RG3: 'Nice when coaches believe in you'
Instead of engaging in another round of contradictory, back-and-forth podium sessions with Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III stood at the microphone and said he has coaches who believe in him. He implied he wasn't even allowed to do ''the bare minimum'' as a quarterback a year ago.
NBA: Griffin withdraws from US national team
Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.
The Los Angeles Clippers star was one of 19 players selected to the roster from which the World Cup team will be chosen.
Central Arkansas picked 4th in Southland Conference football poll
The University of Central Arkansas is picked fourth in both the preseason Southland Conference polls released Wednesday by the conference.
C-USA commish sees bright future in changing times
Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky knows at least one thing won't change with autonomy for the five power conferences to make their own bylaws.
"There's been a differentiator whether you call them BCS, non-BCS," Banowsky said Wednesday. "I'm not naive to think that there won't be some continued differentiation."
BIG 12: Cowboys preparing early for FSU QB Winston
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has spent considerable time this summer trying to find flaws in Jameis Winston's game.
He's still searching.
Oklahoma State opens the season against last year's Heisman Trophy winner and defending national champion Florida State on Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Though practice doesn't start until Aug. 1, Spencer already is stressed about dealing with Winston.
Spurrier: Gamecocks 'close' to being title team
South Carolina's Steve Spurrier always considered the Gamecocks were a long-term project, even if some on the outside of the program saw it was just a quick lay-over for the national championship coach.
Razorback Fan Day set for Aug. 17
The University of Arkansas has announced plans for its annual Fan Day for Razorback football fans.
The event will be Sunday, Aug. 17, starting at 2 p.m. with admission free for all fans.
BIG 12: Sooners ready to move past Sugar Bowl win
Oklahoma got a lot of attention with its upset victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
As good as it was for the program, the Sooners are looking forward. The Big 12 favorites begin practice Aug. 5 in preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Louisiana Tech.
NFL: Brady looking to improve in 15th training camp
Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp Thursday.
It's the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo.
All had plenty to learn.
NFL: Bucs expect to be better under Lovie Smith
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gathered for the start of their first training camp under Lovie Smith, a self-proclaimed fan of Michael Jackson's music.
The struggling franchise's new coach inherited a team that went 4-12 and missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season in 2013.
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