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Spurrier: Gamecocks 'close' to being title team

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference media days on July 15.

Spurrier's getting closer each year and he enters his 10th season — only two shy of his national championship tenure at Florida — with expectations higher than ever after a third consecutive 11-2 season.

2 Texas football players charged with sex assault

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

Texas' Strong prefers not talking national title

The new coach toned down his honest assessment in future stops, then said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 media days that he prefers not even talking about championships.

Aggies Sumlin can't escape Manziel questions

Texas A&M won 20 games in its first two seasons in the SEC with Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Now, the Aggies get a chance to prove they can win big in the powerhouse league even without Manziel. Sumlin said having players like the nation's top-rated quarterback recruit, Kyle Allen, makes the task more exciting.

Star power lacking at SEC Media Days

One year after high-profile players such as Alabama's A.J. McCarron, South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel brought a rockstar feel to SEC Media Days, the buzz is largely missing this week at the league's preseason showcase.

Mississippi State eyes jump in SEC standings

Mississippi State returns a veteran defense and one of the league's few experienced quarterbacks. Dak Prescott threw for 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns — and also rushed for 13 touchdowns — after becoming the starter early last season. The charismatic junior is now the unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs' offense.

Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path

A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.

Duke beats Notre Dame to win NCAA lacrosse title

The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on.

Sam finds comfortable landing spot in St. Louis

Sam was picked by St. Louis near the end of the seventh round Saturday, with the 248th overall pick. He will try to become the NFL's first publicly gay player when in the Rams' training camp.

 

Hart: Tennessee hoops job still 'extremely attractive'

Former coach Cuonzo Martin led Tennessee to an NCAA regional semifinal during a season in which disgruntled fans circulated a petition calling for the return of former coach Bruce Pearl, now at Auburn. Martin left Tuesday to take over California's program. Hart acknowledged Martin faced plenty of "distractions" this season.

Watson wins second Masters in three years

Shooting a a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Masters, Bubba Watson fended off Jordan Spieth to win his second green jacket in three years.

Sharp-shooting Frazier a huge threat for Florida

Florida guard Michael Frazier II's sharp-shooting prowess comes at a price. He's one of coach Billy Donovan's hardest workers, spending countless extra hours in the gym, and it's paying off big time for the top-seeded Gators (36-2).

Julius Randle guides Kentucky back home to Dallas

Julius Randle and the Kentucky Wildcats are set to face Wisconsin in the national semifinals on Saturday night. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium, an easy trip down the interstate from the Dallas-area neighborhood where he grew up.

Pennsylvania high court won't hear Sandusky appeal

Sandusky had asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.

College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

During meetings on Capitol Hill, Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association, and former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter tried to drum up support just a week after a ruling that the athletes were employees and had the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers.

Mercer shocks Duke in first round of NCAA tournament

The 8,300-student school from Macon, Ga., delivered the biggest shocker in an already topsy-turvy NCAA tournament on Friday, going into Duke's backyard and knocking off the No. 3 seed Blue Devils 78-71.

Tennessee drops higher seed Massachusetts in NCAA tournament

Jordan McRae added 21 points for the Volunteers (23-12), the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional. Tennessee had little trouble with the sixth-seeded Minutemen (24-9), shooting 54 percent from the field and handling UMass' fullcourt pressure in a surprisingly one-sided performance that included another solid defensive showing.

NCAA tournament selection committee faces tough decisions

It's never easy getting this 68-team tournament bracket right, but this year's field is rife with questions from top to bottom.

Brazil has 100 days to get ready for World Cup

Brazil is running out of time. The Brazilian government is trying to ensure the country will be prepared for the 32-nation tournament, which opens June 12.

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart's confrontation with Jeff Orr highlights problematic fan behavior

The Marcus Smart incident shows how volatile the interaction between fans and athletes is becoming.

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