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Ad from domestic violence group set to air during Super Bowl

No More, a group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, has released a commercial that is scheduled to air after the second quarter of the Super Bowl. The issue has become central for the NFL since Ray Rice was suspended for punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

No. 6 Tennessee women's basketball seeking rare road victory over No. 10 Kentucky

The Lady Vols haven't won against a top-10 team on the road since 2008.

Academic misconduct among NCAA programs on the rise, official says

Vice president of enforcement Jon Duncan said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press the cases involve both prospective and incoming athletes trying to become eligible for college competition, and enrolled athletes receiving impermissible assistance from university and athletic department personnel.

ANALYSIS: NFL-backed youth concussion laws lack bite

Washington state's landmark concussion law, passed in 2009, was named for a youth football player who nearly died after suffering two concussions in one game.

Australian Open semis feature new faces, old foes

It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

Rams offensive coordinator target Nathaniel Hacket joins Jaguars

Nathaniel Hackett, a St. Louis Rams target for their offensive coordinator job, has been hired to become the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars have not announced the move.

NFL players who started young show more cognitive problems

Researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving and found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 years old functioned about 20 percent worse.

Why what's missing in states' youth concussion laws matters

Here's an explanation of why four key elements are important to states' concussion laws.

Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

Facebook wants the hub to be one-stop shopping for all sorts of content for the game. Facebook only will present material posted by official owners, such as what the NFL is posting on its Facebook page, or interesting and enlightening items posted on individual Facebook pages by anyone.

 

South Carolina's bench helps No. 1 team stay perfect

South Carolina has used its tall, talented reserves to roll to a 19-0 record and looks to win its 20th straight game when it faces Alabama (12-10, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) on Thursday night. The backups include second-leading scorer in 6-foot-5 A'ja Wilson and top rebounder in 6-4 Alaina Coates, who was last year's SEC freshman of the year.

U.S. soccer loses 3-2 to Chile, extends winless streak to 5 games

With the loss to No. 14 Chile, they have lost three straight games for the first time since late 2009 and early 2010, and they have one victory in nine matches (1-5-3) since beating Ghana in their World Cup opener last June.

Tigers need 'perfect game' to beat Kentucky

It's only been two weeks since the Tigers woeful 49 point loss in Lexington, and Missouri hasn't won since then. How will Missouri approach the rematch against Kentucky?

Hickman girls basketball prepares for tall task in Rock Bridge

The Hickman girls basketball team hasn't defeated Rock Bridge since 2008.

Tolton boys basketball's success comes from more than just Porter

"I feel like the people that think it’s just Michael Porter haven’t come out to watch us play," Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School senior forward Josh Boyer said.

Tolton's Michael Porter Jr. stays hot as Trailblazers down Kirksville

The Trailblazers (14-2) led by nine at the half and outpaced the Tigers with solid rebounding and consistent free throw shooting down the stretch.

Russell Wilson, Tom Brady prepare to square off in Super Bowl

When Russell Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Columbia College men's basketball team jumps in rankings, women hold steady

The Columbia College men's basketball team jumped three spots to N0. 13 in the NAIA top-25 rankings Tuesday. The women's team (15-5, 11-3 AMC) held firm at No. 24.

Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis show respect ahead of Super Bowl

At Tuesday's media day, any animosity was buried. Two of the league's best cornerbacks expressed respect for the other, although New England's Darrelle Revis referred to the fact that in Seattle's defense, Richard Sherman plays only half the field.

Missouri diver Clark Thomas earns SEC diver of the week honors

Missouri junior diver Clark Thomas swept the 1- and 3-meter boards on Friday against reigning NCAA Division II champion Drury.

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping woman

The victim, a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the June 2013 attack, cried as each guilty verdict was announced. The men face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.

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