National Sports

Florida hires Colorado State's McElwain as coach

McElwain agreed to a six-year deal at Florida that will average $3.5 million annually. He made $1.5 million this season at Colorado State.

Missouri not one of many SEC teams to get a break this week

It's a nice break for SEC teams looking to finish the season strong or improve their bowl destination — or simply becoming eligible for one — with rivalry week looming in Week 14.

No. 9 Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement

Gurley, the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher, has been suspended for the last two games while Georgia investigated allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits.

Chiefs preparing for Chargers game

A recently stingy Chiefs defense will face its biggest challenge of the year against the rejuvenated San Diego Chargers' offense.

Columbia fans rejoice as Royals head to World Series

After a 29-year year absence, the Royals punched their ticket to the Fall Classic with a win Wednesday. At Bengal's Bar & Grill, fans partied like it was 1985. 

SEC roundup: Gurley leads Georgia over Tennessee; Kentucky ends SEC drought

Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder in the fourth quarter, as Georgia held off gritty Tennessee for a 35-32 victory.

SEC Roundup: Alabama tops West Virginia; Auburn and Georgia dominant in wins

Blake Sims played the entire game against West Virginia for Alabama, despite coach Nick Saban saying Sims and transfer Jake Coker would get playing time.

Arizona State player gets plenty of support after coming out

Sarafin became the first active openly-gay Division I football player when he talked to Compete, a Tempe-based magazine for gay sports, about his sexual orientation for a story in its August issue.

Patient Mason finally gets his chance at Georgia

Mason was a backup through most of his career, but he got a head-start on his new role late last season when four-year starter Aaron Murray went down with a knee injury.

Spurrier confident Gamecocks will continue success

The Gamecocks coach is entering his 10th year and believes after three-straight 11-2 seasons, his club is prepared for that next step of a Southeastern Conference championship.

As probe into incident begins, Stewart steps away from the track

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart's No. 14 car struck fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr. when Ward exited his car to confront Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Although, on Sunday, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that investigators don't have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent in the death of Ward, Povero also said that criminal charges have not been ruled out.

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools

No Manziel? No Clowney? SEC says no problem

Presumed top contenders like Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and LSU are breaking in new quarterbacks. Those factors — and the wild, unpredictable 2013 season — are giving other teams around the league hope.

LSU opens fall camp with questions on offense

The Tigers lost 3,000-yard passer Zach Mettenberger, 1,600-yard rusher Jeremy Hill and 1,000-yard receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry from last season's 10-3 squad. Moreover, guard Trai Turner joined all of the above entrants into the NFL. All but Mettenberger had remaining eligibility.

Florida seeks quick turnaround after 4-8 debacle

Coming off the program's worst showing since 1979 — a 4-8 record that included seven consecutive losses and a humbling setback to Georgia Southern — Florida is banking on a quick turnaround in 2014.

Malzahn: Marshall, Mincy won't start vs. Arkansas

Coach Gus Malzahn made those announcements Friday after the defending Southeastern Conference champions finished their first practice of preseason camp. He didn't say how long Marshall or Mincy will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30.

Allen healthy, ready to prove self at quarterback for Arkansas

Allen's quest for redemption will begin in earnest when Arkansas' players report for preseason practice on Sunday. They'll take the field a day later, eager to shake any hangover from last season's winless march through the Southeastern Conference.

Mississippi St working to expand offense

Mississippi State is expecting quarterback Dak Prescott to have an all-Southeastern Conference caliber season in his first full year as the starter.

NCAA proposed settlement raises medical questions

A key feature of a proposed settlement of a head-injury lawsuit against the NCAA is the creation of a $70 million fund to pay for medical evaluations of current and former college players in several sports. The provision raises some sticky medical questions

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Critics have accused the NCAA of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games, putting them at risk.