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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 26 2014 9:46AM

Rainy weather is slowing down investigators probing a fire that burned the Alabama mansion of Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain.

Investigators were back at the scene of the fire at Lake Tuscaloosa on Wednesday, but a spokesman says rain is making the search for clues more difficult.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are trying to determine what caused a fire that gutted McClain's home north of Tuscaloosa.

The house was on the market with a price of $1.5 million when it burned.

Authorities say a witness reported seeing a speeding car leaving the area around the time the blaze began Monday night. A sheriff's spokesman says suspicions were also raised because the house was high-priced and vacant.

McClain lived there during the offseason.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 26 2014 9:43AM

Cleveland's LeBron James and Stephen Curry of Golden State are the leading vote-getters in the first returns from NBA All-Star fan voting.

James had about 553,000 votes at the Eastern Conference frontcourt spot, where New York's Carmelo Anthony ranked second and Chicago's Pau Gasol was third in the results released Thursday. Washington's John Wall topped East guards, and No. 2 was James' former Miami teammate, Dwyane Wade.

Curry had more than 549,000 votes to lead second-place Kobe Bryant among West guards. New Orleans' Anthony Davis had the most votes in the West frontcourt, followed by the Clippers' Blake Griffin and Memphis center Marc Gasol.

Voting runs through Jan. 19, and starters for the Feb. 15 game in New York will be announced Jan. 22.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 24 2014 10:17AM

TCU's Gary Patterson is The Associated Press college football coach of the year.

Patterson is just the second two-time winner of the AP coach of the year, joining Nick Saban (2003 with LSU and 2008 with Alabama). The AP coach of the year has been awarded since 1998. Patterson, in his 14th season at TCU, was coach of the year in 2009.

Patterson received 27 of 54 votes from the AP poll media panel. Urban Meyer of Ohio State was the runner-up with 14 votes. Mississippi State's Dan Mullen received six votes. Alabama's Nick Saban and Arizona's Rich Rodriguez drew two votes each. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Baylor's Art Briles and Memphis' Justin Fuente had one each.

Patterson guided the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs to an 11-1 record after going 4-8 in 2013.

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Location : AlabamaArizonaMemphis
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 24 2014 9:05AM

Biathlon is ending a year already tarnished by doping scandals with yet another case of drug cheating.

The sport's governing body says it has provisionally suspended an unnamed athlete as of Dec. 15, after stored blood samples reanalyzed by the World Anti-Doping Agency came back positive for EPO.

The IBU says it will reveal more details "as soon as this is legally possible."

Russian biathletes Ekaterina Iourieva and Irina Starykh were banned before the Sochi Olympics, and their countryman Alexander Loginov was suspended last month following retests of their samples by WADA applying new analytical methods.

Biathlon was also rocked during the Olympics in February when Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany was caught doping, while the IBU last week started investigations into alleged doping infringements by its vice president Gottlieb Taschler.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 24 2014 9:02AM

Catcher David Ross has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, reuniting him with batterymate Jon Lester.

The deal was announced Tuesday after an agreement was reached last week.

Ross gets a $550,000 signing bonus plus $2.25 million in salary in 2015 and 2016.

Ross often caught Lester in Boston the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts this year before the Red Sox traded the pitcher to Oakland. Ross, who will turn 38 in spring training, hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 50 games for Boston last season.

The Cubs got two-time All-Star catcher Miguel Montero in a trade with Arizona this month and still have Welington Castillo behind the plate.

Chicago also claimed left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and said catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers by Baltimore and first baseman Shane Peterson was claimed by Milwaukee.

Kickham made his major league debut with the Giants in 2013. He has pitched in 14 games and made three starts over the past two seasons for San Francisco, going 0-3 with a 10.98 ERA.

He spent most of last season at Triple-A Fresno.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 24 2014 9:00AM

Major League Baseball's average salary has shot up to more than $3.8 million following the steepest rise since 2001.

According to final figures from the players' association, the increase put big leaguers on track to top the $4 million barrier for the first time next year.

The union said Tuesday the 910 players on big league rosters and disabled lists as of Aug. 31 averaged $3,818,923. The 12.78 percent hike was the biggest since a 12.83 percent rise from 2000 to 2001.

Player salaries are increasing after several years of more modest increases. The gain is fueled by record revenue in the $9 billion range, much of it from national TV contracts and regional sports networks.

The average topped $1 million for the first time in 1992, crossed the $2 million barrier in 2001 and the $3 million mark in 2010.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 24 2014 8:58AM

The division-deciding games at Green Bay and Atlanta will be played late Sunday afternoon.

The NFL moved the Lions-Packers game for the NFC North to 4:25 p.m. EST. It also put the Panthers-Falcons game in that time slot, but switched networks for that showdown for the NFC South crown to CBS. Detroit-Green Bay will be on Fox.

The prime-time game is Cincinnati at Pittsburgh to decide the AFC North.

Jacksonville at Houston has been moved from late afternoon to 1 p.m. EST for the final day of the regular season.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 24 2014 8:58AM

A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150 mph chase through three states last year has agreed to a plea deal.

35-year-old Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker of California pleaded guilty Tuesday in a St. George court to felony counts of failure to stop for an officer and possession of a controlled substance. He also pleaded guilty to impaired driving.

Walker said in court he's in a much better place than when Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested him a year ago after a chase that began in Nevada and crossed into Arizona before reaching Utah.

He apologized for his actions and said he's working to stay healthy and avoid making similar mistakes.

Sentencing has been set for Feb. 23.

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Location : ArizonaCaliforniaNevadaUtah
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 11:44AM

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is The Associated Press college football player of the year.

Mariota won the AP vote in the same landslide fashion he won the Heisman Trophy. He received 49 of the 54 votes submitted by the AP Top 25 media panel. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper received three votes.

Wisconsin running back and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston each received one vote.

Mariota is the first Oregon player to win AP player of the year, which was first awarded in 1998, and the eighth quarterback to win it in the last nine years.

Oregon will face Florida State and last year's Heisman winner and AP player of the years, Jameis Winston, in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:32AM

American forward Abby Wambach has been voted CONCACAF's Female Player of the Year and Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas was honored as Male Player of the Year.

The governing body of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said Tuesday that Wambach won after finishing second to U.S. teammate Alex Morgan last year's inaugural awards. Costa Rican midfielder Shirley Cruz was second and Mexican forward Charlyn Corral third in voting by national team coaches and captains, media and fans.

Navas was followed by Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz and American goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Howard won his second straight Goalkeeper of the Year award, and Costa Rica's Jorge Luis Pinto was Coach of the Year. Ruiz won Goal of the Year for his shot against Italy during the World Cup, and Mark Geiger was Referee of the Year after becoming the first American to referee a knockout-rounds match at the World Cup.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:30AM

Alabama authorities have suspicions about a fire that gutted a mansion owned by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Norris says a witness reported seeing a car speeding away from the scene of the blaze Monday night.

Norris says the vehicle could be a clue. He says it's suspicious anytime a vacant, high-priced home burns down.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

The six-bedroom, five-bath house is listed on several real estate sales sites with an asking price of $1.5 million.

The 25-year-old McClain is a native of north Alabama who played at the University of Alabama.

McClain is now making an NFL comeback with the Cowboys after legal scrapes that include his conviction in July on charges including resisting arrest.

