- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The look on Marcus Mariota’s face was unmistakable: He was stunned.

Oregon’s star quarterback lingered on the field following his team’s 31-24 loss to Arizona, shaking hands with the Wildcats after they upset the heavily favored Ducks for the second consecutive season.

Later, he shouldered the blame for a loss that left No. 2 Oregon with a tough hill to climb if it wants an invite to college football’s first postseason playoff. And he credited the unranked Wildcats, who were 24-point underdogs.

True freshman Nick Wilson ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from quarterback Anu Solomon to help the Wildcats open the season with five straight victories for the first time since 1998.

Terris Jones-Grigsby plowed into the end zone from a yard out for the tiebreaking touchdown with 2:54 left, and Arizona held on after sacking Mariota and recovering his fumble.

It was the third time since 2007 that an unranked Wildcats team upset an Oregon squad ranked in the top 5.

NFL

NEW YORK (AP) - The 2015 NFL draft will be held in Chicago.

Hours after the Bears posted an announcement on their Twitter account, the NFL confirmed the draft will move to Chicago on April 30-May 2. It will be held at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

The draft was held in Chicago in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, and 1962-64.

Moving the draft out of New York, where it has been held for decades, was likely once the league began taking bids for the event. Los Angeles and Chicago were the finalists for next year’s event.

The NFL soured on Radio City Music Hall after it was forced to move the draft back two weeks into May this year. But under Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league also has considered moving around the draft for a while.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - C.J. Spillman practiced with the Dallas Cowboys a day after his name surfaced in a sexual assault investigation. Not far away, Josh Brent was in a weight room working out on an exercise bike.

America’s team is in the midst of an unusual public relations nightmare, with owner Jerry Jones embroiled in a sexual assault lawsuit even as he steadfastly supports Brent, who is back after his arrest two years ago in a drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.

The Cowboys are also standing behind Spillman, with coach Jason Garrett saying the special teams player will remain active because he hasn’t been arrested or charged in a police investigation into his role in an alleged assault last month at a suburban Dallas hotel.

Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter earlier this year in the 2012 wreck that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail but avoided a long prison term. He was suspended for the first 10 games, but allowed to rejoin his teammates for limited work at the practice facility Monday, two weeks earlier than the league originally ruled.

GOLF

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Rory McIlroy found himself nine shots off the lead after a 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Four days after celebrating a third straight European Ryder Cup victory, McIlroy could manage just one birdie against two bogeys at Carnoustie, one of the three courses.

Oliver Wilson of England, ranked 791 places below the top-ranked McIlroy, equaled the Carnoustie course record with an 8-under 64. Raphael Jacquelin of France, also at Carnoustie, was one shot behind in second after a 65 which included an eagle on the par-5 14th, his fifth hole.

The Irish pair of Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry shared third with 66s. Harrington, at Carnoustie where he captured the 2007 British Open, bogeyed his closing two holes.

BASEBALL

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has undergone a medical procedure to address a nerve problem near his right thumb.

Milwaukee said Dr. Vernon Williams of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles administered cryotherapy, a procedure involving the application of extreme cold.

Braun is to meet with Williams again Monday; if Braun responds well to the treatment, he will begin swinging a bat to determine the procedure’s effect on his swing and pain tolerance.

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets say they will replace hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera.

Johnson and Natera have been offered jobs in the team’s minor league system, the Mets said.

Johnson became hitting coach when Dave Hudgens was fired on May 26, and Natera filled the new position of assistant on March 24.

New York also said Mike Barwis had been hired to oversee major and minor league strength and conditioning.

NHL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The excitement is palpable, the tickets are nearly all sold and the stadium is a technological marvel.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman only needs one more thing for the league’s second outdoor game ever in California - on Feb. 21 when the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium - to be a success.

“We’re going to need it about 40 degrees cooler on the day of the game,” Bettman told San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York at a news conference promoting the matchup.

Bettman spoke on a day when the temperature was right around 90 degrees, obviously not ideal conditions for a hockey game. But as long as there’s no rain storm, Bettman is confident the ice will hold up just fine in February after watching the success of last season’s outdoor game between the Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The owners of the Arizona Coyotes are in discussions with a potential new investor to buy a stake in the team.

The New York Post reported that IceArizona is in the process of selling a majority stake in the team to Philadelphia hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway.

The Coyotes later issued a statement saying IceArizona is in discussions with an unsolicited potential investor who is interested in joining the partnership. The statement said while no deal has been struck, the ownership group is exploring the possibility, adding that no members of the current IceArizona group are departing the ownership.

The Coyotes had gone four years without an owner before IceArizona bought the team from the NHL during the 2013 offseason.

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