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Lady Crusaders fall to St. Joseph’s Academy

The Helias Lady Crusaders dropped a 48-36 decision to the St. Joseph’s Academy Angels on Wednesday night.

Surprise players have often starred in past Super Bowls

Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

Chamois Lady Pirates defeat Hermann in overtime

It took overtime, but the Chamois Lady Pirates defeated Hermann 52-47 on Wednesday to advance to the championship of the Hermann Tournament.

AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

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PHOENIX — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. But are the laws strong enough?

Boys Basketball: South Callaway 87, New Bloomfield 57

The South Callaway Bulldogs had four players score in double figures Monday night in an 87-57 win against the New Bloomfield Wildcats in the opening round of the Sturgeon Tournament.

States' youth concussion laws often lack specifics

Why what’s missing matters

PHOENIX — With a push from the NFL, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed youth concussion laws over the span of about five years. They were modeled after legislation passed in Washington state in 2009. But an Associated Press analysis shows just 21 of the laws that followed included all four key elements in Washington’s bill.

Head of NCAA enforcement says misconduct on rise

The head of NCAA enforcement says academic misconduct is on the rise in college athletics and his department is currently handling 20 open investigations.

Two convictions in Vanderbilt case

Verdicts in rape trial signal support for assault victims

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.

Illinois State slips past Missouri State 67-57

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell scored 20 points, hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds and led Illinois State to a 67-57 win over Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Lincoln hoops to host Missouri Western

The Lincoln women will look to start a winning streak while the Lincoln men want to stop a losing skid tonight as the Blue Tigers host Missouri Western in a Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) basketball doubleheader at Jason Gym.

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Tigers have little room for error in rematch with No. 1 Kentucky

The first time the Missouri basketball team faced Kentucky under Kim Anderson, the Wildcats overwhelmed the Tigers, 86-37. So what does Missouri have to do to win the second time around?

Irving scores 55

Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Jan. 28, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Alex Ovechkin scored twice to take the NHL lead in goals, Braden Holtby recovered from a mini-slump to get his fifth shutout of the season, and Sidney Crosby had one of his worst faceoff nights as the Washington Capitals broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Jan. 28, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke 77-73 Wednesday night.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Jan. 28, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

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Jays prevail in battle of Indiana commits

With a future Indiana Hoosier on each team effectively canceling each other out, it was going to be up to the remaining eight players to decide who would win Tuesday’s basketball game between Jefferson City and Waynesville.

Field takes two in Helias win

Mason Field took the long road, then the short road, to the same result Tuesday night for the Helias Crusaders.

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Coach, teammates stand up for Clark

Wes Clark had a solid statline against Arkansas on Saturday. He scored eight points, four of which came unanswered in a crucial second-half stretch. He had six assists and five rebounds, and his team can live with his two turnovers against a heavy-pressing Razorbacks defense.

Royals, Dyson avoid arbitration

The Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it.