims threw a pair of touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry each had a couple of touchdown runs, and top-ranked Alabama pulled away in the fourth quarter to win its 24th Southeastern Conference championship with a 42-13 rout of No. 14 Missouri on Saturday.

Tyreek Hill returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining to force overtime and Ben Grogan kicked a 21-yard field goal in the extra period to give Oklahoma State a 38-35 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Florida coach Jim McElwain took playful shots at his alma mater, Eastern Washington, the NFL's Oakland Raiders and himself.

The 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee will gather Saturday in Texas to watch the final weekend of the season play out and then rank the top 25 teams in the country. The top four will compete for the national championship in the sport's first ever playoff.

Authorities are beefing up security for the San Francisco 49ers' visit to the Oakland Raiders' home field in hope of preventing trouble that has plagued the matchup in years past.

A Faulkner University junior varsity football player was fatally shot during an attempted robbery and three student-athletes who were with him at the time have been charged with murder, Montgomery police said Thursday.

After working though a sticky buyout issue, Jim McElwain left Colorado State on Thursday to become Florida's next head coach.

The Dallas Cowboys look like a team that's ready for another first-place showdown. DeMarco Murray ran for a season-high 179 yards and a touchdown, Tony Romo threw for three scores and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 41-28 on Thursday night.

When Johny Hendricks emerged from a bruising, bloodying five-round bout with the UFC welterweight title in March, a significant portion of the mixed martial arts world thought Robbie Lawler got robbed.

National title implications, a possible Heisman Trophy at stake and a new $1.3 billion stadium to showcase the whole thing.

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