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Kentucky extends Stoops' contract through 2019 (Yahoo Sports)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has given coach Mark Stoops another contract extension through the 2019 season in an amended deal that will now pay him a total of $21.75 million.
5 college football players charged in assault (Yahoo Sports)
Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling ''Football strong!'' The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma. The California University of Pennsylvania players attacked Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester, as he was trying to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player at about 2 a.m. Thursday, police said. The university declared later Thursday that its Division II football team would forfeit Saturday's against Gannon University, jeopardizing its best season in three years. ''Behavior has consequences,'' the university's interim president, Geraldine Jones, said in a statement.
No. 4 Auburn-No. 7 Ole Miss: Playoff knockout game (Yahoo Sports)
Auburn and Mississippi spent the week dismissing their standing in the first College Football Playoff rankings as mostly irrelevant. The fourth-ranked Tigers and seventh-ranked Rebels, both among the initial top four teams, meet Saturday night in what could amount to the first elimination round of the playoffs. ''We're focused solely really on one ranking and that would be on Dec. 7,'' said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, referring to the final rankings that set up the four-team field. Auburn (6-1, 3-1) is third in the CFP rankings, one spot ahead of the Rebels (7-1, 4-1).
No. 5 Oregon looks to break Stanford's streak (Yahoo Sports)
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- If the Oregon Ducks want to use two straight losses to Stanford as motivation against the Cardinal this season, then so be it, coach Mark Helfrich said.
Duke picked as ACC preseason favorite (Yahoo Sports)
Armed with a talented freshman class, Duke is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils received 41 of 65 first-place votes from media members at Wednesday's league media day, outdistancing North Carolina, ACC newcomer Louisville and reigning champion Virginia atop the standings. Duke returns upperclassmen Quinn Cook, Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon while adding a stellar recruiting class led by big man Jahlil Okafor, the preseason pick for rookie of the year.
Hawaii fires head basketball coach (Yahoo Sports)
Hawaii has fired its head basketball coach a little more than two weeks before its first regular-season game. The university announced Tuesday that it had fired head coach Gib Arnold, who had been with the program for four years in his first Division I head coaching job, and assistant Brandyn Akana. The university earlier this year self-reported a Jan. 9 incident in which ''a men's basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes,'' according to information obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. School officials did not list reasons for the dismissals of Arnold and Akana.
Vols have undergone major makeover since Sweet 16 (Yahoo Sports)
Just seven months after playing in the NCAA regional semifinals, Tennessee is being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. Rarely has a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance been held in such low regard. Then again, this Tennessee team bears only a passing resemblance to the squad that made that postseason run. Tennessee returns only four scholarship players from the team that went 24-13 last season.