- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016


BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre was selected The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year after leading the Buffaloes to a 10-3 record and their first bowl game since 2007.

MacIntyre received 109 points and 25 first-place votes from the AP college football poll panel, while Penn State’s James Franklin was second with 98 and 16.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The entire Minnesota football team said it is boycotting all football activities, which could include its bowl game, until it gets satisfactory answers from the university about the suspension of 10 players.

The school suspended the players Tuesday after an internal investigation into a sexual assault case. Police declined to arrest or charge any of the players, but the school suspended them based on its own standards for conduct.

The team’s players said they haven’t ruled out skipping the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 against Washington State in San Diego. They asked the bowl’s committee to be patient while they work through the situation.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd off waivers one day after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals.

Floyd, Arizona’s first-round draft pick in 2012, was released by the team two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.

Floyd had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns with the Cardinals this season.


FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) - A judge dismissed a charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint against New York Mets star relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the player’s wife told a prosecutor that her husband did not hurt her.

The couple left the New Jersey courthouse and drove off together without talking to reporters.

The 27-year-old, a first-time All-Star this year, faces a possible Major League Baseball suspension if he is found to have violated the sport’s domestic violence policy. MLB said in a statement that the investigation is ongoing.

NEW YORK (AP) - Hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman completed his return to New York when the Yankees finalized his $86 million, five-year contract.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Odubel Herrera and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $30.5 million, five-year contract.

The deal keeps the All-Star center fielder under the Phillies’ control through 2023. Herrera has been the most consistent player on a rebuilding team the past two seasons.

Herrera was an NL All-Star this year in his second season in the major leagues. He batted .286 with 15 homers, 87 runs and 25 stolen bases.

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies shored up their shaky bullpen by agreeing to a $19 million, three-year contract with reliever Mike Dunn.

Colorado desperately needed bullpen help after blowing 28 saves last season. The 31-year-old left-hander went 6-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 51 appearances for the Miami Marlins last season.

BOSTON (AP) - San Diego Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte won the 2016 Tony Conigliaro Award.

The annual honor goes to a baseball player who overcomes adversity through “spirit, determination and courage.” Solarte’s wife, Yuliett Pimentel Solarte, died of cancer in September at age 31.

Despite missing time to be with his wife and take care of his three daughters after she died, Solarte played in 109 games, batting .286 and setting career highs with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs.


MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Sean Woods resigned as Morehead State’s coach following an independent investigation into allegations by two players that Woods assaulted them. His resignation came two days after Woods was charged with misdemeanor battery in Indiana.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss a couple of weeks due to a lower-body injury. The five-time All Star has two goals and 19 assists this season for the defending Stanley Cup champions.


WACO, Texas (AP) - In the biggest Division I women’s basketball rout ever, No. 3 Baylor overwhelmed Winthrop 140-32.

The 108-point margin of victory surpassed the 102 set by Grambling when it beat Jarvis Christian College 139-37 in 1986.

Baylor (11-1) led 77-18 at halftime and outscored the Eagles 29-0 in the fourth quarter.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey substituted freely throughout the game and no one played more than 21 minutes. Leading scorer Alexis Jones, who’s had knee trouble, sat out for the second straight game to rest.

Baylor set school records for points, rebounds (75) assists (42) and blocked shots (17).

Winthrop (1-9) shot 13.6 percent and was outrebounded by 50.

The biggest rout between two Division I teams in women’s basketball had been in 1989 when Louisiana Tech topped Texas-Pan American 126-25.


One tournament into his return was all Tiger Woods needed to strike a deal with Bridgestone to play its golf ball.

Bridgestone Golf said it has signed Woods to a multi-year agreement in which he will play and promote the golf ball. Woods effectively became a free agent for equipment deals when Nike decided to stop making clubs and golf balls and instead focus on apparel.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Hank Steinbrenner, George Steinbrenner IV and Michael Andretti have hired 16-year-old Colton Herta to drive the No. 98 car in the Indy Lights Series next season.

It’s the first time Herta will race in the U.S. since 2014. Herta’s father, Bryan, drove for Michael Andretti and owned the late Dan Wheldon’s Indianapolis 500 winning car in 2011.

The announcement also puts two big American sports families on the same team.

Michael Andretti is the son of former world champion Mario Andretti and the father of current IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. Hank Steinbrenner’s father, George III, bought the New York Yankees in 1973.

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