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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 24 2014 10:42AM

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Don Mattingly will appear on the ballot for the 15th and final time after receiving 8 percent last year.

Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 27. Results will be announced Jan. 6.

Players elected, along with choices announced Dec. 8 by the golden era committee (1947-72), will be inducted July 26 at Cooperstown.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 24 2014 10:41AM

FINA says Russian swimmer Olga Kluchnikova tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Russian national championships in May and has been serving a doping ban.

The substance, acetazolamide, can also be used as a masking agent to hide the presence of other banned drugs.

FINA says Kluchnikova's six-month ban imposed by the Russian body expires this week.

Swimmers from Russia have failed a series of doping tests ahead of next year's swimming world championships in Kazan from July 24 to Aug. 9.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 24 2014 10:39AM

Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst?

NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.

Perry, 30, has dominated the Billboard charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including nine No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her sophomore effort, 2010's multiplatinum "Teenage Dream," matched the record Michael Jackson set with "Bad" for most songs from a single album to hit No. 1 with five.

Perry released "Prism," another platinum effort, last year. It includes the No. 1 smashes "Roar" and "Dark Horse."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 24 2014 10:38AM

Shaquille O'Neal and his coach at LSU, Dale Brown, joined six other luminaries with induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Former Duke star Grant Hill, Louisville standout Darrell Griffith, longtime Maryland coach Gary Williams, Stetson's Glenn Wilkes Sr., Five-Star Basketball Camp founder Howard Garfinkel and the late Prairie View A&M star Zelmo Beaty were also inducted.

They join dozens of other players, coaches and contributors who have been enshrined in Kansas City since the inaugural 2006 class.

The induction takes place annually on the eve of the CBE Classic at the nearby Sprint Center. No. 14 Iowa State plays Alabama and Maryland faces Arizona State in Monday night's semifinals. The championship is Tuesday.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 21 2014 12:09PM

The chairman of an English soccer team says he is angry that "mob-like behavior" forced the club to back down from its decision to allow a convicted rapist to train at its facilities.

Sheffield United, which plays in the third division, bowed to public pressure Thursday and withdrew its offer to allow Wales international Ched Evans to resume training at the club.

Jim Phipps, an American lawyer who is United's co-chairman, acknowledged the issue spiralled out of control, saying "we are coming up in questions to the Prime Minister at the G20 (summit) — how the hell did that happen?"

Phipps says the issue was "tearing at the fabric of our community . we had our people at each other's throats."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 20 2014 7:59AM
The first of two days of state high school football finals are taking
place at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls this day. Gladbrook Reinbeck takes on Logan
Magnolia for all the marbles in Class A at 1:36 this afternoon.
Two other conteststhis day and the rest of the classes will be played

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 20 2014 7:50AM
Quite a test for the Iowa men's basketball team tonight. They will take
on Texas who are rated number 10 in the nation. Game time is 6 p-m from
Madison Square Garden in New York. The Hawks are 2-0.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 20 2014 7:47AM
Officials say about 2,000 rainbow trout will be stocked at a lake in Ames.

The state Department of Natural Resources will stock Ada Hayden Lake with the trout Thursday. The trout will be added near a boat ramp on the north side of the lake.

The trout will range in length from 10 to 12 inches. Officials plan to install a net in the water below a bridge to keep the trout from migrating to the south lake.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 12:18PM

An emergency slide accidentally deployed on the San Antonio Spurs charter plane and delayed the team's flight to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Tuesday's incident involved a Delta Air Lines jet on the ground. The slide deployed from the side used by service vendors.

The incident delayed the Spurs' departure by about four hours as Delta provided a replacement plane.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 11:13AM

The parents of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi say he has been taken out of an artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to a French hospital.

Bianchi, who crashed during last month's Japanese Grand Prix, remains in a critical condition with severe head injuries, his parents said in a statement.

The 25-year-old Bianchi lost control of his Marussia car and hit a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers.

Although Bianchi remains unconscious "he is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable," the statement said, adding that he was transferred overnight from Yokkaichi to a hospital in his home city of Nice, in southern France.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:26AM

The Minnesota Wild have assigned goalie Josh Harding to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild.

The move was made Tuesday after Harding cleared waivers.

The 30-year-old was taken off injured reserve Monday. He hasn't skated with the Wild this season. Harding broke his right foot in an incident off the ice a few days before training camp and was put on a suspended list.

His last appearance in a game was Dec. 31. Illness related to his multiple sclerosis kept him out of action the rest of the way. Harding finished 18-7-3 with three shutouts in 29 games and led the NHL with a 1.65 goals-against average. With Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom the top two goalies, there's no room on the Wild roster for now.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:22AM

Critics of what could be a $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits will have their day in court in Philadelphia.

Dozens of former players, relatives and lawyers on Wednesday hope to speak to the judge weighing final approval.

The deal was announced last year to settle claims the NFL long hid what it knew about concussion risks.

The NFL expects about 6,000 former players to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia in the coming decades. They would get an average $190,000.

Some critics say that's not enough to cover their needs — especially when the NFL takes in $10 billion each year.

Lead plaintiff Kevin Turner is battling Lou Gehrig's disease and can't make the hearing. But he hopes the deal is approved.

Turner says time is of the essence for players like him.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:20AM

A federal judge threatened to hold Roger Clemens in contempt after lawyers for the seven-time Cy Young Award winner didn't provide documents in Brian McNamee's lawsuit against the former pitcher.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak issued a 13-page order in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday telling Clemens to produce by Nov. 26 all documents previously demanded by the court.

She told Clemens to show cause by Dec. 19 "why he should not be held in contempt based on his deliberate violation of this court's Aug. 13, 2013 order to produce all withheld responsive documents" for review.

She said Clemens also should show cause "why he should not be sanctioned ... for his continued and repeated abuse of the discovery process."

Pollak said Clemens' lawyers should show cause why the court should not impose sanctions "for unreasonably and vexatiously multiplying these proceedings through their discovery tactics."

She scheduled a hearing for Jan. 9.

