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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 8:54 P.M.

Ex-head of football operations at Baylor sues university

The former director of football operations at Baylor University has filed a lawsuit arguing he was unfairly named as contributing to the school’s mishandling of student sexual assault complaints. Colin Shillinglaw’s lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas County names the school, interim President David Garland and others as defendants. A Baylor spokesman says the lawsuit is without merit.

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In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 file photo members of Jamaica's gold medal winning relay team Nesta Carter and Usain Bolt, right, celebrate after the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. (Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 8:47 P.M.

Usain Bolt resigned to losing relay gold, but not holding grudges

Usain Bolt says he is resigned to the fact that he’s lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals, but isn’t holding any grudges against drug-tainted Jamaican relay teammate Nesta Carter. Carter has said he will appeal after re-analysis of his sample from the 2008 Beijing Games using more advanced scientific methods returned a positive test to the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine.

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In this Jan. 7, 2017, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban answers questions during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson in Tampa, Fla. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 7:24 P.M.

Alabama continues its reign atop team recruiting standings

Alabama came up just short in its bid for a second straight national title on the field, but the Crimson Tide’s dominance on the recruiting trail remains as strong as ever. According to composite rankings of recruiting services compiled by 247Sports, Alabama finished atop the team standings for a seventh consecutive year. And this might have been Nick Saban’s best class yet.

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Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) throws against Utah in the second half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 7:04 P.M.

Washington QB Jake Browning expected to be ready for spring after minor surgery

Washington quarterback Jake Browning is expected to be ready for the start of spring practices after undergoing minor surgery on his right shoulder last month. Washington coach Chris Petersen said Wednesday that Browning was doing fine in his recovery from what he called a “minor procedure” and that he should be fully recovered by the time spring ball starts for the Huskies in late March.

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Southern California signed another Top 25 class on Wednesday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 7:02 P.M.

Pac-12 football recruiting team capsules

Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams: Arizona Top 25 Class: No Best in class: RB Nathan Tilford. A four-star running back from Ontario, California, is the highest-rated player in the class – 17th nationally at his ...

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UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 9:02 P.M.

Gonzaga women face key game against BYU

No disrespect to Gonzaga’s other West Coast Conference rivals, but the BYU rivalry is special. It’s even more special when first place is on the line, the way will be Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Technically, the Bulldogs ...

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Phil McLean, right, and his Mead Panthers are favored to win the District 8 4A wrestling title. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 4:50 P.M.

Wrestling: Area teams begin pursuit of state berths

February means many things to high school winter sports athletes. To wrestlers it means the last few weeks of a grueling season. And payoff for their hard work. Districts take place this weekend for all classifications. It’s the first step ...

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SportsLinkGirls’ Basketball Tournaments

In 1974 many schools were still in the process of starting their girls’ basketball programs. In spite of that, the very first WIAA girls’ state tournament was held. Central Washington ...