The Final Score Archives

Failures in oversight worsened North Carolina academic fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve… Continue reading →

Emmanuel Sanders, Peyton Manning carry Denver past San Diego

DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.… Continue reading →

With Locker hurt, Mettenberger gets chance in start

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) chases Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in a NFL preseason football game between the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans in the Superdome in  New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday.… Continue reading →

Failures in oversight worsened academic fraud at North Carolina

Associated Press photo by GERRY BROOME -- Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students.

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier.… Continue reading →

Search for new LHSAA executive director to begin immediately; Kenny Henderson out

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson listens to a speaker during LHSAA's annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

Kenny Henderson’s seven-year tenure as head of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association ended in about one minute. That’s how long it took Thursday for LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic to read a statement that brought an abrupt end to Henderson’s run as executive director of the state’s governing body for high school sports.… Continue reading →

Ike Taylor returns to practice

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor returned to practice on Wednesday just one month after breaking his right arm. Taylor, a former Louisiana-Lafayette standout, practiced in a limited capacity, running sprints and doing individual drills. He suffered a compound fracture in his right arm when teammate Lawrence Timmons slammed into it with his helmet… Continue reading →

NBA owners vote down lottery reform

NEW YORK — NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league’s draft lottery system, staving off efforts to curb tanking for the time being. The proposal was defeated 17-13 on Wednesday at the league’s board of governors meetings. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events after appearing earlier in the week that… Continue reading →

Auto racing glance

NASCAR Sprint Cup Site: Martinsville, Virginia. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 8-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, 12:45… Continue reading →

Madison Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after Pence hit a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.… Continue reading →

Broadcast highlights for Wednesday, Oct. 21 2014

TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m. -- Giants at Royals -- Fox COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m. -- Media Days-SEC -- ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Jaguars-Dawson Odoms -- CST 7:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- CST 8 p.m. -- -- Les Miles Radio Show -- CST 9 p.m. -- Les Miles press conference --… Continue reading →

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. a rising star

Associated Press photo by LM OTERONew York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham celebrates his touchdown reception in front of Dallas Cowboys' Barry Church (42), Justin Durant (52) and others during the second half Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick from LSU has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants’ No. 1 playmaker in a span… Continue reading →

Buffalo interim coach gets advice from Ed Orgeron

AMHERST, N.Y. — University at Buffalo interim football coach Alex Cross was seeking advice from a former colleague on how to handle his new role. Former Southern California interim coach Ed Orgeron called Cross last weekend, and Cross asked him to encourage his team after Jeff Quinn was fired. Orgeron delivered via Skype, issuing what Cross called a spot-on… Continue reading →

Cowboys release Michael Sam; Bucs sign KR Trindon Holliday

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Michael Sam walks along the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, another setback as the NFLs first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis… Continue reading →

Wozniacki puts Sharapova’s bid for top ranking on hold

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

SINGAPORE — Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month’s New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second-straight time, having also won in the fourth round… Continue reading →

LSRC orders Fair Grounds to restore $2.7 million in purses

Members of the Louisiana State Racing Commission ordered the Fair Grounds on Tuesday to add $2.7 million that it was holding pending litigation back to the track’s purses for the upcoming thoroughbred meet. The commission held a meeting to determine whether the track had statutory authority to withhold the money, which a group of quarter horse owners, trainers and… Continue reading →

Sports on the air for Tuesday, Oct. 21

TV WORLD SERIES 7 p.m. -- Giants at Royals -- Fox COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- FSNO 7 p.m. -- Arkansas State at UL-Lafayette -- ESPN2 COLLEGE SPORTS 6 p.m. -- SEC Now -- SEC NBA PRESEASON 7 p.m.… Continue reading →

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly upset Irish let game come to last call

Sunday, Brian Kelly’s biggest regret was that Notre Dame let a game with Florida State come down to a point where a penalty he still insisted should not have been called could have so much to do with the outcome. “I mean, you got to take the belt from the champion,” the Fighting Irish coach said Sunday,… Continue reading →

Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game

Associated Press photo by Kathy Kmonicek -- Boston guard Marcus Thornton, a former LSU standout, drives the ball to the basket between Brooklyn Nets guard Alan Anderson, left, and forward Mason Plumlee during the Celtics' 95-90 preseason win Sunday at Barclays Center in New York.

NEW YORK — Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game. There was a good reason he hadn’t been subbed out yet, though. In an experimental 44-minute preseason game, Sullinger had… Continue reading →

Florida State holds off Notre Dame with help of late pass interference penalty

Associated Press photo by MARK WALLHEISER -- Florida State's Rashad Greene returns a kickoff against Notre Dame during Saturday's game in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles took a fourth-quarter lead and held off a late Notre Dame drive to remain undefeated with a 31-27 win.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For a few seconds, it looked as if Everett Golson and Notre Dame had another streak-busting victory, this time against the reigning national champions from Florida State. As the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish celebrated an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, flags flew. The call: offensive pass interference. The touchdown was… Continue reading →

Kansas State beats Oklahoma after missed 19-yard field goal

Associated Press photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine is stopped short of the goal line by Kansas State linebacker Jonathan Truman (21) and linebacker Dakorey Johnson (32) in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Norman, Okla. The Wildcats won 31-30.