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Location : AlabamaNorth Alabama
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:29AM

A soccer coach accused of murdering an off-duty police officer has appeared in an English court.

Christopher Spendlove was fired Monday as assistant coach of Oklahoma City Energy, which plays in the USL PRO league, after being charged by authorities in his native Liverpool.

The 30-year-old Spendlove and 28-year-old Andrew Taylor are both accused of attacking officer Neil Doyle in Liverpool city center early Friday. A post-mortem examination found that Doyle died from a fatal bleed around the brain.

Spendlove and Taylor appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday to face murder and assault charges.

Ahead of the hearing, Energy FC announced that Spendlove was dismissed "given the seriousness of the charges."

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Location : Liverpool
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:28AM

The NFL's troubles with domestic violence have been selected the sports story of the year in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

Ninety-four ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.

NFL domestic violence received 659 points and 29 first-place votes in the results announced Tuesday.

The No. 2 sports story was Clippers owner Donald Sterling being forced out by the NBA after his racist statements. It received 518 points.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:25AM

San Diego State forward Dwayne Polee II collapsed on the court during San Diego State's game against UC Riverside on Monday night and was tended to by a paramedic for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher.

Polee was conscious as he was wheeled off the court. His teammates came over and gave him fist-bumps. Polee pumped his fists toward the crowd.

SDSU officials didn't immediately know what happened. A spokesman said Polee was responsive and being taken to a hospital.

Polee had missed a layup and teammate JJ O'Brien scored on a tip-in for a 14-8 lead with more than 11 minutes left before the Aztecs went on defense. Polee collapsed face-first near the key.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:16AM

A person with knowledge of the private negotiations of the purchase of the Milwaukee Bucks says that the new ownership group has committed another $50 million toward the construction of a new arena.

The move was confirmed Monday by a person who requested anonymity because that person was not authorized to disclose details.

Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens pledged at least $100 million after purchasing the team in April from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who also pledged $100 million for a new arena. The additional money increases the new owners' pledge for a new arena to $150 million.

The new owners have said it could take at least $400 million for a new home.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 23 2014 10:15AM

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez has won the prestigious Fuchs (fyoox) Award from the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The award for long and meritorious service to baseball is named for Judge Emil Fuchs, the former owner of the Boston Braves. Past winners of the silver platter awarded since 1959 include Hank Aaron, Marvin Miller and Ernie Harwell.

In a 17-year career with the Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies, Martinez posted a 219-100 record with a 2.93 ERA. He was the Cy Young Award winner in 1997 with Montreal and in 1999 and 2000 with the Red Sox.

The award will be presented to Martinez on Jan. 22 at the Boston BBWAA's annual dinner at Boston University's Agganis Arena.

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Location : Montreal
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 9:12AM

A pre-trial hearing on jury issues is scheduled Monday for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, whose murder trial is slated to start next month.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Jury selection is scheduled to start Jan. 9.

Hernandez also has pleaded not guilty to the fatal shootings of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub.

Prosecutors preparing for the case involving Lloyd have sought to admit a range of evidence related to Hernandez's other alleged crimes, including the Boston homicides and unlawful possession of firearms.

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Location : Boston
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 9:10AM

The showdown for the AFC North title will be played in prime time.

NBC says next week's meeting between the Bengals and Steelers in Pittsburgh will be on "Sunday Night Football." The winner will be division champion.

The NFL does not designate a Sunday night game for Week 17 at the start of the season, waiting to see which matchup has the most intriguing playoff implications.

The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 on Sunday to clinch a postseason berth. Cincinnati (9-4-1) hosts AFC West champ Denver on Monday night. If the Bengals lose to the Broncos, they could go into the regular-season finale in danger of missing the playoffs.

The announcement was made during halftime of Sunday night's Seahawks-Cardinals game.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 9:08AM

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the MVP of the Basketball World Cup, was honored Sunday as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Irving started in all nine games for the Americans in Spain and averaged 12.1 points and 3.6 assists. He scored 26 points in the gold-medal game, going 6 of 6 from 3-point range to spark a rout of Serbia.

Irving was selected by USA Basketball's board of directors.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 9:06AM

A dozen people are recovering after they were injured by an indirect lightning strike at Raymond James Stadium after a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers.

Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the lightning strike happened Sunday afternoon as fans were walking back to their cars in Lot 14. The department received a 911 call at 4:11 p.m.

Rescue crews took seven people to the hospital. All were in stable condition when they left for St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Another four to five people told authorities they were going on their own to be checked out.

The lightning struck near his SUV. It has a shattered sunroof and some exterior damage.

Green Bay beat the Bucs 20-3.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 9:00AM

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared of the allegations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing this month.

The hearing focused on sexual assault allegations a former student brought against Winston two years ago. A prosecutor decided not to criminally charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof."

The hearing was to determine whether Winston violated four sections of the code of conduct — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment.

The ramifications for Winston ranged from a reprimand to expulsion from school.

The woman can request an appeal within five days.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 8:57AM

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has canceled women's World Cup races in Semmering, Austria, next week because of a lack of snow.

Mild temperatures have prevented organizers from producing sufficient artificial snow to cover the Zauberberg course at the resort, where a giant slalom was scheduled for Sunday, followed by a night slalom the next day.

FIS women's race director for technical events, Markus Mayr, says "it's been impossible to create a suitable course due to the weather conditions."

The races were not immediately rescheduled.

A city event in Munich on New Year's Day had been called off for the same reason earlier this week, and the women's World Cup now continues with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 4.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 8:55AM

Officials say former NBA player Carl Herrera has been shot and wounded during an apparent robbery attempt in Venezuela.

The country's prosecutor's office says the shooting occurred Saturday in a restaurant on Margarita Island.

The Venezuelan newspaper El Universal says he is in stable condition at a hospital.

Herrera was a power forward during the 1990s for Houston, San Antonio, Vancouver and Denver, scoring more than 2,400 points over a nine-year career. Now 48, he's coaching a team in the Venezuelan league.

The Trinidad-born player attended the University of Houston.

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Location : DenverHoustonSan AntonioVancouver
People : Carl Herrera
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 22 2014 8:53AM

Megan Courtney and Aiyana Whitney each had 11 kills, and Penn State defeated Brigham Young 25-21, 26-24, 25-14 Saturday to win their second consecutive NCAA women's volleyball championship.

Micha Hancock had 36 assists and five digs for the Nittany Lions. The senior from nearby Edmond won in front of family and friends in her final college match. Her expert setting helped the Nittany Lions neutralize the nation's No. 1 blocking team.

Penn State (36-3) won its sixth title in eight years and No. 7 overall to break a tie with Stanford for the most overall titles.

Jennifer Hamson had 14 kills and Alexa Gray added nine for BYU, which had won 12 straight matches. The Cougars (30-5) were trying to become the first unseeded team to win a national championship.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 11:08AM

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Baltimore almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in Baltimore City District Court on Friday morning. He was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old Phelps was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line while driving in a tunnel. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

A week after his arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months.

Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October. This is his second DUI conviction. Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2004 in another Maryland county.

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Location : BaltimoreMaryland
People : Michael Phelps
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 9:41AM

Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February.

Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single "First Kiss."

