- Rodman visits North Korea to train national team
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North's young leader, Kim Jong Un, a visit unaffected by the recent execution of Kim's uncle in a dramatic political purge.Rodman was met at Pyongyang's airport by Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang Ho. He made no public comments, but told a mob of reporters earlier at Beijing's airport that he expected, as on previous visits, to meet with Kim and make final arrangements for a Jan. 8 exhibition game in Pyongyang marking the leader's birthday.
- Louisville Slugger, developers plan Peoria center
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Kentucky-based company whose name is synonymous with baseball bats says it's working with developers to construct a new youth sports center in central Illinois.Louisville Slugger announced plans for the Peoria facility on Wednesday. It says it'll be state-of-the-art with 10 outdoor baseball and softball fields. A dome will allow year-around play.
- IU optometrists expanding sports concussion study
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A $429,000 federal grant will allow Indiana University to expand research to detect sports-related concussions to more sports.IU said Wednesday that researchers at its School of Optometry received the National Institutes of Health grant to study mild traumatic brain injury in IU and high school athletes. It will fund development of a portable sideline eye tracker that can be used to test eye movements of athletes during competition as a possible indicator for concussions.
- Washington looking into recruiting allegations
SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that it is looking into recruiting allegations against an assistant football coach following a report in the Los Angeles Times.The Times said Wednesday on its website that Washington and Southern California, which recently hired head coach Steve Sarkisian away from Washington, are investigating whether Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit.
- Players say Bison, Wildcats present similar looks
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Championship Subdivision semifinal playoff game between North Dakota State and New Hampshire will be the first meeting between the schools.Players on both sides say they have a lot in common.
- No. 1 Florida St returns to practice after break
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State returned to the practice field Wednesday with the first of 15 scheduled sessions before playing Auburn for the national championship in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6.Coach Jimbo Fisher said the top-ranked Seminoles were eager to get back to football after a week full of winning awards, various trips, exams and an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" for Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston.
- Cowboys' league-worst defense scrambling at LB
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Bruce Carter was benched for a game over spotty play early in the season. Now it's hard to tell what the Dallas Cowboys would do without him at linebacker.Carter's return to practice Wednesday after missing the loss to Green Bay with a hamstring injury was good news for the NFL's worst defense.
- Colts defense faces big challenge against Chiefs
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Mathis described Jamaal Charles in many ways.Explosive. Problem. Mismatch. Someone to track on every play.
- Heat top Pacers in last meeting until March
MIAMI (AP) — The best rivalry in the Eastern Conference is now on hiatus until March 26.And the Miami Heat are a little bummed about that.
- Clippers beat Pelicans 108-95 for 3rd win in a row
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers' push to transform DeAndre Jordan into a dominant interior defender is already paying dividends.Challenged by Rivers before the season began to win the NBA's defensive player of the year award, Jordan is working toward the honor with the kind of performance he had against the Pelicans.
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- San Jose State beats UC Davis 89-85 in 3 OTs
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Devante Wilson scored San Jose State's last six points in the third overtime as the Spartans defeated UC Davis 89-85 on Wednesday night.Isaac Thornton gave the Spartans an 83-81 lead with a three-point play. Wilson then hit 6 of 8 free throws.
- Oregon State holds off Towson 76-67
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Angus Brandt scored a career-high 27 points to lead Oregon State to a 76-67 win over Towson on Wednesday.Devon Collier added 13 points for the Beavers (6-2), who played without leading scorer Roberto Nelson for most of the night.
- Howard leads Rockets over Bulls 109-94
HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard is happy and healthy in Houston, and coach Kevin McHale is pleased with how his superstar center has played so far this season.Howard scored 23 points, James Harden and Chandler Parsons each had 19 and the Rockets used a big third-quarter run to pull away for a 109-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
- Santa Clara holds on; beats Sacred Heart 70-61
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Clark scored 30 points, 17 in the second half, as Santa Clara came back to beat Sacred Heart 70-61 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Wednesday night.Clark was 9-of-16 shooting for the game and made all four of his free throws in the final minute for Santa Clara (6-5).