January 11, 2013 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Declared Clemson record-setting receiver DeAndre Hopkins is heading to the NFL and skipping his final season of college. Hopkins said on Twitter on Thursday that while he enjoyed his time with the Tigers, he is ready for the next level. Clemson athletics spokesman Tim Bourret confirmed that Hopkins is making himself eligible for the NFL draft in April. Hopkins set single-season school records with 1,408 yards on 82 catches, and his 18 TD grabs were an Atlantic Coast Conference record.

• All-Big 12 running back Joseph Randle plans to skip his senior season at Oklahoma State and enter the NFL draft. Randle led all Big 12 rushers last season with 1,417 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

• Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers informed the school that he plans to enter the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining. Geathers had 40 tackles, including five for losses and a sack, along with a blocked field goal.

Injured Free-agent pitcher Francisco Liriano injured his right (non-throwing) arm over the holidays and his deal with the Pirates is on hold. Liriano reached an agreement on a two-year deal worth around $14 million pending a physical.

• Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray, the second overall pick in the NHL draft last summer, underwent surgery to repair a dislocation of his left shoulder. He faces up to a six-month recovery. Murray, captain of the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips, was injured in a game against the Victoria Royals. The 19-year-old had appeared in 23 games this season, with two goals and 15 assists with 14 penalty minutes.

Approved Major League Baseball has approved Paul Dolan as the controlling owner of the Cleveland Indians, taking over from his father, Larry.

Charged Three members of the Ashland (Ore.) High School football team and a fourth teenager have been charged after an investigation into hazing that involved attempted sexual assaults at a summer football camp, police said. Ashland police said that all four were charged with coercion, two were charged with conspiracy, and one, who is not a student at the school, was charged with attempted sexual penetration with a finger.

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