Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill to enter NFL draft

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill will skip his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft. Coach Mike Gundy announced Monday that Hill will not play against Missouri in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31. Hill made his announcement in a thank you letter to fans, teammates and coaches on social media. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hill thanked Gundy “for taking a chance on a kid from Tulsa.” He added: “You saw something in me when others did not and helped me turn my dreams into…

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Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg; Boylen takes over

CHICAGO (AP) — The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings. The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19 only two teams have worse records. “Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” said Jim Paxson, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations. “After a thorough evaluation, I…

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Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils game preview

TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP Last spring, the New Jersey Devils learned first-hand how much ground they need to make up on the Tampa Bay Lightning, decisively losing a first-round playoff series four games to one. As the teams get set to meet Monday night at the Prudential Center, the gap between the Lightning and Devils has widened considerably. While the Lightning (19-7-1) are once again on top of the Eastern Conference, the Devils (9-11-5) are last…

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UConn wins early season showdown with Notre Dame

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s only December, but UConn showed it’s the best team in the country with an early-season win over Notre Dame. The Huskies topped the Irish 89-71 on Sunday in the women’s Jimmy V Classic behind a stellar effort by freshman Christyn Williams, who had 28 points — six points off the school record for a freshman held by Tina Charles. “We found a way to answer everything,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There wasn’t anything that went down that we didn’t have an answer for. There…

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Jon Rahm wins in Bahamas, ends year with 3 titles

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career. Sunday wasn’t bad either, not with Woods handing him the trophy after Rahm turned a potential shootout into a runaway victory on the back nine in the Bahamas to end his year by winning the Hero World Challenge. That makes two full years as a pro for the 24-year-old Spaniard, each with three victories worldwide. “I hope I keep winning three times every year,” Rahm…

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England to play Netherlands in Nations League semifinals

DUBLIN (AP) — England will play the Netherlands and host Portugal will face Switzerland in the semifinals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. The Portuguese will play the Swiss on June 5 at the 50,000-seat stadium in Porto. The English will face the Dutch the next night at the 30,000-capacity venue in Guimaraes. The final of European soccer’s new national team competition and the third-place game are scheduled for June 9. Of the four semifinalists, all group winners in the top-tier of the UEFA Nations League, only Switzerland has never…

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Olympic ‘kingmaker’ Sheikh Ahmad leaves to handle court case

TOKYO (AP) — The corruption case involving a powerful IOC member promised to sow confusion as 206 national Olympic committees — known by the acronym ANOC — started two days of meetings in Tokyo on Wednesday. It did just that and offered some good theater. Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah, known as the “Olympic Kingmaker,” had stepped down temporarily earlier in the week as the president of ANOC. He said he needed to fight a criminal case in Switzerland, and was also reportedly pressured to step aside by the…

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Shannon Sharpe is ‘not surprised’ the Packers fired Mike McCarthy after loss to the Cardinals

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