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New NCAA hoops rules designed to increase scoring

College basketball rule changes were put in this season after scoring in Division I dropped to 67.5 points per game in 2012-13, the lowest since 1951-52 — long before the shot clock and 3-point shot were added — and the fourth straight season it had decreased.

Leadership vacuum to blame in Dolphins case?

A leadership vacuum may have contributed to the troubled relationship between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, which has left both players sidelined and the team in turmoil.

Two Cardinals claim Silver Slugger awards

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and second baseman Matt Carpenter received their first Silver Sluggers.

SEC Network vice president announced

With the SEC Network scheduled to launch in Aug. 2014, ESPN's Stephanie Druley was named vice president of production of college networks Tuesday.

Ponder possibility of RG3 paired with Peterson

Two years ago, in the second-to-last game of the season, Adrian Peterson tore ligaments in his left knee. Toby Gerhart and backup quarterback Joe Webb rallied the Vikings to a victory that ensured their record was better than Indianapolis or St. Louis.

Agent says Nick Saban facing 'pressure,' would consider Texas job

The agent for coach Nick Saban told Texas officials in January that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for, and his success with the Crimson Tide had put him under "special pressure," The Associated Press has learned.

T.J. Oshie lifts Blues to shootout win

T.J. Oshie scored in the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Other NFL players cite lack of leaders in Miami

Eleven seasons into his football career, Washington Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett figures he has a pretty good sense of the sort of teasing and hazing and horsing around that happens in the typical NFL locker room, especially when it comes to rookies.

Record scoring pace alters strategies

NFL teams are lighting up scoreboards like never before as the game is flooded with bigger, faster receivers, dual-threat quarterbacks and a rule book that puts defenders at a decided disadvantage.

Florida Gulf Coast basketball — 'Dunk City' — set for season

Florida Gulf Coast — the darling of college basketball this past March after knocking off Georgetown and San Diego State in the NCAA tournament, plus capturing the nation's attention and earning a nickname that still sticks — is looking to do something even more impressive this season. The Eagles are heading into 2013-14 hoping to show that they were more than a two-game wonder.

No. 1 Kentucky working to develop basketball lineups

After luring some of the nation's top prospects the past several seasons to Lexington, Kentucky, coach John Calipari has six high school All-Americans in his latest eight-player freshman group. Not since Michigan's "Fab Five" rookie lineup in 1991-92 has so much prep talent been assembled.

NCAA hopes new baseball can reverse dip in offense

The Division I baseball committee's unanimous vote allows conferences to adopt a new ball for regular-season play.

With Aaron Rodgers sidelined, Bears beat Packers 27-20

Josh McCown, playing in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touchdowns Monday night as the Chicago Bears won 27-20 and ended a six-game skid to the Green Bay Packers.

Jimmie Johnson feels good even with Kenseth in mirror

Just like last season, Jimmie Johnson enters the next-to-last race with a seven-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He came up empty in his bid for a sixth title last year, but is more confident about his chances following Sunday's dominating victory at Texas.

Marcus Smart leads AP preseason All-America team

Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

2 years later, Penn St. scandal has left its mark

Two years later, the Penn State scandal continues to play out with a criminal trial still ahead, litigation in the works and policy changes being made around the country.

La Russa, Torre, Cox on Hall of Fame ballot

Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion era committee ballot next month.

Red Sox win World Series title, beat Cards 6-1 in Game 6

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

NCAA restructuring now moves to steering committee

There is no suggestion within the NCAA of blowing things up and even the idea of splitting off the big-money BCS schools into their own division gets little traction. But the leadership of the governing body for collegiate athletics has to become "more nimble, more strategic, appropriately representative," said Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA's board of directors.

UPDATE: Lester leads Red Sox past Cardinals in Game 5

Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.

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