Kid Rock's appearance coincides with the launch of his album "First Kiss." The album will be released Feb. 24, two days after the showcase race.

He joins a long list of past pre-race performers at the Daytona 500, including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III calls Kid Rock an "avid NASCAR fan" who will provide fans with a "spectacular performance."

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:40AM

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving the Horseshoe Casino when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

If convicted Friday, Phelps faces up to a year in jail.

In 2004, Phelps, who was then 19, pleaded guilty to DUI on Maryland's Eastern Shore. His conviction was waived because he was a young first-time offender.

After this year's arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months. Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October.

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Location : Maryland
People : Michael Phelps
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:39AM

A judge is delaying a trial on the legality of the NCAA's consent decree that punished Penn State for its handling of sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Thursday said the case brought by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord will begin Feb. 17. It had been scheduled for Jan. 6.

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce. She's also requiring the NCAA to give her the documents under seal so she can determine if Corman and McCord should get them.

Corman and McCord sued to enforce a state law requiring the consent decree's $60 million fine benefit Pennsylvania only.

Sandusky was convicted but denies molesting boys.

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Location : Pennsylvania
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:56AM

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.

Djokovic won the annual award for a fourth time, while Williams claimed it for a fifth time.

Djokovic won Wimbledon for his seventh Grand Slam title and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Williams won the U.S. Open for her 18th major championship and stayed No. 1 throughout the year.

Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles award for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy took the women's prize for the third straight time.

CiCi Bellis of the United States and Russia's Andrey Rublev were named junior world champions. Japan's Yui Kamiji and Shingo Kunieda are the wheelchair champions.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:54AM

On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Pelini, who was fired on Nov. 30, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school.

The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."

Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst. There were other instances of profanity on the audio.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:52AM

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

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke says he informed McDonald and his agent by phone at 11:30 a.m. PST that the defender is "terminated"

Baalke says, "This is a situation that we can all learn from." Baalke said CEO Jed York and coach Jim Harbaugh also were involved in the decision.

Baalke says the 49ers notified the NFL office of the allegations against McDonald, saying, "This is a team decision."

Last month, the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it declined to file charges against the defensive lineman in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest in a domestic violence case.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:51AM

The national junior college defensive player of the year from 2013 highlights the latest list of football recruits signed by Iowa State.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads announced three signings on Wednesday, including defensive lineman Demond Tucker. The 285-pound Mississippi native was named the NJCAA defensive player of the year two years ago for Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He had 9.5 sacks last season.

Iowa State also signed junior college defensive back Jomal Wiltz, who Rhoads says is capable of playing corner back, safety and returning kicks, along with offensive lineman Patrick Scoggins.

Scoggins, a transfer from Long Beach Community College in California, could either fill in for departed center Tom Farniok or play guard.

All three players have signed letters of intent and will enroll at Iowa State next semester.

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Location : CaliforniaMississippi
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:50AM

The annual basketball doubleheader featuring Iowa's four Division I teams has been extended through 2017.

The athletic directors at Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake announced Wednesday that the Big Four Classic will be held in Iowa's capital of Des Moines for two more years.

The Big Four Classic replaced the home-and-home series that Iowa and Iowa State had with their Missouri Valley Conference counterparts in 2012.

This year's doubleheader, which will feature No. 13 Iowa State against Drake and Northern Iowa against the Hawkeyes, is set for Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. This year's event is a sellout, with a crowd of just over 15,000 expected.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:46AM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore Sherron Dorsey-Walker says he's leaving the program.

Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Tuesday that Dorsey-Walker, a seldom-used reserve guard, intends to transfer to another school.

Dorsey-Walker averaged three points in limited action this season. Dorsey-Walker hadn't played in four straight games, and the impending arrival of former Oregon State guard Hallice Cooke looked to cut his playing time in 2015-16.

Dorsey-Walker's departure could free up another scholarship for Hoiberg to hand out next spring.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:43AM

Sprint has informed NASCAR it will not extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season.

Sprint has been the entitlement sponsor for NASCAR's top series since 2004, when Nextel signed a 10-year agreement for the Nextel Cup Series. The name changed to the Sprint Cup Series in 2008 following the corporate merger between Nextel and Sprint corporate merger.

Sprint agreed to a three-year extension that took the contract through 2016.

Now, the company is citing "a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities," in ending its relationship with NASCAR.

NASCAR chief communications officer Brett Jewkes says the series understands that significant changes within Sprint led to the decision.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:02AM

Tennessee wide receiver Jason Croom won't play in the TaxSlayer Bowl due to a knee injury.

Volunteers receivers coach Zach Azzanni said Tuesday that Croom hurt his knee during Sunday's practice and wouldn't be available for the Jan. 2 game with Iowa (7-5) at Jacksonville, Florida.

Croom, a sophomore from Norcross, Georgia, has 21 catches for 305 yards and is tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions.

Tennessee (6-6) has lost four receivers to season-ending injuries.

Marquez North had 30 catches for 320 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games before tearing a labrum. Josh Smith sustained a high ankle sprain after catching 10 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown in three games. Cody Blanc tore his Achilles tendon in training camp.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 16 2014 10:56AM

Rory McIlroy has been chosen as the European Tour player of the year, capping a season in which he won two majors, the Ryder Cup, and topped the money lists in Europe and the United States.

McIlroy won his maiden British Open title and a second U.S. PGA Championship.

He also won the tour's flagship event at Wentworth, and the Bridgestone Invitational, both for the first time.

McIlroy, who received the award for the second time in three years, says, "If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year," and that the award "is a very nice way to round off the year."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 16 2014 10:53AM

Spanish police say they have arrested two men for the death of a soccer fan following a brutal street fight between rival radical fan groups before a match in Madrid two weeks ago.

Spanish police wrote on their official Twitter account that "32 ultras arrested in Madrid, Avila and Toledo for the violent incidents at Manzanares, among them, 2 alleged perpetrators of the homicide."

On Nov. 30, a large clash between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna "ultra" groups led to 43-year-old Deportivo fan Francisco Javier Romero Taboada dying later from injuries after he fell into the Manzanares River during the fight.

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Location : AvilaMadridToledo
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 16 2014 10:47AM

Outside hitter Matt Anderson has been honored as the U.S. men's national team Indoor Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Anderson, from West Seneca, New York, had 431 kills and 485 points this season for the national team, which won the FIVB World League competition but got outsed from the World Championship in the second round.

Taylor Sander of Manhattan Beach, California, was the team's Rookie of the Year, and Sean Rooney was honored as the Most Inspirational Player. Sander, who wrapped up his college career at BYU in May, stepped in for injured outside hitter Reid Priddy during the World League and was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Rooney, from Wheaton, Illinois, captained the team at the World League but a back injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 16 2014 10:46AM

A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. The busy White Sox scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to introduce offseason acquisitions Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, and the team could announce Cabrera's deal at the same time.

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton welcomed Cabrera in a tweet on Saturday night, and then Cabrera retweeted the message — signaling a deal was imminent. WSCR-AM 670 was the first to report the agreement.

The 30-year-old Cabrera could slot in quite nicely behind Eaton in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs with Toronto last season.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 16 2014 10:44AM

A woman has been placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to stalking Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 47-year-old Kathleen Kearney pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein as part of a plea agreement on Monday. Cook County Judge Michael McHale also ordered that Kearney be monitored by GPS while she is on probation and ordered that she never have any contact with Epstein. She is now undergoing mental health treatment where she lives in Massachusetts.