NORMAN, Okla. — With a short field goal the only thing standing between Oklahoma and a late lead, Michael Hunnicutt just had to do what he’s done for more than three years: be automatic. No. 11 Oklahoma, trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, had finally had seized momentum after playing catch-up for much… Continue reading →

West Virginia takes down Baylor; Kansas State nips Oklahoma

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty (14) is tackled by West Virginia's Daryl Worley (7) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett threw three touchdown passes and West Virginia surprised sloppy No. 4 Baylor on Saturday, pulling away for a 41-27 win. The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) earned their first win over a top-five opponent since beating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season. West Virginia… Continue reading →

Dale Earnhardt Jr. out to win at Talladega to save season

Associated Press photo by Rainier Ehrhardt -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits Saturday to qualify for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Earnhardt, who qualified 28th, needs a win Sunday to stay alive in the Chase for the Cup.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — This magical season for Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes down to one race to save his championship hopes. NASCAR’s most popular driver must win Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to continue his quest for his first career Sprint Cup title. It’s a pressure-packed situation for Earnhardt, who knows that six-time and defending NASCAR… Continue reading →

Acquisition of James Shields helped push the Royals over the top

Kansas City Royals' James Shields kisses the trophy after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum )

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields. The franchise had long suffered through a forgettable cast of starting pitchers. Hot prospects flamed out. Free agents fizzled. And every… Continue reading →

Sunday’s highlights

TV NFL 11 a.m., Saints Game Plan, CST Noon, Saints at Lions, Fox 3:05 p.m., Chiefs at Chargers, CBS 3:25 p.m., Giants at Cowboys, Fox 7:20 p.m., 49ers at Broncos, NBC 10 p.m., Cowboys Game Night, FSNO 10:30 p.m., Saints Tonight, CST CFL 3 p.m., Edmonton at Saskatchewan, ESPN2 COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER 1… Continue reading →

Auto racing roundup: Terry Labonte calling it quits after Talladega

Associated Press photo by John Bazemore -- NASCAR driver Terry Labonte announces his retirement during a news conference Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Terry Labonte will compete in his final NASCAR race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The two-time Cup champion ran 26 full seasons at NASCAR’s top level, and a partial schedule the past decade. Labonte first announced his retirement in 2006, at home track Texas Motor Speedway, but he’s raced 41 times since. “You know,… Continue reading →

Every other year, it’s simply the Giants’ year

San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse celebrates after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a tune Tim Flannery once sung that he finds perfectly fitting to describe how his San Francisco Giants get the most out of themselves in the postseason. Old standbys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval mix with rookie faces, giving the Giants a seemingly unique ability to win every… Continue reading →

The time is now for No. 2 Florida State as it hosts No. 5 Notre Dame

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) talks to Syracuse's Darius Kelly, not shown, after teammate Dalvin Cook scored a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No one around the Florida State football team wants to call Saturday’s game against No. 5 Notre Dame a must-win. Reality could tell a different story. The No. 2 Seminoles last week dropped from the top of the rankings for the first time since Dec. 1, 2013, despite a 6-0 record. Florida… Continue reading →

Sources: Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets

Associated Press photo by Elaine ThompsonSeahawks receiver Percy Harvin stands on the sideline late in the second half of the team's  loss to Dallas.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks. Two people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press on Friday that Harvin, a star in last season’s Super Bowl but injury prone through his career, was headed to the Jets. The people spoke anonymously because the… Continue reading →

Lewis: Even Archie Manning is surprised by 6-0 Rebels

Welcome back, Saturday Six-Pack! Let’s look at six topics of interest for the weekend. 1 This summer, Archie Manning jokingly said he hoped he would have to recuse himself from the College Football Playoff deliberations when Ole Miss was discussed. Now, with the committee’s first meeting coming up after next week’s games, it looks like the Rebels are going… Continue reading →

Patriots hold on for 27-25 victory over Jets

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws as New York Jets defensive end Jason Babin (58) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the New York Jets that came down to the last play. Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt and the defensive tackle’s teammates rushed onto the field to celebrate their surprisingly tough win… Continue reading →

Travis Ishikawa’s three-run homer sends Giants to the World Series

San Francisco Giants St. celebrate after a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the Shot That Shook the Bay. Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end a National League Championship Series, a three-run shot that gave the San Francisco Giants a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. These every-other-year Giants will face the Royals… Continue reading →

Friday’s broadcast highlights

TV COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Fresno State at Boise State, ESPN 8 p.m., Temple at Houston, ESPNU HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Episcopal at Dunham, CST 7 p.m., Covington at Fountainbleau, Cox4-NO 7 p.m., St. Martinville at BBHS, Cox4-Laf. 7 p.m., Live Oak at Walker, MeTV 7 p.m., Central… Continue reading →

Decision soon on Roger Goodell testimony in Ray Rice case

Associated Press photo by JOHN MINCHILLO -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York on Oct. 8. A neutral arbiter is expected to decide early next week whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify during an appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Thursday.

A neutral arbiter is expected to decide early next week whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify during an appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Thursday. Goodell said last week he’d leave the decision to former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was picked by the commissioner… Continue reading →

Talladega tense place for many, but not Kevin Harvick

Associated Press photo by Chuck BurtonKevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Bank of America 500 on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Guaranteed a spot in the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, Kevin Harvick has no reason to race hard Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If it was up to him, he wouldn’t race at all. Four of NASCAR’s top drivers will see their title hopes come to an end at Talladega, where the… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Alabama, Oklahoma face possible playoff elimination

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight (9) celebrates a touchdown by teammate Samaje Perine during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Florida State will whittle the field of unbeatens in major college football when they meet Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida. Big game for sure, but the loser can take heart that their playoff hopes, while damaged, won’t be destroyed. For playoff contenders that have already lost once, teams such as Alabama and… Continue reading →

Wait over, Royals bound for World Series

Associated Press photo by ORLIN WAGNER -- Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. The Royals advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals are once again baseball royalty. They are… Continue reading →