McNamee, Clemens' former personal trainer, sued Clemens for defamation in 2008 after the pitcher claimed McNamee lied and manufactured evidence when he accused Clemens of using banned performance-enhancing drugs. The case was moved to federal court the following spring, and a trial date still has not been set.

A jury in federal court in Washington, D.C., found Clemens not guilty in 2012 on six counts charging him with obstructing Congress, making false statements in a deposition and committing perjury when in 2008 he denied using steroids or human growth hormone, receiving them from McNamee and getting injected by McNamee with vitamin B12.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:18AM

The marketing agent for Cam Newton says the quarterback's Twitter account has been suspended after it was hacked.

Carlos Fleming, who represents the Carolina Panthers star for IMG, says the issue is being resolved.

Fleming says "We are grateful to the people at Twitter and the Panthers organization who've been responsive to this issue and they have hopefully helped us resolve it."

Newton's account was shut down Tuesday afternoon following a tweet calling Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman "overrated." That preceded more bizarre tweets, including "I wanna get signed to a good team" and "I wanna get released @panthers."

The fourth-year quarterback has struggled during the team's five-game losing streak and his career record as an NFL starter has fallen to 27-30-1.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:16AM

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings and Mississippi State is still in the top four after losing to the Crimson Tide.

Alabama jumped from fifth to first after handing previously undefeated and top-ranked Mississippi State its first loss on Saturday. Oregon was bumped down to second and unbeaten Florida State is now third. The Seminoles are the only undefeated team left in a Big Five conference.

TCU slipped to No. 5 while Ohio State moved up to No. 6, ahead of TCU's Big 12 rival Baylor and Mississippi.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:14AM

Champ Bailey said goodbye to the NFL on Tuesday after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with his beloved Denver Broncos.

Bailey retired with a dozen Pro Bowl selections, 52 interceptions and no regrets.

Dozens of current players joined former teammates including John Lynch, Brandon Stokley, Brian Dawkins, Jake Plummer and Rod Smith in celebrating Bailey's unparalleled career.

Bailey thanked the Washington Redskins for drafting him with the seventh overall pick in 1999 and the Broncos for bringing him to Denver in the famous 2004 trade for Clinton Portis.

Bailey became the Broncos' most decorated defensive player and helped them reach the Super Bowl last season.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 19 2014 10:10AM

A suburban Philadelphia football coach suspended amid a hazing scandal won't be back next season.

School officials said Tuesday that a review had found that Brian Hensel and his staff at Central Bucks High School West failed to adequately supervise the team the entire season. He and his staff also were faulted for not having signed a code of conduct.

The team's final two games were canceled after an investigation uncovered what the superintendent called "humiliating" initiation rites. He said they included a requirement that rookies grab other player's genitals while fully clothed.

Suspensions of assistant coaches were lifted but it will be up to the next head coach to decide if they stay on.

Hensel's attorney was unaware of the decision and had no immediate comment.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 18 2014 10:39AM

The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season.

The league said Tuesday it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.

The NFL Players Association quickly announced its plan to appeal the punishment.

Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son he was disciplining. He had been on paid leave from the team since Sept. 17.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Aug. 28 an enhanced crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 18 2014 10:33AM

A Western New England University football player has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing his girlfriend's skull.

John Perry, a junior linebacker from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was held after his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court on a charge of aggravated assault and battery. That's pending a hearing scheduled for Thursday to determine whether he is a danger to society.

Prosecutors say Perry assaulted his girlfriend early Sunday at an off-campus house they share with other students.

The victim, who remains hospitalized, says Perry struck her during an argument.

Perry's lawyer told the judge the woman was already injured when the defendant arrived home and he called 911. The defense also pointed out that in text messages to friends, the woman said she didn't remember what happened.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 18 2014 10:26AM

Six suspended football players from a state-owned university in western Pennsylvania charged with beating and stomping a man outside an off-campus restaurant will go to trial. They're accused of beating the man and then yelling "Football strong!" as they drove away.

The six California University of Pennsylvania players were ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and conspiracy.

Police say the defendants attacked the 30-year-old man when he tried to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player early on Oct. 30. Attorneys for the players have argued that he initiated the fight.

The team forfeited its Nov. 1 game. The school suspended the players and vowed to review the football program.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 18 2014 10:18AM

Jacksonville Jaguars starting cornerback Dwayne Gratz missed practice Monday after being arrested on two misdemeanor charges in Miami.

A Miami Beach Police report states that Gratz was arrested at 5:53 a.m. Sunday after he tried to use bubble gum to purchase items from a store. He argued with an employee, refused to leave the store after police arrived, had blood-shot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

The report also states Gratz did not have money but he offered to pay with gum.

The third-round draft pick in 2013 who has started seven games this season, was charged with disorderly intoxication and trespassing after being given a warning. He was released from jail Monday after posting bail.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says, "I'll meet with him and we'll handle it internally. It's not good what took place."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 17 2014 12:11PM

Des Moines will host first and second-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2016.

The NCAA announced Monday that Iowa's capital city will be among eight sites to host early-round games next season.

Landing such a prestigious event is a major coup for Des Moines, which has hoped to host the NCAA tournament ever since Wells Fargo Arena opened in 2005.

The arena hosted the NCAA women's basketball tournament — which included legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt's last game — and the NCAA wrestling championships in 2013.

Iowa State will serve as the tournament host, so the Cyclones can't play in Des Moines in 2016.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 17 2014 11:13AM

Drake seniors Gary Ricks, Jr. and Karl Madison have each been suspended for three games by the school for accepting improper benefits.

The school says Ricks and Madison received the benefits in 2012-13, when they played under former coach Mark Phelps. They'll miss Drake's next two games, after already missing Friday's opener against Bowling Green.

Athletic director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb says the school launched an internal review. She says Ricks and Madison "worked diligently" to resolve the issue.

Ricks is the team's leading returning scorer with 12.3 points a game last season. Madison averaged 2.2 points a game in 2013-14.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 17 2014 10:58AM

Kevin Harvick has claimed his first career Sprint Cup championship with a win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Harvick used a risky call by crew chief Rodney Childers for four tires during the final pit stop to drive through the field and grab the win that capped his dream first season with Stewart-Haas Racing. The call dropped Harvick to 12th on a restart with 15 laps to go, but he was able to pick his way through traffic with the help of several debris cautions.

