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Last Update on January 27, 2015 23:44 GMT


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking in 2013 and the assault occurred as he took pictures.

Defense attorneys say Vandenburg took "deplorable" photos but did not take part in the assault. Batey testified that he was so drunk he didn't remember what happened until he later saw cellphone photos and video.

The alleged victim testified she didn't remember the alleged assault.

Two other former players are facing charges. Their trials have not been set.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart, walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season.

After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him both physically and mentally, the three-time NASCAR champion said his troubles are behind him and he finally feels like the old Smoke again.

His chance to prove it begins next month at Daytona International Speedway. That's where Stewart will climb back into his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since November, when his 15-year winning streak in the Sprint Cup Series came to an end.

He failed to win a race last year for the first time since his 1999 rookie season.


PHOENIX (AP) -- The annual Super Bowl Media Day was held in U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, the home of the NBA Suns. The AFC Champion Patriots were first up and as one would expect coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) and quarterback Tom Brady didn't comment much on all the controversy surrounding the team and deflated footballs, saying the topic will not be part of the teams mindset. Both coach and player stressed the team is focused on one thing, the NFC champion Seahawks.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took part in the festivities, much to the surprise of many media members. Lynch has a history of being fined for not talking with reporters. At his media day session, the only thing the workhorse back would say was, repeatedly, "I am just here so I won't get fined." That was it.

About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. Once he did he set a timer on his phone, caught a bag of Skittles tossed from the crowd and stopped to pick up a reporter's recorder off the floor before he walked away.

The Patriots are conducting their workouts this week at the Arizona Cardinals' facility while the Seahawks holding their practices at Arizona State University.

The big game takes place Sunday night.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Cleveland Browns' coach Rob Chudzinski has been named associate head coach to assist Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) with the Colts. Chudzinski was hired last year as a special assistant to Pagano after one season as Cleveland's head coach. Pagano and Chudzinski first met at the University of Miami. Since then, Chudzinski has spent more than two decades in the coaching business.

In other NFL coaching and front office moves:

-- The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Oakland Raiders running backs coach Kelly Skipper to the same position and parted ways with Terry Richardson. Skipper spent the previous eight seasons with the Raiders, the last six as running backs coach and two as tight ends coach.

-- The New York Jets have hired Brian Heimerdinger as the team's director of player personnel under new general manager Mike Maccagnan.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The American League champion Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

Dyson is expected to be the Royals' fourth outfielder this season. The former 50th-round amateur draft pick hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season. He also had a career-high 36 stolen bases.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR'), one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring. The last team he played for, the Blues, has called for a Thursday news conference to make it official and announce that the 42-year old will join the team in the front office.

Brodeur wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3 and his final victory was a 3-0 shutout over Colorado on Dec. 29.

The Montreal native was 691-397-176 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 1,266 career appearances. He holds regular-season NHL records for wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played, and postseason records for starts and shutouts.


UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL All-Star break is over and it's time to get back to games that count with 11 contests on the schedule.

In Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, the Islanders are playing host to the Rangers. In the Metropolitan Division standings, the Isles are tops with 63 points while the Rangers are third with 58. Pittsburgh stands in second with 60 points, and the Penguins kick off the second half of the season at home with a game against Winnipeg.

Tampa Bay is the top team in the East and the Atlantic Division with 64 points, and the Lightning are on the road for a game with Carolina. Detroit gets back on the ice with a game at Florida. The Red Wings are in second place in the Atlantic with 63 points while Montreal has 61. The Canadiens are home to Dallas.

The leading team in the West with 68 points is Anaheim, and the Ducks are in Vancouver to meet the Canucks in a Pacific Division game.

Nashville is No. 1 in the Central Division and tonight the Predators are home to Colorado. Tied for second in the Central with 62 points are St. Louis and Chicago. Tonight the Blues and Blackhawks are resting.

The remaining games feature Arizona at Philadelphia, the Blue Jackets home to Washington, the Sabres at Calgary and Edmonton at home to Minnesota.


UNDATED (AP) -- In a matchup of division leaders this evening, Chicago's Bulls are visiting Golden State. The Bulls are on a slide of late having lost 6 of 10 to see their lead in the Central reduced to 3 1/2 games over Cleveland. The Warriors meanwhile just keep on rolling with a 5-game winning streak and wins in 9 of their last 10. Amazingly they are 21-1 on their home court this season.

In a Southwest Division matchup, first-place Memphis is hosting Dallas. The Mavericks, who have lost 2 straight, stand 2 1/2 games back of the Grizzlies who have won 3 in a row and 7 of 10.

Cleveland takes its 6-game winning streak to Detroit to see the faltering Pistons. After a couple of good weeks, the Pistons have lost 2 straight and 5 of 10.

The rest of the schedule has Toronto playing at Indiana, the Heat home to Milwaukee and Washington in L.A. to face the Lakers. The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers have lost 8 in a row.

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