The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing following a report Tuesday night that claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated.  Anonymous league sources say 11 of the Patriots’ 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated by two pounds. The sources did not mention how that occurred.

 

The Chiefs announced Tuesday that Tyler Bray has torn the ACL in his left knee, putting his future with the franchise in doubt and creating space for Terrelle Pryor at backup quarterback.  Bray spent last season on injured reserve after spraining an ankle in preseason. The move allowed the Chiefs to keep him along with Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray. Pryor, a former Raiders quarterback, recently agreed to a deal with the Chiefs. The team also  signed 19 other players to futures contracts.  Among the players that Kansas City signed to futures deals was wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. The former star began his career at Tennessee but transferred to Tennessee Tech after admitting to failing several drug tests.  He played for Buffalo and Indianapolis. In five games with the Colts, he had 14 catches for 192 yards.

 

Gary Kubiak has been introduced as the 15th head coach of the Denver Broncos. Kubiak said he was prepared to remain Baltimore’s offensive coordinator after turning down opportunities to interview for two other head coaching jobs, but changed his mind after hearing from Broncos president John Elway. Kubiak spent 13 seasons either backing up Elway at quarterback or drawing up blueprints as his offensive coordinator.

 

The NFL will continue to experiment with making the extra point attempt harder to convert at this weekend’s Pro Bowl.The uprights will be at the standard 18.6 feet for field goal attempts but will be squeezed down to 14 feet on extra points. The kick also will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15, essentially making it a 33 1/2-yard kick attempt. The league has looked into making point-after kicks more difficult as kickers have become almost automatic from the short distance. Teams converted 99.3 percent of extra point attempts this season. The NFL moved extra point attempts during the preseason.

 

The Houston Astros have worked out a one-year, $8 million contract with free agent Colby Rasmus. The outfielder hit .225 with 18 homers and 40 RBIs in 104 games for Toronto last season, including 80 starts. He comes to the Astros one day after the team shipped center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs.
Sporting Kansas City parted ways with forward Claudio Bieler on Tuesday after two seasons.  Bieler joined the franchise as a designated player and was the team’s top scorer in 2013 with 10 goals in the MLS regular season. He wound up with 16 goals and five assists in 54 appearances across all competitions over the past two seasons. Bieler’s highlight came last season, when he scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Real Esteli in the CONCACAF Champions League. He also had two goals during the MLS regular season. The move leaves Sporting KC with a vacant international roster and designated player spot.

 

TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Top-ranked Kentucky survived another recent scare before remaining one of the two unbeaten teams in Division I men’s basketball.  Twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison combined for 11 points in the latter stages of the Wildcats’ 65-57 win over Vanderbilt. Aaron Harrison had 14 points to help Kentucky improve to 18-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC.

In other top-25 Men’s finals:

— Sixth-ranked Wisconsin held No. 25 Iowa to 28 percent shooting in the first half of an 82-50 rout of the Hawkeyes. Frank Kaminsky finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Sam Dekker added 17 points and eight boards for the 17-2 Badgers.

— Monte Morris hit a floater with 37 seconds left to give ninth-ranked Iowa State a 73-69 lead in a 77-71 triumph over Kansas State. Jameel McKay had 15 points off the bench for the Cyclones, who improved to 4-1 in the conference and 14-3 overall.

— Freshman Peyton Aldridge had 22 points and senior Tyler Kalinoski added 21 as Davidson topped No. 22 Dayton 77-60. Aldridge and Kalinoski were both 9 of 14 from the field and combined to shoot 7 of 9 from beyond the arc.

 

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WELLINGTON-NAPOLEON TOURNAMENT
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BOYS
LEXINGTON 57, KINGSVILLE 25
RICHMOND 68, CONCORDIA 26

GIRLS
CONCORDIA 65, KINGSVILLE 27
WELLINGTON 58, LEXINGTON 22

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MACON INVITATIONAL
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BOYS
MACON 51, CENTRALIA 34
MEXICO 87, BROOKFIELD 49
MOBERLY 68, SOUTH SHELBY 29

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NORTH SHELBY TOURNAMENT
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BOYS
SCOTLAND COUNTY 77, BRASHEAR 31
MARCELINE 53, MARION COUNTY 39

GIRLS
SCOTLAND COUNTY 70, MARION COUNTY 14
MARCELINE 46, NORTH SHELBY 34

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TONY LENZINI TOURNAMENT @ PALMYRA
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BOYS
CANTON 65, MARK TWAIN 48
BOWLING GREEN 71, CLARK COUNTY 40

GIRLS
PALMYRA 56, CANTON 51
MARK TWAIN 50, HIGHLAND 40

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OTHER AREA SCORES
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BOYS
SMITH-COTTON 64, MARSHALL 49
GLASGOW 59, NEW FRANKLIN 52
STURGEON 55, CAIRO 52
NORBORNE 56, BRUNSWICK 46
MADISON 52, PARIS 47
SALISBURY 64, SLATER 18
HARRISBURG 85, FAYETTE 35
OTTERVILLE 58, SWEET SPRINGS 56
SACRED HEART 79, GREEN RIDGE 32
SMITHTON 72, WINDSOR 67
NW-MENDON 76, BEVIER 51
MEADVILLE 70, GREEN CITY 31
PRAIRIE HOME 75, HIGBEE 44
CHILLICOTHE 68, TRENTON 57
BRAYMER 66, ALBANY 39
HANNIBAL 58, BOONVILLE 47
FULTON 52, BATTLE 51 (OT)
KNOB NOSTER 69, HOLDEN 53
COLE CAMP 73, LINCOLN 60
HARRISONVILLE 65, CLINTON 56
SMITHVILLE 70, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 32
SOUTHERN BOONE 64, VERSAILLES 49
HALLSVILLE 76, ELDON 73
CALIFORNIA 65, OSAGE 62
ST. JOSEPH-LeBLOND 51, LAWSON 47
NORTH CALLAWAY 50, MISSOURI MILITARY 29
LOUISIANA 57, ELSBERRY 55

GIRLS
NEW FRANKLIN 45, GLASGOW 35
ODESSA 41, MARSHALL 38
STURGEON 58, CAIRO 47
NORBORNE 76, BRUNSWICK 21
PARIS 51, MADISON 24
SALISBURY 50, SLATER 31
HARRISBURG 70, FAYETTE 17
CREST RIDGE 61, ST. PAUL 34
SWEET SPRINGS 52, OTTERVILLE 21
K.C. LUTHERAN 64, LONE JACK 54
WINDSOR 65, SMITHTON 33
SACRED HEART 64, GREEN RIDGE 45
NW-MENDON 53, BEVIER 28
CHILLICOTHE 55, TRENTON 38
BRAYMER 55, ALBANY 16
BATTLE 59, BLAIR OAKS 45
LAWSON 46, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 25
GRAIN VALLEY 64, PEMBROKE HILL 49
BISHOP MIEGE, KS. 71, PLEASANT HILL 27
SAVANNAH 53, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 26
ST. PIUS X 45, HOGAN PREP 15
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