News archive from 13 December 2014

Obama: NFL 'behind the curve' on Rice case

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama says the Ray Rice domestic violence case showed that the National Football League was "behind the curve" in setting policies about athlete behavior. He says new policies now in effect will send a message...

 
Hall of Famer Jim Brown applauds player protests

Hall of Famer Jim Brown applauds player protests

BEREA, Ohio Jim Brown stood alongside Muhammad Ali in the 1960s when the boxing champion protested going to Vietnam. An activist for 50 years, the Hall of Fame running back has never shied away from fighting for anything he's believed in. Brown has...

 
Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

NEW YORK It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy. The day before the Heisman Trophy presentation, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper answered questions about their...

 

Why, yes, the Aces do surrender a lot of early goals

When the Utah Grizzlies buzzed the Alaska Aces for two goals inside the opening five minutes Wednesday, and three inside the opening 10 minutes of a 5-3 victory over the Aces, I got to wondering: Is it me, or do the Aces often give up the first goal...

 

Goalie Schierhorn, forwards Hickel, Smelker get national gigs

Three Anchorage players have secured national-level gigs -- goaltender Eric Schierhorn will play for Team USA in the World Junior A Challenge, and forwards Zoe Hickel and Jordan Smelker of Anchorage have been invited to USA Hockey's women's national...

 

College Basketball Gameday for 12.13.14

Brevard (1-6, 1-3 SAC) at Queens (2-5, 2-2) Levine Center, 4 p.m. The Royals begin a four-game run of games in Charlotte on Saturday when they host the Tornados. … Queens snapped a three-game losing streak last Saturday, beating Tusculum...

 
Kentucky's Alex Poythress out for season (knee)

Kentucky's Alex Poythress out for season (knee)

LEXINGTON, Ky. A somber hush hovered over Kentucky basketball players Friday, replacing the jovial atmosphere that usually exudes from this group of Wildcats. They were just coming to grips with the sudden loss of one of their leaders for the rest of...

 

UN backs agreement for NATO to train Afghan forces

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly backed the new agreement for NATO to train, advise and assist Afghanistan's security forces after its combat operations end on Dec. 31. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council...

 

Lawmaker: Too many Texas schools make playoffs

AUSTIN, Texas A West Texas lawmaker says too many high school football teams reach the state playoffs and has introduced a bill that would reduce the number that advance. Republican Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock says the University Interscholastic...

 

Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices

WASHINGTON Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after...

 
This year's Heisman focus on field, not allegations

This year's Heisman focus on field, not allegations

NEW YORK – For the first time in a few years, the conversation surrounding the Heisman Trophy has centered on football, not off-field controversies. Last year, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the award weeks after facing allegations of...

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NFL denies Adrian Peterson's appeal, upholds suspension

NFL denies Adrian Peterson's appeal, upholds suspension

Calling it "arguably one of the most egregious cases of domestic violence" in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's nine-year tenure, appeals officer Harold Henderson upheld Adrian Peterson's suspension Friday, keeping the Minnesota Vikings star...

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Heflin residents enjoy Christmas Marketplace

Heflin residents enjoy Christmas Marketplace

The Heflin Armory was decked out in Christmas finery Friday for the Fourth Annual Festival of Trees and Christmas Marketplace. Decorated trees vying for the popular vote of market goers ringed the building while vendors selling everything from fried...

 

Remains found in Irondale likely those of missing Saks man, sheriff says

Investigators on Friday were awaiting medical identification of human remains found in a wooded area in Irondale, but Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said the body is likely that of Saks resident Roy Pelfrey, missing since June. Pelfrey, 42, was...

 

Deputy asks Calhoun County for $1M after accident on duty

A Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy is asking the county for $1 million after being hit by a car in October while directing traffic at an accident scene, according to documents released Friday. In his claim, filed Tuesday, Kenneth NeSmith states that on...

 

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