Denny Hamlin did not pit and Ryan Newman took two tires to gain track position.

Newman finished second on Sunday. Hamlin faded to seventh and Joey Logano was a distant 16th.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 17 2014 10:57AM

Roger Federer has pulled out of the ATP Finals less than one hour before his title match with Novak Djokovic, handing a third consecutive title to the top-ranked Serb.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who saved four match points in his semifinal win over Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka, said back problems preventing him from playing.

Federer told fans at the O2 Arena: "Unfortunately I'm not match fit. I can't compete at this level with Novak in a finals like this." The Swiss added: "I hope you understand."

The 33-year-old Federer spent nearly three hours on court on Saturday evening

Federer, whose back problems ruined his 2013 season, is set to play in the Davis Cup final with Wawrinka next week against France.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 17 2014 10:36AM

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran for 408 yards through three quarters Saturday against Nebraska, to break LaDainian Tomlinson's single-game major college football rushing record with 15 minutes still to go.

Gordon set the mark on a 26-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to give the 22nd-ranked Badgers a 52-17 lead on the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers.

It was Gordon's fourth touchdown run of the night. He had 25 carries.

Gordon did not re-enter the game when Wisconsin started its first series of the fourth quarter.

The record had stood since Nov. 20, 1999, when Tomlinson had 406 yards on 43 carries for TCU against UTEP.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 17 2014 10:35AM

Police have arrested 16 Croatia fans for interrupting a European Championship qualifier against Italy by throwing fireworks onto the field.

Sunday's match at the San Siro was suspended twice and the referee ordered the players off the field during the second half.

Play was halted in the first half for a few minutes and then late in the match it was stopped for 10 minutes, when there also appeared to be a small fire in the stands. Riot police waded into the stands and eventually the final 17 minutes were played.

The match finished 1-1.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac, who pleaded with fans to calm down, says, "this is not football. This is not a fair image of our country or our people."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:48PM

Clayton Kershaw has become the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ace beat out Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the honor announced Thursday.

Bob Gibson in 1968 was the previous pitcher to be the NL MVP. Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander won the AL MVP in 2011.

Kershaw unanimously won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He led the majors in wins and ERA while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and throwing a no-hitter.

Kershaw got 18 of 30 first-place votes and 355 points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Stanton got eight first-place ballots and 298 points. McCutchen got four first and 271 points.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout unanimously won the AL MVP earlier.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:45PM

Greece's football association says matches in the country's professional leagues have been suspended indefinitely after a referee was beaten in a street and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

Police said 45-year-old former FIFA referee Christoforos Zografos was severely beaten with wooden clubs early Friday by two men who approached him on a motorcycle in the western Kolonos area of the Greek capital.

The association said it would not send referees to upcoming league matches until "immediate steps" were taken to protect match officials.

Zografos is the assistant director of Central Referee Committee, which appoints match officials and is headed by retired Scottish referee Hugh Dallas.

Football matches were suspended for a week in September after a fan was beaten at a third division match and later died.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:43PM

Novak Djokovic will finish the year at the top of the tennis rankings for the third time in four seasons.

Djokovic, who now has an unassailable lead over second-ranked Roger Federer, beat Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-2 Friday in his final round-robin match at the ATP Finals.

Both Djokovic and Federer have won all three of their matches in London and could meet in Sunday's final.

With Friday's victory, Djokovic extended his indoor winning-streak to 30 matches. He had lost only five games in his first two matches and continued his strong play against Berdych, who dropped his first two service games as the Serb took control from the baseline.

Djokovic again broke twice in the second set to stay unbeaten.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:39PM

Ching-Kuo Wu has been re-elected as president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for a third consecutive term.

Dr. Wu was elected unopposed at the AIBA Congress in Jeju, South Korea on Friday.

He told delegates that "with the confidence and trust you have given me, I can carry out the promises I made to you. And you know that I always keep my promises."

Dr. Wu said one of the key priorities of his new term will be a continued expansion of the World Series of Boxing competition and the new AIBA Pro-Boxing competition as the organization pivots from overseeing amateur boxing to incorporating professionals into the Olympic Games and World Championships.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:31PM

A newly disclosed email from the NCAA's top lawyer documents just how close Penn State came to having its football program shut down due to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

It says the school's "cooperation and transparency" saved the program.

The email from lawyer Donald Remy to a school attorney was attached to a court filing Thursday, as the NCAA battles with two Pennsylvania officials over penalties that were imposed on Penn State.

The email establishes that on July 17, 2012, six days before the Penn State sanctions were announced, a majority on the NCAA executive committee favored the "death penalty," shutting down the football program.

The school was instead fined $60 million, banned from bowl games for four years, stripped of 112 wins and lost some football scholarships.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:28PM

Cleveland's Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award, edging Seattle's Felix Hernandez.

Kluber received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 169 points in balloting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hernandez got 13 firsts and 159 points, and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox was third with 78 points.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in his first full major league season with 269 strikeouts, two behind league leader David Price. Kluber had consecutive 14-strikeout games in September, the first to accomplish the feat since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2004.

Kluber, who gets a $10,000 bonus, became Cleveland's fourth Cy Young winner, joining Gaylord Perry (1972), CC Sabathia (2007) and Cliff Lee (2008).

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous winner in the NL voting.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:23PM

Dominican officials say St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month.

Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in Puerto Plata.

She says the 22-year-old Taveras was "legally intoxicated when he crashed."

Taveras was among the majors' top prospects. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games this year.

Taveras' 18-year-old girlfriend was in the car and also died.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 14 2014 12:19PM

A Russian soccer coach who said he would not sign "dark-skinned players" received a five-game ban Wednesday for racial discrimination.

The punishment is the strongest sanction for racism handed out to a player or coach by the Russian Football Union.

Igor Gamula told Russian journalists last month that FC Rostov had "enough dark-skinned players" and "we've got six of the things" when asked in post-match news conference about rumors the club would sign a Cameroon defender.

He also made what he called a "joke" about the Ebola virus.