Kearney was arrested after flying from Massachusetts where she lives to Chicago and driving to Epstein's home on the city's North Side in July of 2012. Before coming to the Cubs, Epstein was general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:38AM

The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator's decision to uphold the NFL's punishment of the star running back.

The petition was filed Monday in Minnesota, where the NFLPA has often gone to contest labor matters with the league.

Peterson was suspended without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept the six-time Pro Bowl pick out of all but one game this year. Arbitrator Harold Henderson on Friday affirmed the penalty issued by Goodell, which Peterson appealed.

The union argued that Henderson's decision was biased, unfair and contrary to the collective bargaining agreement.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:35AM

A Saudi newspaper says a woman arrested after attending a soccer game claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the stadium.

The state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday that police in the city of Jiddah have questioned the woman, who claims she bought a ticket online without any problems and went to the Friday night game between Jiddah's al-Ittihad and Riyadh's al-Shabab in the kingdom's new al-Jawhara stadium, where she was arrested.

Okaz did not identify the woman. The paper says she was questioned by police for "impersonating" a man by wearing pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses. No charges have been raised so far.

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict segregation of the sexes. There are no designated areas for women at soccer stadiums.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:33AM

Tight end Daniel Helm, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and running back Derrell Scott have decided to transfer from Tennessee.

Coach Butch Jones said after Sunday's practice that the three freshmen would be looking to continue their careers at other schools. Jones said "We thank them for everything they have given to Tennessee and wish them the best in moving forward."

Helm, who is from Chatham, Illinois, caught six passes for 37 yards this year while playing in all 12 regular-season games and making two starts. Scott, who is from Havelock, North Carolina, played in two games and had 11 carries for 40 yards. Hendrix, who is from O'Fallon, Illinois, played seven games and made two tackles.

Tennessee (6-6) plays Iowa (7-5) in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:31AM

The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91.

His daughter, Maxine Berger-Bienstock, says Berger died of natural causes Sunday in Rockville Centre, New York.

Using scissors and cardboard at his kitchen table, Berger played around with ideas for trading cards until he struck upon a design that endured for decades: a card with team logos and simulated player autographs on the front and bios and stats on the back.

Berger told The Associated Press in 2002: "We wanted to make something attractive that would catch the eye." He added: "And we gave you six cards and a slice of gum for a nickel."

Berger is also survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:28AM

Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning his second Formula One title.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver says "I honestly was not expecting this" after beating top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, who won two major titles in 2014, to the prestigious British award on Sunday. Long-distance runner Jo Pavey was third in the public vote.

When Hamilton won his first F1 title in 2008, he was second to Chris Hoy in the BBC poll.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo succeeded Sebastian Vettel as the overseas award winner after becoming football's world player of the year and helping Real Madrid win the Champions League.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:24AM

Jon Lester has set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, seven-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

The pitcher's contract calls for a $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, according to a person familiar with the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because those details have not been announced.

Lester's remaining signing bonus is due in three payments through 2020.

The previous signing bonus high had been Vernon Wells' $25.5 million under a $126 million, seven-year deal with Toronto that covered 2008-14, with money spread over three payments through 2010.

Lester's upfront payment tops the $14 million mark set this month by Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas, who gets his signing bonus from Arizona within 30 days of the deal's approval by Major League Baseball.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 10:22AM

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

Chalmers, who shot 64 Sunday after trailing the leaders by seven strokes going into the final round, and Scott and Wade Ormsby, who both shot 71, finished with 72-hole totals of 11-under 277.

Ormsby dropped out of the playoff when he parred the third playoff hole at Royal Pines, while Chalmers and Scott made birdie.

Scott missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it, and did the same on the second extra hole, when Ormsby missed from seven feet.

Chalmers finished his round about an hour before the other two players in the playoff.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:41AM

Englishman Lee Westwood won his second Thailand Golf Championship with a one-stroke victory over Australian Marcus Fraser and Martin Kaymer of Germany at the Amata Spring Country Club on Sunday.

The 2011 champion was in a three-way lead with Fraser and Kaymer on 8 under with two holes to go but the German bogeyed the 17th while the Australian missed an easy par putt on the 18th, giving Westwood, who was watching in the clubhouse, the victory.

Westwood came back from two straight bogeys at the start of his final round to fire seven birdies for a 67 and an 8-under 280 total.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:39AM

Jason Day and Cameron Tringale overcame a slow start Saturday to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout by a shot.

Day and Tringale shot a 7-under 65 in the better-ball final round to finish at 32 under at Tiburon Golf Club. They each earned $335,000.

Day and Tringale opened with a 55 on Thursday in the scramble round and shot a 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play.

Leading by three shots going into the final round, they had just one birdie in the first eight holes before closing with six in their last nine.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English, the 2013 winners, finished second after a 62. Kuchar just missed an eagle chip on No. 17.

The teams of Billy Horschel-Ian Poulter and Keegan Bradley-Camilo Villegas tied for third at 29 under.

(Previous version of story incorrectly listed near eagle chip as final hole instead of 17th hole.)

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:35AM

Iowa State defensive lineman Devlyn Cousin has been suspended indefinitely from the team after being arrested and charged with simple domestic assault.

A police report shows Cousin was arrested late Friday night on charges of domestic assault and obstruction of emergency communication.

In a written statement Saturday, Cyclones football coach Paul Rhoads said he was aware of the charges filed against Cousin and that Cousin had been suspended indefinitely under the school's student-athlete discipline policy as the school gathers more information on the case.

Ames police say that Cousin was arrested for pushing his girlfriend to the ground as she called 911.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Cousin played in nine games this year, racking up 12 tackles.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:23AM

The Chicago Cubs have officially announced the signing of new ace Jon Lester.

The Cubs said Saturday that Lester had joined them. They are scheduled to introduce him at a news conference Monday at Spiaggia Restaurant, a favorite of President Barack Obama's family.

Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs. His contract contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons.

A three-time All-Star who turns 31 next month, Lester won two World Series titles with Boston. He was dealt by the Red Sox to Oakland at the trade deadline in July and helped the A's reach the playoffs.

Lester went 16-11 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and 220 strikeouts last season. He is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA in nine big league seasons.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:22AM

A vice president of the International Biathlon Union has provisionally stepped down amid allegations he helped his son obtain doping substances from banned doctor Michele Ferrari.

In a statement released by the IBU on Saturday, Gottlieb Taschler of Italy says "I will temporarily suspend all my current roles within the IBU ... until these serious accusations are proven invalid."

Italian media reported Wednesday that prosecutors are investigating Taschler for allegedly connecting his son Daniel, who competes on the biathlon World Cup since 2011, with Ferrari in an apparent attempt to obtain the banned blood booster EPO.

Taschler denies any wrongdoing, saying "this is simply not true; I will offer my full assistance in clearing up these massive accusations which put both me and my son's integrity at risk."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:12AM

An arbiter appointed by the NFL to hear Adrian Peterson's appeal has ruled that the Minnesota Vikings running back will remain suspended until at least next spring.

