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SEC: Gambling may spawn injury reports

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ATLANTA (AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal law barring gambling on sports could cause the league to require schools to issue weekly reports that list the status of injured or ineligible players.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the start of the league's annual media gathering, Sankey stressed that gambling's potential effect on games is one of the most important issues facing the league, but the SEC is unlikely to require weekly reports in 2018.

Sports books often use information on injured or ineligible players to hedge the line.


TCU QB surprises at Big 12 media day

FRISCO, Texas (AP) TCU coach Gary Patterson didn't bring Shawn Robinson to Big 12 media days to declare the young quarterback a starter.

"Superstitious reasons," Patterson said Monday about having the sophomore with one career start as one of five players there for the Horned Frogs. "I kidded I didn't bring Kenny (Hill) the first year and we went 6-7, then you bring him and we went 11-3. So I didn't want to skip a year."


Bowlsby feels bullish about Big 12

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Bob Bowlsby never bought into the negative perceptions some have about the Big 12, and these days the commissioner has plenty of reasons to feel bullish about his league.

Even more money is coming into the Big 12, the smallest of the Power Five conferences with only 10 schools, and there are fewer contentious issues around the league.


Fisher facing big challenges at A&M

ATLANTA (AP) Jimbo Fisher introduced himself to his new Texas A&M team with some insults and frank challenges.

Right off the bat, the new coach told the Aggies they were soft in 2017, according to one of his players. Fisher also told his new players they better do things his way, or otherwise they'd be gone.


Michigan State introduces Beekman as AD

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) The new athletic director at Michigan State faces issues beyond just trying to win games and compete for championships.

That much is obvious, and Bill Beekman acknowledged it.


4th Ex-Wheaton player pleads guilty

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) A fourth former member of a Christian college football team in suburban Chicago who faced felony charges in a 2016 hazing incident has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

James Cooksey of Jacksonville, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor count of attempted unlawful restraint. The 23-year-old ex-Wheaton College player was sentenced to a month of court supervision.


Oklahoma again picked as Big 12 favorite

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline.

The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without the Heisman Trophy winner under center.


Ex-Cal WR Robertson transfers to Georgia

Former California wide receiver Demetris Robertson says he is transferring to Georgia, returning to his home state.

Robertson was a five-star recruit out of Savannah, Georgia, in 2016 who chose to head west to play his college ball, picking Cal over Georgia, Notre Dame and others. Robertson had a strong freshman season with 50 catches for 767 yards and seven touchdowns, but missed all but two games last season for what was called a lower body injury that eventually needed surgery.


UL drops Papa John's from stadium name

NEW YORK (AP) Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as a spokesman in logos and TV ads, has begun pulling his image from its marketing and pledged to assess its diversity practices in response to his use of a racial slur. 

Schnatter's face was off some materials by Friday, though the pizza chain said there are no plans to change its name. Schnatter is still on the board and is the company's largest shareholder - meaning he remains a key presence.


Baylor settles with alleged rape victim

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor University on Friday settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012.

Terms of the settlement with the woman, identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, were not disclosed.