Gamula, who holds Russian and Ukrainian nationality, apologized three days later after Rostov's African players threatened to go on strike.

In a statement on its website, the Russian Football Union said the comments were "of a disparaging or discriminatory nature toward a group of persons regarding race or skin color."

The 54-year-old coach's ban will end in March due to the Russian league's three-month winter break.

The city of Rostov will host World Cup matches in 2018.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 12 2014 11:27AM

Former NFL player Charles Grant has been fired from his position as a volunteer football coach at Bowie State University after a video surfaced showing him throwing a student to the floor.

The video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Grant shouting at the student before body-slamming him in the gymnasium. Grant then shoved the student into the bleachers.

A spokesman for the school says Grant has been terminated from his position and that the incident is being investigated by the university police department.

The 36-year-old Grant was a first-round pick out of Georgia by the New Orleans Saints in 2002. He played on the Saints' defensive line when they won the Super Bowl in 2009.

His NFL career ended after a two-week stint with Chicago in 2010.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 12 2014 10:32AM

Dirk Nowitzki is now the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the United States.

The Dallas star passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the all-time scoring list in Tuesday night's game against Sacramento.

The 7-foot German hit a jumper just inside the 3-point line to get to 26,947 points, one ahead of the Nigerian-born former star of the Houston Rockets. Olajuwon, who spent 17 years in Houston, retired in 2002 after one season with Toronto.

Elvin Hayes is the next on the list at No. 8 with 27,313 points.

The 36-year-old Nowitzki, in his 17th season with the Mavericks, is second among active players behind Kobe Bryant, who is fourth all-time.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 12 2014 10:30AM

Baltimore's Buck Showalter was voted AL Manager of the Year for the third time, edging the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Scioscia and Kansas City's Ned Yost.

Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday. He kept up his pattern of winning the award once a decade following victories with the New York Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004.

Scioscia was second with four firsts and 61 points and Yost third with 41 points followed by Seattle's Lloyd McClendon with 29 points.

Showalter guided the Orioles to a 96-66 record and their first AL East title since 1997. Voting took place before the playoffs, where Baltimore swept Detroit in the Division Series and then was swept by Kansas City in the AL Championship Series.

Washington's Matt Williams won the NL honor, the fourth first-year big league manager to win the award. He played under Showalter.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 12 2014 10:26AM

A minor league player in the Minnesota Twins' organization has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a positive test for a banned stimulant.

Catcher Alex Real was suspended Tuesday by the commissioner's office.

The 21-year-old Real was drafted by the Twins in June. He played 28 games at Elizabethton in the rookie Appalachian League and hit .284 with one home run and 11 RBIs. Real also was a designated hitter.

Real tested positive for Methylhexaneamine. There have been 60 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 12 2014 10:25AM

A former Premier League player who was convicted of rape has been told he can resume training with third-tier club Sheffield United.

Wales international Ched Evans was released from jail last month after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in north Wales. His release prompted a national debate over whether he should be allowed to play professionally again.

In a statement on its website Tuesday, Sheffield United said it was not making any decision about Evans' long-term future but has "decided to respond favorably" to a request from the Professional Footballers' Association to allow him to train at its facilities.

The 25-year-old Evans is a former Manchester City player. He was playing for Sheffield United before being convicted.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 11 2014 10:25AM

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office has declined to file charges against San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald in a felony domestic violence investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest.

Prosecutors said in a release that they were unable to charge McDonald because of conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald's fiancee.

The arrest came only days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced stiffer penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 11 2014 10:21AM

Former Minnesota Vikings safety Orlando Thomas has died of complications from ALS. He was 42.

Thomas was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2004. He died on Sunday night in his hometown of Crowley, Louisiana. The death was confirmed by the Vikings, Mark Bartelstein, the former agent for Thomas, and Glenn Boullion, the director of Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley.

Thomas was a hard-hitting starter for seven seasons for the Vikings, the last one coming in 2001. He led the NFL in interceptions with nine as a rookie in 1995 and finished his career with 22.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:23AM

Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a scooter chase in Iowa.

Online court records say that on Oct. 29, the 26-year-old Sash was convicted of public intoxication and fined $65. Prosecutors dropped a charge of interference with official acts in exchange for Sash's plea.

Sash, who played at Iowa, was arrested May 10 in Oskaloosa. Police say Sash led officers on a four-block chase with a motorized scooter before running into a wooded area. Officers say Sash was shocked with a stun gun after he refused to be handcuffed.

He played for the Giants in 2011 and 2012.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:22AM

The Italian football federation has opened a disciplinary case against Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero for a discriminatory comment aimed at his Inter Milan colleague.

Last month, Ferrero told former Inter president Massimo Moratti to "kick out that Filipino" in reference to Indonesian entrepreneur and current Inter president Erick Thohir, in the latest racism gaffe to hit Italian soccer.

Ferrero later apologized for the remark, saying he was merely trying to praise Moratti.

Ferrero and Sampdoria will now face a case before the federation's in-house discipline court.

Meanwhile, federation president Carlo Tavecchio is serving a six-month UEFA and FIFA ban following a racist comment during his election campaign.

The Italian federation dropped its own racism inquiry into Tavecchio.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:18AM

A former member of FIFA's disciplinary panel has been banned from football duty for three years for dishonesty in a mandatory vetting process.

FIFA says Edmond Bowen, former president of the New Caledonia Football Association, "did not fill out the mandatory declaration of integrity truthfully."

FIFA says the three-year ban took effect Monday.

Bowen was elected to serve on the disciplinary committee on a slate of candidates presented at the 2013 FIFA Congress held in Mauritius.

FIFA did not specify details of which incidents Bowen failed to declare honestly.

Media in the Pacific Ocean islands have reported that Bowen received a one-year prison sentence in 2010 and was involved in bankruptcy proceedings.

Bowen was allowed to stand for election in 2011 to lead the football body.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:16AM

Prosecutors say their application to appeal against Oscar Pistorius' manslaughter conviction and five-year prison sentence will be heard in a South African court on Dec. 9.

The National Prosecuting Authority also says it has been informed by Pistorius' defense lawyers that they will oppose the appeal.