The decision by Harold Henderson, a former league official, was announced on Friday. His ruling upheld the NFL's decision last month to suspend Peterson without pay for the remainder of the season and not consider him for reinstatement until April 15.

The NFL Players Association balked at the punishment. Peterson was charged with felony child abuse in September for using a wooden switch to discipline his son, but he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in November. He had been on paid leave while his case moved through the court system.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 15 2014 9:10AM

American teen CiCi Bellis has clinched the world's year-end No. 1 junior ranking.

The 15-year-old Bellis was the sensation of this year's U.S. Open, stunning Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round to become the youngest player to win a match at that Grand Slam tournament since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

Bellis earned her spot in the main draw by winning the USTA Girls' 18s National Championship, the youngest to do so since Lindsay Davenport in 1991.

She's the second American girl in three years to rank No. 1 at year's end. Before Taylor Townsend accomplished the feat in 2012, it had been three decades since an American girl held that distinction.

Bellis clinched the ranking with a quarterfinal victory at the Orange Bowl Junior Championships on Friday.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 9:16AM

Spain's swimming federation says Mireia Belmonte Garcia has broken the world short-course record in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle at the Spanish short-course championships on Friday.

The federation said in a statement that Belmonte earned a winning time of 15 minutes 19.71 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 15:26.95 set in August by Lauren Boyle of New Zealand.

Belmonte picked up four world records and gold medals at the short-course world championships in Doha, Qatar, last week.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 9:05AM

Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones has been suspended for Friday's game against rival Iowa after being arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors.

Ames police spokesman Geoff Huff said Dejean-Jones was arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday after officers were called to his apartment over a noise complaint. A charge of gathering where marijuana is used has been dropped but he still faces two misdemeanors: a nuisance party and noise ordinance violation.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said he decided to suspend Dejean-Jones for one game Friday's game between the 14th-ranked Cyclones (6-1) and Iowa (8-2).

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 9:02AM

Iowa's Brandon Scherff has won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding interior lineman.

The offensive tackle was presented with the award Thursday night during the 24th College Football Awards Show at Disney.

Scherff was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014. He was also selected first-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year, becoming the first Hawkeyes player to do that since Shaun Prater.

Scherff was selected over finalists Malcolm Brown of Texas and Reese Dismukes of Auburn.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award in 2013.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:58AM

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due back in court in one of two murder cases against him with less than a month to go before jury selection is scheduled to begin in the first trial.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Friday morning in Bristol Superior Court.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

One pending issue is a defense request that the judge bar prosecutors from telling the jury about evidence of Hernandez's other alleged crimes, including the fatal shootings of two Boston men in 2012. Hernandez also has pleaded not guilty in those killings.

Jury selection in the Lloyd case begins Jan. 5.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:53AM

The NHL is facing an unusual outbreak of the mumps.

So far, about a dozen players on four teams have been diagnosed with the illness that usually strikes children.

It started in Anaheim and plagued the Ducks, who had three players affected. It then moved to the Minnesota Wild, who had five victims. Tanner Glass of the New York Rangers then came down with it, and the New Jersey Devils say two players also turned up sick.

The virus is very infectious and close quarters can lead to multiple victims. It can occasionally cause complications, but most victims recover quickly.

The NHL and the players' union have provided information to players on ways to protect themselves. Vaccination decisions are made by club medical staffs and players.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:51AM

A minor league catcher who most recently played in the San Diego Padres' system has been suspended 100 games for a drug violation.

Free agent Rodney Daal was penalized Thursday after a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 20-year-old Daal hit .214 with two home runs and six RBIs in a combined 12 games at the rookie and low Class A levels. He had played in the Padres' organization since he was 17.

There have been 63 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:49AM

NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick has been named Driver of the Year by a panel of broadcasters and journalists.

Harvick won the final two races of the season to earn his first career Sprint Cup title. He won five races in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, and it included three in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick received 13 of the 16 votes cast by motorsports journalists who vote for just one driver. IndyCar champion Will Power, Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott and World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz all received one vote each.

The Driver of the Year award is in its 48th season and encompasses all racing series in the United States. There are 17 journalists eligible to vote.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:41AM

A former University of Iowa athletic administrator has been reassigned to the school's construction staff amid potential litigation brought by her partner.

The school said Thursday that Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director since 2001, will start in the facilities management office next week.

Athletic director Gary Barta announced last week that Meyer would be reassigned because the school faces a likely lawsuit by her partner, fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Barta says that keeping Meyer in the department's leadership presented challenges and the reassignment came at the advice of legal counsel.

Griesbaum's attorney has said the reassignment, which doesn't affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary, smacks of retaliation.

The move does not affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary.

Paula Jantz will replace Meyer as the department's senior woman administrator.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 11 2014 10:17AM

Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones has been arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors after police were called to his apartment because of noise complaints.

Ames police spokesman Geoff Huff says Dejean-Jones was arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday. He's charged with gathering where marijuana is used, a serious misdemeanor, and two simple misdemeanors; a nuisance party regulation and a noise ordinance violation.

Huff says the marijuana charge is roughly the equivalent of a drunken-driving charge and that a fine and probation is more likely than jail time.

Dejean-Jones is in his first season at Iowa State. He is averaging 17.1 points a game. He remained at the Story County Jail on Thursday morning on $1,600 bond. Detention officer Clark Blue says no attorney information for Dejean-Jones was available.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 11 2014 9:05AM

Eight weightlifters — including two gold medalists — have been provisionally suspended after failing doping tests at last month's world championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The International Weightlifting Federation says North Korea's Kim Un Ju, who won the women's 75-kilogram category, tested positive for the steroids methyltestosterone and methandriol.

Albania's Daniel Godelli, who won the men's 77-kg category, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.

North Korea's Hwa Ri Jong, a silver medalist in the women's 58-kg category, tested positive for clenbuterol.

Also testing positive were two other lifters from Albania and three from Uzbekistan.

The IWF says the backup "B'' samples from all eight lifters will be tested before any final sanctions are determined.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 11 2014 8:57AM

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper are up for three of the 10 awards that will be handed out during Thursday night's College Football Awards Show at Disney.

Mariota is a finalist for both the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding collegiate player. He's also the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

The O'Brien Award has been a Heisman predictor recently, with the previous four recipients going on to win the Heisman.

Cooper, one of three Heisman finalists along with Mariota and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, is trying to become the first Alabama player to win the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 10 2014 12:19PM

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says he's comfortable with the reality that at least one of the five power conferences will be left out of the four-team College Football Playoff each year.

His league was at risk of being shut out when the inaugural playoff field was announced Sunday. Ohio State wound up getting in, with the Big 12 stuck on the outside.

Delany says he and other leaders of the power conferences are committed to the math of four slots for five leagues.

He said Wednesday that if Ohio State hadn't made it, "I would've been very disappointed, but we knew when we went into this that either one or two or possibly three conferences might not be involved."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 10 2014 12:13PM

The Big Ten keeps moving eastward.

Commissioner Jim Delaney said Tuesday the men's basketball tournament will be played at Madison Square Garden in 2018.

Delaney says league play will start in December during the 2017-2018 season— earlier than usual — to accommodate the Garden. The arena has a long-term deal with the Big East for its men's basketball tournament. That means there will be a week between the Big Ten championship and the NCAA tournament's Selection Sunday.

