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Roy Tarpley, drug-plagued former Mavericks center, dies

A Tarrant County medical examiner's report says Tarpley died Friday afternoon at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. No cause of death was given in the online report

The Oregon Duck does a set of pushups during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Ducks WR suspended for national championship game

A person with direct knowledge of test results told The Associated Press that Carrington tested positive for marijuana. Team spokesman Andy McNamara confirmed that Carrington is not with the team but would not indicate why.

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is carried on the shoulders of his 2002 national championship between quarters of an NCAA college football game between Ohio State and Michigan Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

Tressel, Snyder selected to College Football Hall of Fame

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder have been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.

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This week’s top sports shots

A look at some of this week's biggest plays and best moments in sports.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, left, talks to referee Karl Hess during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Kansas won 61-56.

AP source: Ref Hess won’t work any more ACC games this year

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that controversial basketball official Karl Hess will not work any more Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Ohio State's Evan Spencer, left, pulls in the onside kick as Alabama's ArDarius Stewart fails to recover it in the second half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans. While many might pick hulking sackmaster Joey Bosa, 1,600-yard rusher Ezekiel Elliott or one of a dozen others, head coach Urban Meyer says the team MVP is Spencer.

Who’s Ohio State’s MVP? Probably not who you think it is

Urban Meyer says the team's MVP is its ninth-leading receiver, 11th-leading rusher, a guy who's tied for 10th on the team in scoring: wide receiver Evan Spencer.

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Former Chargers linebacker Seau among HOF finalists

Late NFL great Junior Seau was among 18 finalists announced for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Jury selection to begin in first murder trial of Hernandez

The former New England Patriots star faces the first of two murder trials.

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Report: NFL should have sought more in Rice case

The probe concluded that the league should have done a better job investigating the incident.

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Boston to bid for 2024 Olympics

Boston will be the American candidate city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

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WATCH: High school baller’s chin-above-the-rim dunk

This dunk will leave you speechless.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warms up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers returns to practice for Packers

Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers after sitting out with a left calf injury.

Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk performs for the crowd during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 109-105.

Winning is apparently not enough in Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks are hot, winning 20 of their last 22 games. They are also for sale.

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Dallas Cowboys ‘Doomsday Defenseman’ Jethro Pugh dead

Former defensive tackle Jethro Pugh, who played in five Super Bowls, has died at the age of 70.

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Karate wants to be included in 2020 Olympics

Reforms by the IOC have given karate officials renewed hope that the martial art could be added to the Tokyo games.

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Thursday’s Sports Minute

Here's a look at some of the top sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, Jan. 8.

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Cooperstown’s class of 2015 reflects diversity in game

From tallest to shortest, and a hybrid starter/reliever to a versatile regular, the class of 2015 embodies the diversity that is part of baseball's appeal.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in St. Louis.

Rodgers sits out Packers practice, still expected to start

Coach Mike McCarthy still expects his starting quarterback to be ready on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers host Dallas.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing in the first of two murder cases against him at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Hernandez is charged with murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. He also is charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Aaron Hernandez relative granted immunity in murder case

A relative of Aaron Hernandez has been granted immunity in the former New England Patriots star's upcoming murder trial.

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