The NPA said Monday it believes there are "reasonable prospects of a successful appeal based on a question of law."

Prosecutors say Judge Thokozile Masipa may have made an error when she found the double-amputee Olympic runner not guilty of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Masipa instead convicted Pistorius of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.

His five-year jail sentence means he could be released after 10 months to go under house arrest.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:14AM

CBS apologized to the Ravens after Sunday's 21-7 victory over Tennessee for airing comments made in the locker room by coach John Harbaugh.

"The comments made by John Harbaugh in the locker room following today's victory over the Titans were meant for Ravens players and coaches only," Ravens Senior Vice President Kevin Byrne said in a statement. "The TV crew that was in the locker room was told by coach Harbaugh that it could not broadcast what he was about to say.

"When coach Harbaugh finished talking about various things happening around the NFL and in the AFC North, he told the crew that it could now use what he was going to say. Inexplicably, CBS-TV then aired comments coach Harbaugh specifically said were not to leave the locker room.

"CBS-TV immediately pulled the video and apologized to the Ravens."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:12AM

Nick Taylor overcame a four-shot deficit to win the Sanderson Farms Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn.

The 26-year-old Taylor, the first Canadian winner on the PGA Tour since Mike Weir in 2007, played the front nine in 4 under to pull even with the leaders and took control with birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15.

A former University of Washington player from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Taylor three-putted for bogey on No. 18 after taking a three-shot lead into the final hole. He finished at 16-under 272 at the Country Club of Jackson and earned $720,000.

Weekley also had a 66, and Bohn shot 69.

John Rollins had a two-shot lead coming into Sunday, but faded with a 73 to tie for fourth.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:09AM

Michael Vick has become the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 6,000 yards rushing, getting the milestone in the third quarter of the New York Jets' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vick entered the game with 5,967 yards rushing and reached the mark with an 18-yard scramble. Through three quarters Sunday, Vick had 47 yards on four carries.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:08AM

Bubba Watson holed a bunker shot for eagle on the final hole Sunday, and then made a 20-foot birdie putt in the playoff to win the HSBC Champions.

Watson defeated Tim Clark, who had made birdie on the 18th to get in the playoff.

It was the first World Golf Championship title for Watson, and he won't soon forget the finish.

The two-time Masters champion had control until a sloppy bogey on the 16th hole and a double bogey on the 17th hole when he took two shots from the bunker. That left him one shot behind, and he appeared to be destined for a runner-up finish at best until his bunker shot left of the 18th green rolled the final 25 feet into the cup.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:03AM

Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea birdied the fifth hole of a three-way playoff Sunday to win the Mizuno Classic for her first LPGA title.

Lee sank a birdie putt to beat compatriot Ilhee Lee and Japan's Kotono Kozuma. Lee shot 69 in regulation to finish tied at 11-under 205 with Ilhee Lee (70) and Kozuma, who also had a 69 in the final round.

Laura Davies, who held a share of the lead after the second round and was bidding to become the oldest winner in LPGA history at 51, had a 71 to finish one stroke back of the leaders.

Karrie Webb of Australia and Morgan Pressel of the United States were also among the group of nine players tied for fourth place.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 10:02AM

Oak trees will soon return to Toomer's Corner in Auburn to replace those poisoned by an Alabama fan after the 2010 Iron Bowl.

Auburn University officials announced Friday that two live oak trees about 35 feet tall will be planted at the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue on Feb. 16.

The new trees are coming from a nursery in Ehrhardt, South Carolina.

Trees grown from acorns from the original Toomer's Corner oaks are going to be planted nearby.

Auburn trustees approved a plan to install 30 of the live oaks along a new brick walkway that will connect Samford Hall to Toomer's Corner. The trees are about 15 feet tall. Work on the walkway of oaks will begin in the spring.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 9:59AM

Miami third baseman Casey McGehee and Seattle pitcher Chris Young have been selected as baseball's comeback players of the year.

McGehee, who turned 32 last month, hit .287 with 29 doubles, four home runs, 76 RBIs to win the NL honor following a season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

Young, a 35-year-old right-hander, won the AL award after being limited to nine starts in 2013 — all in the minor leagues — because of injuries. He was 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance this year, reaching double digits in win for the first time since 2006.

The awards, announced Friday, were voted on by the 30 beat writers from, who each selected one candidate in each league.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 9:52AM

FIFA says football's rule-making panel is preparing to study options for video replays to help referees.

A call by FIFA President Sepp Blatter for coaches to challenge on-field decisions could be assessed when the panel, known as IFAB, meets Nov. 24-25 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Meetings of the full IFAB panel and two new advisory groups will shape the agenda for a decision-making session scheduled Feb. 27-March 1.

Blatter's proposal would have to be widely tested before getting IFAB approval.

FIFA says the November meetings will look at using "sin bins" — removing players temporarily instead of dismissing them — in youth matches and modifying offside laws.

The football and technical advisory panels will look at the possible triple punishment of penalty, red card and suspension for some penalty-area fouls.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 10 2014 9:47AM

Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a scooter chase in Iowa.

Online court records say that on Oct. 29, the 26-year-old Sash was convicted of public intoxication and fined $65. Prosecutors dropped a charge of interference with official acts in exchange for Sash's plea.

Sash, who played at Iowa, was arrested May 10 in Oskaloosa. Police say Sash led officers on a four-block chase with a motorized scooter before running into a wooded area. Officers say Sash was shocked with a stun gun after he refused to be handcuffed.

He played for the Giants in 2011 and 2012.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 7 2014 12:34PM

Pennsylvania's highest court has turned down a request from the NCAA to prevent a January trial over the legality of penalties imposed on Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the request made by the NCAA after a lower court decided to focus on the 2012 consent decree that included a $60 million fine.

Justice Max Baer wrote that the NCAA wasn't entitled to what it was seeking because the judge didn't exceed her legal jurisdiction.

The NCAA had argued that the judge improperly expanded the underlying case, in which two state officials sought to enforce a state law keeping the $60 million in Pennsylvania.

The NCAA sanctioned Penn State amid the scandal. The former assistant football coach was convicted of child molestation.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 7 2014 12:32PM

Free agent pitcher Troy Patton has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for an amphetamine under Major League Baseball's drug program.

