LSU dismisses Travonte Valentine for 2nd time

LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Travonte Valentine for a violation of team rules, the program announced Thursday. "At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program," head coach Ed Orgeron said in a statement. "We wish him the best." It's the second time Valentine has been booted from the Tigers, as he was first dismissed in 2015 due to multiple failed drug tests and academic shortcomings. Valentine was cleared by the SEC to return before the 2016 campaign, and he was subsequently reinstated by LSU. The 6-foot-3 nose guard played in five games this season, registering 10 tackles, but didn't play in the Tigers' final seven contests. Valentine, now a redshirt sophomore, was one of the top defensive tackle recruits in the 2014 class. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Pitt, UCF schedule home-and-home series

Pitt and UCF are set to lock horns twice in the next three years, as the programs announced Thursday they've agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. The Panthers will travel to Orlando for a road game in 2018 before hosting the Knights at Heinz Field in the second leg of the series a year later. In their one previous meeting, Pitt notched a 52-7 win over UCF in 2006. The Knights now have one non-conference date to fill in both 2018 and 2019, while the Panthers' non-conference schedule for those years has been filled: Pitt football finalized its 2018 and 2019 non-conference schedules, now featuring a home-and-home with UCF — Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) January 19, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Murray overcomes ankle scare, blasts Rublev in straights

MELBOURNE - Top-seeded Andy Murray tumbled to the ground and hurt his right ankle early in the third set of his second-round win over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open on Wednesday night. He spoke to the trainer after that game, but didn't need medical attention and went on to win 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. A five-time runner-up at the season's first major, Murray caught the sole of his right shoe on the court and tripped to the ground during the third game. He clutched his right ankle as he rolled on to the court and later was checked out by an ATP trainer during a medical time out. After taking a 4-1 lead in the final set, Murray went to his courtside chair and said: ''I'm all right.'' ''It's a little bit sore, not too serious,'' he said in his post-match interview. ''I definitely rolled it (but) I was moving OK toward the end, so that's positive.'' Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserv..

Kyrgios crashes out of home Slam in 2nd round after blowing 2-set lead

At the Australian Open two years ago, a 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios whipped the fans in Hisense Arena into a lather as he rebounded from two sets down to stun Andreas Seppi - who was fresh off the biggest win of his career (over Roger Federer a round prior) - and advanced to the quarterfinals at his home Grand Slam. He hasn't made it that far at a major since. On Wednesday, Seppi exacted some belated revenge, turning the tables on Kyrgios with a two-set comeback of his own to win 1-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 and send the young Aussie packing in the second round. This time, Kyrgios left Hisense with the sound of boos ringing in his ears. His stunted progress has evidently begun to wear on the patience of the Melbourne faithful, who made their displeasure known after Kyrgios appeared to succumb to an apparent knee injury and negative body language in the final three sets - which included a racket smash that got him docked a point penalty after being broken in the third. He'd com..

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

nfl Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks The Associated Press 16h ago Raymond Boyd / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court raised doubts Wednesday about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive. The justices heard arguments in a dispute involving an Asian-American band called the Slants that was denied a trademark because the U.S. Patent and Trademark office says the name disparages Asians. The band says the 70-year-old law violates free speech rights. A federal appeals court ruled that the law is unconstitutional, but the government has appealed. Justice Elena Kagan said it seemed like "a classic form of viewpoint discrimination" because the government appeared to favor positive names over those with negative connotations. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the law wasn't being enforced consistently, noting that the term Heeb was approved in one trademark application, but not in another. The t..

Watch: Kyrgios wins crucial 5th-set point after unnecessary tweener

#Kyrgios — doublefault28 (@doublefault28) January 18, 2017 Andreas Seppi would eventually make good on his second crack at serving out his second-round match against Nick Kyrgios, but Kyrgios stymied him with a break on Seppi's first attempt (at 6-5 in the fifth set), despite some mystifying decision-making. On the first point of that game, Kyrgios looked almost resigned to defeat when he took a favorable Seppi slice in the ad court - which he could've easily run around to hit a forehand - and hit a listless, wholly unnecessary tweener right back to the middle. But, whether intended or not, the tactic proved effective. Seppi looked slightly caught off guard, and, without an angle or much pace on the ball, couldn't do much with his next shot. His best response was to blast a forehand deep down the middle, but Kyrgios handled it adeptly and won the point with a down-the-line backhand on his next shot. He went on to break Seppi at 15, and stretch..

Kyrgios unmoved by McEnroe’s criticism

Not for the first time, world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios flamed out of a Grand Slam in rather spectacular fashion Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead over 89th-ranked Andreas Seppi to lose in the second round of the Australian Open. Not for the first time, player-turned-broadcaster John McEnroe was covering the debacle, and made no effort to hide his disgust with the mercurial Aussie's body language and perceived lack of effort. "I'm at a loss for words," McEnroe said on Eurosport, as transcribed by ESPN's Matt Wilansky. "Overall I would call it a damn shame because I think he's the most talented guy in the world (at) 21 and under - maybe even at 29 and under. "He could be the best player in the world, but mentally he's No. 200 in the world, and I think at critical moments it showed." When Kyrgios hit a seemingly needless tweener as Seppi was serving for the match in the fifth set, McEnroe doubled down on his criticism, even though Kyrgios won the point. "It&#039..

Raonic moves on to 3rd round with straight-sets victory

Third-seeded Milos Raonic maintained his record of reaching the third round all seven years he has contested the Australian Open, saving a set point in the third before beating Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Raonic clinched the win on his second match point when Muller returned a shot wide. Muller, who won last week's Sydney International for his first career tournament victory, officially had a 2-0 record against the Canadian. But Raonic retired from a match against him at Wimbledon in 2011 due to a hip injury, and Muller beat him at Valencia, Spain in 2012 in two close sets. The win advanced Raonic to a third-round match against Gilles Simon, who beat Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Defending champ Djokovic stunned in 2nd round at Aussie Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 by wild-card entry Denis Istomin in a second-round match on Thursday. Istomin made the vital break in the fifth game of the deciding set, then held service the rest of the way in the marathon 4 hour, 48-minute match on Rod Laver Arena. The match featured a little bit of everything. In a 15-minute opening game, the six-time champion Djokovic saved six break points. In the second set, he appeared to hyperextend his left leg in the third game, and spent much of the following break stretching it over a chair. In the 10th game of that set, Djokovic saved two sets points after serving a double-fault. But Djokovic broke in the following game to lead 6-5, then held his service with four consecutive points to take the set. Djokovic clinched the third set when he successfully challenged a line call. Istomin had a set point in the 10th game of the fourth set, then went ahead 5-1 in the tiebreak..

Turner, Sanders, Whitworth added to Pro Bowl roster

nfl Turner, Sanders, Whitworth added to Pro Bowl roster by Mitch Sanderson 15h ago Streeter Lecka / Getty Images Sport / Getty Carolina Panthers guard Trai Turner has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing the Washington Redskins' Brandon Scherff, who is unable to play due to injury. Turner started all 16 games this season and was also named to the Pro Bowl in 2015, his second year as a pro. He will join tight end Greg Olsen, linebacker Thomas Davis, and fullback Mike Tolbert as representatives from the Panthers. Emmanuel Sanders will join four Denver Broncos teammates at his second set of All-Star festivities as he replaces injured Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper. Also named as a Pro Bowl replacement is Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth. He will stand in for Raiders tackle Donald Penn on the AFC roster. Penn will miss the game with an injury as well. It will be the third Pro Bowl of Whitworth's career.