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2016 NBA #1 Draft Pick Won't Play This Season

Ben Simmons won't make his NBA debut this season. His surgically repaired right foot hasn't healed sufficiently for the No. 1 overall pick to play in the final 26 games, the team said Friday. Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal bone…

NBA Trade Deadline Trades Disappoint?

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Dallas Mavericks have acquired big man Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick. The two teams agreed…

Lance Armstrong's $100M Lawsuit Trial Set for November

Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong's legal team had asked to postpone trial…

AUM Hires Alumna Jessie Rosa to Lead Athletics Department

Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton has named Jessie Rosa Director of Athletics, effective March 1, 2017. Rosa previously served as the department's Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). She has served as interim AD since…

Former Auburn Football Coach Considers Running for AL Governor in 2018

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is considering running for Alabama governor in 2018. The 62-year-old Arkansas native tells the Associated Press that he's discussing his options with potential backers. Tuberville says he's awaiting poll results that will gauge…

Former Alabama Linebacker Hired as 49ers Assistant

The San Francisco 49ers have hired former NFL players DeMeco Ryans and Daniel Bullocks as assistants on coach Kyle Shanahan's staff. The Niners announced Tuesday that Ryans will be defensive quality control coach and Bullocks will be assistant defensive backs…

Panthers Release Three-Time Pro Bowl Full Back

The Panthers have released three-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert and backup defensive tackle Paul Soliai. The versatile Tolbert was utilized as a blocker, runner and receiver during his five seasons in Carolina, but the 31-year-old's production dropped off last…

Troy Wins 4th Straight, Defeats App State 76-66

Jordon Varnado scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Troy beat Appalachian State 76-66 on Monday night. App State made the first basket of the second half to take a 34-33 lead but Troy scored 14 of the…

Hornets Drop Hard Fought Game in Baton Rouge

Chris Thomas had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help Southern beat Alabama State 79-73 on Monday night. Thomas scored 12 points in the first half and Shawn Prudhomme added 11 as Southern held a 39-31 lead at…

Pelicans Acquire All-Star Center in Multi-Player Deal

A person familiar with the situation says the Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and…

Bama Basketball Holds Off Mizzou

Dazon Ingram scored 18 points - including 15 in the second half - and grabbed nine rebounds to help Alabama overcome dismal first-half shooting and defeat Missouri 57-54 Wednesday. Riley Norris, Braxton Key and Jimmie Taylor each added nine points,…

NBA, Pelicans and All-Stars to Assist Tornado Victims

The NBA, the NBA Players Association and the New Orleans Pelicans have adjusted their All-Star weekend community service initiatives to include victims of last week's tornados in the New Orleans area. NBA and Pelicans officials say Pelicans star Anthony Davis…

Brock Lesnar Retires from UFC

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has informed the mixed martial arts promotion that he is retired from competition. The UFC confirmed Lesnar's decision Wednesday. The decision doesn't affect Lesnar's professional wrestling career, where he has spent most of the…

Madison Square Garden Ban of Charles Oakley Lifted

A person briefed on the discussions tells The Associated Press that Madison Square Garden has lifted its ban of Charles Oakley. The person who spoke to the AP on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain…

WWE Co-Founder Named SBA Leader

The Senate has confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. The vote was 81-19 on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy" and…

Auburn Will Replace The Oaks at Toomer's Corner Again

Auburn University is once again replacing its landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner. A university statement says workers will plant new trees on Saturday because of damage caused by a fire in September. The current trees were planted there after…

Alabama Lineman Arrested on Drug Charges

Tuscaloosa police say Alabama guard Lester Cotton has been arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Police said in a statement released Monday that Cotton was arrested on Friday at about 11 p.m. during a traffic stop. The officer found…

NBA Doesn't Want Twitter Wars

The NBA wants its teams to avoid Twitter wars. The reminder was issued in a memo from the league to all 30 teams on Tuesday. It comes about two weeks after Portland's Twitter account mocked Dallas' Chandler Parsons for airballing…

USA Baseball Announces 2017 World Baseball Classic Roster

USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 28-man roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The roster is made up of 13 pitchers and 15 position players, and features 13 USA Baseball alumni – five of whom participated in the 2013…

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