The positive test was the 29-year-old left-hander's third for an amphetamine. While with Baltimore, he was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2014 season following a second positive test. Initial positive tests are not announced and result in follow-up testing.

At the time Patton's 25-game suspension was announced last December, he told The Sun in Baltimore that he took an Adderall pill four days before the 2013 season finished, trying to improve his short-term focus.

Patton made his first big league appearance of this year on May 1 and was traded to San Diego on May 24 for catcher Nick Hundley. Patton went a combined 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 17 big league appearances.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 7 2014 12:29PM

Defensive tackle Devon Still's 4-year-old daughter got one of the biggest cheers on a cold, windy night Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Leah Still was on the field after the first quarter when the Cincinnati Bengals presented Children's Hospital with a check for more than $1 million to help with cancer research and treatment. The girl is being treated for cancer.

She was released from a hospital in Philadelphia and flew to Cincinnati to see her father play for the first time, sitting in an overhead suite for most of the game against Cleveland.

Still wrote "Leah Strong" on his eye black strips. Police officers working the game wore his uniform No. 73 on their backs.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 7 2014 12:27PM

The NFL has formally begun a review of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's case, for potential punishment under the league's personal conduct policy.

Spokesman Brian McCarthy said Peterson was told by the NFL on Thursday that his status on paid leave from the Vikings will not change until completion of the process.

That means Peterson's return could take a while. He pleaded no contest in Texas on Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless assault, down from a felony charge of child abuse for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

The league said it requested that Peterson submit relevant information from his case and meet with designated experts who will make recommendations for Commissioner Roger Goodell's consideration. He'll have the opportunity for a hearing before any punishment is levied.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 7 2014 12:26PM

The NFL will stage three more regular-season games at Wembley Stadium in London again next season, including the first-ever division game in England.

The schedule also includes games played on consecutive Sundays in London for the first time.

The Miami Dolphins will return to London for a third time to face the New York Jets on Oct. 4 in an AFC East matchup.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 25. And, the following week, the Detroit Lions will be back for the second year in a row to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 1.

The Dolphins, Jaguars and Chiefs will be the "home" teams. The Bills, Chiefs and Jets will play regular-season games in the U.K. for the first time.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 6 2014 10:40AM

Lionel Messi scored twice to tie Raul Gonzalez's career record of 71 Champions League goals, and Barcelona won 2-0 at Ajax on Wednesday night to advance to the tournament's knockout stage for the 11th straight year.

The 27-year-old scored with a header in the 36th minute and doubled the lead in the 76th after exchanging passes with Pedro Rodriguez. Messi moved one goal in front of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona (3-1) advanced from Group F along with Paris Saint-Germain (3-0-1), which beat APOEL 1-0 on Edinson Cavani's goal 57 seconds in.

Manchester City (0-2-2) finished two players short and lost 2-1 at home to CSKA Moscow (1-2-1). Seydou Doumbia scored in the second and 34th minutes around an eighth-minute goal from Yaya Toure in the Group E match. Fernandinho was ejected in the 70th and Toure in the 82nd by Greek referee Tasos Sidiropoulos, both for their second yellow cards.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 6 2014 10:37AM

Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.

Police in Comal County said an investigation was still ongoing into Friday's accident in the Texas Hill Country area. The Lux Funeral Home said services were pending.

Halsey went 14-19 in 88 games with the New York Yankees, Arizona and Oakland from 2004-06. The left-hander most recently pitched in the minors for the Yankees in 2011.

In 2004, Halsey dueled Boston ace Pedro Martinez into the middle innings in a game highlighted by Derek Jeter's diving catch into the stands at Yankee Stadium.

In 2006, Halsey gave up Barry Bonds' 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list. Halsey later joked about the specially marked balls for Bonds' at-bats.

"They just have a B and a number on them, and a picture of Barry, too. If you look into his eye, he winks at you," Halsey said.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 6 2014 10:34AM

American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem.

The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist said Wednesday that for more than a year, she has been experiencing occasional "episodes" of an accelerated heartbeat, usually during or right after matches, that she "was convinced was some sort of anxiety."

Last month, the 23-year-old Oudin says, she was diagnosed with a form of arrhythmia.

Oudin expects to be able to return to the court within a few weeks, although she also will need to recover from having surgery for what she says is a "growth" in her eye.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 6 2014 10:32AM

Utah State wide receiver Gregory Weichers has been indefinitely suspended from the team on the same day he was cited on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

Logan police say the citation issued Tuesday to Weichers on the class B misdemeanor charge stemmed from an Oct. 22 incident.

No further details were released and Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen did not immediately return phone calls Wednesday.

Weichers has played in all nine games for Utah State this season, catching 10 passes for 84 yards. The 20-year-old freshman, a graduate of Bingham High School in South Jordan, had a career-high three receptions for 27 yards in the Aggies' 35-14 win at Hawaii on Saturday.

His father is former BYU safety Greg Weichers.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:32PM

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and the Bryan brothers are among the winners of the ATP World Tour Awards.

Federer was selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award for a 10th time.

Murray receives the Arthur Ashe humanitarian award for his involvement in fundraising exhibitions and campaigns.

Bob and Mike Bryan take the doubles award for a sixth straight year.

Also, 17-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia gets the Star of Tomorrow award as the youngest player ranked in the top 100, Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain was selected the most improved player, and David Goffin of Belgium the comeback player of the year.

The battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking will be decided between Federer and Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals starting on Sunday in London.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:28PM

Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer who had a stroke last month has been "recovering at a remarkable rate" over the past week.

The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The family cited improvements in Howe's speech and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker, and thanked "friends and fans worldwide for their prayers and incredible outpouring of support."

The 86-year-old Howe suffered a significant stroke on Oct. 26 in Texas, where his daughter lives.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points — mostly with the Red Wings — that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:25PM

Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano says he is retiring from the major leagues after a season in which he was released by the New York Yankees in July.

"I've lost the love and passion to play the game," said Soriano in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic. "Right now, my family is the most important thing."

Soriano, 38, completed in 2014 the final year of his $136 million, eight-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs before the 2007 season.