The Big Ten tournament will be in Chicago in 2015, Indianapolis in 2016 and Washington in 2017.

Delaney also announced the Big Ten will begin an annual basketball-hockey doubleheader at the Garden starting in 2016.

Delaney was joined at the Garden news conference by two New York Rangers players — Carl Hagelin, who attended Michigan, and Derek Stepan, who attended Wisconsin.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 10 2014 12:06PM

The NFL has created a sportsmanship award to be voted on by league players.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the award Tuesday, with each team nominating one of its players during the season. A panel of former players will select eight finalists from the 32 nominees.

Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin will be on the panel, along with Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.

The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award when the players vote on Dec. 19. From the eight finalists, each team's players will submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

The winner will be announced during the nationally televised "NFL Honors" show on Jan. 31, the night before the Super Bowl. The Associated Press NFL individual awards are announced during that show.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 10 2014 4:47AM
Mens college basketball:

Iowa State 73 UMKC 56
Iowa 67 Alcorn State 44

High School basketball:
G; Waukee 55 Marshalltown 25
B: Waukee 62 Marshalltown 42


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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 9 2014 11:48AM

The University of Iowa is reassigning senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, saying she cannot remain in the department while her partner prepares to sue for gender bias.

Meyer is the longtime partner of former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, who is planning a lawsuit contending that female coaches have faced discrimination.

Meyer is the Senior Woman's Administrator, a role in which she is charged with ensuring women's programs are treated fairly.

Athletic director Gary Barta says in a memo that leaving Meyer in her position "has presented many challenges" as the department defends against Griesbaum's claims. He says an assistant attorney general advised that Meyer be reassigned.

University spokesman Joe Brennan said Meyer's new assignment is in the works, and the move will not affect her $173,000 salary.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 9 2014 11:46AM

Bull rider Sage Kimzey became the wealthiest rookie in the history of National Finals Rodeo after placing second during the fifth round Monday.

Kimzey, from Strong City, Oklahoma, broke Steve Woolsey's rookie earnings record for a full season (any event) of $197,646 when he earned $15,018 in round five to increase his world standings-leading total to $207,528.

Joe Frost of Randlett, Utah, and Kimzey claimed the top two places, respectively, in round five and now occupy the top two positions in the NFR aggregate standings.

Frost won round five with an 89 on Bottle Rocket. Kimzey placed second with an 87 on Hou's American Ride,

Kimzey leads the standings with 338 points on four rides. Frost is second with 329 points on four rides. They are the only two riders to complete four successful rides.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 9 2014 11:42AM

Setter Alisha Glass is the USA Volleyball women's indoor player of the year.

The organization also announced Monday that outside hitter Kim Hill is the national team's most improved player.

Glass, who is from Leland, Michigan, was named the best setter of the 2014 FIVB Women's World Championship. The top-ranked U.S. team won for the first time in the event's 62 years.

Glass started 11 of the 13 matches, helping the U.S. reach a 40.5 kill percentage. She added 11 kills, 15 blocks and five aces.

Hill, who is from Portland, Oregon, started 24 matches this season, averaging 2.99 points and 1.24 digs per set. At the World Championship, she scored 20 points in the gold-medal match against China. The United States won in four sets.

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Location : LelandMichiganOregonPortland
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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 9 2014 11:41AM

Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.

Hodgkin's disease is a form of lymphoma originating in white blood cells.

Berry had been undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta since an MRI exam nearly two weeks ago showed a mass on the right side of his chest that was suspected to be lymphoma.

Berry said in a statement that he will "embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it."

The former All-Pro safety has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 9 2014 10:14AM

The baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era committee has failed to elect any of the 10 candidates from a group whose primary contributions were from 1947-72.

The Hall announced the results Monday as the annual winter meetings began.

Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each received 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Jim Kaat appeared on 10 ballots, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight.

Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant each received three or fewer votes, as did the late Cincinnati Reds general manager Bob Howsam.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce its vote Jan. 6. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are the top newcomers. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops the holdovers.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 9 2014 10:07AM

Tennessee is giving football coach Butch Jones a two-year contract extension and a raise that will pay him $3.6 million a season.

His contract will run through the 2020 season, and the raise takes effect in 2015. Under his original deal, Jones had been making $2.95 million a year.

Athletic director Dave Hart said Monday the school has the "right man leading our football program." He called Jones an "outstanding ambassador" for the university and noted how Jones had energized Tennessee's fan base.

Jones has an 11-13 record in two seasons at Tennessee and has dramatically improved the Vols' recruiting.

Tennessee (6-6) will make its first bowl appearance since 2010 when it faces Iowa (7-5) in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2 at Jacksonville, Florida.

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Location : FloridaIowaJacksonvilleTennessee
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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 8 2014 11:49AM
The Iowa Wild of the American Hockey league will be in action tonight.
The Wild face the Charlotte Checkers in Charlotte North Carolina at
6:05 Iowa time. The Checkers beat Iowa back on Saturdaynight by
the score of 2-1.
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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 8 2014 11:44AM
The Iowa Hawkeye football team is head to the TaxSlayer Bowl at
Jacksonville. The game will be played Friday January 2nd at 2:20
Iowa time.
Iowa has a record of 7-5 and their opponents the Tennessee
Volunteers have a record of 6-6.


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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 5 2014 11:16AM

Katinka Hosszu set a world record to win the women's 200-meter backstroke final Friday at the short-course swimming world championships.

The Hungarian finished in 1 minute, 59.23 seconds to win gold, eclipsing Missy Franklin's mark of 2:00.03 set in Berlin in 2011.

Emliy Seebohm of Australia came second in 2:00.13 and Sayaka Akase of Japan third in 2:02.30 at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

It was the second world record of the day after Denmark improved its own mark to win the women's 4x50 medley relay. Danish quartet of Mie Nielsen, Rikke Moller Pedersen, Jeantte Ottesen and Pernille Blume finished in 1:44.04, bettering their mark of 1:45.92 set in 2013.

The U.S. took silver in 1:44.92 and France bronze in 1:45.89.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 5 2014 11:15AM

The Big Ten has informed its schools that one of its bowl-eligible teams could be left out of the postseason.

Illinois sports information director Kent Brown says the school received a memo from the league office notifying it of the potential bowl shortage. The league has 10 eligible teams.

ESPN first reported Thursday an email was sent from a Big Ten official to conference members on Wednesday.

Illinois (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten), which became bowl eligible Saturday by beating Northwestern, is one of the teams most likely to get left out. Penn State is also 6-6 and bowl eligible for the first time in three years after NCAA sanctions. Conference newcomers Rutgers and Maryland each finished 7-5.

Conference officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 5 2014 11:10AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won NASCAR's prestigious Myers Brothers Award given to a person who makes significant contributions to the sport.

The award was named after short-track drivers Billy and Bobby Myers and has been presented annually since 1958. It is presented by the National Motorsports Press Association.

Earnhardt this year won the Nationwide Series championship as a car owner with Chase Elliott. He also made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and won four races.

But the award marked his participation in various racing series, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation and his 235 appearances for the Make-A-Wish Foundation — a stat that ranks in the top five of all athletes.

Earnhardt also has won NASCAR's most popular driver award 11 consecutive years.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 12:36PM

Nebraska has hired Oregon State's Mike Riley as its new football coach, replacing the fired Bo Pelini.

