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Ryan Newman Released from Hospital after Fiery Crash in Daytona 500

Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital two days after a frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. He had been hospitalized since Monday night. Roush Fenway Racing says the 42-year-old driver was fully alert and walking around the hospital in the hours before he left. The team posted photos with Newman and his two…

NCAA Moving Towards New Transfer Rule

The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s…

Update: NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman Awake and Talking after Fiery Daytona 500 Crash

(AP Photo/David Graham) UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon: According to NASCAR, driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors. Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman is listed in serious condition at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, after a wreck in the final lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race on Monday. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Doctors have indicated…

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Baylor stays No. 1 in quiet week for Top 25; Michigan St out

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10.

The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville rounded out the top five.

Seton Hall was the only change among the top 10 after moving up two spots to No. 10.

No. 13 Penn State had the biggest jump of the week,

NCAA Stepping Up Lobbying Efforts as Congress Considers Allowing Endorsement Money for Athletes

The NCAA is stepping up its lobbying efforts as Congress considers allowing endorsement money for college athletes. Federal disclosure forms show the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million to lobby Congress last year. The NCAA has said it will allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness,” but only with restrictions. It argues…

Mississippi State Fires Head Football Coach Joe Moorhead

Mississippi State has fired football coach Joe Moorhead after just two seasons. The Bulldogs went 14-12 under Moorhead, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Penn State. He was hired after the 2017 season when Dan Mullen left Mississippi State for Florida. Moorhead took over a team with high expectations in 2018, but the Bulldogs finished a disappointing 8-5. This…

LSU Jumps to Number One in Final College Football Playoff Rankings

SEC champion LSU has jumped ahead of Ohio State to become the number one seed in the final College Football Playoff rankings released this morning by the CFP Selection Committee. LSU (13-0) beat previously ranked #4 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game yesterday in Atlanta. Big Ten champion Ohio State (13-0) is number two. ACC champion and last season’s national…

Hall, Romney lead BYU to 42-14 win over Utah State

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jaren Hall was 12-of-16 passing for 214 yards and ran for two touchdowns — all before halftime — and Baylor Romney threw for 191 yards and two scores to help BYU beat Utah State 42-14 on Saturday night.

Hall, who finished with seven carries for 54 yards, suffered a concussion in the first half and was replaced by Romney to start the third quarter. Hall, a redshirt freshman who plays baseball as well for the Cougars, also left BYU’s Oct. 12 game against South Florida — his only other career start — with concussion-like symptoms. Utah State (4-4) went three-and-out on the

Jansen stays with Dodgers, who decline Gyorko option

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has decided not to opt out of his contract with Los Angeles.

The NL West champions declined a $13 million option on 31-year-old infielder Jedd Gyorko, who gets a $1 million buyout.

Jansen, a 32-year-old right-hander, agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract in January 2017 and could have terminated the deal this weekend and become a free agent.

His contract calls for salaries of $18 million next year and $20 million in 2021.

Jansen was an All-Star every year from 2016-18, but his ERA has risen from 1.32 in 2017 to 3.01 in 2018 to a

Darvish, Heyward stay with Cubs, who also keep Quintana

CHICAGO (AP) — Starting pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Jason Heyward are staying with the Chicago Cubs, who exercised their $11.5 million option for 2020 on left-hander José Quintana on Saturday and declined their $6.5 million option on lefty Derek Holland, which triggered a $500,000 buyout.

Darvish and Heyward both had the right to opt out of their contracts and become free agents, but decided against it.

Darvish is owed $81 million over the final four seasons of a $126 million, six-year deal, and Heyward is due $86 million in the next four seasons of a $184 million, eight-year contract.