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Washington State women close out nonconference slate with win at Nebraska

Washington State appears primed for the Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball season. Alexys Swedlund and Borislava Hristova scored 16 points apiece Friday and the Cougars (7-5) led wire-to-wire during a 73-61 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4) and their more than 4,400 fans.

UCLA extends suspensions of Jalen Hill, Cody Riley until end of season

In this Dec 3, 2016, file photo, UCLA head coach Steve Alford directs his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Saturday in Lexington, Ky. (James Crisp / Associated Press)
UCLA has extended the suspensions of basketball players Jalen Hill and Cody Riley through the end of the season as a result of their admitted shoplifting during the team’s trip to China in November. Athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford announced the decision in a joint statement.

Raiders’ Amari Cooper still trying to get back on the field

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) remains on the ground after a hit by the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (D. Ross Cameron / Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper hopes to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after sitting out last week’s loss to Dallas with a sprained left ankle. Cooper has hurt the same ankle twice this season, and he also suffered a concussion. Quarterback Derek Carr says having Cooper back will be a big help because defenses will have to change their coverage schemes.

Bobby Wagner set to go for Seahawks despite sore hamstring

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner gives autographs to fans before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Seattle. (John Froschauer / Associated Press)
Linebacker Bobby Wagner practiced Friday and will play when the Seattle Seahawks face the Dallas Cowboys despite a lingering hamstring problem. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wagner is ahead of where he was last week when he did not practice at all and was a game-time decision against the Rams.

Chiefs’ Marcus Peters blames self for flag-tossing suspension

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters (22) celebrates after intercepting a pass by Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The Chiefs won, 30-13. (Ed Zurga / Associated Press)
Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters says he chose to throw an officials’ flag in frustration during a loss to the New York Jets, so he had nobody to blame but himself for the resulting one-game suspension. Peters spoke briefly Friday for the first time since the incident three weeks ago. He returned last week to force three turnovers in a win over the Chargers.

Red Bulls’ Sacha Kljestan now suspended 2 games for tunnel brawl

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) runs with the ball against the Toronto FC during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Harrison, N.J. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)
New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan has been suspended an additional game and fined for his actions during a fight with Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore in a stadium tunnel during a playoff match. Major League Soccer announced the additional suspension for Kljestan. The league says the decision followed “a thorough internal investigation.” Kljestan will serve what is now a two-game suspension at the beginning of next season.

Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch fined $24,309 by NFL for shouting at official

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) scores a 22-yard touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker, left, watches, during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $24,309 by the NFL for yelling at a game official last Sunday against Dallas. Lynch shouted at a sideline official and needed to be restrained by teammates after quarterback Derek Carr fumbled the ball out of the end zone while trying to dive for a touchdown. The play was ruled a touchback. An angry Lynch shouted at a sideline official and needed to be restrained by teammates.

Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano, D-Backs, reach $6M, 2-year deal

In this Tuesday, March 21, 2017 file photo, Japan’s Yoshihisa Hirano throws during the ninth inning of a semifinal in the World Baseball Classic against the United States, in Los Angeles. Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract. The 33-year-old is looked at to provide bullpen depth and possibly compete to be the teams closer. His deal was announced Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract. The 33-year-old is looked at to provide bullpen depth and possibly compete to be the team’s closer. Hirano spent 12 seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League, including the last eight as a reliever. He was 3-7 with 29 saves and a 2.67 ERA in 58 relief appearances last season.

Vikings look to get past Packers in final push to playoffs

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) runs past Carolina Panthers’ Kurt Coleman (20) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. The Vikings final push to the playoffs begins on Saturday night with a trip to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. (Mike McCarn / Associated Press)
The Minnesota Vikings’ final push to the playoffs begins on Saturday night with a trip to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings have already secured a home playoff game by winning the NFC North, but they would like to secure a first-round bye, too.

Marcel Hirscher wins Campiglio slalom 2 years after drone incident

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher competes during a Men’s Ski World Cup Slalom, in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (Shinichiro Tanaka / Associated Press)
Without a falling drone to stop him, Marcel Hirscher finally reclaims his superiority on Italy’s most challenging slalom ski hill. After setting the fastest opening run, the six-time defending overall World Cup champion from Austria recovers from a major error toward the end of his second trip down the steep Canalone Miramonti course. Combined world champion Luca Aerni of Switzerland is second to register the first podium result of his career.

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