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced Riley's hiring on Thursday. Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games.

Riley is a native of Idaho and a graduate of Alabama, where he played for Paul "Bear" Bryant. Riley will be introduced at a news conference Friday. He'll take over immediately but will not coach the Cornhuskers in their bowl game. Nebraska assistant Barney Cotton is interim head coach.

Oregon State finished this season 5-7 overall, 2-7 in the Pac-12.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 12:35PM

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award for his work with the U.S. national team.

It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera. Howard received 101 first-place votes from a panel of journalists nationwide for a total of 363 points. He beat out Jermaine Jones, who had 160 points, and Clint Dempsey (147).

Howard, 35, made eight appearances for the national team, including some spectacular performances at the World Cup. He made 16 saves in the Americans' 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round in Brazil.

Howard has stepped away from playing for the national team for this season. He is Everton's keeper in the English Premier League.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 12:32PM

After working though a buyout issue, Jim McElwain is leaving Colorado State to become Florida's next head coach.

The Gators announced the hiring Thursday at the same time McElwain started a team meeting with players and assistants.

McElwain accepted the job after getting his $7.5 million buyout reduced, a person familiar with the search said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search.

The Denver Post reported that Florida will pay $5 million and schedule the Rams for a future game in Gainesville. Colorado State will get $2 million for that game.

The person said Florida will spread the $5 million out with payments, which will ease the immediate financial impact of the coaching change.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 12:30PM

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

The league said Thursday he can return to the active roster Dec. 29 and would be eligible for any playoff games.

Ngata says in a statement released by the team that he took Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorder. He adds that he "made a mistake, and I own this." His hope is that Baltimore makes the postseason, and "I can come back and help us win."

Added Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome: "This is disappointing news for the Ravens. We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 12:27PM

Brazil set a world record to win the men's 4x50-meter medley relay final on the second day of the short-course world championships Thursday, improving a mark that had been set hours earlier by Russia.

Brazil's quartet of Guilherme Guido, Felipe Franca Silva, Nicholas Santos and Cesar Cielo finished in 1 minute, 30.51 seconds to take the gold and shave more than two seconds off the world record Russia had set in the morning heats at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

This is the first time the event is staged at the worlds.

France was second in 1:31.25, with the United States third in 1:31.83. Russia settled for fourth place in 1:32.15.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 12:24PM

Former quarterback Ryan Leaf has been released from a Montana prison.

Judy Beck, a spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Corrections, tells says that Leaf was released Wednesday and is now being supervised by probation and parole officers in Great Falls.

The former San Diego Chargers and Washington State player has served more than two years in prison after breaking into a home near Great Falls in 2012 to steal prescription pills.

The Montana conviction violated his probation in Texas on 2008 charges of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. A Texas judge sentenced Leaf to five years, but gave him credit for time served.

Texas authorities can still extradite Leaf if they choose.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:46AM

A former University of Wisconsin football player and his twin brother are charged in federal court with one in a string of November robberies at five businesses.

Jack Ikegwuonu and his brother, William, were charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Madison with armed robbery and gun possession. The brothers were arrested last week after an armed robbery at a dry cleaning business.

They're suspected in four other armed robberies in the area between Nov. 13 and 21.

An affidavit filed with the criminal complaint in federal court says the brothers said they committed the robberies to support their heroin use.

They're also charged in Dane County court with several counts of retail theft for allegedly stealing from Wal-Mart stores throughout September and October.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:43AM

Authorities say a college student who was found dead in a Wisconsin restaurant dumbwaiter had become tangled in the machine.

Fountain City Police Officer Jason Mork says 21-year-old Brooke Baures was found "trapped inside the entirety of the device."

An employee of WingDam Saloon and Grill called 911 Monday night to say she was afraid a co-worker had been caught in the machinery. The employee was too scared to look, but another worker confirmed Baures was in there.

The dumbwaiter was used to shuttle drinks and food to the restaurant's second floor.

Baures was a standout gymnast at nearby Winona State University in Minnesota.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:38AM

Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's MVP after the Irish forward's dynamic season for the LA Galaxy.

MLS announced the award Wednesday.

New England's Lee Nguyen and Seattle's Obafemi Martins were the other finalists for the award.

The 34-year-old Keane had 19 goals and 14 assists while leading the Galaxy's MLS-best offense, providing dangerous attacking and steady leadership for the MLS Cup finalists. After winning two league titles in Keane's first three seasons, the Galaxy will attempt to win a third when they host New England in the championship game Sunday.

With speed, skill and a daredevil flair for big moments, Keane scored or assisted on 33 goals this season. Only Chris Wondolowski ever managed more in MLS history, contributing to 34 goals during his 2012 season with San Jose.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:36AM

D.C. United's Bill Hamid is Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year.

Hamid helped lead his hometown club to a remarkable turnaround. He set career highs with 10 shutouts and 110 saves during the regular season as United went from the league's worst record to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando was second in the voting.

MLS also announced Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Pedro Morales won Newcomer of the Year. He joined Vancouver from Malaga in Spain's La Liga as a designated player in March and led the Whitecaps with 10 goals and 12 assists.

New England's Jermaine Jones was second in the voting.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:33AM

Spanish swimmer Mireya Belmonte Garcia won the women's 200-meter butterfly in record time on the opening night of the world short-course championships on Wednesday.

Garcia finished in 1 minute, 59.61 seconds, eclipsing the record of 2:00.78 set by Zhige Liu of China in 2009.

Defending champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary led until the last 50 meters, and came second in 2:01.12.

Franziska Hentke of Germany was third.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:27AM

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau died Tuesday. He was 83.

The team confirmed the death of the Hall of Fame center and one of the most beloved players in Canadiens history.

A supremely skilled center who spent 18 fulls seasons and parts of two others with Montreal, Beliveau was also a popular ambassador for the sport. He scored 507 goals, won 10 Stanley Cups and was captain for 10 seasons before his retirement in 1971. He then moved seamlessly into an executive position with the club.

Beliveau was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 11:25AM

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa took top honors on the defensive side while Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett was selected Freshman of the Year. Minnesota's Jerry Kill was honored as Coach of the Year by both the conference coaches and media on Tuesday.

Gordon leads the nation with a Big Ten and school-record 2,260 yards rushing and is a big reason why the Badgers will meet Ohio State in the conference championship game.

He also held the FBS single-game record for one week, running for 408 yards against Nebraska last month before Oklahoma's Samaje Perine put up 427 against Kansas.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 10:44AM

A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150-mph chase through three states last year is out of chances to submit a plea deal by mail.

Judge Eric Ludlow issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for 35-year-old Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker after repeated delays in the case.

The judge did so after Walker's lawyer, Trevor Terry, said his client had mailed the wrong plea agreement from California.

Expected plea deals in the case have been delayed at least a dozen times.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested Walker in January 2013. He pleaded not guilty to DUI and drug charges.

NASCAR suspended Walker in 2007 for violating its drug policy.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 10:41AM

Michigan has fired football coach Brady Hoke after four seasons.

Interim athletic director Jim Hackett made the announcement Tuesday after weeks of speculation about Hoke's future.

The Wolverines have struggled to regain their status among the top programs in the Big Ten, much less college football.

