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Arkansas to build $25 million basketball facility FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas has announced it will begin construction of a $25 million basketball practice facility next month. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 65,000square-foot facility will be held on Dec. 7, and it is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. It will hold the workout facilities, offices and all other basketball operations for both the Razorbacks men’s and women’s teams. Athletic director Jeff Long has talked extensively over the last year about the school’s need for a practice facility, citing difficulties scheduling practice time in Bud Walton Arena and saying Arkansas is the only Southeastern Conference school without one. Long says the school is still in the process of raising the money needed.
MLB confident players, umps will expand replay ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is confident players and umpires will agree to expanded replay for the 2014 season. MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre said Tuesday he expects deals to be in place by January. Virtually all umpires’ calls other than balls and strikes, and foul tips will be reviewable. It’s not yet clear whether umpires will be the ones reviewing the video at a central installation. Owners are expected to give their go-ahead Thursday for funding the expanded replay. Baseball started using video review in 2008 but limited it to home run calls.
Pirates’ Hurdle wins NL Manager of the Year award By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — Clint Hurdle won the NL Manager of the Year award Tuesday after guiding the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992. Hurdle was a runaway winner, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves finished third. “It’s a bit overwhelming, to tell you the truth,” Hurdle said in an interview on MLB Network. “It’s humbling. It’s gratifying from an organizational standpoint.” It was the first Manager of the Year honor for the 56-year-old Hurdle. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led the Colorado Rockies to the World Series. The only other Pittsburgh manager to win the award was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.
After that, they endured a record 20 straight losing seasons — the longest drought in any of the four major professional sports — before going 94-68 this year to capture an NL wild card. Riding a wave of excitement from a rejuvenated fan base in a city finally enthralled by baseball again, Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in the wildcard game before losing to league champion St. Louis in a division series that went the full five games. “I said it’s the greatest coaching opportunity in all of sports — the opportunity to be part of a select group of men and women that re-bond a city with a ballclub,” Hurdle said. “Three years almost to the day that I said it, it’s starting to happen.” Hurdle was chosen second on the other five ballots and was the only manager picked on every one. He had 140 points in the 5-3-1 scoring system to 68 points for Mattingly, who received two first-place votes after leading the Dodgers to the NL West title.
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Jags’ Reynolds suspended for PED use JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker LaRoy Reynolds has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The Jaguars announced the suspension Tuesday, saying Reynolds will miss games against Arizona, Cleveland and Houston twice. Reynolds, a backup linebacker who played mostly on special teams this season, won’t be allowed to be around the team during the suspension. He will be eligible to return to the active roster Friday, Dec. 6, following the team’s second game against the Texans. Reynolds will lose more than $95,000 because of the suspension. Reynolds is the second Jacksonville player suspended this season. Receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended the first four games for violating the league’s substanceabuse policy.
Chiefs WR Bowe arrested on pot, speeding charges
RIVERSIDE, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, throwing his status for a pivotal AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos into question. Bowe was pulled over for going about 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, police in suburban Riverside said Tuesday. Police said an officer smelled “a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle,” and asked Bowe and two passengers to get out of the car. Police then used a dog to search for illegal substances and found a bag with Bowe’s wallet and two containers holding what the officer suspected was marijuana. One container held 6.6 grams of the substance, and the other had 3.8 grams, or about one-third of an ounce in all. Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance,
MCCOLLUM from 6A he is today? Has a skewered concept of what constitutes manhood been created in his mind? Does he have some emotional issues that have rendered him vulnerable? Is this just a reflection of an ugly sore in the whole of society? There are more questions than answers in this saga. What we do know is the culture has changed. People are more outwardly sensitive, and they’ve learned it’s OK, often healthy, to talk about their weaknesses and vulnerabilities rather than mask them in macho talk and actions. Bullying and harassment are not just part of the sports or NFL locker room culture, and it’s not gender specific. Some disgusting examples have resulted from cheerleading gone bad. And whatever culture that is created through professional athletics, celebrities and entertainment drifts down to
placing offensive tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve. The move announced Tuesday was not a surprise. Baker, considered the team’s best offensive lineman, was plagued by a knee injury and had already missed five games. The Falcons (2-7) have been ravaged by injuries. Baker was the fourth starter to go down for the season, following star receiver Julio Jones, defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing. The team also lost projected offensive line starter Mike Johnson during training camp.
Fox says he’ll be back by season’s end
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Denver Broncos coach John Fox cheers on his players after a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. Fox says he’ll be back by the season’s end.
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Texans release safety Ed Reed; Foster on IR
guilty in weapons case
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home last year. Deputy District Attorney Brian Buckelew says the 24-year-old San Jose resident appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday with his lawyer and parents. The charges stem from a June 2012 party at Smith’s home. Investigators say several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered weapons in Smith’s house, including two Bushmaster rifles and an Armalite AR-10T.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans released nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and put running back Arian Foster on injured reserve Tuesday, the latest blows in a disaster of a season. Reed missed the first two games after hip surgery and was recently relegated to a backup role. On Friday, he expressed his displeasure at not starting. On Sunday, after Houston’s seventh straight loss, he publicly criticized the team and said they had been outplayed and outcoached in the team’s first full game without coach Gary Kubiak, who is recovering from a mini-stroke. Interim coach Wade Phillips, who is the team’s defensive coordinator, seemed unhappy when asked about Reed’s comments on Monday. Falcons lose OT Sam “Everybody has their Baker to season-ending own feelings about what’s injury happening,” Phillips said. FLOWERY BRANCH, “They have their own Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta ideas about what’s hap- Falcons have lost anothpening or didn’t happen. er player for the season, young adults, teenagers and young children. Instances such as what happened with the Dolphins should be viewed as not fully focused on individuals who have cracked or exploded, but through the holistic lens of what things in
our environment are underlying factors. The truth is we are are vulnerable and sensitive in different ways. We all are in need of mercy and grace in various situations. It’s ironic that this situation came to the sur-
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Fox said Tuesday that he plans on returning to the sideline this season. Fox is recovering from heart surgery for a genetic defect. In a conference call with media in Denver, he said, “My goal and dream is to be there before the conclusion of the season.” Fox had his aortic valve replaced last week after falling ill during a round of golf near his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C. during the Broncos’ bye.
Chiefs remain atop tight AP Pro 32 power rankings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will have a chance to prove they belong atop the AP Pro32 power rankings when they face the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The unbeaten Chiefs barely held onto the top spot Tuesday in voting by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. Kansas City, off last week, earned 374 points and five firstplace votes, while the Seahawks had 373 points and five No. 1 nods. The Broncos were third with 369 points and two first-place votes. The Patriots were fourth in the tightly bunched AP Pro32 with 341 points, followed by the Saints with 340. The Panthers, Lions, Colts, 49ers and Bengals rounded out the top 10.
face in the form of a guy named Incognito. The overriding problem in our culture is no longer incognito.
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