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For the past four days, deep within Lucas Oil Stadium, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston have had their heights, weights, arm lengths and hand sizes carefully inspected.

From a statistical standpoint, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota produced one of the most dominant seasons in NCAA history. Mariota led the nation in passing efficiency (181.7 rating). He threw 42 touchdown passes against four interceptions. Mariota is confident his skills will translate to the next level.

Despite using all 12 of their draft picks last year, the Jets still have a host of roster needs to fill heading into the 2015 season. Following a 4-12 finish and four straight years without a playoff appearance, the organization has no choice but to hit on the No. 6 pick in the first round April 30.

He couldn’t stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins and losses.

Lydia Ko is one round from potentially making golf history. The 17-year-old New Zealander birdied five consecutive holes and shot a 7-under 65 in the third round of the Coates Golf Championship on Friday to take the outright lead in the LPGA Tour's season opener.

Ha Na Jang went from qualifier to leader in just a few days at the LPGA season opener. And it surprised no one. The 22-year-old South Korean, ranked 21st in the world, shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Coates Golf Championship on Thursday and opened up a four-shot lead over Stacy Lewis heading into the third round.

Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz each shot 6-under 66 in the opening round of the LPGA Tour season opener.

Plagued by turnovers and outplayed much of Sunday by Green Bay, the Seattle Seahawks staged an improbable comeback and beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime.

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota is leaving Oregon early for the NFL. Mariota announced his long-awaited decision to forgo his senior season on Oregon’s website. The team said he filed paperwork on Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline.

Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington is suspended for the national championship game after testing positive for marijuana during an NCAA drug test, a person with direct knowledge of test results said Friday.

Face-down on the turf, Tony Romo pounded his hands into the ground like a petulant child. Frustrated by yet another season-ending failure? Far from it. The Dallas quarterback was celebrating after giving the Cowboys the lead in a stirring playoff comeback.

When Andrew Luck was under pressure Sunday, he stood tall and maintained his poise. Andy Dalton and the Bengals simply collapsed. Again.

Chris Jones kept No. 5 Louisville's first Atlantic Coast Conference game from turning into its first ACC loss. Jones scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and the Cardinals won in their ACC debut, pulling away to beat Wake Forest 85-76 on Sunday night.

The Big Ten is starting the new year with a new sense of pride. The first week of January typically is when the conference absorbs insults and jeers following a run of disappointing bowl performances.

J.J. Watt found a unique way to make the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Friday. Houston's Watt was listed on all 50 ballots by a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league, with 45 of the votes for defensive end and the other five for defensive tackle.

Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl. Ezekiel Elliott ran all over mighty Alabama. And Urban Meyer's quest to turn Ohio State into SEC North is one victory away from a national championship.

Marcus Mariota and the Ducks are built for speed and in a flash they turned the first College Football Playoff semifinal game into a Rose Bowl rout. The Ducks dusted Florida State 59-20 on Thursday and now it's on to Texas to try to win their first national championship.

With their big comeback finish in the Cotton Bowl, the No. 7 Spartans could be set up as a viable championship contender next season, after their only losses this season were to playoff teams.

Another award and another landslide for University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota who was named the Associated Press college football player of the year Tuesday.

Wisconsin football's assistant coaches will be working on New Year's Day not knowing if they have a job next season under new coach Paul Chryst. Chryst said that he was going to meet this week with staff members who wished to remain with the school.

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on the Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre’ Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season.

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will likely take his game to the NFL next season. Runner-up Melvin Gordon has already said he will skip his last year of eligibility at Wisconsin to enter the NFL Draft.

After the Midshipmen stood respectfully for Army's alma mater, defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony hoisted Ken Niumatalolo on their shoulders to give the winningest football coach in Navy history a free ride in the wake of a 17-10 triumph Saturday.

The Heisman Trophy is said to weigh 45 pounds but can be worth its weight in gold to its newest owner, Marcus Mariota, analysts say.

Faced with the possibility of two big postseason trips under the new college football playoff system, some players' parents are doing all they can to see their kids under the spotlight.

Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a perfect 3-for-3.

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.

Marcus Mariota made a strong final impression in his bid for the Heisman Trophy, and No. 3 Oregon left no doubt about whether the Pac-12 champions will get a chance to play for the national title.

The New York Jets have placed wide receiver Greg Salas on season-ending injured reserve and signed wide receiver Chris Owusu from the practice squad. Salas, a former University of Hawaii star, suffered "a major hamstring injury."

University of Hawaii alumnus Greg Salas scored his first NFL touchdown Monday, but the play may cost him the rest of his season.

"Scratch, claw, bite, kick, whatever you have to do make a play and win," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake explained after Monday night's dull but effective slugfest with the New York Jets ended in a 16-13 Miami victory.

Hamilton star Brandon Banks' punt return for an apparent go-ahead touchdown in the final minute was wiped out by an illegal block, and the Calgary Stampeders held off the Tiger-Cats 20-16 on Sunday night in the Grey Cup.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be SMU's new football coach. A person familiar with the school's decision spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had a news conference planned Monday to introduce the new head coach.