Hoke was an assistant at Michigan before turning around San Diego State and Ball State as a head coach. After he replaced Rich Rodriguez, the Wolverines won the Sugar Bowl and finished the 2011 season 11-2.

Hoke's recruits were well regarded, but the results on the field didn't measure up. Michigan went 8-5 in 2012 and 7-6 in 2013. This season, they were 5-7. Hoke was 31-20 overall at Michigan.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 10:35AM

UAB is shutting down the football program.

The university announced the decision Tuesday minutes after President Ray Watts met with the Blazers players and coaches. UAB made the decision after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year.

Watts says financial realities "are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater good of the athletic department and UAB."

He says UAB subdisizes two-thirds of the $30 million annual operating budget.

Several hundred UAB students and fans gathered and marched through campus the past three days showing their support of the program.

The Blazers are 6-6 and bowl eligible after coach Bill Clark's first season. The program's only bowl trip came in 2004.

Players can transfer to other schools and play immediately.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 10:33AM

Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott says he is gay.

The 55-year-old umpire tells the website outsports.com that he married Michael Rausch in November 2013.

Scott has been a member of the big league staff since 1986 and is a crew chief. He worked the World Series in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Scott provided Referee magazine a photo of himself with Rausch going to last year's opening series in Sydney. The caption in the October issue stated: "He and his longtime companion, Michael Rausch, traveled to Australia for the 2014 season opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers."

Scott says in a story posted by Outsports on Tuesday that the photo "could open a Pandora's Box." He adds that his sexuality is "not a surprise" to MLB or the umpire staff.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 4 2014 10:32AM

Gordie Howe's daughter says the hockey Hall of Famer has suffered another stroke.

Cathy Purnell says her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. She said he was stable and "a little bit alert" Tuesday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock hospital where he taken were scheduled to do additional tests.

Howe suffered what his children called a serious stroke in late October and another in early November. He has been staying at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas.

Purnell said therapists who have been tending to Howe arrived at her house Monday morning and discovered him nonresponsive in bed.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points, mostly with the Detroit Red Wings.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 3 2014 11:58AM

Ray Rice says that an NFL team "would have to be willing to look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night."

The former Ravens running back told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday "the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance."

An arbitrator threw out Rice's indefinite suspension last Friday, making him a free agent. But no franchise may be willing to sign the three-time Pro Bowl pick after seeing the in-elevator video of Rice striking his-then fiancee.

Rice says: "I took full responsibility for everything that I did."

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

A St. Louis Rams official and a county police chief are differing over whether the team apologized for five players who raised their hands during pregame festivities in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told his staff by email Monday that Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations for the Rams, called "to apologize to our department" for the action before kickoff Sunday.

Demoff later denied he apologized, but a police sergeant said the chief interpreted the call to be an apology.

The players won't face discipline for Sunday's "Hands up. Don't Shoot!" protest. The action stemmed from a grand jury's decision a week ago not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 3 2014 11:43AM

The head of the NFL Players Association says the union is establishing an eight-member commission to advise it about domestic violence prevention and discipline.

In a letter sent Monday to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith writes that "when these matters are left solely to the NFL, the process is mismanaged and often the end result has not been able to withstand outside review."

Rockefeller's committee is holding a hearing Tuesday about domestic violence in professional sports, with representatives of the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball scheduled to testify. Officials from the basketball, hockey and baseball unions are also scheduled to appear.

Smith says "long-scheduled overseas travel prevented" the NFLPA from participating Tuesday.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 3 2014 11:39AM

The NFL is reminding teams they're not allowed to use artificial means to keep footballs warmer and softer during games.

Fox's broadcast of the Carolina-Minnesota game on Sunday showed a clip of an unidentified sideline attendant holding two balls in front of one of the heaters teams use on cold days. The temperature at kickoff for the game was 12 degrees.

Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network on Monday that once the league noticed, both the Panthers and Vikings were warned of the rule against using a heater on the football to make it easier to handle during a game. Blandino also said the league will remind all teams that the practice is not allowed.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 3 2014 11:38AM

While 113 big leaguers had exemptions in the past year to use otherwise banned substances to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adderall caused eight of the 10 positive tests for stimulants under Major League Baseball's drug program.

A report released Monday by MLB's independent program administrator detailed the findings. Dr. Jeffrey M. Anderson's report showed that theraputic use exemptions given to 40-man roster players to treat ADHD were down from the 119 in the year ending with the 2013 World Series.

Among the TUEs for ADHD, there were 11 for new players, down from 21 the previous year and the lowest total since 2008, a person familiar with the data told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because those figures were not in the report.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 1 2014 10:13AM

It's another W for Mo'ne Davis. Sports Illustrated Kids has named the Little League star its Sports Kid of the Year.

First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted the news Monday, saying 13-year-old Davis "knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere."

The honor roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation in August after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, Tennessee. She is the first girl to win a Little League World Series game.

She's since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial and has her jersey displayed in baseball's Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated Kids says Davis shows that everyone has the ability to make an impact and inspire no matter age, gender or race.

She's the ninth person honored as Sports Kid of the Year since 2007. Two brothers shared the award in 2012.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 1 2014 10:10AM

British authorities have charged three men over a pitch invasion stunt which caused Tottenham's Europa League match to be temporarily suspended last week.

Nathaniel Thompson, Helder Gomes and Daniel Jarvis were arrested after each separately went onto the White Hart Lane field and attempted to take "selfie" photographs on Thursday.

They have been released on bail but must appear at a court in north London on Dec. 18.

UEFA has already opened a disciplinary case against Tottenham, which beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in the match.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 1 2014 10:09AM

Cleveland Browns receiver Miles Austin remained in a Buffalo hospital overnight after sustaining a kidney injury during a 26-10 loss to the Bills.

The Browns issued the update four hours after the game Sunday. It's unclear when Austin was hurt in a game he had seven catches for a team-leading 86 yards.

Browns tight end Gary Barnidge did not return after hurting his ribs in the first quarter. Center Nick McDonald did not return after hurting his ankle in the first quarter.

McDonald was already filling in for injured starter Alex Mack. Backup lineman Ryan Seymour finished the game at center.

The Browns (7-5) did not provide any details on the severity of the injuries.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 1 2014 10:06AM

Police say an Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police Sgt. Rich Weiner says a woman and her son apparently looking for items in the dumpster found the body, and police were called.

He says a handgun was found in the dumpster.

Police found the body near the campus after a search began when Kosta Karageorge (KOH'-stah KAHR'-ah-jorj) went missing Wednesday. The senior defensive tackle had last been seen at his Columbus apartment, when his roommates said he left to go on a walk.

University athletic officials say they are grieved to learn of Karageorge's death. A person who answered the parent's phone said no one wanted to comment.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 1 2014 10:04AM

The NFL has moved its Week 16 game between San Diego and San Francisco to prime time.

As part of the Week 16 flexible scheduling, the Philadelphia Eagles will play at the Washington Redskins on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. on the NFL Network. That will be followed by the Chargers at the 49ers at 8:25 p.m. on CBS, the NFL announced on Sunday.

The Week 15 matchup of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. will be broadcast on Fox. The Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions game has moved to 4:25 p.m. on Fox.

The originally scheduled Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles game remains in place on NBC's Sunday night football schedule.

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