He ends his career 50th in baseball history with 412 home runs.

"Although I consider myself in great shape, my mind is not focused on baseball," said Soriano.

Soriano was released by the Yankees after playing just 67 games. He was hitting .221 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:23PM

Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon have avoided any penalty from NASCAR for their post-race altercation at Texas, but two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports have been punished for their roles in the brawl.

NASCAR suspended three Hendrick crew members for six races on Tuesday and fined them each $25,000. A fourth Hendrick crew member was fined $10,000 and suspended for three races.

Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson and Kasey Kahne crew chief Kenny Francis were each fined $50,000 and placed on probation for six races.

Hendrick Motorsports said it would not appeal, and the punished team members would not face further sanctions from the organization.

The fight began when Gordon confronted Keselowski on pit road after the race.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:22PM

Veteran tight end Tony Moeaki has signed with Seattle, giving the Seahawks three healthy tight ends on the active roster.

The Seahawks also re-signed wide receiver Bryan Walters on Tuesday. Seattle waived linebacker L.J. Fort and defensive back Terrance Parks with an injury settlement to clear the active roster spots.

Moeaki has been out of the NFL this season after reaching an injury settlement and being released by the Bills. His most productive season came in his rookie season of 2010 when he had 47 receptions for 556 yards and three touchdowns with Kansas City. Moeaki appeared in only two games with Buffalo last season.

Walters was cut last weekend so Parks could be added to the roster because of depth concerns in Seattle's secondary. Walters has been Seattle's primary punt returner all season and has five receptions.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:20PM

A Jan. 6 trial date has been set for U.S. national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo on misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

Kirkland Municipal Court Judge Michael Lambo set the date during a brief hearing that Solo attended Tuesday. Solo is charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering. She has pleaded not guilty

Solo's nephew told police she was upset and appeared to have been drinking when she arrived at a family gathering. Solo's lawyer has said she was a victim in the altercation.

The 32-year-old Solo has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. women's national team.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 5 2014 12:17PM

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his child abuse case.

A judge agreed to the plea deal during a hearing Tuesday in Conroe, 40 miles north of Houston.

Peterson was indicted in September for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The All-Pro running back was charged with felony injury to a child and had faced up to two years in prison if convicted.

Under the agreement, Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault.

Peterson says he never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:23AM

Devon Still figures it will be the most emotional game he'll ever play.

The Bengals defensive tackle will have his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, watching from a seat at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night when Cincinnati (5-2-1) hosts the Cleveland Browns (5-3). The girl is being treated for cancer.

After the first quarter, the team will present a check for more than $1 million to Children's Hospital for cancer treatment and research. The money was raised from sales of Still's jersey.

On Sunday, Still supported collegiate basketball player Lauren Hill by wearing her name on his eye black strips. Hill is a freshman at Mount St. Joseph who has inoperable brain cancer. She scored two baskets in her first game.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:21AM

Two Minnesota high school runners have been disqualified in the state girls cross country meet for helping an opponent who fell.

Kailee Kiminski, a senior from Esko, and Tierney Winter, a junior in Janesville, forfeited the race last weekend to help Jackson County Central freshman Jessica Christoffer cross the finish line. All three were disqualified because of a high school league rule against aiding another runner.

Christoffer says she is "really thankful" for her peers. She says she got tired and fell, and it was nice of them to help her finish the race.

Winter says she couldn't leave Christoffer 50 meters from the finish line. She says she wouldn't want to be left there if she had fallen and she was just being "a friend of a runner."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:19AM

Prosecutors say they have filed appeal papers against the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius case.

The prosecution is appealing against Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision to acquit Pistorius of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Masipa instead found the Olympic runner guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says it filed initial appeal papers Tuesday — exactly two weeks after the double-amputee athlete was sentenced to five years in prison for killing Steenkamp.

Prosecutors must first apply to Judge Masipa for permission to appeal against the verdict and sentence she decided on.

Prosecutors have said they believe Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder. He would face a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted of murder on appeal.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:16AM

Indiana has suspended guard Stanford Robinson and forward Troy Williams for four games for what coach Tom Crean described as "poor choices."

Crean made the announcement Monday night on his weekly radio show.

Robinson and Williams, both returning starters, were expected to have major roles with the Hoosiers this season.

The news comes after sophomore forward Devin Davis was hit by a teammate's car last weekend and suffered a head injury. Forward Emmitt Holt, an 18-year-old freshman who was driving the car and had been drinking, also has been suspended for the first four games.

Davis' health has been improving since the accident, which police blamed primarily on "pedestrian's action."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:14AM

A soccer match in Israel's Premier League has been stopped after a fan ran onto the field and assaulted a star player.

Cross-city rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv were tied 1-1 in the first half Monday when a shirtless fan ran onto the field and began hitting and kicking Maccabi's Eran Zehavi.

The two exchanged blows for several moments before security dragged the fan away. The game referee then issued Zehavi a red card, sparking a further outburst from players and fans. After numerous other fans ran onto the field and began exchanging blows, the game was called and the players were evacuated.

Hapoel manager Eyal Berkovic called it a "black day" for Israeli soccer. "This is not soccer, this is war," he said.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:12AM

Jerry Sandusky's wife is defending her husband again, this time in a letter to the editor.

In a letter posted Monday on, Dottie Sandusky claims her husband is innocent of the child sex-abuse charges of which he was convicted.

She writes that she isn't delusional even though the public disagrees with her.

The letter takes aim at a documentary that includes an appearance by her adopted son Matt. He cooperated with prosecutors during Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial in 2012.

Jerry Sandusky, Penn State's retired defensive football coach, is serving a lengthy prison term.

Dottie Sandusky gave several interviews earlier this year in which she also argued her husband was wrongfully convicted. says the letter was reviewed by the publishing company's lawyers for potentially libelous content and edited accordingly.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 11:05AM

The Minnesota Twins say they will hire Paul Molitor as manager after four straight seasons of 92 or more losses.

The Twins said the 58-year-old Molitor will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday and given a three-year contract. He replaces Ron Gardenhire, who was fired five weeks ago.