Marcus Mariota turned what could be his last Civil War game into a Heisman Trophy highlight reel. The junior quarterback threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for two more scores, leading Oregon to a 47-19 victory over Oregon State.

Marcus Mariota says he hasn't made up his mind about what he's doing next season. It really doesn't matter because there's still plenty of work to do this season. The first item on the agenda is the Civil War rivalry game next Saturday against Oregon State.

Manny Pacquiao is done taking the high road, tired of pretending he doesn't care. At long last he has Floyd Mayweather Jr. right where he wants him. And this time he's not about to let him slip away without a fight.

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship. She finished off her rookie season in style.

Chaminade's campus sits atop a knoll on the outskirts of Honolulu, its walkways and common areas splashed with kaleidoscopes of tropical flowers. The towering hotels and famous sands of Waikiki Beach are below, just a few miles away.

Brian Burrell passed for 313 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in Fresno State's 40-20 win at Nevada on Saturday night. Burrell ran for 56 yards and a score as the Bulldogs (5-6, 4-3) kept their Mountain West Conference championship hopes alive on Nevada's Senior Night.

Marcus Mariota got his curtain call at Autzen Stadium. With the 44-10 victory already in hand Saturday against Colorado, No. 3 Oregon sent its Heisman-hopeful quarterback out for the first snap of the fourth quarter.

Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Chris Algieri around the ring at will on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable.

On a tough day that only rewarded the best shots, Wie holed out for eagle with a pitching wedge on her way to a 5-under 67 that moved her up high enough on the leaderboard Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship to get into position for a $1 million bonus.Wie makes million-dollar move

Michelle Wie has every reason to look at this year as what might have been. Right when the 6-foot star from Hawaii was finally hitting her stride, yet another injury kept her out of golf for nearly three months.

Four powerhouse college basketball programs will play games at Pearl Harbor less than a month before the 75th anniversary of the attack.

Marc Gasol couldn't believe both defenders stayed with him when he set a pick at the foul line on the final play. Courtney Lee couldn't believe he was wide open under the basket for a reverse layup as the horn sounded.

When Miami Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry dived into the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown, he was just getting started. A replay review upheld the score, and Landry then sprinted up and down the sideline in a celebration of redemption.

Reinforcements are on the way for the San Diego Chargers, who hope to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the winless Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Lydia Ko has become the youngest player to win the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year award. The 17-year-old Ko clinched the points-based award with three tournaments remaining on the LPGA Tour schedule.

Kolten Wong's rookie season was good enough to make him the first Hawaii-born position player to receive Rookie of the Year votes, but a win was not in the cards. The St. Louis second baseman finished third in National League voting results announced on Monday.

Mississippi State, Florida State and Auburn held the top three spots in the second College Football Playoff rankings, with Oregon joining them in the top four.

Wilson Kipsang, a former world-record holder, needed to force himself to slow down. The Kenyan star had entered his first New York City Marathon to challenge himself on a hilly course with no pacemaker.

South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace won the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA on Monday for her first LPGA Tour title and second worldwide victory in nine days. Pace finished off a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Germany's Caroline Masson.

Marcus Mariota made a rare mistake and threw an interception -- his first since the Oregon State game last season -- on a pass that was deflected twice.

Next up for Peyton Manning: the NFL passing yardage record. It's one of the few glamorous passing records Manning doesn't own, now that he has broken Brett Favre's mark for touchdown throws.

Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday's workout.

Kyu Jung Baek of South Korea won a three-way playoff Sunday to claim the LPGA's KEB-HanaBank Championship. Baek shot a final-round 67 to finish tied at 10-under 278 with Brittany Lincicome of the United States and compatriot In Gee Chun.

South Korean duo Hee Kyung Bae and Kyu Jung Baek both shot 4-under 68s to take a share of the lead after the third round of the LPGA's KEB-HanaBank Championship on Saturday.

Karine Icher of France shot a 4-under 68 in the second round to take a one-stroke lead at the top of the European-dominated leaderboard at the KEB-HanaBank Championship on Friday

Haeji Kang shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over five players, including three fellow South Koreans, after the first round of the LPGA KEB-Hanabank Championship.

Leave it to other teams to blast home runs, deliver clutch base hits or run opponents ragged on the basepaths. The San Francisco Giants have taken a less majestic route through the playoffs, generating most of their offense with a dink here, a dunk there.

Kolten Wong and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied again with their latest postseason power show, tying the NL Championship Series at a game apiece. Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Kolten Wong, the former University of Hawaii player who hit the tiebreaking, two-run homer for the Cardinals in Game 3 against the Dodgers, was a first-round selection in 2011 with a $1.3 million signing bonus.

When last St. Louis Cardinals rookie Kolten Wong was on the field at Busch Stadium in a playoff game he walked to the dugout slowly, staring down at the ground in disbelief at what he had just done as teammates walked off and the fans fell silent.

Europe added another layer to its Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday by leaving no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players. Europe clinched the cup with four matches still on the course.

