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Rebirth of ground game has college teams running wild

There goes Melvin Gordon, ripping off another long run. And there's Samaje Perine piling up yards in punishing fashion. Oh, look, here comes Tevin Coleman — and there he goes, sprinting away from a bunch of flailing defenders.

Jason Avant ready for fresh start in Kansas City

When he became a free agent after last season, Jason Avant wanted to go to Kansas City. He wanted to be reunited with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia, and thought the Chiefs would be the perfect place to continue his career.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in his return from an injury to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James scored 29 points, Kevin Love added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers exacted a little revenge on Washington with a 113-87 win over the Wizards on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2014

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each scored 17 points and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Nov. 26, 2014

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Keiana Gilbert scored a career-high 27 points and made a critical block in the last minute Wednesday night as Chattanooga stunned No. 4 Tennessee 67-63.

Arkansas QB Allen returns to practice

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says quarterback Brandon Allen has returned to practice and is on schedule to return when the Razorbacks face No. 17 Missouri on Friday.

Chiefs' Charles dedicates game to drowning victims

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is dedicating Sunday night's game against Denver to two teenagers who drowned in a Missouri farm pond over the weekend.

Royals acquire Ryan Jackson from Dodgers

Infielder Ryan Jackson has been acquired by the Kansas City Royals from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash.

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Tigers beat Swords 74-60 in Maui

Missouri lost its first two games in Maui, lost a starter early to injury and fought foul trouble. Even with all that adversity, no way were the Tigers going to head home without a victory.

Tuscumbia boys basketball wins second straight

Nick Grimwood and Zane Humphreys each put up 15 points, and Tuscumbia defeated Bunceton for its second win of the season.

Chamois tops Vienna for first girls basketball win

Led by 29 points from Paige Nolte, Chamois topped Vienna for its first win of the season.

Calvary Lutheran boys basketball drops opener

New Bloomfield placed four players in double figures as the Wildcats rolled to a 74-45 win Tuesday against the Calvary Lutheran Lions.

Columbia Catholic defeats Blair Oaks seventh-grade team

Columbia Catholic claimed a 28-20 win against the Blair Oaks seventh-grade boys’ basketball team on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jewell Loyd scored 23 points and Brianna Turner finished with 20, leading No. 2 Notre Dame to a 112-52 victory over Quinnipiac on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Nov. 25, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Stephen Curry scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Tuesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Nov. 25, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: James Neal scored the only goal of a six-round shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Fatima boys basketball wins season opener

Nolan Huot and Ross Dickneite led the Comets with 13 and 10 points, respectively, and Fatima topped St. James in its season opener, 58-48.

Aldon Smith getting back into rhythm

With 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has the utmost respect for a guy who dislocates his finger and pops it back in on his own. Harbaugh once did so himself during his 15-year NFL career as a quarterback. San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith popped his left middle finger back into place Sunday.

Battle for Atlantis boasts rugged field

North Carolina coach Roy Williams knows a trip to the Bahamas will not in any way resemble a Thanksgiving vacation for his Tar Heels.

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