Molitor, a Hall of Fame infielder and Minnesota native with the 10th-most hits in major league history, spent 2014 as a coach on Gardenhire's staff. Prior to that, he served for 10 seasons as a minor league instructor in the organization, a noted influence on many young players. Molitor was an initial candidate for the job that last opened in 2001, when Tom Kelly retired and Gardenhire was chosen.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 4 2014 10:28AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada.

Wada signed a minor league deal with Chicago last December, and began this season with Triple-A Iowa. He made his major league debut in July and went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts with the Cubs.

Wada played nine years in the Japan Pacific League before signing an $8.15 million, two-year contract with Baltimore before the 2012 season. He developed elbow soreness that spring and had elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery after a tear was discovered following a rehabilitation outing for Triple-A Norfolk.

Wada is eligible for $2 million in bonuses under his new deal, which was announced on Monday. The incentives are based on total starts and time on the active roster.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:46AM

Two buses transporting the Washington Redskins to their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday collided on a highway exit ramp while driving to TCF Stadium.

The Redskins tweeted that the team had arrived safely at the stadium and team spokesman Tony Wyllie said that the accident will not affect the game.

"Everyone is fine. No one was injured," Wylie said.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said one of the Minneapolis police squads escorting two buses crashed into a guard rail and ended up in front of the buses. He said the first bus braked but the second bus rear ended the first bus on the ramp. He said the accident call came in around 8:15 a.m.

Roeske said the officer in the squad car was taken to the hospital. He added there were minor injuries like scrapes and bruises on at least one bus passenger, but he didn't know how many sustained injuries.

Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon tweeted a photo from inside one of the buses and said in a message "So this just happened. But we are ok."

Garcon's photo shows a broken front windshield. There is a police car parked in front of the bus and emergency workers, one pushing a stretcher on wheels, standing in the road.

The Redskins and Vikings were scheduled to kick off at noon.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:35AM

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic easily defended his Paris Masters title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Sunday.

Djokovic, who did not drop a set during the whole week, won the indoor tournament for the third time and claimed the 20th Masters title of his career.

The Serb also made a big step in his bid to finish the year at the No. 1 spot for a third time, extending his lead over Roger Federer before the ATP Finals in London from Nov. 9-16.

The 23-year-old Raonic, who has never beaten Djokovic in their four meetings, appeared apprehensive and could not convert his few openings.

Djokovic's only scare came in the first set when Raonic won eight straight points but failed to convert three consecutive break opportunities.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:33AM

Four Penn State football players were cited after what officials call an egg-throwing incident at a campus building the night before Halloween.

Team officials confirmed Saturday that center Wendy Laurent, defensive end Garrett Sickels, tight end Brent Wilkerson and reserve safety Anthony Smith were involved in Thursday night's incident at Beaver Hall.

According to Centre County court records, all were issued non-traffic criminal mischief citations.

Coach James Franklin said after Saturday's game against Maryland that the situation would be addressed with the administration, the players and their families.

He said egg-throwing was "far down the totem pole" among the problems in college athletics, but "It still needs to be fixed. I can guarantee it will be."

On Saturday, Laurent started, Wilkerson had some playing time at fullback and Sickels had a sack.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:27AM

When Dave Brandon resigned as Michigan's athletic director this week, the news did not come as a huge surprise.

There was one unexpected announcement, however, and that was the appointment of Jim Hackett as interim athletic director.

Hackett did not speak much at Friday's news conference, and it remains to be seen how long he'll be in charge and what major decisions he'll have to make, but the clock is ticking. Michigan's foundering football program was a major reason behind Brandon's dip in popularity, and the school will have to make a decision on coach Brady Hoke's future before too long.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:22AM

Police have cited Indiana freshman Emmitt Holt for underage drinking after he hit teammate Devin Davis with his SUV, which left Davis hospitalized with a serious head injury.

Bloomington Police Sgt. Jeffery Canada says Holt and his passengers told police that they had dropped off Davis, a sophomore, off at the Memorial Stadium parking lot about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

Canada says Holt was driving away when Davis suddenly entered the roadway for unknown reasons and collided with the vehicle. Police found Davis unconscious with a head injury.

Senior assistant athletic director J.D. Campbell says Davis is in serious condition.

Holt was issued citations for misdemeanor illegal consumption of alcohol and cited for being under age 21 and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above 0.02.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:17AM

The coach of Russian Premier League team FC Rostov says he will not sign black players and expressed fears that Ebola could spread to the club.

Igor Gamula told local media the club had "enough dark-skinned players, we've got six of the things" when asked Friday about rumors Rostov would sign Cameroon defender Benoit Angbwa.

Gamula also said that five of his Russian players were ill and "I'm already worrying it's Ebola."

Rostov midfielder Moussa Doumbia is from Mali, which has seen sporadic Ebola cases, but there is no suggestion he is infected. Indeed, Doumbia played for Rostov in Friday's 1-0 win over Ural Yekaterinburg.

Gamula, 54, took over in September at Rostov, which won the Russian Cup last season and has played in this season's Europa League.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:11AM

Joe Maddon has been hired as manager of the Cubs after the team fired Rick Renteria.

Chicago, without a World Series title since 1908, announced the hiring Friday about two hours after announcing the firing.

Maddon is to be introduced today at a news conference at a restaurant across the street from Wrigley Field.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:09AM

Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the second straight season.

The Wildcats lived up to expectations last season, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost to Connecticut.

With most of that team back and another stellar recruiting class in place, Kentucky received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel to become the fourth team to earn consecutive preseason No. 1s.

Arizona was No. 2, receiving five first-place votes. No. 3 Wisconsin, with most of its team returning from last year's Final Four run, had eight first-place votes but were 35 points behind Arizona in overall points.

Duke and Kansas round out the top five, followed by North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Nov 3 2014 11:08AM

The World Marathon Majors series says it has postponed Sunday's awards ceremony because of reports that Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo has tested positive for doping.

The series says "no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules."

According to a report on the website RunBlogRun, the 33-year-old Jeptoo tested positive in an out-of-competition test in September, a few weeks before winning her second straight Chicago Marathon title.

The IAAF has not yet made an announcement on the case.

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