What happens in the team room stays in the team room. A notable exception occurred Sunday after the United States had lost another Ryder Cup to Europe, its eighth defeat in the last 10 meetings, 16 1/2 to 11 1/2.

Sonny Gray pitched Oakland into baseball's last playoff spot, shutting out King Felix this October. David Price delivered the AL Central crown to Detroit, St. Louis scratched ace Adam Wainwright after wrapping up the NL Central.

Jeff Gordon doused Team Penske's hot streak with a champagne bath in Victory Lane. Sticky and sweet, Gordon had secured an emphatic automatic spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te'o says he's "frustrated and devastated" with a third foot injury in 13 months. Te'o fractured his right foot Sunday in a 22-10 victory at Buffalo and is out indefinitely.

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman needed a few extra minutes to clear his head. His team took advantage of mistakes by the New York Jets to jump to an early lead, but then things got a little too close for comfort in a 27-19 win Monday night.

San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o has a fractured right foot and is expected to miss significant time, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't made the news public.

It's an oft-used cliché that "NFL" signifies "not for long," but for ex-Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas, those words ring true. Salas, 26, who played for the Warriors from 2007 to 2010, was a fourth-round pick of St. Louis in 2011, and it appeared he'd remain with the Rams at least for a few years.

South Korean teen Hyo-Joo Kim made history look easy, with barely a glitch as she posted the lowest score ever in a major with a 10-under 61 to open the Evian Championship on Thursday.

Taysom Hill threw for 200 yards and a touchdown while running for 160 yards and another score, and No. 25 BYU beat Houston 33-25 on Thursday. Jamaal Williams rushed for 139 yards and two TDs for BYU (3-0).

Michelle Wie returns to action at the Evian Championship eyeing both a second career major title and an inaugural award named after retired Swedish great Annika Sorenstam.

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

Lithuania lined up to observe the Tall Blacks' ceremonial "haka," and then went to work overpowering New Zealand with its taller inside players at the Basketball World Cup on Sunday.

Joe Philbin prefers simple messages. Not even trailing New England by 10 points at halftime of the season opener could get the Miami coach to change his tone. "The plays are there," Philbin simply said.

Trailing Michigan State 27-18 in the third quarter and facing a third-and-10, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota found himself confronting a decision while on the run: pitch the ball to freshman Royce Freeman, or try a keeper.

The U.S. national team finished pool play unbeaten, getting 17 points from James Harden and 14 from Stephen Curry in a 95-71 victory over Ukraine Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.

American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge.

The New Orleans Saints included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts Saturday.

A change of scenery has done Jerome Williams well. Jimmy Rollins homered and Williams tossed eight strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Nick Davila threw for 237 yards and eight touchdowns and the Arizona Rattlers won their third consecutive ArenaBowl title with a 72-32 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday night.

Peyton Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, leading the Denver Broncos past the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium.

Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason college football poll. The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999, when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Hawaii was ranked No. 17 in Monday's AVCA Coaches Top 25 preseason volleyball poll, one place higher than the Rainbow Wahine's ranking at the end of last season. It came as no surprise to coach Dave Shoji, who lost eight players — including four starters — from last season's 25-5 squad.

Michelle Wie has a finger injury that forced her to withdraw from next week's LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club and will sideline her at least three to five weeks.

Heavy rain, strong wind and the threat of power outages will not prevent the University of Hawaii football team from practicing Friday. "We'll find a place to practice," head coach Norm Chow said. "If we have to go inside, we'll go inside. We have to do something."

Usually during the first week of football season, much of the talk is on how the top teams will fare. Not so, this year. Because of the two hurricanes, all high school football games statewide scheduled for the weekend have been canceled or postponed.

When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came to the mound in the seventh inning, Adam Wainwright focused on recording another out. Matheny left his ace in for one more hitter with two on and Wainwright responded with one more big pitch.

Mindful that playing for the Miami Dolphins has its ups and downs, center Samson Satele is back. Satele was a rookie starter with the Dolphins in 2007, when they went 1-15.

Greg Salas almost seemed surprised by all the fuss. Sure, the former University of Hawaii receiver was perhaps the biggest star of the New York Jets' scrimmage Saturday night. But as far as he was concerned, there was nothing unusual about his performance.

Former Turtle Bay representative Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a three-stroke victory. "I'm overwhelmed," the long-hitting Finau said.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny decided at the last minute against giving slumping infielder Kolten Wong the day off on Saturday. It proved to be a smart move.

A year into his major league career Lance Lynn stood at a crossroad in his life. He was a daily user of smokeless tobacco dating back to his minor league days, a tasty time-killer and social stress reliever.

Keenan Allen really did think about quitting last summer. "It was just a thought," the San Diego Chargers' top wide receiver said. "But it was tough." Allen was referring to his initial training camp, when the third-round pick from California could do little right.

With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he were 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Robbie Lawler withstood a flurry of stinging punches by Matt Brown in the fifth round and held on for a unanimous decision Saturday night, setting up a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

The Packers signed receiver Jordy Nelson immediately after their first training camp practice Saturday morning.

The Lakers have started negotiating with Byron Scott to become their next head coach, according to a person familiar with the situation.


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