Sankey doesn't view parts of recruiting package as 'healthy'

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey is hoping for further review of new football recruiting rules to be considered by the NCAA's Board of Governors this week. Speaking to an Associated Press Sports Editors Southeast regional meeting Monday, Sankey voiced concerns with the timeline for early campus visits by high school juniors and the 25-player football signing cap.

At least 26 high school students injured in school bus crash

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State Police say at least 26 high school students and one adult from neighboring Ohio have been injured in a school bus crash. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register ( ) reports the bus carrying football players from Buckeye Local High School in Rayland, Ohio, slammed into a tree Thursday evening. The students were on their way to watch a football practice at West Liberty University in West Virginia.

Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox is getting a shot at the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. His agent said the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox has agreed to terms with the Colts. "He's heading to Indianapolis" Friday, Joe Flanagan said. Flanagan did not discuss terms of the deal on Thursday, but Alie-Cox will try to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.

Duke to host 2 NC prep football title games in December

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association says it will hold two football state championship games at Duke in December, meaning each of the state's four Atlantic Coast Conference schools will host two games. The NCHSAA announced the move Thursday, adding Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium to the rotation along with UNC's Kenan Stadium, North Carolina State's Carter-Finley Stadium and Wake Forest's BB&T Field.

Tom Fleming, twice NYC Marathon champ, dies coaching at meet

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) -- Tom Fleming, the New York City Marathon winner in 1973 and 1975 and twice a Boston Marathon runner-up, has died. He was 65. Fleming died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while coaching a middle school team at a meet in Verona, New Jersey, the Montclair Kimberley Academy said in a statement Thursday. He was the school's varsity cross-country and track and field coach and recently taught fourth grade.

Michigan St. signee recovering after jet-ski accident

DETROIT (AP) -- The high school coach of Michigan State signee Lashawn Paulino-Bell says the defensive lineman is expected to make a full recovery after a jet-skiing accident last weekend. Roger Harriott, the coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, confirmed Wednesday that Paulino-Bell was hurt in an accident in the Bahamas on Sunday.

KG says he doesn't 'see eye-to-eye' with Wolves ownership

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The playoffs have started, and after a season out of the NBA for the first time in more than two decades, Kevin Garnett's body is starting to talk to him. The mileage on his legs and knees may have limited his playing time over his final couple of seasons in the NBA, but now that he has had a year away from the competition and the camaraderie, he is "definitely getting itchy.

Anguish, sympathy for Heap after ex-NFL player's kid killed

PHOENIX (AP) -- Condolences poured in for retired NFL player Todd Heap and his family on Saturday, a day after police say the former Pro Bowl tight end accidentally ran over his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her. Heap was moving the truck at his home in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, on Friday when he struck the girl, police said. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

NCAA adopts early signing period, 10th coach for football

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- College football recruiting is on the verge of getting a whole new look before the end of this year. The NCAA's Division I Council approved a sweeping package Friday that would allow players to sign with schools as early as December, allow high school juniors to take official visits from April through June and impose a two-year waiting period before Bowl Subdivision schools can hire people close to recruits to non-coaching positions.

Vols' Smith garnering plenty of attention around campus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The massive frame that helped make Tennessee's Trey Smith become one of the nation's top football recruits now results in some strange looks from fellow students when he walks around campus. "A lot of times people are scared," Smith said. "Just a friendly public service announcement, I will not eat you. I will not harm you. I just want to say, 'Hi.

Need pitcher? Need hitter? Louisville's McKay does it all

The phrase "total package," as applied to a baseball player or any other athlete, is often thrown around too casually. But there really is no other way to describe Louisville's Brendan McKay. He's in line to be the first pitcher taken in the Major League Baseball draft. He's also in line to be the first position player/hitter taken.

Mayor's courage to fight against racism, for equality

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols will be remembered for bicycle tracks and parks and economic development. But his legacy is far larger. Doug Echols publicly hated racism. And he had the guts to say so. His courage in fighting bigotry, the Confederate flag, hatred, will live on in the city he adopted as home 47 years ago. In 2008, U.S. Rep.

Coach suspended at nation's top high school football program

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The coach of the nation's top high school football program has been suspended from the Las Vegas team, following an arrest and allegations of domestic battery. Bishop Gorman High School announced Friday that it had suspended Kenneth "Kenny" Sanchez pending the outcome of a review of the situation. Sanchez was arrested Tuesday and is accused of domestic violence against a woman on Dec. 25.

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BON JOVI CANCELS NYC CONCERTS UNDATED (AP) -- Fans who had plans to check out Jon Bon Jovi this weekend in New York will have to make other arrangements. He won't be doing the shows because of illness. He decided last night to put off the shows at Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night -- to give him more time to recover from bronchitis.

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ISLANDERS-HURRICANES Halak preserves Islanders' playoff hopes, beats Canes 3-0 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots in his second shutout of the season, and the fast-starting New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Thursday night.

The finality of St. Anthony's closing has hit Bob Hurley

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A day after the closing of national high school basketball powerhouse St. Anthony's was announced, Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley read as much as he could about the decision. The 69-year-old just wanted to know how the little Roman Catholic school in a New Jersey inner city that faces out to the New York City skyline was being perceived.

Surratt, Boykin headline AP NC all-state team

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Sage Surratt of Lincolnton and Mikayla Boykin of Clinton headline the 2016-17 Associated Press all-state high school basketball teams for North Carolina. Surratt and Clinton were joined by Charlotte Providence Day's Janelle Bailey and Northern Guilford's Elissa Cunane as the unanimous selections by 14 sports writers across the state in results released Wednesday for the 15-player men's team and the 14-player women's team.

Clock runs out on hoops power St. Anthony's in New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A national basketball powerhouse in New Jersey is closing. St. Anthony's, the school that bears the stamp of Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, will shut its doors in June. Hurley and other school officials announced the expected decision Wednesday after meeting with the Archdiocese of Newark and then informing staff and faculty. The Roman Catholic school has been fighting declining attendance and rising costs for decades.